Growing our future
Our local, regional, national, and global communities all depend upon an integrated and sustainable agricultural business model.
ResearchWe initiate applied research projects related to water management, new agribusiness opportunities, and other issues faced by SWFL
EngageWe enhance interactions between FGCU and the SWFL agricultural economy through community programs
What is Agribusiness?
Learn more about the Agribusiness minor from Dr. Fritz Roka, Director of the Center for Agribusiness.
The Center for Agribusiness (CAB) seeks to enhance the economic and environmental sustainability of agricultural operations in Southwest Florida by providing well-trained professionals who are knowledgeable about agriculture and its role in the Southwest Florida economy.
Agribusiness classes and public training programs developed through the CAB will complement the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines taught at FGCU. The CAB will rely on outstanding faculty, staff and a strong committee of community advisors to prepare students for gainful employment and successful lives as responsible, productive and engaged citizens. The CAB will follow FGCU’s vision and mission to provide innovative, student-centered teaching and learning; promote and practice environmental sustainability; embrace diversity; nurture community partnerships; value public service; encourage civic responsibility; and cultivate habits of lifelong learning and the discovery of new knowledge.
The citrus growers of southwest Florida are committed to supporting education as a long-term investment in the future of our industry. The first Gulf Citrus scholarship was awarded in 1992 through the Gulf Citrus Growers Association, a trade organization representing growers in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties.
In an effort to instill passion for the agriculture industry, engage with a new generation of young leaders and foster a workforce dedicated to the future of Florida agriculture, FFVA created the Karen and Mike Stuart Scholarship. The scholarship encourages and supports college students who intend to pursue a career in the specialty crop industry, an area of agriculture focused on vegetables, citrus, tropical fruit, berries, sod, sugar cane, tree crops and more. Applicants may be interested in either production agriculture (growing, shipping, packing) or the allied industry (fertilizer and crop protection, equipment, food safety, sales and marketing, etc.).
Impacts of COVID-19 on the Florida Food System
Our 2nd Annual AG Forum was held November 18 as a virtual program titled: The Florida Food System and Covid-19. Opening remarks were given by Drs. Martin (FGCU) and Angle (UF/IFAS). We trust that the information presented, and the subsequent analysis, will be of value to Florida’s agricultural supply chains.