Nov. 9, 2023

UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center

Breakfast With Vendors
7:30 a.m.

General Session
9:00–9:15 a.m.            Welcome, Jack Rechcigl, UF/IFAS; Frank Giles, AgNet Media

9:15–9:30 a.m.            Built for Speed: UF/IFAS Accelerates BMPs, AI and Plant Breeding, Rob Gilbert, UF/IFAS

9:30–9:50 a.m.            4Roots Farm: Educating the Public and Providing Opportunities for Central Florida Growers, Tommy Ward, 4Roots Farm

9:50–10:10 a.m.          Florida Agricultural Policy Priorities Heading into 2024, Tripp Hunter, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

10:10–11:10 a.m.        Addressing the Future of Farming, an Emerging Leaders Development Program Alumni Panel, Michael Hill, H&A Farms; Dustin Grooms, Fancy Farms; Jason Chandler, Grimmway Farms; Marshal Sewell, Mind Your Melon

Lunch and Tailgate with Exhibitors
11:10 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Pest Management Session

1:00–1:15 p.m.            Vegetative Disease Management – Focus on Cucurbits, Gary Vallad, UF/IFAS

1:15–1:30 p.m.            Invasive Thrips Impacting Florida Vegetable Production, Hugh Smith, UF/IFAS

1:30–1:45 p.m.            Why You Should Grow Cover Crops – A Nematologist Stating His Case, Johan Desaeger, UF/IFAS

1:45–2:00 p.m.            Techniques to Improve Herbicide Efficacy, Peter Dittmar, UF/IFAS


Novel Technologies and Practices Session

1:00–1:15 p.m.            Alternative Crop Research: Turning Climate Constraints into Opportunities, Shinsuke Agehara, UF/IFAS

1:15–1:30 p.m.            Targeted Pest Management Systems for Vegetable Crops, Nathan Boyd, UF/IFAS

1:30–1:45 p.m.            Drones and AI for Precision Crop Management, Yiannis Ampatzidis, UF/IFAS

1:45–2:00 p.m.            Unleashing the Power of AI in Plant Breeding, Kevin Wang, UF/IFAS

Field Tours

2:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (2 start times, same tour)

  • Weed Management: Targeted Spray Technology
  • Vegetable Cover Crop Practices to Improve Nematode Control and Nitrogen Utilization
  • Alternative Crops: Artichoke Varieties and Hops
  • Fall Vegetable Disease Trials
  • Beer Tasting in the Hop Yard