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Feb 26, 2019 Ag Policy Conference in Balm FL – medical marijuana +

UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department will hold the 4th Annual Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference at the research center in Balm on Tuesday, February 26. This conference examines critical policy issues facing Florida agribusiness leaders and explores valuable economic insight helpful for making informed business and policy decisions.

2019 Topics

    Medical Marijuana Production
    Technology in Agriculture
    Coastal Issues and Agriculture
    Ag Policy Legislative Updates
    Agricultural Trade and Trade Agreement

Please mark your calendars and register now. $50 includes lunch.

Date: February 26, 2019, 9am-4pm (lunch provided)
Location: UF-IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, 14625 Co Rd 672, Wimauma, FL 33598

9:00 AM         Welcome and Introductions, Lisa House, UF-IFAS-FRED

9:10 AM         Industrial Hemp and Medical Marijuana: The Next Big Crops?
Industrial Hemp: Dr. Zachary Brym, UF-IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center
Medical Marijuana: Jim Spratt, Magnolia Strategies LLC

10:00 AM       Agricultural Trade and Trade Agreements
Dr. Andrew Muhammad, University of Tennessee
Dr. Zhengfei Guan, UF-IFAS-GCREC

10:50 AM       Break

11:15 AM       Ag Policy Legislative Update
State update: Adam Basford, Florida Farm Bureau
Federal update, John Walt Boatright, Florida Farm Bureau

12:00 PM        Lunch (Provided)

12:45 PM        Technology in Agriculture
Harvest Automation, Gary Wishnatzki, Wish Farms
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Jim Fletcher, UF-IFAS

1:30 PM          Coastal Issues and Agriculture
Sea Level Rise, Dr. Jason Evans, Stetson University
Lake Okeechobee and the Algae Crisis, Dr. H. Dail Laughinghouse IV, UF-IFAS

2:30 PM          Break

2:45 PM          Roundtable discussion (moderator TBD)

3:45 PM          Wrap-up and Conference Evaluation

4:00 PM          Adjourn