FFVA members’ concerns are at the heart of FFVA 2014, the association’s 71st annual convention. We’re back at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples on Sept. 17-19 for this year’s event, which will focus on the future of Florida agriculture and the major issues of the day.
The biggest draw of the convention, members say, is the valuable opportunity to network and catch up with colleagues. They also tell us that getting the latest information on key topics is vital. FFVA has lined up a strong series of Issues Forums that will cover these critical issues:
Navigating the Maze of Health Care Reform
The Affordable Care Act is complicated and continually evolving, making it a challenge for agricultural employers to know what to do and when. An issues forum is planned featuring experts who will tell you what’s required to comply with the law and how it affects you and your workforce.
Election 2014: The Political Landscape
It’s an election year and those state and congressional elections are sure to have implications for agriculture. Another issues forum will feature an overview of key races and party politics to provide a picture of what’s on the horizon for legislation that will affect your operations and profitability.
Fresh Perspectives and Trends for Produce
Evolving consumer and retailer preferences can be a moving target. At this issues forum, you’ll learn how technology, social media, shopping and diet trends affect the fresh produce industry. And producers will hear about ways they can be nimble in today’s marketplace so they can be on the cutting edge of the process and be able to meet consumers’ future demands.
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has been invited to give his perspective on the most important issues facing Florida agriculture during the State of the Industry address, which opens the convention on Wednesday. Putnam, who has made protecting Florida’s water supply his signature issue, also plans to discuss opportunities for expanding markets for the produce industry, progress in putting healthy produce on schoolchildren’s lunch plates, and more.
Some exciting items are being lined up for the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation Benefit Auction. The auction has generated more than $417,000 for deserving charities since 2003. Bidders can vie for a splendid array of sports items, travel packages, wine selections, gifts and more while raising funds for a great cause.
A must-do for golfers of all skill levels, the annual golf tournament lets players experience championship 36-hole golf at Tiburon Golf Course. The course boasts a serene natural setting designed by the legendary Greg Norman. It’s also a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and is home to the Franklin Templeton Shootout, held each December.
Anglers will enjoy an exciting morning of fishing against the backdrop of Florida’s beautiful 10,000 Islands. Enjoy a great morning of fishing for snook, trout, redfish, snapper and more with pleasant fishing companions and excellent boat captains.
Of course, the convention will, as always, offer multiple networking opportunities in the form of receptions, meal events and the final evening’s dinner party with live entertainment. The dinner party also includes the graduation presentation for Class 3 of FFVA’s Emerging Leader Development Program and an introduction of Class 4.
And no convention would be possible without the support of its sponsors. Be sure to visit sponsor tables and speak with representatives of these companies that are so vital to our industry.
Find out why growers and allied business leaders say that FFVA’s Annual Convention is the premiere agriculture meeting in Florida. Come network with your colleagues, hear the latest on issues that are critical to your business, connect with our outstanding sponsors, and enjoy a lush South Florida setting.
To register for the convention, access the working agenda and more, tap here. We’ll see you in Naples!
(List is as of 6/6/2014. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Mike Aerts at 213-214-5200 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.)
FFVA Mutual Insurance Co.
Florida Coast Equipment, Inc.
Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC
Averett Warmus Durkee
Chemical Dynamics, Inc.
Dana Investment Advisors, Inc.
DuPont Crop Protection
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
Everglades Farm Equipment
The Andersons, Inc.
TriEst Ag Group, Inc.
Edwards Construction Services, Inc.
Glades Crop Care, Inc.
Hopping Green & Sams
Howard Fertilizer & Chemical Co., Inc.
Stallings Crop Insurance Corp.
Tropicana Products, Inc.
Advent Capital Management
AMVAC Chemical Corp.
Fiduciary Management, Inc.
International Paper Company
Nichino America, Inc.
Triangle Chemical Company