Are you an up-and-coming leader who wants to be more involved in the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association? Consider the FFVA Emerging Leader Development Program, administered by the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation.

Applicants must be age 25 to 45, part of an FFVA member’s family or their company, and must be working in or pursuing a career in Florida specialty crop agriculture. A class of eight to 10 members is selected each year.


Application period will open 2020.

Launched in 2011, the program identifies and develops leaders to be strong advocates for Florida agriculture. The sessions provide a wealth of information on the many issues facing the industry and equips members to communicate about agriculture. Ultimately, ELDP graduates can get involved to strengthen the future of specialty crop agriculture and grassroots engagement in FFVA and other industry organizations.

The application period has closed. View the two forms below to get an idea of what you’ll need to fill out to apply for Class 10 next year.

The program:

  • Develops leaders who are prepared with a depth of knowledge of the many issues facing agriculture
  • Provides young professionals with the education and tools to deal with those issues
  • Engages young leaders in FFVA and other industry organizations

The schedule includes a trip to Tallahassee to meet with legislators, seminars provided by FFVA staff members and other experts on current issues, venues to study environmental issues and water management, and visits to specialty crop production areas in Florida and California.

Details: Program Director Sonia Tighe, 813-975-8377

Class 7: 2017-2018

Myles Basore
TKM Bengard Farms

Brent Johnson
FMC Corporation

Adam Roe
Wm. G. Roe & Sons

Maria Cavazos
R.C Hatton Farms Inc.

Frankie Montalvo
Glades Formulating Corp.

Shane Rogers
J & J Family of Farms

Catherine Cellon
Duda Farm Fresh Foods

Justin Pettit
Blue Hammock Farms LLC

Philip Grigsby
Premier Ag Finance

Daniel Rifa
U.S. Sugar Corp.