Nearly 80 attendees including producers and stakeholders gathered at the North Florida Research and Education Center-Suwannee Valley on May 20, 2019, to learn about potential opportunities of prospective alternative crops. The Center hosted representatives from the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and producers and partners from across the state. Topics of discussion were hemp, barley, and carinata.
Holly Bell, director of cannabis, presented an update on the hemp farming act and a timeline in which growers could expect legalization to occur. Dr. Zachary Brym, Assistant Professor – Agroecology and State Hemp Specialist from the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestaed, Fl, provided an update on the State Hemp Pilot Project. Dr. Kevin Korus, UF/IFAS Alachua County – Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, and Dr. Charles Barrett, UF/IFAS NFREC Suwannee Valley Regional Specialized Agent – Water Resources, presented the results from a 2018 barely variety trial. Dr. Ian Small, Assistant Professor – Plant Pathology from Quincy, and De Broughton, Regional Specialized Agent, Row Crops presented the possible opportunities, as well as the grower concerns of producing carinata.
Check out the link below for a few event highlights.
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North Florida Research and Education Center-Suwannee Valley
7580 County Road 136
Live Oak, FL 32060
By Denver Cameron and De Broughton
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