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Hydroponic Solutions for Urban Food Production

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 12:30 AM

Hydroponics is a growing alternative to produce high quality and profitable specialty crops such as herbs, greens and cut flowers in places that are not suitable for cultivation. Hydroponic technologies also have the advantage of increasing production per square foot in comparison with traditional agriculture. Join us on Tuesday September 4 at 5:30pm to learn about hydroponic growing techniques, including a demonstration and displays. Conference Center UF/IFAS Extension, Hillsborough County 5339 County Rd. 579, Seffner, FL 33584-3334 Dinner will be provided with registration. Early Online Registration: $20 (plus tax) The Door Registration is for cash or check only: $25 NOTE: There are no registration refunds for this event. Ticket sales end on Sunday Sep 2th 2018. About the Speakers: Germán Sandoya is an Assistant Professor in Lettuce Breeding and Genetics of the University of Florida and he is based at the EREC in Belle Glade, FL. His mission is to improve lettuce cultivars for Florida production; such goals include, diseae resistance, portharvest quality and the use of lettuce in non traditional crop production systems such as hydroponic lettuce.  Jiangxiao Qiu is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Ecology in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, at the University of Florida, stationed at Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center. He received his PhD in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University and Wisconsin-Madison. His research program aims to understand and predict how global environmental changes affect biodiversity and ecosystems at the regional and global scales, and their consequences for a range of vital ecosystem services, such as food and clean water. He has been working intensively in human-dominated landscapes, such as urban and agricultural setting. The ultimate goal of his research is to produce knowledge that is critical for developing solutions for real-world conservation, management and policy challenges.  ________________________________________________________________________________________  Mr. Jonael (Jona) Bosques is the UF/IFAS Extension Agriculture Agent and County Extension Director for Hardee County since February 1st, 2016. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Bosques served as the Small Farms Agent at UF/IFAS Extension office in Marion County where he spent 4 years. Jona holds BS and MS degrees in Animal Science, specialized in beef cattle production. Previous to working in Florida, Mr. Bosques worked for the Cooperative Extension Service in Georgia for nearly five years. He is trained in many areas of agriculture ranging from livestock production to integrated pest management, to vegetable crop production. Additionally, Mr. Bosques served as a County Extension Director in Greene County, GA for nearly 3 years, after serving for two years in Coffee County, GA as the Livestock Agent.  Ms. MBA Francisco Rivera is the Small Farms Agent of Hillsborough County. Francisco has experience include hydroponics, animal nutrition, and agribusiness. Regarding hydroponics, he has the skills to design, build and manage hydroponic system including, nutrient film technique, floating beds, and aeroponics. Mr. Rivera is collaboration on the indoor hydroponic project with UF/IFAS lettuce specialist Dr. Sandoya. Programming areas include sustainable agriculture methods, agricultural marketing, rural resource conservation and protection, least toxic pest management, and regulatory requirements for agricultural production. Also, include programs relating to the rural/urban interface, intensive small-scale agricultural, and small farm livestock/forage production.  5:30-6:00 PM- Registration  6:00-6:05 PM- Welcome and Introduction Francisco Rivera Agriculture Agent 6:05PM-6:30 PM- Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Cities Dr. Jiangxiao Qui Assistant Professor, UF 6:30-7:00 PM- Fundamentals of Hydroponic Systems Francisco Rivera Agriculture Agent 7:00-7:10 PM- Break  7:10-7:40

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5339 County Rd 579
Seffner, FL 33584

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