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The Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation, Inc. of Lake Wales, Florida awarded a $4,000 grant to Warner University in support of the new Agricultural degree program for a third year. The generous funding enabled the continued development of the WU Collegiate FFA Chapter during the 2014 – 2015 academic year. As a result, students were able to attend several leadership and career development events throughout the year, including hosting the District 8 FFA Career Development competition on campus and volunteering at many events. WU is the second FFA collegiate chapter in the state of Florida, following the University of Florida.

There were many highlights during the second year of Warner University’s Agricultural Studies Degree Program. Students were able to experience the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY again last fall in addition to many industry field trips. Florida’s Natural provided a tour of their Lake Wales juicing facility in April for students enrolled in the Intro to Ag Studies course. They learned not only about orange juice processing, but had the great opportunity to talk with Vice President of Agricultural Services Dave Crumbly and Director of Operations Scott Smith  for a history lesson about the company and to receive business advice as they seek careers in the agricultural industry.

The WU Collegiate FFA’s mission is “to grow a royal tradition by establishing a well-rounded program to encourage professional development and personal growth of the members.” Collegiate FFA’s purpose is to “enhance the collegiate experience through service and engagement to create premier leaders, enable personal growth and ensure career success.” Because of the generosity of the Florida’s Natural Grower’s Foundation, Warner University Ag Studies students are prepared to achieve success. Warner University had the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Agricultural Complex in February, with the complex officially beginning construction this October. Contact ag@www.warner.edu for more information.

The Warner University Collegiate FFA program was funded by a grant from the Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation, Inc. of Lake Wales, Florida. www.floridasnatural.com.