FFB Legislative Internship Program

Randall Weiseman Florida, General

(Gainesville, Fla.) – The Loop Legislative Internship Program, established by Florida Farm Bureau in honor of Carl B. Loop, Jr., has selected its first scholarship recipients.

Carl B. Loop Jr. is the pioneering Jacksonville nurseryman wholesaler who served as president of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation for 23 years. Mr. Loop left office in 2006.

The scholarship recipients are Ashley Allen of Fort Meade who is interning in Congressman Adam Putnam’s District Office in Bartow; Vivian Christmas of Tallahassee who is interning in Congressman Cliff Stearns’ Washington office and Brady Revels of Bushnell who is interning with CropLife America in Washington, D.C.

“These students represent exactly what we hoped to do with this internship program,” said John Hoblick, president of the Florida Farm Bureau. “This program will give the students not only real-life experiences but will provide important exposure to the legislative process.”

Ashley Allen, an agriculture education major, said she hopes to gain a better understanding of how the policy-making process affects education.

Vivian Christmas, a food and resource economics major, is interested in pursuing a career in politics or international law. Her time in Washington, D.C. this summer will allow her to gain first-hand experience with national politics.

Brady Revels, an agriculture education major, hopes to learn more about how regulations affect agriculture during his summer internship.

Full-time UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences undergraduate or graduate students who are interested in applying for assistance through the Loop Legislative Internship Program to support federal or state legislative internships during the fall semester can go online. The Loop Legislative Internship Program is designed to fund a few internships each semester. The next application deadline is June 26.