The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2017 recently went to the Strawberry Festival and Port Tampa Bay for Agriculture and Port Day.
They went to Plant City to learn about agricultural impact in Hillsborough County at the festival. They also learned about the history of the festival later in the day, according to a press release from the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. They took part in a strawberry field exhibit and a discussion with the staff of the Florida State Growers Association (FSGA) on the strawberry industry in Hillsborough.
There was a livestock exhibit from local high school students in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program. They were treated to a "southern comfort" meal of pork and chicken.
In addition, Jake Austin, the CEO of Plant City Economic Development Corp., led a discussion with Day Chair Tino Provenzano and Alex Walter, owner of Thundercloud Ranch