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New Year News for WLI Alumni!

Happy 2018 to all of our Wedgworth Alumni Family!

Check out what’s new already for the new year!

Class I Member slated as Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee Appointee

Mark Sodders, Class I

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on January 4th, 2018 a new slate of Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee Appointees. State committees are charged with carrying out FSA’s farm programs within delegated authorities.

“The State Committees will help to ensure USDA is providing our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and agricultural producers with the best customer service,” Secretary Perdue said. “They serve as a liaison between USDA and the producers in each state across the nation by keeping them informed and hearing their appeals and complaints. The committees are made up mostly of active farmers and ranchers, representing their peers and ensuring USDA’s programs are supporting the American harvest.”

Mark Sodders, the state director for Florida Farm Bureau and a member of Class I, was slated as one of Florida’s committee members.  This is a very exciting honor and we look forward to supporting Mark in his new role.

See the official press release here.

Class VII Member Elected Western Palm Beach County Farm Bureau President!

We want to congratulate Keith Wedgworth, Class VII, for his new elected role as President of the Western Palm Beach County Farm Bureau!

Keith, Farm Manager of Wedgworth Farms, Inc., actively advocates and serves in his community and industry in many capacities, and now he has the opportunity to lead his fellow Farm Bureau members.  Congratulations, Keith, and best of luck in your term!




Annual WLI Alumni Legislative Reception on Jan. 30th


The reception will take place 2.5 hours prior to the “Taste of Florida Agriculture” Florida Farm Bureau Federation Reception (for those who want to attend both).

Thanks again to Alan Shelby of Class VI for once again allowing us to congregate at the Florida Forestry Association offices for this reception!

When: 2 PM – 4:30 PM,  January 30th, 2018
Where: Florida Forestry Association offices, 402 E Jefferson St, Tallahassee, FL 32301-1818, United States
All WLI alumni are invited!  Please RSVP by emailing Alumni Coordinator Val McKee ( if you plan to attend!

Alumni Dinner to Welcome South Dakota (hosted by Region V) on Feb. 1st

South Dakota is headed for Highlands County!

The South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Program will be visiting Highlands County on February 1st.  Alumni members of Region V are providing leadership programming for their time in south Florida.

All alumni are invited to come to the Cowpoke’s Watering Hole in Sebring to welcome them to our state, share a little about Florida agriculture, and lperhaps earn something about South Dakota agriculture as well!

When: February 1st, 6:00 pm
Where: Cowpoke’s Watering Hole, 6813 US-27, Sebring, FL 33876

All WLI alumni are invited! Please RSVP by emailing Region V co-director Susie Bishop, Class VIII, at by January 30th!

Find Us Now on LinkedIn!

Calling all Wedgworth alumni on LinkedIn!

We now have an Alumni Association LinkedIn page and associated LinkedIn *group.

(What’s the difference, you ask?  Our page is visible to the public, while our group is exclusive to WLI alumni and partners/spouses; this is similar to our Wedgworth Facebook page and Facebook private group.)

*Members of the LinkedIn group may invite other alumni members to be a part of the group as long as they are already connected or “friends” on LinkedIn.  Or, search for “Alumni Association of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute” and ask to join our group!