Hands-on Workshops

90 minute sessions

(2 sessions: 1:30 – 3:00 pm & 3:00 – 4:30pm)

Postharvest Forensics
Diagnosing causes for rejected loads of fresh produce

Steve Sargent, Jeff Brecht, and Mark Ritenour, UF/IFAS

Each session is designed for growers and handlers from roadside stand to major shipper levels. Participants will explore some of the most common reasons  receivers reject loads of fresh produce via hands-on exercises at several stations in the classroom. They will learn the causes and solutions for quality losses related to farm- and packinghouse-level practices such as harvest operations, temperature management, sanitation, and mechanical damage. A special topic will present the potential for applying CRISPR gene-editing technology to reduce postharvest losses

Vegetable Entomology

Hugh Smith, UF/IFAS

Hands-on training in the identification of key pests of horticultural crops (whiteflies, spider mites, thrips and others) will be offered during a training session in the vegetable entomology  laboratory, using and lens, microscope and live specimens

Vegetable & Small Fruit Pathology

Natalia Peres, Jim Mertely and Gary Vallad, UF/IFAS

Hands-on training in the identification of key diseases of small fruit and vegetable crops will be offered.  Participants will learn to recognize key symptoms and signs associated with each disease