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Spring Foliage Forum

Event Date(s)

Begins: May 14, 2019 9:30 am
Ends: May 14, 2019 12:00 pm

The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension will present a Spring Foliage Forum from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 14, at the Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave, DeLand.

Speakers and their topics include:

  • Mediterranean integrated pest management: 9:30 to 9:55 a.m. Commercial Horticulture Extension Agent Karen Stauderman will share lessons learned from horticulture and agriculture production in southern Spain.
  • Biological control of leatherleaf ferns: 9:55 to 10:20 a.m. Stauderman will discuss the results of the 2018 field trial using Quantum Light products on leatherleaf ferns at the Bobby Greenlund fernery.
  • Hops production: 10:20 to 11:10 a.m. Dr. Brian Pearson will provide updates on the feasibility, obstacles and progress of the new hops production industry in Central Florida. Dr. Pearson is an assistant professor of natural resources with the University of Florida/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center.
  • Pesticides for ornamentals: 11:10 to 11:35 a.m. Eric Smith will discuss new and existing products offered by BioSafe Systems that can be used in disease control for the ornamental and cut foliage industries. Smith is the east coast sales manager for Turf and Ornamentals in Tampa.
  • Industrial hemp production: 11:35 a.m. to noon. Dr. Pearson will introduce hemp as a possible new alternative crop for Central Florida. He will provide updates on the program and its hurdles, growth and potential for success.

The program is free and open to the public. Participants can earn up to three continuing education credits. Lunch will be provided by BioSafe Systems.

Reservations are required by May 10; contact Karen Stauderman or Cyndi Rabey at 386-822-5778.