In 1992, the inaugural Citrus Expo debuted. Now, 25 years later, it’s the largest annual citrus trade show in the Southeast and attracts growers from around the world.

Speakers and topics have been set for the 2017 Citrus Expo seminar program, “Challenge, Change and Opportunity.” Aug. 16–17 at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, FL.

Tripti Vashisth, assistant professor and citrus Extension specialist from the University of Florida

With presentations from both researchers and growers, topics on the agenda include recommendations on what varieties to plant, HLB management, produce safety rules, bactericides, grower success stories and more. The full seminar schedule can be viewed at

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be on hand Aug. 16, along with U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney. Perdue and Rooney will walk the trade show floor and mingle with the Citrus Expo exhibitors and attendees. Citrus Expo will provide Perdue and Rooney with a firsthand look at the challenges faced by the U.S. citrus industry, as well as the growers and industry leaders working to rise above those challenges.

2017 Miss Florida Citrus Rachel Smith will be on hand for the festivities.

Secretary Perdue will also participate in this year’s FFA raffle drawing. Citrus Expo is proud to partner with Florida FFA for eight years and counting. Citrus Expo provides an opportunity for FFA members to network and connect with industry professionals.

Tripti Vashisth, assistant professor and citrus Extension specialist from the University of Florida, will be among the presenters in the 2017 Citrus Expo seminar program, with a presentation focusing on citrus nutrition to fight greening.

The Citrus Expo℠ seminar program is developed in collaboration with Florida citrus industry leaders, including growers, association executives and researchers. Organizations providing valuable input include:

  • Citrus Research and Development Foundation
  • Gulf Citrus Growers Association
  • Highlands County Citrus Growers Association
  • Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association
  • Indian River Citrus League
  • University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, with the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred playing a key role in implementing the seminar program

Growers attending the program will once again have the opportunity to earn multiple continuing education units (CEUs) toward a Florida restricted-use pesticide license and the Certified Crop Adviser designation.

Pre-register by Aug. 11 for a chance to win a John Deere gun safe, courtesy of Everglades Equipment Group. Sign up at, or e-mail or call 352-671-1909.

Host hotel information can be found at

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