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Florida AgTech and AI Expo

Thursday, December 14, 2023             Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center

Florida AgTech and AI Expo

Thursday, December 14, 2023             Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center

Event Schedule

*** Times are subject to change.

***  CEUs will be available.  Credits available: 3.5 pesticide CEUs and 3.5 CCA CEUs

  • 9:15 AM - Gather, Welcome, Introductions

    9:15 AM - Gather, Welcome, Introductions


      • Christian Kammerer
  • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Keynote Speaker

    9:30 - 10:00 AM - Keynote Speaker

    Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources
    University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)

         Title:  “The Future is Now: Moving at the Speed of Need in Ag Tech and AI”


  • 10:00 AM -12:15 PM - Morning Sessions

    10:00 -12:10 - Morning Sessions


    10:00-10:20 AM

    Robotics, automation, and AI for specialty crops.

    by: Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis, UF / IFAS Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

    This talk will explore how automation and AI can enhance and transform specialty crop production. It will present emerging robotic technologies and other innovations that could revolutionize agriculture.

    10:20-10:25 AM

    Tech Talk: THE FUTURE IS NOW! Agri Spray Drones is leading the charge in Empowering Rural America! Learn how they are bringing useful technology to growers, farmers, and ranchers all across North America.

    Presented by: Alexander Ryan – Agri Spray Drones, Key Account Manager, East Coast

    10:25-10:45 AM

    Emerging Technologies for Targeted Weed Management.

    by: Dr. Nathan Boyd, UF / IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

    Dr. Boyd will provide an overview of target weed management technologies with a focus on recent progress in his research program. Dr. Boyd will discuss potential benefits and pitfalls of the technology.
    10:45-10:50 AM

    Tech Talk: Technology and data – How it can help you save time and money.

    Presented by: Kyle Norton – Everglades Equipment Group, Precision Solutions Manager

    10:50-11:10 AM

    Advances in smart irrigation for specialty crops.

    by: Dr. Sandra Guzman, UF / IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center

    In this presentation, we will explore the most recent advancements in smart irrigation technologies for specialty crop production and their role in promoting crop production and environmental sustainability.

    11:10-11:15 AM

    Tech Talk: Advanced smart irrigation and DATA COLLECTION of water and nutrients.

    Presented by: Sonya Lee – Ag-Tronix, President

     11:15-11:35 AM

    Valuing agriculture ecosystems and forming best management practices with artificial intelligence.

    by: Joel Harley, UF Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

    UF/IFAS researchers demonstrate new artificial intelligence tools to quantify the delivery of agroecosystem services. These systems aim to help growers and other stakeholders to assess the value of agricultural lands and support decisions to improve sustainability and manage yields.

    11:35-12:15 PM 

    Grower Panel - Moderator: Brian Kelley, Ag Technologies LLC

  • 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch and Tradeshow

    12:15 - 1:00 PM - Lunch Break and Tradeshow

    Lunch can be purchased onsite at the café




  • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM - Demonstrations

    1:00 - 1:45 PM - Demonstrations

    Outside Demonstrations




  • 1:45 PM - Gather, Introductions, and Raffle Drawing

    1:45 PM - Gather, Introductions, and Raffle Drawing


      • Christian Kammerer

    Spot Sprayer, Model ST-25 (Value $270)
    Donated by: Everglades Equipment and BestWay Ag

    For more details about the Spot Sprayer, please click View / Download PDF File


  • 2:00 PM - 4:10 PM - Afternoon Sessions

    2:00 - 4:10 - Afternoon Sessions


    2:00-2:20 PM

    Mechanization of Strawberry Harvesting for Long-Term Sustainability.

    by Bob Pitzer, Harvest Croo Robotics

    2:20-2:40 PM

    Agroview: The Citrus AI Partner, Beyond Just Analytics.

    by Matt Donovan, Agriculture Intelligence: Agroview

    Explore Agroview's 360° support: Precision metrics, nutrient insights, expert data services, and a continually evolving ag-engineering edge.

    2:40-3:00 PM

    Data driven farming and IoT sensors role in enterprise farming operations.

    by Andrew Berg, US Sugar

    This session will give an overview of some of the various IoT sensors employed to improve near real time decision making across various aspects of a large scale farming operation. We will discuss various challenges of multiple vendors, cloud systems and what it takes to turn large amounts of data into timely and actionable information.

    3:00-3:20 PM

    Laserweeding: The Future of Weed Control.

    by Brett Goodwin, VP Marketing, Carbon Robotics

    Learn how laserweeding works and why leading specialty vegetable growers are adopting it as a weed control solution today.

    3:20-3:40 PM

    FDACS: Improving Institutional Agility with Transformational Data.

    by Lisa Jensen, Director, Division of Fruit and Vegetables; and Jay Hook, Chief, Bureau of Support Services, Division of Fruit and Vegetables.

    3:40-4:10 PM Panel Discussion
  • 4:10 PM - Adjourn and TradeShow

    4:10 PM - Adjourn and TradeShow





For exhibit sales, sponsorships & questions:

Bernadette Rashford

Tel:  (239) 690-0281

Agroview Demo

by Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis, UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC), Immokalee

Citra Demo

by Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis, UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC), Immokalee

Application Map VR Sprayer with Fruit Count Demo

by Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis, UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC), Immokalee