Cathy Burns

Cathy Burns to Speak at Florida Ag Expo

Dan Agri-Business, Florida

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The Florida Ag Expo is Wednesday, Nov, 2nd from 7:30am until 5:00pm at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, FL. Those attending will want to catch the morning general session, which will tackle the big issues impacting specialty crops. Cathy Burns, chief executive officer of the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA), will be speaking on trends impacting the produce industry. She will address how the past few years have changed the industry and what’s to come.

In a pre-expo comments, Burns said “The fresh produce industry underwent changes too numerous to list during the past two years. We’re still seeing pressure points along the supply chain and in access to talent/labor. But at its core, resiliency and agility are two attributes anyone involved in the growing and selling of fresh fruits and vegetables have in their DNA. We’ve seen this show up in many ways, particularly through investments in new technologies and in collaboration across the supply chain as it endured more than 24 months of pivots and shifts in strategies and consumer markets.”


Burns will address how the industry has adapted to these challenges in her presentation at the Florida Ag Expo.

Other speakers Wednesday morning include Scott Angle with the University of Florida/IFAS. He will be discussing how AI and nutrient rate research will be game changers. And Jerry Parish with Florida State University will have a look at Florida’s economic outlook.

Of course you will have time to visit the trade show and enjoy lunch before the CEU sessions begin that afternoon.

To see the complete Expo agenda, click here.