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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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Latest News

07
Nov

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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31
Oct

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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31
Oct

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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31
Oct

WLI Gathering at the FNGLA Landscape Show

Many Wedgworth alumni attended the annual WLI Gathering on October 4th at the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) Landscape Show held at the Orlando Convention Center. FDACS Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam attended the Reception as a special guest speaker. We owe several thanks to Linda Adams, Class IV, for organizing this annual gathering...
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31
Oct

WLI Alumni at FFVA Convention

Several Wedgworth alumni attending the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association annual Convention also attended the annual Wedgworth FFVA Reception. We are grateful to Lisa Lochridge, Class VII, for organizing this annual event for our alumni every year!
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