Tentative Agenda


Sunday October 15, 2017
12:30pm - 4:30pm Optional Pre-Conference Field Trips
4:30pm - 6:30pm Pre-Conference Registration Open [Pre-Function Foyer]
Early Silent Auction Donation Check-In [St. Augustine E]
Monday October 16, 2017
7:30am - 5:00pm Registration Open [Pre-Function Foyer]
7:30am - 5:00pm Silent Auction Donation Check-In [St. Augustine E]
7:30am - 8:30am Morning Refreshments [St. Augustine C]
8:30am - 9:00am Welcome and Announcements [St. Augustine D]
Wendy Wilber, Florida Statewide Master Gardener Coordinator, UF/IFAS
9:00am - 10:00am OPENING GENERAL SESSION [St. Augustine D]
Soil Building Tips; From Our Organic Lily Farm to Your Yard
Jenks Farmer,
Owner, Jenks Farmer, Plantsman
10:00am - 10:30am Refreshment Break [St. Augustine C]
Concurrent Sessions 1
10:30am - 11:30am A-1
Horticulture
B-1
Diagnostics
C-1
Edibles
D-1
FFL
Jen Marvin
Ethnobotany of Early Florida
Lisa Hassell
Insect and Plant Disease Threats to Florida Horticulture
Danielle Treadwell
Cover Crops for Your Florida Garden
Evie Pankok
Renew, Reuse, Recycle in your Florida-Friendly Landscape
11:30am - 5:00pm UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore Open [Wentworth/Troon]
11:45am - 12:45pm LUNCH & KEYNOTE PRESENTATION [St. Augustine D]
GMOs - Just the Facts
Michael Mulvaney, Cropping Systems Specialist, UF/IFAS
12:45pm - 1:00pm Move to Next Session
Concurrent Sessions 2
1:00pm - 2:00pm A-2
Horticulture
B-2
Diagnostics
C-2
Edibles
D-2
FFL
Matt Orwat
Growing Old Garden Roses
Michael Mulvaney
Identifying Nutrient Deficiencies in Your Plants
Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman & Whitney Elmore
Growing Olives in Florida
Tina Gordon
A Site Level Approach to Landscape Plants that Support Wildlife
2:00pm - 2:15pm Move to Next Session
Concurrent Sessions 3
2:15pm - 3:15pm A-3
Horticulture
B-3
Diagnostics
C-3
Edibles
D-3
FFL
J. Bryan Unruh &
Erin Harlow

Zoysia Grass Bootcamp
Brian Bahder
Texas Phoenix Palm Decline
Jenks Farmer
Small Fruit Trees for Your Productive Backyard
Lloyd Singleton &
Steve Turnipseed

Conventional to Florida Friendly in 9 Steps
3:15pm - 3:45pm Refreshment Break [St. Augustine C]
Book Club Review
FAWN Review - Lee Staudt, FAWN IT Specialist and Senior Field Technician, UF/IFAS
Concurrent Sessions 4
3:45pm - 4:45pm A-4
Horticulture
B-4
Diagnostics
C-4
Edibles
D-4
FFL
Stephen Brown
Flowering Trees for Florida: Part II
Adam Dale
Lawn and Landscape Insects and Their Control
Richard Tyson
Aquaponics: What You Need to Know
Kelly Greer
Create a Florida Friendly Meadow in Your Backyard
5:00pm - 6:00pm Welcome Networking Social
Dinner on Own
Tuesday October 17, 2017
7:30am - 5:00pm Registration Open [Pre-Function Foyer]
7:30am - 5:00pm UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore Open [Wentworth/Troon]
8:00am - 5:15pm Silent Auction Open [St. Augustine E]
8:30am - 9:30am BREAKFAST WITH SERVICE AWARDS & COUNTY PHOTOS [St. Augustine D]
9:30am - 10:30am GENERAL SESSION [St. Augustine D]
The Secrets to Happiness in Your Garden
Carol Michel, Author, Potted and Pruned, Living a Gardening Life
10:30am - 11:00am Refreshment Break [St. Augustine C]
Concurrent Sessions 5
11:00am - 12:00pm A-5
Horticulture
B-5
Diagnostics
C-5
Edibles
D-5
FFL
Larry Figart
Tree Pruning Done Right
Bill Black
Computer Safety for Master Gardeners
Terry DelValle
Grow Your Own Microgreens
Carolyn Saft &
Alicia Lamborn

Micro-irrigation Made Easy
12:15pm - 1:15pm LUNCH & GENERAL SESSION [St. Augustine D]
Industry Updates
Sponsor Representatives
1:15pm - 1:30pm Move to Next Session
Concurrent Sessions 6
1:30pm - 2:30pm A-6
Horticulture
B-6
Diagnostics
C-6
Edibles
D-6
FFL
Héctor Pérez
It All Starts With a Seed
Steve Johnson
Know Your Florida Snakes
Gary England
Growing Citrus in Difficult Times
Gary Knox
Alternatives to Turfgrass Lawns
2:30pm - 2:45pm Move to Next Session
2:45pm - 3:45pm GENERAL SESSION [St. Augustine D]
Florida Mushrooms and Cool Fungi
Matt Smith, Plant Pathology Assistant Professor, UF/IFAS
3:45pm - 5:45pm 4-H Plant ID and Judging Contest [St. Augustine FG]
4:45pm - 5:15pm Refreshment Break [St. Augustine C]
Last Call for Silent Auction Bids [St. Augustine E]
5:45pm - 6:45pm Silent Auction Checkout [St. Augustine E]
Dinner on Own
Wednesday October 18, 2017
8:00am - 11:00am Registration Open [Pre-Function Foyer]
8:00am - 11:00am UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore Open [Wentworth/Troon]
8:30am - 9:30am BREAKFAST & KEYNOTE PRESENTATION [St. Augustine D]
Butterflies & Pollinators: Master Gardeners Can Make a Difference
Jaret Daniels,
Associate Professor & Insect Conservationist, UF/IFAS
9:30am - 10:30am Awards of Excellence Ceremony [St. Augustine D]
10:30am - 11:30am CLOSING KEYNOTE PRESENTATION [St. Augustine D]
Monarchs and Milkweeds
Scott Allen Davis,
Refuge Ranger, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
11:30am - 12:00pm Conference Evaluations
12:00pm Conference Concludes


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