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Agriculture innovation insists on taking calculated risks

There are different kinds of stubborn. There’s a stubborn that’s cautious about change and a stubborn that insists on it.

FFVA board member Jamie Williams of Lipman Produce puts himself in the former camp. It has served him well, because it’s a check on impulsive change based on scant science. It takes a few years of accumulated evidence to change his mind.

Sanjay Shukla, a University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences agricultural engineer, is the other kind of stubborn. When he sees promise in an idea at his research center, he wants growers to adopt the innovation. Read more...


Keynote speaker to kick off celebration of 75 years of service to ag

FFVA is pleased to feature internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author, and innovator Phil Hansen as our Cracker Breakfast keynote speaker at FFVA 2018, set for Sept. 25-27 at The Ritz-Carlton in Naples. This will be an extra special convention because FFVA is celebrating 75 years of service. 

Crashing irreverently through conventional boundaries, Hansen works at the intersection of traditional art, electronic media, offbeat materials, and interactive experiences. He is most widely known for his meta-art and videos that document the creation process (sometimes even through destruction), showing that art is action, not just result.