See the lineup at the 2017 Florida Ag Expo at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research And Education Center.


The 2017 Florida Ag Expo is considered “Florida’s premier event for fruit and vegetable growers.” Set for Wednesday, November 8th, at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, the event is “a can’t-miss opportunity for growers and consultants looking to maximize profitability in fruit and vegetable production,” according to the event’s website. See the agenda below.

Agenda for the 2017 Florida Ag Expo


The website maintains the event will help attendees to “learn the latest on pest and disease management in tomatoes, strawberries, and others – our educational sessions provide practical solutions” attendees can implement right away. The agenda is as follows:

-8:15 – 8:30 am: Welcome and Introductions

Jack Rechcigl, Center Director, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, UF/IFAS

Jack Payne, Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, UF/IFAS

8:30 – 10:00 am: State of the Industry Panel

Discussing hot topics in Florida’s specialty crop sector

Mike Stuart, President of Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

Reggie Brown, Executive Vice President of Florida Tomato Exchange

Dudley Calfee, President of Florida Blueberry Growers Association

Kenneth Parker,Executive Director of Florida Strawberry Growers Association

10:00 – 10:30 am: Break / Visit with Exhibitors

Alternative Crops/Disease Control  Track

Moderator: Alicia Whidden, UF/IFAS Extension

-10:30 – 10:50 am: Downy mildew on cucurbits: Getting the most out of your fungicide program

Gary Vallad: UF/IFAS, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

-10:50 – 11:10 am: Managing watermelon vine decline and other viruses

Scott Adkins, USDA-ARS

-11:10 – 11:30 am: Managing whiteflies in Florida vegetables

Hugh Smith, UF/IFAS, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

-11:30 – 11:50 am: Blueberry production and new variety selection

Jeff Williamson, UF/IFAS

-11:50 am – 12:10 pm: How early can we go? A new strawberry for Florida

Vance Whitaker, UF/IFAS, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

-12:10 – 12:30 pm: The potential of artichoke and hops production in Florida

Shinsuke Agehara, UF/IFAS, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Farm Automation & Mechanization Track

Moderator: Crystal Snodgrass, UF/IFAS Extension

-10:30 – 11:00 am: New Technologies for Precision Agriculture

Arnold Schumann, UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center

-11:00 – 11:20 am: The development and commercialization of a strawberry harvesting robot

Gary Wishnatzki, Co-Founder of Harvest CROO Robotics

-11:20 – 11:40 am: Machine vision and precision herbicide application for vegetable production systems

Nathan Boyd, UF/IFAS, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

-11:40 am – 12:00 pm: Breeding compact growth fresh tomato varieties for mechanical harvest.

Sam Hutton, UF/IFAS, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center Education Center

-12:00 – 12:30 pm: Speaker panel discussion and attendee Q&A

12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 – 2:45 pm/3:00 – 4:15 pm: Hands-On Pest and Disease ID Laboratory Training

1:30 – 4:30 pm: Field Tours

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