Next Generation of Agricultural Leaders Selected

Dec. 3, 2014

Florida Farm Bureau has announced the selection of outstanding young agriculturists, ages 18-35, for the 2014-2016 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group.

The group trains in a two-year program that empowers young farmers to be effective agricultural leaders at the local, state and national level.  The following individuals or couples have been selected for the two-year team:

Lee Bigham, Jackson County; Tyler Brown, Santa Rosa County; Alex and Emily Murphy, Hamilton County; Chance Clay, Putnam/St. Johns County; Tomas Ford, Nassau County; Justin and Tiffany Ingle, Alachua County; Chris and Julie Wall, Marion County; Tiffany Dale, Hillsborough County; Christian Spinosa, Polk County; Rob Bullock, Highlands County; Jay Ryals, Desoto/Charlotte County; Courtney Davis, Okeechobee County; Kevin Kersey, Osceola County; Ethan Basore, Palm Beach County and Lindsey Bowen, Hendry/Glades County.

Christian Spinosa will serve as the group’s president and Lindsey Bowen will serve as the YF&R group liaison for the FFBF Women’s Committee.

“We are excited to provide young farmers the opportunity to network with other young farmers and help expand their knowledge of agricultural issues,” said program coordinator Michael Rogalsky. “These young people are committed to tackling the challenges that face agriculture.”

Group members will spend the next 24 months refining their leadership abilities by focusing on personal growth, public speaking, media relations, issue advocacy, business development and service leadership.