Florida agriculture by the numbers (infographics)

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Tom Mitchell picks a successful career in the grapefruit business

A pharmaceutical salesman turned citrus businessman, Tom Mitchell jumped into Florida agriculture with both feet and has been on the go since. 

Taking a job in 2009 with Riverfront Packing Co. in Vero Beach, Mitchell joined the third-generation Scott family business that grows, packs and markets grapefruit both in this country and abroad.  Before that, much of the Alabama native‚Äôs close encounters with grapefruit may have been a glass of juice.  

For some, that inexperience in a challenging industry could be a handicap. But for Mitchell, it was an opportunity. Read more...


Keynote speaker to kick off celebration of 75 years of service to ag

FFVA is pleased to feature internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author, and innovator Phil Hansen as our Cracker Breakfast keynote speaker at FFVA 2018, set for Sept. 25-27 at The Ritz-Carlton in Naples. This will be an extra special convention because FFVA is celebrating 75 years of service. 

Crashing irreverently through conventional boundaries, Hansen works at the intersection of traditional art, electronic media, offbeat materials, and interactive experiences. He is most widely known for his meta-art and videos that document the creation process (sometimes even through destruction), showing that art is action, not just result.