Mike Joyner is the new president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association. ( Courtesy FFVA )

NAPLES, Fla. — The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association has named Mike Joyner as its new president.

“Mike is uniquely equipped to lead FFVA into the future,” FFVA chairman Paul Orsenigo said in a news release. “Given his experience and leadership in Florida agriculture, he has a keen grasp of the issues that Florida producers face in growing and marketing their crops. We’re looking forward to having him at the helm of our association.”

Joyner most recently was assistant commissioner of agriculture and chief of staff for Florida agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam. In those roles, Joyner has helped lead the Florida agriculture department for nearly eight years.

“I’m excited to join this association, which I’ve admired for many years,” Joyner said in the release. “The positive influence that FFVA’s advocacy work has had on public policy is impressive. There are challenges ahead for agriculture, which means that advocacy is more important than ever.”

Joyner succeeds longtime FFVA president Mike Stuart, who will stay on for a brief transition period before he retires. Joyner’s first day at the association will be Oct. 15.

“Mike’s tireless efforts and contributions on behalf of specialty crop agriculture in Florida and nationally have been monumental,” Orsenigo said in the release. “We’re grateful for his leadership, talents, integrity and coalition stewardship over the years. Our volunteer leaders are committed to providing a smooth succession to new leadership.”