FFVA Seeking Young Leaders

Ernie NeffIndustry News Release


The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) is accepting applications for Class 10 of its Emerging Leader Development Program. The submission deadline is Sept. 1.

Launched in 2011, the program develops leaders to be strong advocates for Florida agriculture. Nearly 100 participants have graduated from the program. Ultimately, graduates of the class can get involved to strengthen the future of specialty crop agriculture and grassroots engagement in FFVA and other industry organizations.

The program’s sessions and trips provide a wealth of information to participants on the many issues facing agriculture. The year-long program includes seminars provided by FFVA staff members and other experts, meetings with state legislators and state officials in Tallahassee, and visits to specialty crop production areas in Florida and California.


The program is limited to FFVA producer members and trade associate members. 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.

 For more information and to apply, click here. Program director Sonia Tighe at sonia.tighe@ffva.com can answer questions.

Source: Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

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