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.

The suggested age for participation in the program is between 25 to 45. Applicants must be part of an FFVA member’s family or their company and must be working in or pursuing a career in Florida specialty crop agriculture. The class size is based on the recommendation of the program director to the FFVA Leadership Development Committee.

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Class 14 Application Period is Open.

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 14 application. The deadline to apply is June 14, 2024. Class 14 starts November 2024.

ELDP Class 14 Application

ELDP Class 14 Written Agreement

ELDP Class 14 Schedule

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 13: 2023-2024

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