2021 Seminar Program

Two Days of Educational Seminars!

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Citrus, Vegetable & Specialty Crop Expo

Wednesday August 18, 2021

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Trade Show Opens at 7:30 a.m.

Morning Session - 8:45 a.m. - Welcome and Announcements

  • 9:00 - Rick Dantzler

    Where We’ve Been, Where We Are and Where We’re Going

  • 9:20 a.m. - Megan Dewdney

    Citrus Black Spot

  • 9:40 a.m. - Evan Johnson

    Phytophthora Palmivora vs: Nicotianae: Not Always Equal

  • 10:00 a.m. - Larry Duncan

    Integrating Physical Barriers Into Nematode and Weevil Management Programs

  • 10:20 a.m. - Lukasz Stelinski

    Effects of Nominal Thresholds and Flush on Psyllid Spray Decisions

  • 10:40 a.m. - Christopher Vincent

    Seeing the Light: An Update on the Use of Particle Films and Shading to Manage Citrus and Citrus Pests

  • 11:00 a.m. - Lauren Diepenbrock

    Arthropod Pest Management

  • 11:20 a.m. - Amit Levy

    Citrus Canopy Health Is More Important for HLB Tolerance Than Ct Value

  • 11:40 a.m. - TBD

    New Citrus Updates

  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch

    Visit the Trade Show and Enjoy Complimentary Lunch

Afternoon Session - 1:45 p.m. - Welcome and Announcements

  • 2:00 p.m. - Nabil Killiny

    Trunk Injection vs. Foliar Application: Delivery of Antibiotics for Efficient Results

  • 2:20 p.m. - Sarah Strauss

    Soil Health and Microbes: How They Fit Together and Why They’re Important

  • 2:40 p.m. - Davie Kadyampakeni

    Key Irrigation and Nutrient Management BMPs for HLB-Affected Groves

  • 3:00 p.m. - Tripti Vashisth

    Strategies to Reduce Fruit Drop and Improve Fruit Quality

  • 3:20 p.m. - Fernando Alferez

    Solving Preharvest Fruit Drop by Understanding Abscission in HLB-Affected Citrus Trees: A Hormonal and Nutritional Approach

  • 3:40 p.m. - Ariel Singerman

    Early Economic Performance of Selected Rootstocks in Commercial Settings

  • 4:00 p.m. - Rhuanito Ferrarezi

    Orange Tree Planting Design on Different Rootstocks in the Indian River District

  • 4:20 p.m. - Fred Gmitter

    Moving Forward With Improved Scion and Rootstock Cultivars

  • 4:40 p.m. - Ute Albrecht

    Update on Rootstock Trials on Florida Central Ridge and Flatwood-Type Sites

Networking Reception 3:30 - 6:00 in the Trade Show

Thursday August 19, 2021

Morning Session - 8:45 a.m. - Welcome and Announcements

  • 9:00 - Mike Joyner

    The Rising Tide of Unfair Imports: Impacts of Foreign Competition on Florida’s Fruit and Vegetable Growers

  • 9:15 a.m. - Michael Schadler

    Update on the Current Tomato Suspension Agreement

  • 9:30 a.m. - Shelby Myers

    Opportunities and Challenges of Developing Carbon Markets

  • 9:45 a.m. - Jamie Fussell

    Ag Labor Update

  • 10:00 a.m. - Christa Court

    How COVID-19 Has Changed the Florida Ag Industry

  • 10:15 a.m. - Kim Morgan

    Managing Farm Business Risks and Protecting Your People During a Global Pandemic

  • 10:30 a.m. - Janet Wright

    Preparation and Recovery for Natural Disasters: Farm Service Agency’s Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program and Tree Assistance Program

  • 10:45 a.m. - Grower Discussion

    Question and Answer Session

  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch

    Visit the Trade Show and Enjoy Complimentary Lunch

Afternoon Session - 1:45 p.m. - Welcome and Announcements

  • 2:00 p.m. - Hugh Smith

    Management of Key Insect Pests in South Florida

  • 2:15 p.m. - Pam Roberts

    Update on Emerging and Chronic Disease Challenges in Southwest Florida Watermelon Production

  • 2:30 p.m. - Shinsuke Agehara

    Hops and Artichoke Production in Florida

  • 2:45 p.m. - Ali Sarkhosh

    Muscadine Grape Production in Florida

  • 3:00 p.m. - Zach Brym

    Update on Hemp Research in Florida

  • 3:15 p.m. - Kelly Morgan

    Improved Soil Test-Based Recommendations Using Artificial Intelligence

  • 3:30 p.m. - Phillip Williams

    pH and Phosphorous Tomato Fertility in Southwest Florida

  • 3:45 p.m. - Jango Bhadha

    Soil Health Assessment of Cover Crops in Vegetable Production

  • 4:00 p.m. - Grower Discussion

    Question and Answer Sesson

Thank You to Our Seminar Planning Committee!

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