Symptom of gummy stem blight on watermelon. Photo by Mathews Paret

Members, Friends, and Supporters of the Florida Seed Association (FSA) are invited to attend the Florida Seed Association annual meeting. The 34th Annual FSA – UF/IFAS Seedsmen Seminar will take place on Wednesday May 30th, 2018.  The event will take place at the Florida Farm Bureau Building, 5700 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, Florida. The cost is $75 for early bird registration.

The following topics will be covered:

8:30 am:   Multi-spectral imagery for improved assessment of disease severity on  watermelon and cucurbits – Dr. Mathews Paret, UF/IFAS NFREC

9:00 am:   Viroids: Very small pathogens that can cause really big problems – Dr. Jane Polston, UF/IFAS Plant Pathology Dept.

9:30 am:   Taking a closer look at Fusarium wilt resistance in tomato – Dr. Sam Hutton, UF/IFAS GCREC

9:50 am:    Break

10:10 am:  Movement and management of tomato bacterial spot during seedling production – Dr. Gary Vallad, UF/IFAS GCREC

10:30 am:  Fusarium Threatening Leafy Vegetable Production in Florida – Dr. Richard Raid, UF/IFAS EREC

10:50 am:  Advances in breeding for lettuce BLS – Dr. German Sandoya, UF/IFAS EREC

11:10 am:  Spinach stemphyllium leaf spot. A new threat to the baby leaf industry in Florida – Dr. Will Wadlington, UF/IFAS EREC

11:30 am:  Sources of and Resolving Stress Related Ethylene Effects in Seedlings – Mr. Al Green – AgroFresh

12:00 pm:  Lunch

1:00 pm:    Improving flavor quality in the commercial Florida tomato – Dr. Harry Klee, UF/IFAS Horticulture Department

1:20 am:    Race 3 fusarium in watermelon – Dr. Nick Dufault, UF/IFAS Plant Pathology Dept.

1:40 pm:    Update on the sweet corn breeding program at UF – Dr. Marcio Resende, UF/IFAS Horticulture Dept.

2:00 pm:    Update on the UF/IFAS Small Grains Breeding Program – Dr. Ali Babar, UF/IFAS Agronomy Dept

2:20 pm:    UF Peanut Breeding Program – Dr. Barry Tillman, UF/IFAS NFREC

2:40 pm:    Agricultural Feed, Seed, and Fertilizer Advisory Council Update – FDACS

3:00 pm:    Gene Editing: Will We Participate in the Revolution? – Dr. Kevin Folta, UF/IFAS Horticulture Dept.

3:20 pm:    Why is UF working on industrial hemp? The UF/ IFAS industrial hemp pilot program. – Dr. Rob Gilbert, UF IFAS Agronomy Dept.

For more information or to register for the event, please contact Arlen Wood at Florida Seed Association at 863-660-6540.

The FSA is a member-driven organization which functions to promote and protect the success of the Florida Seed industry and its growers.  The purpose of the FSA is to provide communication, education, and guidance for the seed and allied industries. FSA membership is statewide.

Close up of an Alternaria pathogen. Photo by Mathews Paret