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Florida Youth Institute Announcement

FYI about FYI Know an awesome high school junior or senior interested in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at the University of Florida? Share this opportunity with them!
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Region IV Barbecue

See the map at the bottom of the page for directions to Circle H Ranch (Thank you, Joe Hodges, for hosting!) If you have questions, contact Region IV Co-Directors Jennifer Parrish or David McDonald. RSVP today by emailing David at
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Region III Alumni Event

Region 3 Clay Shoot & Hinton Strawberry Farm Tour . . . When: Saturday, February 23, 2019 Start with farm tour at 3 PM Clay shoot starts at 4 PM Steak Dinner at 5:30 PM All Wedgworth Alumni and family welcome (kids with adult supervision)Complimentary 25 targets and shotguns availableShells, Ear and Eye Protection are...
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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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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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