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IN DEPTH: PEOPLE

All roads lead to blueberry success for Ryan Atwood

As a first-generation farmer, Ryan Atwood made the right career moves to end up a successful businessman and respected leader in Florida’s blueberry industry. Drawing on his work as a research scientist, crop adviser, sales representative and extension agent, the pieces all fell into place.

“It was a long and winding road,” he acknowledged.

In the 18 years since he earned a master’s degree in forest genetics at the University of Florida, the 43-year-old Atwood has established himself as a go-to guy in the blueberry business. No wonder. He co-owns a family farm, a packinghouse and a farm management company. In addition, he owns a blueberry consulting firm and an apiary. Read more...

IN DEPTH: NEWS

FFVA Issues Forum topics are top of mind for Florida’s agriculture industry

As the November elections draw near, the agriculture community is watching key congressional and statewide races, including governor and agriculture commissioner. Attendees of FFVA’s 75th Annual Convention will get some expert perspective in the first forum, “Election 2018: A look ahead for agriculture.” Joe Clements, CEO of Strategic Digital Services, Florida state Rep. Katie Edwards of District 98, and political analyst Dr. Susan MacManus will discuss what the outcome of the elections could mean for the specialty crop industry in the near future and long term. Read more.