The Maitland-based Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association is seeking applicants for its upcoming Emerging Leader Development Program.

To be eligible, participants must be between 25 and 40, must be family member or employee of an FFVA producer or trade associate member, and must be working or pursuing a career in Florida's specialty crop industry.

A class of up to 12 participants will be selected for the one-year program, according to a news release.

Participants will meet with legislators in Tallahassee, meet with FFVA staff and other experts on current issues, visit venues to study environmental and natural resource issues, and tour specialty crop production areas.

This will be the fourth year of the program.

Download an application by clicking here.

Deadline to apply is May 1.

For more information, email Sonia Tighe or call 813-975-8377.