Emerging Leader Development Program

FFVA's Emerging Leader Development Program identifies young people who are pursuing careers in agriculture and have the desire to broaden their understanding of our industry. FFVA benefits from the service of the graduates through their future involvement in the association and beyond. 

The Emerging Leader Development Program develops leaders who are prepared with a depth of knowledge of issues facing agriculture. Graduates are equipped with the education and tools to improve the sustainability and economic viability of specialty crop agriculture. Program involvement also strengthens grassroots engagement in FFVA and other industry organizations. 

FFVA producer and trade members may nominate individuals ages 25 to 40 within their organizations or families. Participants must be working in or pursuing a career in Florida's specialty crop industry.  A class of up to 12 members will be selected for the one-year program. Participants meet with legislators in Tallahassee, learn about FFVA's mission and leadership on issues, visit venues to study environmental and natural resource issues, and tour specialty crop production areas.

Visit Florida Specialty Crop Foundation's leadership page for more details and application information.

If you have any questions about the program or if you are interested in contributing please contact Sonia Tighe at: sonia.tighe@ffva.com or 813-975-8377.