MANALAPAN, Fla. —  The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association has introduced its first class of Emerging Leader Development Program participants.

FFVA debuts emerging leader programThe program, unveiled at the association’s Sept. 18-21 convention at the Palm Beach Ritz-Carlton, attempts to train young industry leaders to become effective specialty crop agriculture proponents.

FFVA started the program to identify and develop future organization leaders, according to a news release.

The convention was the program’s first activity in a yearlong schedule that will have the 10 participants meeting with legislators, visiting agricultural operations and participating in seminars on current issues.

“We are significantly investing in the future of FFVA and the specialty crop industry overall,” Sonia Tighe, executive director of the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation, which oversees the program, said in the news release.

One of the objectives of the foundation’s new strategic plan is to enhance the lives of young people pursuing careers in agriculture, Tighe said in the release.