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Dragon Fruit Grower Workshop, July 17-18

UCANR is partnering with the University of Florida among other universities in putting on a Dragon Fruit Workshop to be held at the Miami-Dade County Extension Service (Homestead, FL) during July 17-18, 2024. This is a free event, where lunch and light refreshments will be provided. This meeting is part of the grant entitled “Evaluating the Potential Expansion and Diversification of the Dragon Fruit Industry in North America” (FLA-TRC-006408). At this workshop attendees will learn about Dragon fruit pollination, production and post-harvest practices, insect pests and diseases, and more.

Attendees will also visit two Dragon fruit plantings. See the tentative agenda below. In order to attend in-person or online you MUST register (the link below).

https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0SpTDLWnPxRoRuJ

If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Romina Gazis (r.gazisseregina@ufl.edu) or Shelby Weber (shelby.weber1@ufl.edu)

Tentative Agenda

DAY 1 [July 17, 2024 / 8 am – 5 pm]

8:00 – 9:00: Registration, coffee & snacks.
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome words from the organizers. Housekeeping items.
9:15 – 10:10: State Reports. Five States (FL, CA, TX, PR, HI).
10:10 – 11:00: Growing dragon fruit in a changing climate.
11:00 – 11:30: Dragon Fruit Diseases [general] 11:30 – 12:00: Dragon fruit stem and fruit canker.

12:00 – 1:00: LUNCH [included for all participants]

1:00 – 1:30: Dragon Fruit Pests and Pollinators.
1:30 – 2:00: Cultural practices related to crop health.
2:00 – 3:00: Section industry perspective.
3:00 – 4:00: Section economics.
4:00 – 5:00: Section postharvest and consumer preferences.
5:00 – 5:10: Wrap up / Housekeeping items for day 2.

 DAY 2 [July 18, 2024 / 8 am – 5 pm]

8:00 – 9:00: Group meet up, coffee & snacks.
9:00 – 12:00: Visit to two dragon fruit fields (two local plantings).

12:00 – 1:00: LUNCH [included for all participants]

1:00 – 2:00: Visit to TREC’s Dragon Fruit variety planting.
2:00 – 3:00: Industry brainstorming session and research priorities selection.
3:00 – 4:00: Closing Remarks and future efforts.

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