Syngenta Recognizes 2013 FFVA Scholarship Winner


Continuing its investment in the future of agriculture, Syngenta is proud to recognize Christian Mignano of the University of Florida as the 2013 recipient of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) education scholarship. Mignano, who is currently pursuing a B.S. in agricultural operations management, received the scholarship at the 70th Annual FFVA Convention at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Fla.  The scholarship recognizes students pursuing careers in agriculture. This is the 10th consecutive year Syngenta has sponsored the FFVA education scholarship.
"Syngenta is proud to award this scholarship in partnership with FFVA to Christian Mignano," said Meade McDonald, Syngenta district manager. "Christian's marketing plan promoted a 'locally grown' theme that Florida supermarkets could employ six to nine months of the year. In recent years, it seems that consumers want to be increasingly more connected to their food supply and the food suppliers themselves. Christian's promotional plan would allow retailers to do just that," continued McDonald.
Christian Mignano, a native of Boynton Beach, Fla., is a junior at the University of Florida pursuing a degree in agricultural operations management with a minor in precision agriculture, which will possibly serve as the focus of his graduate studies. Mignano has served as the secretary for the UF Agronomy & Soils Club and is a member of the UF Collegiate Farm Bureau, District 8 Farm Bureau (Western Palm Beach County), District 8 Young Farmers & Ranchers, and Alpha Gamma Rho, Alpha Gamma Chapter, UF. He aspires to one day be a farm manager and eventually serve on the board of directors for a large farming operation in Florida.
Scholarships are just one of the ways Syngenta invests in the future of agriculture. Since 1997, more than 100 students have participated in a Syngenta internship program in Florida. Participant responsibilities include scouting, soil sampling and collecting, analyzing and reporting on various citrus agricultural data.
Another way Syngenta contributes to the future of agriculture is through the research conducted at the Vero Beach Research Center. This Florida facility tests new and existing products to ensure their efficacy.
"Syngenta invests in the future of agriculture and students like Christian to provide a strong foundation for a sustainable planet now and into the future," said Jonathan Stevenson, Syngenta agronomic service representative. "There is an ever-growing worldwide need for food, feed, fuel and fiber, and Syngenta accepts the challenge to ensure that these resources remain accessible and affordable."
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