ACT attends Professional Development Conference

Jan. 16, 2015

Seven members of the Ohio State chapter of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) are attending the National ACT Professional Development Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The Professional Development Conference provides ACT members with the opportunity for professional growth and networking opportunities with leaders in the agricultural communication field. The University of Florida is the hosting chapter with the theme “Making Magic Happen.”

On Friday, conference attendees will get a closer look at Florida’s varied agriculture with an industry tour to a strawberry farm, large nursery, citrus and vegetable processing facilities, and the Florida Strawberry festival.

The National ACT business meeting will be held on Saturday, followed by breakout sessions led by agricultural communication industry professionals including Mary Hartney, president of the Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association, Ben Bolusky, CEO of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association, Joy Rumble, assistant professor at the University of Florida, and Michelle Matuszewski, talents manager for the Animal, Sciences and Environment Line of Business at Walk Disney World.

Ohio State students in attendance include Joel Penhorwood, Jarred Shellhouse, Jordan Bonham, Daniel Grayless, Devon Alexander, Mary Siekman, and graduate student Brooke Beam, as well as faculty and ACT advisors Dr. Emily Buck and Dr. Annie Specht.