Preparing for the Florida Ag Expo

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Planning for the 2019 Florida Ag Expo (FAE) is well underway. This week, the FAE seminar planning committee met to brainstorm ideas for the educational program. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn continuing education units and receive updates on the latest cutting-edge research from the University of Florida (UF).

The AgNet Media team that manages FAE met with UF researchers, vendors and industry leaders on April 22 at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC). Meeting participants included:

  • Nathan Boyd, Christine Coolie, Jack Rechcigl, Hugh Smith and Gary Vallad, researchers and staff at the GCREC
  • Jerry Fankhauser, assistant director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Sonia Tighe, director of membership for the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association and executive director of the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation
  • Chris Diehl of Tomatoes of Ruskin, Inc.
  • Kenneth Parker of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association
  • Eric Johnson from FMC
  • Doug Wilbanks from Syngenta
  • Gaylon Pfeiffer from BASF
  • Mike Herrington from AMVAC Chemical

The group discussed FAE seminar topics that will best fit grower needs. This year’s seminar program will be one that growers won’t want to miss.

Field tours will again be a part of the event. As always, attendees will have the chance to network and learn about the newest products in the market with vendors at the FAE trade show.

FAE will take place Nov. 21 at the GCREC. Registration will open Sept. 2. AgNet Media welcomes input on the seminar sessions. Please send suggestions to

Limited exhibitor space is available as well. Find out how your business can be a part of FAE by visiting

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Abbey Taylor

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