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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 second year. The generous funding enabled the launch of the WU Collegiate FFA Chapter during the 2013 – 2014 academic year. As a result, students were able to attend several leadership and career development events throughout the year, culminating in the official recognition as a collegiate FFA charter during the Florida FFA State Convention earlier this month. WU is the second FFA collegiate chapter in the state of Florida, following the University of Florida.

There were many highlights during the inaugural year of Warner University’s Agricultural Studies Degree Program. Students were able to experience the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY this past October in addition to industry field trips. Florida’s Natural provided a tour of their Lake Wales juicing facility in December for students enrolled in the Intro to Ag Studies course. They learned not only about orange juice processing, but had the rare opportunity to sit one-on-one with CEO Stephen Caruso for a short 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 will break ground on the new Agricultural Complex in Spring 2015. 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.