Fruit and vegetable growers from Florida and more should register now for the 2024 Tri-State Fruit & Vegetable Annual Conference.

The 2024 Tri-State Fruit & Vegetable Annual Conference is coming in January and registration is now open. The event is being put on by UF/IFAS Extension, according to a UF/IFAS blog. It maintained that “UF/IFAS Extension takes pride in putting on events for our stakeholders to ensure they are provided with the necessary information and research to have a successful growing season.” See the details of the event below.

Details of the Tri-State Fruit & Vegetable Annual Conference

When: Wednesday, January 31st, 2024, from 8 am to 1 pm.

Where: the UF/IFAS Extension Jackson County Office at 2741 Penn Ave, Marianna, FL.

What: According to the UF/IFAS blog, “This event will focus on fruit and vegetable production of the Tri-State area. During this conference, producers will learn about ways to improve their irrigation schedule, programs through USDA that provide assistance to fruit and vegetable growers, new data on cucurbit crops and variety tolerances to insect transmitted diseases, agriculture labor trends, and more. Growers will have opportunity to earn pesticide CEU credits with their attendance.”

The schedule is:

“7:30 a.m. – Registration

8:00 a.m. – Welcome

8:10 a.m. – USDA Programs: What is Available to You?

Brendaly Rodriguez Munoz, USDA NRCS & Anthony Williams, USDA Farm Service Agency

8:40 a.m. – Basic Considerations from Conventional to Organic Production Systems

Dr. Muhammed Shahid, UF/IFAS Extension Assistant Professor, Horticulture – Stress Physiology of Fruit Crops

9:10 a.m. – Cucurbit Species, Crop and Variety Tolerance to Whitefly Transmitted Viruses in Georgia

Dr. Ted Mcavoy, Assistant Professor & Vegetable Production Extension Specialist: Vegetable Production, University of Georgia Extension

9:40 a.m. – Break/Vendor Highlights

10:00 a.m. – Improving Irrigation Schedules Using Blue Dye Tests and Soil Moisture Sensor Information

Bob Hockmuth, UF/IFAS Extension Assistant Center Director & Regional Specialized Extension Agent – Vegetables

10:30 a.m. – Agriculture Labor Trends and the Growing H-2A Program

Dr. Derek Farnsworth, UF/IFAS Associate Professor, Food and Resource Economics Department

11:00 a.m. – Florida Agricultural Soil Moisture Sensor Network:  Engaging growers, agents, and technology industry to conserve and protect water resources

Dr. Vivek Sharma, UF/IFAS Assistant Professor, Precision Water Management, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

11:30 a.m. – Break for Lunch

1:00 p.m. – Dismissal

How: “Pre-registration is preferred. Please pre-register at Admission is $10 per person. Lunch will be provided with the purchase of admission.”

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