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 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 to find the previous class application. Class 11 starts their year November 2021. Applications will be accepted in the summer of 2021.

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 10: 2020-2021

Sherri Atwell
Feeding Florida

Ariel Bauer
Hardee Fresh LLC

Frederico Boscolo
Cultiva Farms USA

Sasha Burgin
Burgin Farms

Nathan Carson
Chemical Dynamics, Inc.

Eric Greenhow
Optimum Equity Partners

Michelle Hayes
Corteva Agriscience

Sarah Hillard
A. Duda & Sons

Shane Mart
H&A Farms

Clay Pederson
Agromillora Florida

Jennifer Schaal
Dundee Citrus Growers Association

Kelly Smekens
Bonduelle Fresh Americas

Morgan Stuckert
Lipman Family Farms

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