In addition to participants from the University of Florida, it will include students from another university, Calhoun says.
“To me, it’s really neat to see there’s so much energy going into recruiting new graduates to come into produce companies or agricultural companies and serve in a more professional role—and not just on the farming side,” Porter says. “Those long-standing ag companies really need that fresh perspective and outside knowledge to move into the next decades.”
Porter says she continues to encourage young people—whether they’re in their 20s, 30s or even 40s—to consider the produce or agricultural industry as a career And anyone within agriculture can plant that seed in a young person’s mind, she says.
“Whether it’s your nephew or your niece, your next door neighbor, the babysitter who takes care of your son and daughter or whomever, they may say, 'I’m getting a marketing degree. What sort of jobs should I apply for?’ Ask them, ‘Have you looked at the local produce company?’”