UF IFAS Landscaping Summit
This week the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences kicked off a Landscaping summit that will go on for the next three months. The summit will cover a wide range of landscaping topics for both professionals and novices. Michael Dukes is the IFAS Director at the Center for Land Use Efficiency. Here is Michael on the information the summit plans to address:
"The Landscape Summit, which starts tomorrow (Thursday Wednesday, 20th) will run every Wednesday at 1:00 PM EST, from Jan. 20th to March 31st. They are scheduled for one and a half hours. Many of them have two speakers on a particular landscape topic. Pest Control, water conservation, water quality, landscape design, etc. Just many topics that I think are shaping and will shape the future of landscapes, particularly in Florida. The first session is gonna be a panel on industry."
As for transitioning the summits into virtual events, this isn't the first rodeo for IFAS. They had already adapted in-person workshops to the online summit format.
"This past spring, we had a BMP (Best Management Practices) summit which was scheduled for in-person in May. That became clear sometime in March that that just was not going to be feasible. We changed that one pretty quickly over to a virtual format, to accommodate essentially the same content that we had scheduled for the in-person."
For more information on the summit and other IFAS educational programs, go to www.ifas.ufl.edu.