FLORIDA BLUEBERRY INAUGURAL HALL OF FAME CELEBRATION DINNER
AND
FALL 2019 MEETING & TRADE SHOW
OCTOBER 24TH & 25TH, 2019
 

Mission Inn Resort and Club

10400 FL-48, Howey-In-The-Hills, FL 34737

 

FLORIDA BLUEBERRY HALL OF FAME CELEBRATION DINNER

Legends Terrace & Ballroom (located next to the Golf Clubhouse & Pro Shop)

 

 6:00 PM Welcome Reception

7:00 PM Dinner and Program

 

FALL MEETING AND TRADE SHOW 

Conference Center

 

8:00 a.m. Registration and Visit Trade Show 

9:00 a.m. Welcome – Dr. Jerry Fankhauser, assistant director, Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL.   

9:15 a.m. Overview of the 2019 season in Florida – Mr. Doug Phillips, blueberry Extension coordinator, GCREC, IFAS, University of Florida, Wimauma, FL. 

9:35 a.m. Critical issues facing specialty crop growers: Trade and labor legislative reform efforts to protect the livelihood of Florida growers – Mr. Mike Joyner, president, Florida Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Maitland, FL.

10:05 a.m. Break – visit Trade Show   

10:50 a.m. Management of gall midge and chilli thrips - Dr. Oscar Liburd, entomologist, Dept. of Entomology and Nematology, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. 

11:20 a.m. – Update on algal stem blotch control – Dr. Phil Harmon, Extension plant pathologist, Plant Pathology Department, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611.

11:50 a.m.  - A word from our sponsor – Wish Farms, Mr. Teddy Koukoulis.

11:55 a.m. – FBGA Business Meeting – Mr. Ryan Atwood, FBGA President, presiding. 

12:10 p.m. – Lunch and Trade Show 

1:10 p.m. Florida Blueberry Hall of Fame and USHBC update – Mr. Ryan Atwood, FBGA President,   

1:20 p.m.  – A word from our sponsor – Farm Credit (TBA). 

1:25 p.m. 2019 UF blueberry breeding program update – Dr. Patricio Munoz, blueberry breeder, Horticultural Sciences Department, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. 

1:50 p.m. PACA – How PACA can help you get paid - Mr. Travis Hubbs, chief, Investigative Enforcement Branch, PACA Division, USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service, Washington D.C.     

2:20 p.m. Preparing new blueberry fields for optional machine harvesting – Dr. Jeff Williamson, Horticultural Sciences Department, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

2:35 p.m. - Visit the Trade Show. 

3:00 p.m. – Adjourn.