34th Annual FSA / UF-IFAS Seedsmen Seminar

Members, Friends and Supporters of the Florida Seed Association are invited to attend the Florida Seed Association annual meeting. The 34th Annual FSA/UF-IFAS Seedsmen Seminar will take place on Wednesday May 30th, 2018. The event will take place at the Florida Farm Bureau Building, 5700 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, Florida. The cost is $75 for early bird registration. The following topics will be covered:


8:30 am – Dr. Matthews Paret, UF/IFAS NFREC- Multi-spectral imagery for improved assessment of disease severity on watermelon and cucurbits

9:00 am – Dr. Jane Polston, UF/IFAS Plant Pathology Dept. – “Viroids: Very small pathogens that can cause really big problems”

9:30 am – Dr. Sam Hutton, UF/IFAS GCREC – Taking a closer look at Fusarium wilt resistance in tomato

9:50 am – Break

10:10 am – Dr. Gary Vallad, UF/IFAS GCREC- Movement and management of tomato bacterial spot during seedling production

10:30 am – Dr. Richard Raid, UF/IFAS EREC – Fusarium Threatening Leafy Vegetable Production in Florida

10:50 am – Dr. German Sandoya, UF/IFAS EREC – Advances in breeding for lettuce BL

11: 10 am – Dr. Will Wadlington, UF/IFAS EREC- Spinach stemphyllium leaf spot. A new threat to the baby leaf industry in Florida

11:30 am – Mr. Al Green – AgroFresh – Sources of and Resolving Stress Related Ethylene Effects in Seedlings

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – Dr. Harry Klee, UF/IFAS Horticulture Department – “Improving flavor quality in the commercial Florida tomato”

1:20 am – Dr. Nick Dufault, UF/IFAS Plant Pathology Dept. – Race 3 fusarium in watermelon

1:40 pm – Dr. Marcio Resende, UF/IFAS Horticulture Dept.– Update on the sweet corn breeding program at UF

2:00 pm – Dr. Ali Babar, UF/IFAS Agronomy Dept – Update on the UF/IFAS Small Grains Breeding Program

2:20 pm – Dr. Barry Tillman, UF/IFAS NFREC– UF Peanut Breeding Program

2:40 pm – FDACS – Agricultural Feed, Seed, and Fertilizer Advisory Council Update

3:00 pm Dr. Kevin Folta, UF/IFAS Horticulture Dept. – Gene Editing: Will We Participate in the Revolution?

3:20 pm Dr. Rob Gilbert, UF IFAS Agronomy Dept. – Why is UF working on industrial hemp? The UF/ IFAS industrial hemp pilot program.

For more information or to register for the event, please contact Arlen Wood at Florida Seed Association at 863-660-6540

Arlen Wood: awood92014@aol.com


The FSA is a member-driven organization which functions to promote and protect the success of the Florida Seed industry and its growers. The purpose of the FSA is to provide communication, education, and guidance for the seed and allied industries. FSA membership is statewide.

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Posted: May 9, 2018

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Pests & Disease

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