November 4th, 2015 | UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research & Education Center, Balm, FL

At this year’s Florida Ag Expo, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a 50-minute pest identification session that focuses on key pests of horticultural crops, including whiteflies, spider mites, aphids, and thrips. 

This will be a hands-on session that will teach participants how to identify pests using a hand lens, microscope, and the naked eye. In addition, participants will learn to identify common natural enemies that help control these pests, including predators, and parasitoids.

The session will be led by Dr. Hugh Smith, vegetable entomologists at GCREC. CEUs will be available for this session.

The workshop will be held in the entomology laboratory, room 130, at 1:00 PM and 2: 30 PM, the same schedule as the field tours. Each session is limited to 20 participants. 

Please register with Christine Cooley ( to reserve a place. For more information contact Hugh Smith (; telephone: 813-633-4124).

For complete information, visit Then REGISTER to join us at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center November 4! 

Florida's Premier Event for Fruit & Vegetable Growers is turning 10

Now celebrating its 10th year, the Florida Ag ExpoSM is the only show offering Florida fruit and vegetable growers the opportunity to get the latest information on new production trends and techniques, sample new varieties and participate in field trials. Producers of tomato, strawberry, pepper, cucurbits and more will discover new ideas for increasing their yields and bolstering their business.

The educational agenda at the Florida Ag Expo includes updates on new varieties, diseases, crop inputs, weeds, marketing, protected agriculture and more. The Florida Ag Expo also features an expansive exhibit area where scores of industry suppliers spotlight the latest products, equipment and service innovations.

Chef David Bearl Learn How To Win With Restaurants

This year’s Expo will feature a presentation by Chef David Bearl informing growers how to make their produce attractive to local restaurants and how to cash in on the "buy local" movement. In addition, Chef Bearl will be putting on a cooking demonstration during the event. Don't miss this tasty new feature of the Florida Ag Expo.

Additional Highlights Include:

  • In-depth education sessions cover a broad range of timely topics.
  • Field tours provide an up-close look at new varieties as well as cutting-edge crop protection strategies.
  • Exhibits offer hands-on previews of the latest products, equipment and services.
  • Multiple networking opportunities for growers and other industry professionals.
  • Meals provided. (with pre-registration by October 21.)
UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research & Education Center
14625 CR 672
Balm, Florida 33598
(813) 634-0000
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
                        7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
                        Eastern Time Zone