2024 Tri-State Fruit & Vegetable Annual Conference

Fruit and vegetable growers across the Florida Panhandle, as well as Southern Alabama and Georgia, are invited to attend the 2024 Tri-State Fruit & Vegetable Annual Conference. This conference will be held Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 at the UF/IFAS Extension Jackson County Office (2741 Penn Ave, Marianna, FL). Registration for this event starts at 7:30 am (CST), with the conference to begin at 8:00 am.

UF/IFAS Extension takes pride in putting on events for our stakeholders to ensure they are provided with the necessary information and research to have a successful growing season. This event will focus on fruit and vegetable production of the Tri-State area. During this conference, producers will learn about ways to improve their irrigation schedule, programs through USDA that provide assistance to fruit and vegetable growers, new data on cucurbit crops and variety tolerances to insect transmitted diseases, agriculture labor trends, and more. Growers will have opportunity to earn pesticide CEU credits with their attendance.

Admission is $10 per person. Lunch will be provided with the purchase of admission. Pre-registration is preferred. Please pre-register at https://24TriStateConferenceAdmission.eventbrite.comFor any questions or concerns, please contact Abbey Payne at 850-482-9620 or payne.abigail@ufl.edu.

Agenda for the Conference

7:30 a.m. – Registration
8:00 a.m. – Welcome
8:10 a.m. – USDA Programs: What is Available to You?
Brendaly Rodriguez Munoz, USDA NRCS & Anthony Williams, USDA Farm Service Agency

8:40 a.m. – Basic Considerations from Conventional to Organic Production Systems
Dr. Muhammed Shahid, UF/IFAS Extension Assistant Professor, Horticulture – Stress Physiology of Fruit Crops

9:10 a.m. – Cucurbit Species, Crop and Variety Tolerance to Whitefly Transmitted Viruses in Georgia
Dr. Ted Mcavoy, Assistant Professor & Vegetable Production Extension Specialist: Vegetable Production, University of Georgia Extension

9:40 a.m. – Break/Vendor Highlights

10:00 a.m. – Improving Irrigation Schedules Using Blue Dye Tests and Soil Moisture Sensor Information
Bob Hockmuth, UF/IFAS Extension Assistant Center Director & Regional Specialized Extension Agent – Vegetables

10:30 a.m. – Agriculture Labor Trends and the Growing H-2A Program
Dr. Derek Farnsworth, UF/IFAS Associate Professor, Food and Resource Economics Department

11:00 a.m. – Florida Agricultural Soil Moisture Sensor Network:  Engaging growers, agents, and technology industry to conserve and protect water resources
Dr. Vivek Sharma, UF/IFAS Assistant Professor, Precision Water Management, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

11:30 a.m. – Break for Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Dismiss

Download the printer friendly flyer:  2024 Tri-State Fruit and Vegetable Annual Conference

The University of Florida is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. For disability accommodations such as sign language interpreters and listening devices, please contact payne.abigail@ufl.edu at least 2 weeks in advance. Advance notice are is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.


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Posted: December 11, 2023

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Events, Farm Management, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching
Tags: Crops, Educational Training, General Agriculture, Horticulture, Panhandle Agriculture, Pest Management, Vegetables

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