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Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Risks in Technology Adoption

SRMEC Program Overview

Growers face difficult choices when adopting new technologies or making adjustments to existing technologies. When assessing the risks they must account for the full suite of costs and benefits associated with technology use. This project informed growers of advances in precision agriculture, irrigation systems, and bed management and provided tools to improve growers’ skills to evaluate and manage financial risks involved in technology use. The project also highlighted positive environmental externalities associated with these technologies, allowing producers to better manage legal risks associated with environmental regulations. The target audiences were citrus and vegetable growers.

The program included three workshops and farm-field days. Growers can assess risk factors related to adoption of new technologies (capital expenditures, sunk costs, cost of expertise/outsourcing, limited resale potential, economies of scale, and effect on production inputs), production (weather variability and disease pressure), and markets (changes in input and commodity prices), among others. We had 102 participants; 68% indicated they are likely to adopt the technologies presented, 56% indicated that financial considerations were very influential in their decision to adopt new technologies, and 93% said they were satisfied with program. The programs were recorded and featured in the media. Program documents can be found on https://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/programs/nat-res-econ.

Tara R Wade

Assistant Professor, Ph.D.

Agricultural Economics

Tara.Wade@ufl.edu

Website

UF / IFAS SWFREC - Immokalee 
2685 SR 29 N | Immokalee, FL 34142
Tel:(239) 658-3444
Fax:(239) 658-3403

Citrus Field Day

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Flyer

Agenda

Demonstration

Demonstration # 1 - “Influence of Irrigation and Nutrient on Growth Nutrient Acquisition and Water Relations in High-Density Young Planting and Affected Trees”
Presenter: Dr. Said Hamido and Ms. Ali Atta, UF/IFAS SWFREC

Demonstration # 2 - “Citrus Weed Management Field Trials
Presenter: Dr. Ramdas Kannisery, UF/IFAS SWFREC

Demonstration # 3 - “Needle Assisted Trunk Infusion of Therapeutic Material
Presenter: Dr. Ozgur Batuman, UF/IFAS SWFREC

Workshop

Workshop #1 - “Effective, Long-term and Crop-safe Weed Management in Citrus
Presenter: Dr. Ramdas Kannisery, UF / IFAS SWFREC

Workshop #2 - “Managing Risks in Technology Adoption
Presenter: Dr. Tara Wade, UF / IFAS SWFREC

Workshop #3 - “Vision-Based Technologies for Citrus and Strawberry Yield Mapping”
Presenter: Dr. Won Suk Lee

Workshop #4 - “Precision Agriculture Technologies and UAV Applications in Citrus
Presenters: Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis, UF / IFAS SWFREC

Workshop # 5 - “Maximizing the Probability of New Technology Adoption Success
Presenter: Dr. John Schueller

Workshop #6 - “Payment for Water-Related Services Program for Citrus and Vegetable”
Presenter: Dr. Sanjay Shukla, UF / IFAS SWFREC

Workshop # 7 - “Influence of Irrigation and Nutrient on Growth Nutrient Acquisition and Water Relations in High-Density Young Planting and HLB Affected Trees Workshop
Presenters: Dr. Said Hamido, Ms. Ali Atta, UF / IFAS SWFREC

Vegetable Field Day

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Flyer

Agenda

Demonstration

Demonstration # 1 - “Compact Bed Geometry for Fresh Produce”
Presenter: Dr. Sanjay Shukla, UF / IFAS SWFREC

Demonstration # 2 - “Enhancing Water Storage and Treatment Using Impoundments”
Presenter: Dr. Sanjay Shukla, UF / IFAS SWFREC

Demonstration # 3 - “Tomato Fertigation”
Presenter: Mr. Timothy Ayankojo, PhD Student, UF / IFAS 

Demonstration #4 - “Crop Safe Weed Management in Vegetables”
Presenter: Dr. Ramdas Kanissery, UF / IFAS SWFREC

Demonstration # 5 - “Precision Farming Technologies & Smart Machinery / Agriculture”
Presenter: Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis, UF / IFAS SWFREC

Workshop

Workshop #1 - “Precision Agriculture”
Presenter: Mr. Chris Crockett, Highland Precision Agriculture

Workshop #2 - “Reducing Inputs and Risks with Compact Beds”
Presenter: Dr. Sanjay Shukla, UF / IFAS SWFREC

Workshop #3 - “Crop Safe Weed Management in Vegetables
Presenter: Dr. Ramdas Kanissery, UF / IFAS SWFREC

Workshop #4 - “Risks in Plasticulture Cabbage Production
Presenters: Dr. Charles Barrett, UF / IFAS Suwanee Valley Ag. Extension Center
                 Dr. Lincoln Zoratelli, UF / IFAS Department of Horticultural Sciences

Workshop # 5 - “SmartAg”
Presenter: Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis, UF / IFAS SWFREC

Workshop #6 - “Risks Management and Crop Insurance Basics
Presenter: Dr. Laurence M. Crane, National Crop Insurance Services

Workshop # 7 - “Managing Risks in Adopting Agricultural Methods & Practices
Presenters: Dr. David Schimmelpfennig, USDA – ERS
                  Dr. Tara Wade, UF / IFAS SWFREC

Workshop # 8 - “Tomato Fertigation
Presenter: Mr. Timothy Ayankojo, PhD Student, UF / IFAS 

Cole Crop Field Day

Thursday, December 13rd, 2018

Agenda

Workshop

Workshop #1 - “The Economics and Risk Reduction of Plasticulture in Vegetable Production
Presenter: Dr. Lincoln Zoratelli, UF / IFAS Department of Horticultural Sciences
                   Dr. Charles Barrett, UF / IFAS Suwanee Valley Ag. Extension Center

Workshop #2 - “Managing Risks in Adopting Agricultural Methods and Practices
Presenter: Dr. Tara Wade, UF / IFAS SWFREC

Workshop # 3 - “Smart Agriculture And Smart Machinery
Presenter: Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis, UF / IFAS SWFREC

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