Citrus Expo and Coronavirus: Input Wanted

Tacy Callies Citrus Expo, COVID-19

As of May 20, Citrus Expo and Vegetable & Specialty Crop Expo are still scheduled for Aug. 12–13 at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, Florida. But as you can imagine, there are a few “ifs” involved amid the coronavirus pandemic. They include: 1) if everyone attending Expo can do so safely and 2) if Florida’s governor, local …

Citrus Expo Presentations Now Available

Tacy Callies Citrus Expo

The 28th annual Citrus Expo saw great success as growers piled into the Lee Civic Center on Aug. 14–15 in North Fort Myers, Florida. Growers experienced a dynamic trade show and a new hands-on session. The seminar program, titled “Growing Stronger,” featured presentations on the latest research from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). Many …

Growers Benefit From Citrus Expo Programs

Ernie Neff Citrus Expo

The new Citrus Expo hands-on session hosted by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) drew a full house of appreciative growers. “I think it went a lot better than we were expecting,” says Michael Rogers, director of the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center. . “We had a full house … They (growers) thought it …

Water Issues: Ag Has Allies

Ernie Neff Citrus Expo, Water

“I think that the ag industry has a number of allies within the regulatory arena,” says Rich Budell, who moderated a panel of Florida regulators at Citrus Expo. Budell, now a consultant, spent 31 years working on water issues with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). The panelists were Chris Pettit, director of agricultural water policy at …

Hands-on Session Was a Hit

Ernie Neff Citrus Expo

A great new addition to the Citrus Expo program this year was a hands-on session that allowed growers to participate in scientific demonstrations while interacting with University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers. Expo seminar coordinator Tripti Vashisth said all 11 demonstration stations were crowded. “It went really well, and we got very good attendance — …

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PIECES OF THE PAST: A Look Back at the First Citrus Expo

Tacy Callies Citrus Expo, Pieces of the Past

Industry members attended the 28th annual Citrus Expo this month. Let’s take a look back to the event’s beginnings. Known as the Southwest Florida Citrus Expo at the time, the event took place Aug. 26–27, 1992, shortly after Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida. The first Citrus Expo was held at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, the same …

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Latest Citrus Production Guide to Be Unveiled at Citrus Expo

Daniel Cooper Citrus Expo, Industry News Release, Production

The latest technical advice on citrus greening disease, tree nutrition, grove management and other aspects of Florida citrus cultivation will reach growers Aug. 14–15, as the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) unveils the newest edition of its annual guide at the 2019 Citrus Expo. Known as the “Florida Citrus Production Guide 2019–2020,” the 275-page document …

Citrus Expo Seminar Program Preview

Ernie Neff Citrus Expo

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) horticulturist Tripti Vashisth discusses the citrus seminars to be presented Aug. 14-15 at Citrus Expo. She also reports on a presentation she’ll make at Expo regarding fruit drop. Vashisth is organizing the Citrus Expo educational sessions for growers. She says the goal is to present “something useful for the growers …

Citrus Expo Offers Interactions

Ernie Neff All In For Citrus Podcast, Citrus Expo

Growers will have opportunities to learn in interactions with University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers at Citrus Expo on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 15. “We wanted to do something a little bit different to keep folks involved and keep folks coming back for that second afternoon” of Citrus Expo, says Michael Rogers, director of the UF/IFAS …

Citrus Expo Registration Opens June 1

Tacy Callies Citrus Expo

The 28th annual Citrus Expo is quickly approaching! AgNet Media, organizer of the event, is excited to once again bring the citrus industry together. Citrus Expo will take place Aug. 14–15 at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, Florida. All pre-registered growers will automatically be entered for a chance to win a John Deere gun safe, courtesy of …

Citrus Expo Seminar Planning Underway

Tacy Callies Citrus Expo

Citrus Expo is just six months away, which means the planning process has started for the seminar program. Growers of citrus, vegetables and specialty crops will once again have the opportunity to earn continuing education units and Certified Crop Adviser credits at the event. Citrus Expo will kick off with a general session on top agricultural issues of importance to …

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Florida Ag Water Challenges

Ernie Neff Citrus Expo, Water

At the Citrus Expo general session in August, Rich Budell of the Budell Water Group addressed water supply and quality challenges facing Florida agriculture. He summarizes some of the eye-opening statistics he presented. Budell says in a part of Central Florida, the 20-year water demand is estimated to be 250 million gallons per day more than what the anticipated natural …

Citrus Expo Presentations Now Available

Abbey Taylor Citrus Expo

The 27th annual Citrus Expo saw great success as growers piled into the Lee Civic Center on Aug. 15–16 in North Fort Myers, Florida. Growers experienced the biggest trade show in Citrus Expo history, as well as extended citrus seminar sessions. The educational program, titled “Planting Tomorrow’s Profits,” featured presentations on the latest research from the University of Florida Institute …

Grower Wins Gun Safe at Citrus Expo

Tacy Callies Citrus Expo

Congratulations to citrus grower Jimmy Carter of JK Carter Groves in Lake Wales, Florida, the winner of the John Deere gun safe giveaway at Citrus Expo 2018! This popular Citrus Expo annual giveaway is a tradition made possible by sponsorship from Everglades Equipment Group. All growers who pre-register for Citrus Expo are eligible for the drawing. Megan Price, Miss Florida …

Citrus Expo Is Next Week!

Tacy Callies Citrus Expo

With more education, more exhibits and more diversity, growers won’t want to miss Citrus Expo 2018! Florida’s premier agricultural event for citrus, vegetable and specialty crop growers takes place Aug. 15–16 at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, Florida. Time is running out to pre-register for the event. Online pre-registration ends Friday, Aug. 10. Pre-registration helps save time …

Sneak Peek: August 2018 Citrus Industry Magazine

Tacy Callies Citrus Expo, Sneak Peek

At the center of the August issue of Citrus Industry magazine is the Citrus Expo show guide. Readers will find everything they need to know about Florida’s leading agricultural event. This year, Citrus Expo is expanding its reach to include vegetable and specialty crop growers. The Citrus Expo seminar and trade show is August 15–16 at the Lee Civic Center …

Citrus Expo Seminar Presentations Now Available Online

Abbey Taylor Citrus Expo

Every year, Citrus Expo is proud to feature a seminar program that provides continuing education units and a wealth of new research information for growers. Top citrus researchers from the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences were among those who presented their latest findings on several topics, including HLB management, psyllid control, bactericides and more. Now, you can …

Ag Secretary Perdue Gains Optimism About Citrus Industry at Citrus Expo

Abbey Taylor Citrus Expo, Citrus Greening, Legislative

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited Citrus Expo on August 16. During his visit, he held a listening session alongside Congressman Tom Rooney and citrus industry professionals. The main topic during the session was citrus greening and the importance of research to combat the devastating disease. Growers and industry leaders spoke about the challenges of the Florida citrus industry. …

Gun Safe Winner at Citrus Expo

Abbey Taylor Citrus Expo

Everglades Equipment Group continued its popular, annual John Deere gun safe giveaway at the 2017 Citrus Expo on August 16. All citrus growers who pre-registered for the event were eligible for the drawing to win the prize. Miss Florida Citrus, Rachel Smith, drew the name of the lucky winner. The gun safe went to Austin Pell of Pell Citrus in …