Instead, we must seek to instill in these young minds a broader perspective of the fresh produce industry and the political landscape which we all must successfully navigate in order to survive.
Earlier this year, FFVA and WG partnered once again to do exactly that.
In January, the WG leadership class accompanied their counterparts in the FFVA program on a three-day tour of South Florida agricultural operations.
And, in June, the FFVA group will travel to California to visit Salinas-area produce farms and packing facilities.
Our hope is that through these cross-country trips, members of the two leadership classes will develop an appreciation for the diversity of commodities and production practices employed by fruit and vegetable farmers in other parts of the country.
In doing so, these emerging agricultural leaders will begin to form the common bonds and collective resolve that will allow them to combat future challenges that may be far greater than the ones we have ever known.
Tom Nassif is president of the Western Growers Association, Irvine, Calif. Mike Stuart is president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, Maitland.
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