Farm Credit Affiliation
Farm Credit of Central Florida
agriculture looks to the future, the aging of the nation’s farmers coupled with
the need to feed an ever-increasing populace is an issue garnering attention in
the industry. Wayne Davis is a leader in addressing these important topics by
developing a college program designed to attract, retain and graduate
CEO and president
of his own agri-business, Wayne has worked with the University of Florida to
develop its innovating Agricultural Entrepreneurship program. This program
focuses on identifying students who may have an entrepreneurial mindset, determining
how to increase entrepreneurial thinking, and providing exposure to the concept
of entrepreneurship during a student’s program of study.
college students have a significant desire to study entrepreneurship, and a growing
demand for innovative, specialized real-world experience for students. Entrepreneurship
educational programs are proliferating nationally with the majority focused on
general business students. With Wayne’s support, the University of Florida’s
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is one of the first to provide an
experience-centered program focused on agriculture.
by the desire to motivate University of Florida students to become entrepreneurs
in the agricultural industry, with the goal of sustaining agricultural
production in the U.S. and beyond through the free enterprise system with
highly educated and motivated participants,” says Wayne.
program is being piloted with course-specific instruction, lectures by
successful entrepreneurs, and mentoring by entrepreneurs. It’s incorporation of
leadership training alongside academic and real-world experience is offering a
solid foundation for the next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs.
to the future of agriculture and the need for increased production, Wayne says,
“The potential for success is unlimited. Ag production will become much more
sophisticated and technical, and many new firms and professionals will be required
to support production."
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