MILLEN, GA. — As part of its Next Generation Leadership Academy (NGLA) education, the Southeast Produce Council (SEPC) took its group of emerging leaders on an inaugural trip to the Research Triangle in North Carolina.

The theme of the trip was ‘Next Era of Agriculture,’ and according to SEPC, the participants were given opportunities to explore cutting-edge agricultural practices, technological advancements, and sustainable solutions alongside thought leaders, industry experts, and researchers at the forefront of agricultural innovation.

Organizations contributing to the Next Generation Leadership Academy trip included:

  • North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Steve Troxler Agricultural Sciences Center
  • Bayer Crop Science
  • Measure to Improve
  • BASF Center for Sustainable Ag
  • Nufarm
  • L&M Companies
  • Grocery Shopii

Ashley Andersen of Dare to Lead facilitated a virtual leadership course at the end of the trip, SEPC said.

"The Research Triangle provided the perfect backdrop for our Next Generation Leadership Academy to explore and envision the future of agriculture," said Raina Nelson, NGLA committee chair at SEPC. "By engaging with pioneers and innovators in the industry, our participants gained invaluable insights into the transformative technologies and sustainable practices that will shape the next era of agriculture."

The 2023-2024 Next Generation Leadership Academy graduates will be recognized at Southern Exposure on March 7 during SEPC’s Future Generations Celebration Dinner.