“The scale there’s so much bigger. It makes Florida look small,” Orsenigo said.
“They’re the biggest player and politically, they’re ahead of the curve. We caught a glimpse of what may soon trickle over to the rest of the country in terms of labor and environmental impacts, good, bad and otherwise.”
Networking benefits proved most valuable for Amber Kosinsky, director of marketing for Wish Farms, Plant City, Fla.
“Some of our group are on the farm all day while others are in offices working in research and ag finance, so you can sometimes get tunnel vision,” Kosinsky said.
Group members learned how instrumental produce is across the state at all levels.
While competitors, they work in the same business through different roles in their companies.
The valuable connections and friendships they’ve made through the yearlong experience should help them in their own operations.
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