The Florida Farm Bureau Federation and its Board of Directors have voted to donate $25,000 towards Warner University’s new Agriculture Complex. This donation helps toward the funds needed for the $2.8 million complex, which will begin construction on the Lake Wales campus this September.
Warner University began their Agriculture Studies degree program in 2012 through the direction of the Ag industry task force that included Hill Griffin, IV of Ben Hill Griffin, Inc, Tony DiMare of DiMare Fresh, Steve Maxwell of Highlands Corporation and Keith Mixon of Dole. With the recommendation of Commissioner Putnam to move forward, Warner created a diversified Agricultural Studies degree.
In the Fall of 2013, Warner accepted its first 20 Ag students to the campus. By the Spring of 2014, 17 of those students conducted their first of many Ag practicum experiences across Central Florida in a variety of agricultural sectors. A student in the Ag program at Warner graduates with over 500 hours of hands-on experience.
The private, Christian college broke ground on the new Ag Complex this past February. With over 800 Ag industry leaders and students in attendance that day, Commissioner Putnam and WU President Hall spoke about the importance of agricultural education in Florida and shared their excitement about the future of the Ag industry.
The $25,000 sponsorship from the Florida Farm Bureau Federation will be designated to the Open Equipment Storage where the organization’s name will be displayed and places them at the “Innovator” giving level. This state of the art complex should be complete in the Fall of 2016.
The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest agricultural organization, with about 147,000 members across the state.