Farming’s Future: UF/IFAS to Host Ag-Tech Expo

Clint Thompson Florida

Field drone at work.

The future of agriculture is ready to be unleashed today. Between robots, drones, machine learning and plant genetics, growers can use any combination to make crops disease-resistant and, perhaps, tastier.

To find out more about innovative technology that includes artificial intelligence, precision agriculture and plant genetics, register for the “Future of Farming.” It’s a two-day virtual Ag-tech Expo that will present agricultural research.

  • On May 10, tune in for sessions on: Precision agriculture/sustainability, drones, genomics and robotics, among other topics.
  • On May 11, find out about artificial intelligence and precision spraying, environmental services and automation and disease management and more.

“Agriculture will have to produce more food in the next 50 years than we have in the last 10,000 years to support the burgeoning world population. Farmers will have to do so with fewer resources and significantly less environmental impact,” said Gene McAvoy, associate director of stakeholder relations for the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center. “It is only through technology and innovation that this will be possible.”

The event will start on May 10 at 9 a.m.

Among the UF/IFAS scientists speaking at the zoom meeting:

  • agricultural engineers Sanjay Shukla, Yiannis Ampatzidis and Sandra Guzman
  • strawberry breeder Vance Whitaker
  • tomato breeders Sam Hutton and Tong Geon Lee
  • horticultural sciences professor Kevin Folta
  • plant pathologists Natalia Peres and Ozgur Batuman
  • plant geneticist and corn breeder Marcio Resende.

The event will be hosted by the UF/IFAS Southwest Research and Education Center (SWFREC) in Immokalee, Florida.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Gene McAvoy, associate director for stakeholder relations at SWFREC. gmcavoy@ufl.edu. Register here.