2016 Florida Ag Expo To Tackle Production, Pest Problems
After celebrating 10 years of service to Florida fruit and vegetable growers, the Florida Ag ExpoSM is heading into its next decade Nov. 2 at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Balm.
As always, the education sessions are packed with timely topics aimed at helping producers grow a successful crop. Plus, no other event boasts as many opportunities to see research in the field with multiple field tours around the GCREC’s 400-acre property. This year’s event also offers expanded opportunities for hands-on training in the lab on pest and disease identification.
The Q-biotype whitefly has been confirmed in Florida and could be a massive threat to Florida growers. Three expert researchers will tell you what you need to know to prepare for this emerging threat during a special session.
Buyers and consumers are increasingly calling for the use of softer chemistries to be applied to crops. A panel of growers and experts will help you sort out what works and doesn’t in biopesticide discussion and Q&A with the attendees of the event.
Hops might actually find a fit in Florida and there is certainly a demand from local breweries seeking to source homegrown hops. Blackberries are hot with consumers right now. Learn if these crops might be a fit on your farm during a presentation at the Expo.