BY RUTH BORGER
LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension citrus program is launching a webinar series of OJ Break meetings free to all Florida citrus growers to provide the latest information on grove production practices and research findings. The twice-a-month series will be delivered via zoom and start Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
“COVID-19 has made it difficult for us to meet with growers as we traditionally have,” said Chris Oswalt UF/IFAS Extension agent for Hillsborough and Polk counties. “But as Extension agents and our growers get more accustomed to using the virtual meeting technology, we thought it was time to start offering these OJ Break meetings virtually.”
Topics will initially focus on horticultural practices and start with a presentation by Tripti Vashisth, assistant professor of horticulture, talking about the revived flower bud advisory program, flowering and fruit drop. Most sessions will last for an hour, but some may extend to 90 minutes.
Continuing Education Units (CEU) will be requested for each meeting for Restricted Use Pesticide license and Certified Crop Advisor. CEUs available for each meeting will be listed on the registration website as the information becomes available.
Anyone may participate in the webinars but interested participants are required to pre-register to receive the meeting link. Information on registering for the individual seminars and additional information on future topics is available at citrusagents.ifas.ufl.edu.
The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS brings science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents.