Archive | March, 2015

Warner University breaks ground on new agriculture complex

Warner University, a small Christian college in Lake Wales, broke ground last month on a new complex that will offer great opportunities for students interested in a future in agriculture. But this wasn’t a typical small college groundbreaking. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and more than 700 industry luminaries and others witnessed a promise of $1 [...]

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Localecopia – Bridging the disconnect between farmer and consumer

If you’re planning to attend FFVA 2015, FFVA’s 72nd annual convention Sept. 23-25 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, you’ll be interested in an organization called Localecopia Inc. Localecopia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created on the principles of supporting local, sustainable business.  By connecting like-minded individuals, Localecopia follows its mission through local commerce, education [...]

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Producer member profile – Dustin Grooms of Fancy Farms

– Still learning after all these years – Carl Grooms sums up his philosophy on his business card: “Since 1974 and still learning,” it says. “Still learning” is his son Dustin’s philosophy as well. Dustin Grooms is a member of the FFVA Emerging Leader Development Class 4 and recently returned from the group’s trip to [...]

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Trade associate member update: Katy Esquivel, Esquivel Law, Chartered

– When Katy Esquivel was a little girl, her family had some idea that she might grow up to be an attorney. “If you ask my parents, they would say I was arguing at a very young age and it was certainly something that was destined to be,” she said. Esquivel is a Southwest Florida attorney [...]

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Flashback

– The camera that flies to spy – From LOOK magazine, August 6, 1957 – The oldest and most vital question that has run through the mind of every front-line soldier since Hannibal’s troops slogged their way over the high Alps has been, “What’s on the other side of the mountain?” Since a soldier’s life frequently [...]

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This month’s featured video

Created in collaboration with the Wedgworth Leadership Institute, Why I Lead is a new series of Self Narrate videos. Each “Why I Lead” video features different leaders working within agriculture and natural resources in the state of Florida talking about events in their lives that shaped their leadership philosophies. The sixth Why I Lead video [...]

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