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.

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, 321-214-5245

Class 11: 2021-2022

Miles Armstrong
Trademark Nitrogen

Jackson Autry
Everglades Equipment

Ben Backus
DLF Packing

Matt Bardin
Glades Crop Care, Inc.

Gracelyn Byrd
U.S. Sugar

Leo Camelo
Harris Moran

Jason Chandler
Grimmway Farms

Charlie Hurst
PGIM Real Estate

Carisa Keller
Alico Inc.

Dan Kimble
Harplyn Irrigation

Chris Meyer
Corteva Agriscience

Jake Rothert
Rothert Farm Inc.

Chacen Taylor
Lipman Family Farms

John Watson
Florida Foundation Seed Producers

David Wheeler, Jr.
Wheeler Farms, Inc.

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