The Maitland-based <a href="http://www.ffva.com">Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association</a> has launched the Emerging Leader Development Program to nurture younger leaders within the organization.
“For Florida agriculture to continue to persevere into the future, a new generation of leaders has to be cultivated. We must recognize, nurture and empower these selected individuals through leadership development opportunities,” Board of Directors Chairman Drew Duda said in a news release.
The program has three objectives: develop leaders who have a deep knowledge of the many agricultural issues facing the industry; to better prepare younger leaders; and to improve the grassroots engagement and involvement in FFVA and other industry organizations.
Grower and trade members of FFVA may nominate individuals 25 to 35 within their organizations or families to participate. Nominees must be working in or pursuing a career in Florida’s specialty crop industry.
A class of eight to 10 members will be selected for the one-year program. The program will include trips to Tallahassee to meet with legislators, seminars conducted by FFVA staff members and other experts on current issues, and visits to specialty crop production acreas.
The program is funded by $10,000 in seed money from a grant administered through the Farm Credit System Foundation Inc.’s Douglas Sims Fund for Rural Leadership, as well as FFVA member donations.
Application information will be sent to FFVA members shortly.