The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has released a series of 10 webcasts that project outlooks for the state's economy and some of its most vital commodities.
The webcasts are presented by UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics faculty and students. They were made for this year's Florida Agricultural Outlook Conference, said Alan Hodges, an extension specialist in the Food and Resource Economics department. The webcasts can be found at www.fred.ifas.ufl.edu/outlook-webcasts
The webcast titles and presenters include:
Outlook for the U.S. and Florida economy - Rod Clouser, interim chairman of the Food and Resource Economics Department;
Outlook for Farm Labor in Florida Agriculture - Fritz Roka, associate professor, UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center;
Florida Citrus Outlook, 2013-2014 season - Matt Salois, chief economist, Florida Department of Citrus, and a UF/IFAS-affiliate faculty member;
Outlook for the Florida Nursery and Landscape Industry - Hayk Khachatryan, assistant professor, Mid-Florida Research and Education Center;
Outlook for Beef, Dairy and Feedstuffs - John Vansickle, professor, food and resource economics;
Food Distribution: Structure and Trends - William Barker, graduate student, and Allen Wysocki, associate dean for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences;
Impact of International Competition on Florida Tomato and Strawberry Industries - Zhengfei Guan, assistant professor, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center;
Understanding the Costs of Agricultural Best Management Practices - Tatiana Borisova, assistant professor, and Serhat Asci, postdoctoral researcher, food and resource economics;
Adoption of Drought Adaptation Measures Among Florida Vegetable Growers - Kelly Grogan, assistant professor, and Elizabeth van Dijl, graduate student, food and resource economics; and
Seafood MarketMaker: An Alternative for Enhancing Market Visibility - Chuck Adams, professor, Florida Sea Grant and food and resource economics.
Hodges said department officials hope that UF/IFAS county extension faculty will use the presentations to help share information with those who need it, but interested members of the public are welcome to watch the webinars as well.
The presentations run anywhere from about 15 to 40 minutes.
The webcasts are meant to provide pertinent information for those who need it.
"We're at the start of a new year, people are looking ahead and planning for their business what they're going to do this year," Hodges said. "These webcasts should be accessible to anyone with a computer, anywhere in the world."