What You Need to Know Before Florida Ag Expo

The Florida Ag Expo is right around the corner! In order to make the most of your experience, here’s everything you should know before you go.


The event takes place Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, Florida. Breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. on the trade show floor. Enjoy complimentary breakfast sandwiches and pastries while meeting with exhibitors. Roasted pork, chicken, rice, beans and maduros will be served for lunch at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided by local Cuban restaurant, Little Habana Café. The trade show will be open until 3:00 p.m., so be sure to visit the participating vendors to see the latest products and services for growers.


A not-to-be missed feature at Florida Ag Expo this year is the hemp panel discussion. Distinguished speakers from across the United States will gather in the morning to speak on the logistics and legalities of the crop.

Before the panel begins, Holly Bell, director of cannabis for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, will speak on the future of hemp in Florida as an alternative crop. During the panel, Bell will be joined by Zack Brym, Paul Adams and Doris Hamilton. Growers will have the opportunity to pick the panelists’ brains during the session, so come ready with your questions.

The 2019 Florida Ag Expo will feature its most comprehensive program to date. Following lunch, two concurrent educational programs will take place. Both programs will be of interest to large and small acreage growers alike, with one session focusing on pest management in vegetables and the other on fumigation practices. Growers can earn two continuing education units by attending either session.

Each year, the field tours are a highly anticipated part of Florida Ag Expo. After the educational sessions, growers will load up on trams at 2:30 p.m. and embark on an educational journey through the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center research plots. During the field tours, growers will have the opportunity to walk through one of Florida’s very first hemp plots, as well as view multiple vegetable plots and the hop yard.

To view the full seminar schedule, click here.


For more details on the Florida Ag Expo, visit FloridaAgExpo.net.