This year, Citrus Expo is excited to add vegetable and specialty crop seminars to the educational program! With this addition, there are some topics that are applicable to both the citrus industry and the vegetable and specialty crop industry. Therefore, we have combined these topics of interest to all types of growers into one general session on Wednesday morning. The general session will take place in Whaley Hall.
The citrus-only sessions will be held Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning and Thursday afternoon in Whaley Hall.

The vegetable and specialty crop seminars will take place Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning in Davidson Hall.

We hope you enjoy this new and improved educational program!

Seminar schedule times are subject to change.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

7:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Registration at Trade Show Entrance

Don’t wait in line, pre-register today!

7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Breakfast in Trade Show Hall

Sausage and biscuits

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Trade Show Open

Visit exhibitor booths!

morning Session (9:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.)

General Session

  • Connector.

    Gary Cooper, AgNet Media, Inc.

    Welcome, announcements and introduction

  • Connector.

    Mike Sparks, Florida Citrus Mutual

    Hurricane Irma relief funding

  • Connector.

    Richard Budell, Budell Water Group, LLC

    Water supply and water quality challenges facing Florida agriculture

  • Connector.

    William K. Crispin, Law Office of William K. Crispin, Chtd.

    Federal crop insurance – and what the farmer needs to know post-Irma

  • Connector.

    Michael D. Martin, Martin Law Office

    Ascertaining crop loss damages

  • Connector.

    Amy Wolfe, AgSafe

    Emerging issues in ag labor and safety

  • Connector.

    Andrew Walmsley, American Farm Bureau Federation

    2018 farm bill update

12:10 - Lunch

John Deere gun safe drawing (courtesy of Everglades Equipment Group) for pre-registered growers during lunch.

Afternoon Session (2:00 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.)

Citrus Seminars

Whaley Hall

  • Connector.

    2:00 - Gary Cooper, AgNet Media

    Opening anouncements

  • Connector.

    2:05 - Lukasz Stelinski, UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC)

    Investigations addressing the impact of ACP management on severity of HLB: initial update

  • Connector.

    2:30 - Christopher Vincent, UF/IFAS CREC

    Using kaolin clay for psyllid management

  • Connector.

    2:55 - Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski, UF/IFAS CREC

    Antimicrobial strategies for controlling CLas and the Asian citrus psyllid

  • Connector.

    3:20 - Phil Stansly, UF/IFAS SWFREC

    Update on pesticide resistance in ACP populations

  • Connector.

    3:45 - Jim Graham, UF/IFAS CREC

    Field evaluation of mesh bags for protection of young citrus trees

4:10 - Visit the tradeshow

Enjoy the 2018 Citrus Expo networking reception on the trade show floor!

Vegetable and Specialty Crop Seminars

Davidson Hall

  • Connector.

    2:00 - Gene McAvoy, UF/IFAS Extension Hendry County

    Opening announcements

  • Connector.

    2:05 - Phil Stansly, UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC)

    Whiteflies in vegetable crops: damage and control

  • Connector.

    2:30 - Scott Adkins, USDA/ARS

    New cucurbit and tomato viruses

  • Connector.

    2:55 - Johan Daesager, UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC)

    Non fumigant nematicides

  • Connector.

    3:20 - Paul Zorner, North Carolina State University

    Ag microbials: past, present and future

  • Connector.

    3:45 - Sarah Strauss, UF/IFAS SWFREC

    Understanding and manipulating soil microbial communities in Florida vegetable production

  • Connector.

    4:10 - Pam Roberts, UF/IFAS SWFREC

    Late blight: a disease of distinction

4:35 - Visit the tradeshow

Enjoy the 2018 Citrus Expo networking reception on the trade show floor!

Thursday August 16, 2018

7:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Registration at Trade Show Entrance

Don’t wait in line, pre-register today!

7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Breakfast in Trade Show Hall

Sausage and biscuits.

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Trade Show Open

Visit exhibitor booths!

Morning Session (9:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.)

Citrus Seminars

Whaley Hall

  • Connector.

    9:30 - Gary Cooper, AgNet Media

    Welcome, introductions, opening announcements

  • Connector.

    9:40 - Arnold Schumann, UF/IFAS CREC

    Citrus under protective screen – update and post-hurricane observations

  • Connector.

    10:05 - Ute Albrecht, UF/IFAS SWFREC

    Research update: does the rootstock propagation method influence citrus tree growth?

  • Connector.

    10:30 - Tripti Vashisth, UF/IFAS CREC

    Living with HLB: nutrition and irrigation management can improve tree health and productivity

  • Connector.

    10:55 - Kelly Morgan, UF/IFAS SWFREC

    Citrus nutrition research leading to revised fertilizer recommendations for HLB-affected trees

  • Connector.

    11:20 - Ariel Singerman, UF/IFAS CREC

    Economics of high-density citrus plantings in Florida

  • Connector.

    11:45 - Jude Grosser, UF/IFAS CREC

    New scion and rootstock planting options for Florida growers, with emphasis on fruit quality and disease resistance

12:10 - Lunch

Vegetable and Specialty Crop Seminars

Davidson Hall

  • Connector.

    9:30 - Gene McAvoy, UF/IFAS Extension Hendry County

    Welcome, introductions, opening announcements

  • Connector.

    9:40 - Peter McClure, TerViva

    Pongamia – plant, grow, make money

  • Connector.

    10:05 - Shinsuke Agehara, UF/IFAS GCREC

    Hops and artichokes –turning challenges into opportunities in Florida

  • Connector.

    10:30 - Jonathan Crane, UF/IFAS TREC

    Subtropical and tropical fruits

  • Connector.

    10:55 - Jeff Williamson, UF/IFAS

    Are blueberries the right alternative crop for you?

  • Connector.

    11:20 - Ali Sarkhosh, UF/IFAS

    Pomegranate cultural management

  • Connector.

    11:45 - Zach Byrm, UF/IFAS TREC

    UF/IFAS industrial hemp program

12:10 - Lunch

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Afternoon Session (2:00 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.)

Citrus Seminars

Whaley Hall

  • Connector.

    2:00 - Gary Cooper, AgNet Media, Inc.

    Opening announcements

  • Connector.

    2:05 - Evan Johnson, UF/IFAS CREC

    Zinkicide for HLB: where efficacy and registration stand

  • Connector.

    2:30 - Sarah Strauss, UF/IFAS SWFREC

    Beneficial microbes and other soil amendments for improving citrus: an update

  • Connector.

    2:55 - Nian Wang, UF/IFAS CREC

    Results of field trials examining trunk injection of bactericides for HLB control

  • Connector.

    3:20 - Eric Triplett, UF/IFAS

    How a surprising lab result suggests a nutritional means to control HLB

  • Connector.

    3:45 - Fernando Alferez, UF/IFAS SWFREC

    Initial observations on the effect of homobrassinolides on HLB-affected trees in Florida

  • Connector.

    4:10 - Megan Dewdney, UF/IFAS CREC

    How to know when PFD will strike again

  • Connector.

    4:35 - Gary Cooper, AgNet Media

    Concluding comments