Florida Agricultural Policy Conference to Focus on Farm Bill, Crops

Jim Rogers Florida

This year’s Farm Bill, commodity outlooks and environmental management issues will headline topics for the eighth annual Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference, scheduled for Thursday, March 2, at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center or via Zoom.

Click here to register. The conference engages stakeholders around the state about relevant agribusiness management issues, said Derek Farnsworth, a UF/IFAS associate professor of food and resource economics and the event’s organizer. These stakeholders include agribusiness managers, policy makers and researchers.

Ag Outlook Conference
Derek Farnsworth, UF/IFAS associate professor of food and resource economics. Courtesy, UF/IFAS.

“Conference attendees will get up-to-date information on relevant agricultural policy and production trends that may impact their business, clientele and the economy at large,” Farnsworth said.

J. Scott Angle, UF’s senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources and head of UF/IFAS, will be one of the featured speakers

“This conference is not only about what we know, it’s about what’s ahead,” Angle said. “The right policies can improve farmers’ ability to recover from natural disaster, compete globally, contribute to the economy and protect the environment. As Congress takes up the Farm Bill, it is an important conversation about which policies can make the future of Florida agriculture brighter.”

The morning session will focus on agricultural policy developments affecting Florida producers, with an emphasis on the upcoming Farm Bill.

One afternoon session focuses on outlooks for Florida commodities such as citrus, tomatoes, berries and tropical fruits. In the other session, UF/IFAS faculty will talk about emerging environmental management issues in agricultural production.

The cost for the conference is $50 in-person, $30 online. Media can attend for free. Contact Farnsworth at dfarnswo@ufl.edu for additional information.

Source: UF/IFAS