October 20-23, 2019

Embassy Suites
Lake Buena Vista South
Kissimmee, Florida

Agenda with Presentations

Online Program Book

Sponsor Recognition

Fun Workshops

New and exciting learning opportunities are coming to this year's conference. Don't miss out on our Fun Workshops! Each will give an interactive perspective and is free to attend. Sign up will take place onsite at the conference. Get ready to have some fun!

Sustainable Chocolate - From Gene to Bar

Special guests from Belize will explore the issues of sustainability, agriculture, and food systems as they instruct on various strategies and solutions to reverse negative trends leading to the loss of biodiversity of the rainforest. Chocolate farming and production will be highlighted as you experience the cacao bean to chocolate bar process.

Florida's Honeys

Bees collect nectar from flowers and bring it back to the hive. Then what happens? Extension Agent JK Yarborough and Area Beekeepers will instruct on how honey is made, harvested and processed to arrive on your table. You will taste and discern different Florida honeys from wildflower to tupelo and flavors in between.

Amalfi Lemons and Limoncello

Terra Freeman and Wendy Wilber will share their experiences with lemon production and food systems of southern Italy. They will instruct on the history, production and challenges of growing lemons in the current times. Lemon uses and the making of the lemon liquor, limoncello, will be highlighted.

Herbs in the Kitchen! “Cooking with Herbs”

Many of us grow herbs in the garden, but are we getting the most out of them in the kitchen? An IFAS expert will share tips and tricks to using herbs in healthy meals, drying herbs and new recipe ideas for your kitchen.

UF/IFAS Extension

Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. The University of Florida (UF), together with Florida A&M University (FAMU), administers the Florida Cooperative Extension Service. UF/IFAS Extension encompasses thousands of Extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers, all working to provide solutions for your life.


OCI stands for the Office of Conferences & Institutes. It is a full service conference planning agency at the University of Florida. OCI was created to support the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) mission to develop knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and to make that knowledge available to people to sustain and enhance the quality of life.

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