Here at Florida Grower, we have championed the Florida Ag Expo from the beginning, and, through our involvement, have worked hard to ensure that no two years in a row are the same. With special consideration given to new solutions in precision agriculture technology, 2018 promises to be a watershed year for this outstanding event.


What’s New in 2018?

Florida Grower℠ Precision Pathway –Meet forward thinking company’s serving the ag tech sector of the marketplace. Growers engage with vendors serving the future of agriculture. Vendors engage with growers and measure the impact your products have in the marketplace today.

The Florida Grower℠ Precision TourThursday, November 8, 2018. Brought to you by the Precision Agriculture Specialty Crop Initiative, embark on a voyage of discovery with proposed stops at selected farms and locations and see how growers in Central Florida are deploying new ag technology on their farms. The Florida Grower℠ Precision Tour is a new event, separate from the traditional Florida Ag Exp field tours. It is specifically designed to address grower’s most pressing concerns. Growers are strongly encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, November 7 2018

8:15 – 8:30 am

Welcome and Introductions

Jack Rechcigl
Gulf Coast Research and Education Center Director

8:30 – 10:00 am

Panel Discussion: Current and Future Precision Ag and Automation Applications

Moderator: Frank Giles, Editor, Florida Grower Magazine

Brittany Lee
Florida Blue Farms

Alan Jones
Jones Potato Farm

Wade Carter
Highland Precision Ag

10:00 – 10:30 am

Break / Visit with Exhibitors

Precision Ag & Data Management

Moderator: Alicia Whidden, UF/IFAS Extension

10:30 – 10:50 am

Utilizing UAS Imagery and Spectroscopy for Crop Nutrient Assessment

Aditya Singh

10:50 – 11:20 am

Precision Farming Technologies for Specialty Crops

Ioannis (Yiannis) Ampatzidis

11:20 – 11:40 am

Practical Irrigation using Soil Moisture Sensors

Charles Barrett

11:40 am – 12:00 pm

Machine Vision and Learning

Arnold Schumann 

12:00 – 12:30 pm

Panel Discussion of Speakers

Farm Automation & Mechanization Track

Moderator: Crystal Snodgrass, UF/IFAS Extension

10:30 – 10:50 am

Packinghouse Technology

Michael Hill
Billy Long Packinghouse

10:50 – 11:20 am

Harvest Aids and Trends in Automation

Kevin  Baker
Pik Rite

11:20 am – 11:50 am

Automation of the Future

John K. Schueller

11:50 am – 12:30 pm

Panel Discussion of Speakers

12:30 – 1:30 pm


1:30 – 2:45 pm
3:00 – 4:15 pm

Hands-On Pest and Disease ID Laboratory Training

At this year’s Florida Ag Expo℠, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on 75-minute pest and disease identification sessions that focuses on key pests and diseases of horticultural crops. Leaving this session, attendees will be able to identify pests and diseases using a hand lens, microscope, and the naked eye. Participants will learn to identify common disease symptoms and signs associated with plant diseases, and how to identify natural insect enemies that help control insect pests including predators and parasitoids.

Each session is limited to 20 participants. More information about the sessions will be available soon. Want to learn more? Contact Hugh Smith or Natalia Peres.

1:30 – 4:30pm

Field Tours

Hands down, the field tours are among the most popular features of the Florida Ag Expo℠. Led by a team of UF/IFAS researchers, you will see for yourself the latest developments from the plots adjacent to the GCREC, which are home to multiple studies of new varieties, crop protection methods, water conservation, and more.

2 Sessions

1:30 – 3:00 pm


3:00 – 4:30 pm

Hands-On Workshops

At this year’s Florida Ag Expo℠, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in three separate 90-minute workshops focusing on the identification and management of key pests and diseases of horticultural crops, as well as diagnosing common post-harvest issues.

Each of the three workshop will be offered twice during the day, and each workshop is limited to 25 participants. Please contact Christine Cooley ([email protected]; (813) 419-6578) to preregister for the workshops before the event.