Class 1 members who hosted the group were Heather Banky of U.S. Sugar; Rob Atchley of A. Duda and Sons; and Andy Ballard of Hundley Farms. Representatives of DuPont, the ELDP's sustaining sponsor for 2012-13, joined the class along the way.
Launched in 2011 with an inaugural class of 10, the FFVA’s Emerging Leader Development Program is designed to equip participants with a depth of knowledge of the issues facing agriculture and provide them with the education and tools to become effective advocates for specialty crop agriculture.
The program helps to ensure the sustainability and economic viability of the industry and to strengthen grassroots engagement in FFVA.
The 2012-2013 class members are Jonathan Allen of R.C. Hatton Inc.; Nicholas Basore of TKM Bengard Farms; Ian Bessell of ABC Research Laboratories; Lee Ann Hinton Coleman of Hinton Farms Produce; Thomas Dalton of Farm Credit of Central Florida; Carleton Johns of Tater Farms; Jessica Kerstein of Lipman Produce; Amber Kosinsky of Wish Farms; Tom Mitchell of Riverfront Packing Co.; Derek Orsenigo of Grower’s Management Inc.; and Joby Sherrod of A. Duda & Sons.
Nomination forms for Class 3 will be available in April. For more information, visit FFVA.com/Leaders.
Lisa Lochridge is the director of public affairs for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association in Maitland. She can be reached at (321) 214-5206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.