Florida agriculture leaders to discuss state of the industry

October 30, 2017 12:36 PM
 
Florida ag leaders will talk about factors affecting crops in the state, from Hurricane Irma to pests and disease, and what’s being done to improve the outlook for the industry.

Florida ag leaders will talk about factors affecting crops in the state, from Hurricane Irma to pests and disease, and what’s being done to improve the outlook for the industry.

The Florida Ag Expo, Nov. 8 at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Science’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Balm, will feature researchers and industry associations discussing the future of specialty crops in the Sunshine State.

A panel discussion will focus on blueberry, strawberry and tomato production, and University of Florida scientists will showcase research on various crops, according to a news release.

Speakers include:

  • Mike Stuart, president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association;
  • Reggie Brown, executive vice president of the Florida Tomato Exchange;
  • Dudley Calfee, president of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association; and
  • Kenneth Parker, executive director of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association.

Field tours and a tradeshow are also planned, according to a news release.

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