March-April 2015
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Dear NRLI Alumni and Supporters,
Please join us in celebrating the graduation of NRLI Class XIV!


NRLI Class XIV will be concluding with a graduation ceremony on Friday, April 17 in Gainesville. In addition, there will be a graduation field trip to Seahorse Key on Saturday, April 18.

Please see additional details on both events below, including links to RSVP.

We look forward to seeing you in April! 

Best regards,

Jonathan Dain, NRLI Director

Jessica Ireland, NRLI Program Coordinator    

Blue Sky Farms, Hastings, FL
Photo by Jessica Ireland.

Hastings/Tri-County Agricultural Area

BMPs and Water Quality/Quantity


Session Overview

Curriculum Focus: Facilitating Planning Amongst Complexity and Tension
Difficult Dynamics-Understanding the Challenges of a 21st Century Farmer
Clay Coarsey & Matt Arsenault (NRLI Class XIV Fellows)
NRLI Class XIV Fellow Spotlight
Greg Gibson
Patty Hutfles
James Erskine
NRLI Alumni Spotlight
Leslie Sturmer, Class V

NRLI Class XIV Graduation

   You are cordially invited to the graduation ceremony of NRLI Class XIV.


Friday, April 17, 2015

5:30 to 9:00 p.m.


The Wooly
(an event venue located in downtown Gainesville)

20 North Main Street, Gainesville, Florida


Reception: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Dinner: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Remarks and presentation of awards and certificates: 7:30-9:00 p.m.


Click here to RSVP.
Please RSVP no later than April 1.


 For additional information, contact Jessica Ireland, NRLI Program Coordinator:


Phone: (352) 294-7643

NRLI Class XIV Graduation Field Trip


Seahorse Key

Saturday April 18

11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


NRLI Alumni, Friends, and Family are invited to a field trip to celebrate NRLI Class XIV graduation! The field trip is hosted by the University of Florida Seahorse Key Marine Lab and the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge.

Spend several hours on Seahorse Key, a 165 acre island located in the heart of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. The trip begins on the R/V Discovery, a 42-ft custom-built research vessel. Enjoy views of wildlife, including birds, dolphins, and sea turtles on the 20 minute trip to Seahorse Key. Once at Seahorse Key, we'll have lunch followed by tours of the historic lighthouse and cemetery, visits the marine laboratory, or go on a guided walk along the beach. Or simply feel free to wander and enjoy the spectacular beauty. Bring binoculars if you have them: the birds will be nesting! If you've got time, plan on spending the night in Cedar Key and explore the area.

The trip is suitable of people of all ages and capacities.


Departure point is from Cedar Key Florida. Departure time: approximately 11:30 a.m. from Cedar Key. Multiple trips may be necessary depending on numbers. 


We will be ordering boxed lunches from a local café in Cedar Key. The cost is ~$12 per boxed lunch.


Click here to register for the field trip. THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS APRIL 8. 


For more information, contact Maria Sgambati at  / mobile: 202-486-6491.

NRLI Class XV (2015-2016)   

The schedule for Class XV (2015-2016) has been set, including dates, venues, and topics. Applications and nominations are currently being accepted!

Click here for more information on Class XV, including application/nomination instructions.

Please spread the word!             


NRLI Alumni Association


Attention NRLI Alumni! If you aren't already a member of the NRLI Alumni Association, we encourage you to join! The dues are only $25 annually, or $125 for a lifetime membership, and the funds help support alumni training and enrichment and alumni-sponsored scholarships for incoming NRLI fellows.

Please contact Craig Diamond, NRLI Alumni Association Treasurer, for more information on memberships:


In addition, the Alumni Association is selling NRLI t-shirts. The shirts are $10 each. They are 100% cotton and come in blue or green. Share your NRLI pride! Contact Chris Martinez to order:


Food and Resource Economics Department