Central Florida Citrus and Deciduous Fruit Crop Program Central Florida Citrus Advisory Committee & Ryan Atwood Central Florida Citrus and Deciduous Fruit Crop Program • Serves seven counties in Central Florida: Marion, Lake, Volusia, Brevard, Seminole, Orange, and Osceola Counties. • Primarily focused on citrus production (~37,500 acres in Cent. Fl), although blueberries growing in acreage. • Evaluation and promotion of alternative fruit crops for commercial production (i.e. peaches, nectarines, grapes). Citrus Extension Activities • • • • • • Grower Field Visits Grower Educational Programs Citruslines newsletter and webpage Statewide Citrus Extension Team member 4-H Citrus Tree Project Mid Florida Citrus Foundation and A.H. Krezdorn research grove • Applied Research Projects Related Programs • Pesticide Applicator Training Team • Certified Pile Burning Statewide Coordinator • Weather Watch • Alternative fruit crops • Misc. –historical societies, tropical fruit club, hort. camp, international travel, F.A.W.N Grower field visits • Consultations • Relationship building • Educational Opportunities Grower Educational Programs • Field Trips • OJ Meetings • Citrus Production managers meetings • Statewide eventsCitrus Expo, Indian River Seminar, etc. Newsletter & Webpage http://cfextension.ifas.ufl.edu/ Statewide Citrus Extension Team • Multi county agents website http://citrusagents.ifas.ufl.edu/ • Statewide programs – Greening identification and scouting, Greening Summit • Citrus Extension Grant – Posters, greening symptom pictures, educational events. 4-H Citrus Tree Project • Website http://cfextension.ifas.ufl.edu/4h/4h_tree.shtml • 200 children participate. • Over $4500.00 donated annually by local citrus growers Mid Florida Citrus Foundation (MFCF) • Coordinator for the MFCF. • 100+ acre active research facility. • USDA, UF IFAS, and private researchers. • Field days and demonstration areas. Applied Research Projects • Ultra Low Volume pesticide application for psyllid control. • Leaf freezing points data and model for F.A.W.N. • Greening-Salicylic Acid Trial. Pesticide Applicator Training Team • Provides private applicator agricultural licenses training opportunities throughout Central Florida. • Provides needed CORE continuing educational units to growers. Certified Pile Burner Program • Requested by Advisory Board to pursue. • Collaboration between the Florida Division of Forestry and IFAS. • Has become a statewide program. Weather Watch • Agricultural weather information for cold protection decisions • Seventy-one subscribers Alternative Fruit Crops • Evaluation & Demonstration • Keep up to date with industry developments Miscellaneous • Master Gardener Training -Ag Awareness Grant and Materials. • Trade magazine articles. • International travel. Questions?