If you missed Citrus Expo Aug. 18-19 and the great production information available at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) booth, you can now access it online. Posters and videos that were available at the booth are now on the UF/IFAS Citrus Research website. Click on “Presentations,” then “Citrus Expo Presentations,” then “2021 Citrus Expo.”
Michael Rogers, director of the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC), summarized the information presented at the booth. “The whole goal of the booth this year was to really simplify the information because a lot of us as researchers, we tend to put up posters that are very scientific,” he said. “And maybe the message gets lost in the details on those posters.” He said many growers have told him, “I just want the bottom line. What do I need to know on this?” So at its Expo booth, UF/IFAS tried to “minimize the noise or the clutter” often found on posters and emphasize “what’s important for the grower to know and do now,” he said.
In addition to the posters, videos shown at the booth addressed a variety of topics important to growers, including preharvest fruit drop.
The UF/IFAS team also passed out four publications at the booth. One listed about 50 ongoing UF/IFAS research projects, telling “what we’re doing and where we’re headed,” Rogers said. Another summarized what was on the posters displayed at the booth, and one discussed key points about various citrus varieties from UF/IFAS. Copies of the 2021-22 Florida Citrus Production Guide were also handed out.
Rogers discussed the information presented at the Citrus Expo booth in the August episode of the All In For Citrus podcast, a joint project of UF/IFAS and AgNet Media. Listen to the full podcast here.
Also in the August podcast, Rogers introduced new UF/IFAS staff member Taylor Langford O’Bannon, a state specialized agent in food safety. She works at the CREC and will conduct food safety programs and training.
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