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    Food and Resource Economics Department

    Food and Resource Economics Department

Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference 


Wednesday April 17, 2024
8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM


Dr. Robert Gilbert (UF/IFAS Interim Sr. VP and Dean for Research) and Dr. Lisa House (Dept Chair, UF Food and Resource Economics) 
  State Agricultural Policy 
9:30 Update on State Agriculture Policy  Jim Spratt (Owner at Magnolia Strategies LLC and Chair) - Florida Ag Coalition 
10:00 AI and GCREC Update Dr. Jack Rechcigl (Center Director) UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
10:20 Break
  Agriculture Policy and Research Moderator: Dr. Suzanne Thornsbury
10:40 USDA Science & Research Strategy  Dr. Deirdra Chester (Dir, Office of the Chief Scientist) - USDA 
11:10 Water Policy: Research Carole Estes (Manager FARMS Program) – Southwest Florida Water Management District 
11:35 Damage Assessments & Risk Management: Research  Dr. Christa Court (Assistant Professor/Director of Economic Impact Analysis Program) - UF Food and Resource Economics 
12:00 Lunch
Lunch speaker: Senator Jay Collins – (Senator, Florida 14th District and Chair of Ag Committee) 
1:15 Welcome and Reconvene: Dr. Derek Farnsworth 
1:15 Disease Detection and Solutions Panel  Moderator – Dr. Rosa Walsh (Scientific Research Director, Florida Department of Citrus) William “Gee” Roe III (Florida citrus grower and Chair, USDA National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board citrus disease subcommittee); Dr. Ute Albrecht (Assoc Prof, Plant Physiology, UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center); Dr. Skylar Simnitt (USDA Economic Research Service) and Dr. Derek Farnsworth (UF Food and Resource Economics) 
2:15 Break
2:30 Agriculture Labor Policy Panel Moderator – Dr. Kim Morgan (UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center) John Walt Boatwright (Dir, Govt Affairs American Farm Bureau Federation); Jaime Fussell (Dir, Labor Relations Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association); Dr. Nathan Palardy (UF Food and Resource Economics) 
3:30 Wrap up and evaluations  Dr. Suzanne Thornsbury