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IN DEPTH: PEOPLE

All roads lead to blueberry success for Ryan Atwood

As a first-generation farmer, Ryan Atwood made the right career moves to end up a successful businessman and respected leader in Florida’s blueberry industry. Drawing on his work as a research scientist, crop adviser, sales representative and extension agent, the pieces all fell into place.

“It was a long and winding road,” he acknowledged.

In the 18 years since he earned a master’s degree in forest genetics at the University of Florida, the 43-year-old Atwood has established himself as a go-to guy in the blueberry business. No wonder. He co-owns a family farm, a packinghouse and a farm management company. In addition, he owns a blueberry consulting firm and an apiary. Read more...

IN DEPTH: NEWS

FFVA selects next class of emerging leaders


The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association is pleased to announce the selection of 15 up-and-coming agriculture industry leaders for the 8th class of our Emerging Leader Development Program for the coming year.

Find out who the new class members are here.

Class 8 members will be introduced at FFVA’s 75th Annual Convention in Naples, Sept. 25-27. Class 7 will graduate at the event’s opening luncheon. 

Launched in 2011, the program identifies and develops leaders to be strong advocates for Florida agriculture.
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