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.
Class 12 application period is now closed.
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.
View the forms below for the Class 12 application. Class 12 starts October 2022.
- 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, 321-214-5245
Class 11: 2021-2022
Glades Crop Care, Inc.
PGIM Real Estate
Rothert Farm Inc.
Lipman Family Farms
Florida Foundation Seed Producers
David Wheeler, Jr.
Wheeler Farms, Inc.