Work Ready Florida a new 4-H Opportunity to Help Prepare Florida Teenagers for Careers in Agriculture

Agriculture is Florida’s second-largest industry.  New technologies have opened the door to a new world of opportunities for careers in Florida agriculture.

Work Ready Florida is a new opportunity that will introduce teenagers to basic agricultural concepts.  Additionally, this program will help students develop the technical skills needed for careers in agriculture.  Any teenager may join this 4-H club.

Work Ready Florida will prepare participants to test for Florida Farm Bureau’s AEST (Agricultural Education Services and Technology) certifications.  These certifications can help prepare youth for careers in Florida agriculture industry.

In addition, participants will take part in hands-on training around the state.  Participants will also attend on-campus experiences at the University of Florida, Florida A&M University and other facilities. There will also be opportunities to explore agriculture and ag-related careers through virtual field trips to Florida agricultural enterprises.

Work Ready Florida is a partnership between the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension, Florida A & M University (FAMU) Extension, and USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), in cooperation with the Florida Farm Bureau.

The first meeting of Work Ready Florida will be held in-person at Florida 4-H University in July, followed by virtual meetings held monthly.  Then, regular 4-H club meetings will begin in August.

For more information, contact Dr. Christopher Decubellis at  Also, visit for more information on Florida 4-H.  Visit for more information on certifications.

Financial assistance and accommodations are available to help with participation, travel and expenses.


Posted: May 17, 2022

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agribusiness, AGRICULTURE, Clubs & Volunteers, Curriculum

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