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Agriculture and Natural Resource Leaders in Florida

Save the date!  Join us for the 2018 Annual Alumni Meeting July 26-28 at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. We’re looking forward to another amazing opportunity to get together and network as leaders of Florida agriculture and natural resources.  Go to our Annual Meeting page to learn more!


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Wedgworth Leadership Institute Endowment

The goal of the Phase II Campaign is to secure the WLI Directorship with a $2.5 million endowment.  Endowing the WLI Directorship ensures an agricultural leadership professor is always available to lead the program.  Currently, the director’s position is funded through a state line with no additional guaranteed funding. Likewise, an endowed directorship provides a strong recruiting incentive to the next director.  

We’ve raised more than $1.5 million for the directorship endowment. Please consider how you can help.

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WLI Alumni Podcast: Humility and Leadership

For our third Wedgworth Alumni Podcast, we feature two products of the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, doctoral candidate Austin Council and Dr. Jennifer Wert. In this podcast, Austin and Jenn discuss their research with Wedgworth Alumni, describe humble leaders and how our graduates matched up, and apply the need for humility within...
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Alumnus Elected DeSoto County Commissioner

While we may have had our eye on a variety of other election races on November 6th, one of our own was running strong in his own race… JC Deriso, graduate of Class X and managing member of A+ Environmental Restoration, LLC, stepped up to serve his community by running for County Commissioner of District...
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Alumna Appointed to USDA Committee

Kiley Harper-Larsen, Class X, was recently appointed to represent Florida on USDA’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. Kiley owns and operates “The Ag Safety Lady”, a safety consulting business in south Florida. Also joining Kiley on the committee as representatives of Florida is Richard “Dick” Bowman of JJ Family of Farms. We are so excited...
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Alumnus Recognized at UF/IFAS Dinner of Distinction

On the evening of October 5, 2018, the UF/IFAS Dinner of Distinction recognized J.J. Grow, Class V, with the UF IFAS CALS Award of Distinction. J.J. is pictured here with Dr. Elaine Turner. J.J. is the CEO and founder of Verdesian Life Sciences, an agribusiness focused on sustainable farming practices. Read the blog post from UF/IFAS honoring J.J.’s...
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