Freshly picked tomatoes

Freshly picked tomatoes. Credit: UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones

The annual Tomato Forum will be held in Gadsden County on Thursday, December 5, 2019.  The event will be hosted by the UF/IFAS Gadsden County Extension at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy, Florida from 8:45 AMto12:00 PM eastern time.

Topics to be covered will include tomato variety selection, recommended production practices, pest and disease management, and best management practices for water quality protection. Pesticide CEUs (Florida and Georgia) will also be provided for restricted pesticide applicators who attend this event.  The annual meeting of the Gadsden County Tomato Growers Association will be held immediately following a sponsored lunch.

Meeting Location

UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center
155 Research Road – Quincy, FL 32351

Tomato Forum Agenda

A.M.  (All Times Eastern)

  • 8:45     Registration and coffee
  • 9:15     Opening remarks – Dr. Glen Aiken – NFREC Center Director
  • 9:30     Using Compact Plasticulture Beds for Tomato Production – Dr.    Josh Freeman, UF NFREC
  • 9:50     Update on Tomato Disease Management for 2020 Planning – Dr. Mathews Paret, UF NFREC
  • 10:20   Break
  • 10:30   Tomato Production Costs and Market Trends – Dr.  Kevin Athearn – UF Regional Specialized Agent for Rural and Agribusiness Development
  • 11:00   Use of Kaolin Clay and Essential Oils for Whitefly Management – Dr. Xavier Martini, UF NFREC Entomologist
  • 11:30   Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus and Other Important Viruses and Viroids on the Horizon in the U.S – Dr. Kai Ling, USDA ARS – Charleston, SC
  • 12:00   Q&A and Sponsors Presentation
  • 12:15   Lunch
  • 1:00     Annual meeting of Gadsden Tomato Growers