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Seminar schedule times are subject to change.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Registration at Trade Show Entrance

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

7:30 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!

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Networking Reception

Hit the tradeshow floor and grab a cocktail!

morning Session (9:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.)

General Session

  • 9:00 - Welcome, announcements and introduction

    Gary Cooper, AgNet Media, Inc.

  • 9:10 - The Future of Hemp in Florida as an Alternative Crop

    Holly Bell, Florida Department of Agriculture
    In her role as director of cannabis, Bell oversees the development of rules, works directly with scientific experts, and ensures Commissioner Fried’s vision for cannabis in Florida continues moving forward.

  • 10:10 - Water Quantity and Quality Issues and Their Impact on Agriculture

    Moderator: Rich Budell, Budell Water Group
    Budell will be joined by the Director of Environmental Assessment and Restoration for the Florida Dept of Environmental Protection Thomas Frick; Director of Agricultural Water Policy for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Chris Pettit, and; South Florida Water Management District Executive Director Drew Bartlett for a discussion about water quality and quantity challenges for Lake Okeechobee and its estuaries.

  • 11:10 - Discussing the Ins and Outs of H-2A Labor

    Moderator: Natalie Gupton, Director of Business Services and Industry Relations, AgSafe
    Gupton will be joined by H2A Legal Expert Andy Jackson, Mike Rios, U.S. Department of Labor – Wage & Hour, Southeast Region Ag Enforcement Coordinator, in a discussion with a grower and H-2A contractor about H-2A labor from different perspectives.

12:10 - Lunch

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

Afternoon Session (1:50 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.)

Citrus Seminars

Whaley Hall
2 CEUs

4:50 - Visit the Trade Show and Grab a Cocktail at the Networking Reception!

  • 1:50 - Opening anouncements

    Tacy Callies, AgNet Media: Editor, Citrus Industry magazine

  • 2:00 - There’s amazing (science) inside Florida OJ!

    Rosa Walsh, Florida Department of Citrus
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  • 2:20 - Use of LB8-9 Sugar Belle® juice in OJ processing

    Yu Wang, UF/IFAS CREC

  • 2:40 - Bigger is not always better: Large-scale rootstock evaluations on Ridge and Flatwoods sites

    Ute Albrecht, UF/IFAS SWFREC
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  • 3:00 - Structural roots and HLB: Implications for young tree management

    Evan Johnson, UF/IFAS CREC

  • 3:20 - Can we do anything about fruit drop?

    Tripti Vashisth, UF/IFAS CREC
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  • 3:40 - HLB-affected citrus response to frequent irrigation and varied fertilization in Central Florida

    Davie Kadyampakeni, UF/IFAS CREC
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  • 4:00 - Effect of irrigation water acidification and soil pH on citrus nutrient availability

    Kelly Morgan, UF/IFAS SWFREC
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  • 4:20 - Planting densities, fertilization methods and irrigation systems for sweet orange production in the Indian River District

    Rhuanito Ferrarezi, UF/IFAS IRREC
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  • 4:40 - What is in the box?

    Michael Rogers, UF/IFAS CREC

Vegetable and Specialty Crop Seminars

Davidson Hall
2.5 CEUs/CCAs

  • 1:55 - Opening announcements

    Abbey Taylor, AgNet Media: Editor, VSCNews magazine

  • 2:05 - Epidemiology of watermelon virus complex in South Florida

    William Turechek, USDA

  • 2:30 - Tar spot and watching new bacterial disease

    Gene McAvoy, UF/IFAS Extension Hendry County
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  • 2:55 - Fusarium in watermelon seedlings

    Nick Dufault, UF/IFAS

  • 3:20 - Sweet corn silk flies

    Julien Beuzelin, UF/IFAS EREC
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  • 3:45 - Tomato brown rugose fruit virus

    Ozgur Batuman, UF/IFAS SWFREC
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  • 4:10 - Fruit fly outbreak in Mexico

    USDA, TBA

4:35 - Visit the Trade Show and Grab a Cocktail at the Networking Reception!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Registration at Trade Show Entrance

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

7:30 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 (9:20 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Citrus Seminars

Whaley Hall
2.5 CEUs

  • 9:20 - Welcome, introductions and opening announcements

    Tacy Callies, AgNet Media, Editor: Citrus Industry magazine

  • 9:30 - Citrus black spot inoculum in the canopy

    Megan Dewdney, UF/IFAS CREC

  • 9:50 - Possible IPM approaches to pest management under HLB

    Lukasz Stelinski, UF/IFAS SWFREC

  • 10:10 - Bt toxins for suppression of the Asian citrus psyllid

    Bryony Bonning, UF/IFAS

  • 10:30 - Can RNA interference technology contribute to controlling Asian citrus psyllid in Florida?

    Nabil Killiny, UF/IFAS CREC

  • 10:50 - Lebbeck mealybug, a new pest management challenge in Florida citrus

    Lauren Diepenbrock, UF/IFAS CREC
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  • 11:10 - An update on UF/IFAS CREC scion varieties

    Fred Gmitter, UF/IFAS CREC

  • 11:30 - Citrus under protective screen

    Arnold Schumann, UF/IFAS CREC
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  • 11:50 - Growing young citrus trees under individual protective covers: What we know after 18 months

    Fernando Alferez, UF/IFAS CREC
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  • 12:10 - The economics of mesh bags for protecting young citrus trees

    Ariel Singerman, UF/IFAS CREC
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12:30 - Lunch

Vegetable and Specialty Crop Seminars

Davidson Hall
2.5 CEUs/CCAs

  • 9:30 - Welcome, introductions and opening announcements

    Abbey Taylor, AgNet Media: Editor, VSCNews magazine

  • 9:40 - Alternative crop selection in a time of change

    Jose Chaparo, UF/IFAS
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  • 10:05 - Overview of farm readiness review/ag water treatment options

    Matt Krug, UF/IFAS SWFREC
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  • 10:30 - Precision agriculture technologies for specialty crops

    Yiannis Ampatzidis, UF/IFAS SWFREC

  • 10:55 - Fumigant ratios for pest management in vegetables

    Nathan Boyd, UF/IFAS GCREC

  • 11:20 - Using a critical dose bioassay to design insecticide rotations for whiteflies and diamondback moth

    Hugh Smith, UF/IFAS GCREC

  • 11:45 - Downy mildew on cucurbits: Getting the most bang for your fungicide dollar

    Gary Vallad, UF/IFAS GCREC

12:10 - Lunch

Afternoon Hands-on Citrus Session
(2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Davidson Hall
1 CEU

UF/IFAS will have 10 different hands-on activities that growers can engage in. Some of the activities include checking for different types of soil and root nematodes and learning how to control them, identifying pests and fungal diseases, learning different methods for fungicide application, and how to measure soil pH.

UF/IFAS will also have a “Meet the Specialist” session taking place at the same time as the hands-on workshops. Researchers will be available to speak with growers one-on-one. This is the perfect opportunity for growers to ask researchers questions they may have about their groves, as well as interact with them on a personal level rather than in a large meeting-room setting. UF/IFAS faculty look forward to interacting with growers at these new additions to Citrus Expo.