Highlands County

New Highlands County Agent’s Duties Include Citrus

Daniel Cooperextension, Florida

Alissa Hevesh on June 17 became the new Highlands County agriculture production/natural resources Extension agent. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences position includes citrus agent duties.

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Alissa Hevesh
Photo courtesy of UF/IFAS

Hevesh received a dual bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental studies and a minor in leadership studies from Eckerd College in 2018. She received a master’s degree in food and resource economics from the University of Florida.

Her employment history includes the following positions:

  • Customer service associate and team leader for Worden Farms
  • Research assistant on international political economy for Eckerd College
  • Greenhouse manager for Gamble Creek Farms
  • Nursery manager for Little Tree Nursery
  • Regenerative landscaper/educator for Living Roots Eco Design

Some of those jobs she held at the same time.

Hevesh also was a student trainee for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. As a graduate assistant for the University of Florida, she contributed to research in emerging agricultural industries. She was most recently a program planner for the Housing and Community Development Department in Pinellas County, hired to help launch a food access action plan.

“While earning my undergraduate degrees, I helped manage a large vegetable stand at the local farmers’ market every Saturday morning, playing an active role in my community’s food system,” Hevesh said. “Even as a groggy college kid, I woke up before the crack of dawn to sell vegetables. It was worth it. I learned the value of customer service and the challenges of meeting consumer demands. What could be more fulfilling than helping to nourish your neighbors?”

Source: Highlands County Citrus Growers Association

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