Birko’s Ian Bessell Graduates From FFVA Emerging Leader Development Program

HENDERSON, Colo. – Birko, a leading provider of food safety solutions for the produce industry, today announced that its produce specialist, Ian Bessell, has graduated from the Emerging Leader Development Program, sponsored by the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA).

“The Emerging Leader Development Program helped me gain new insights and perspectives about produc­tion agriculture,” Bessell said. “It’s been great to have the opportunity to visit with folks throughout the industry and talk candidly about their opera­tions, what they think of industry trends and what challenges they face in their individual businesses.”

Bessell recently joined Birko as the firm’s Director of Business Development and Food Safety for Produce.

About The Emerging Leader Development Program

The Emerging Leader Development Program develops leaders who are prepared with a depth of knowledge of issues facing agriculture. Graduates are equipped with the education and tools to improve the sustainability and economic viability of specialty crop agriculture. Program involvement also strengthens grassroots engagement in the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association and other industry organizations. FFVA has served Florida’s grower-shipper community since 1943 and represents a broad range of crops, including vegetables, citrus, tropical fruit, berries, sod, sugar cane, tree crops and more.