Ag Module 2014: SRWMD Edition
September 18 and 19, 2014

Draft Agenda

Thursday, September 18, 2014 – A Day of Conversations at UF IFAS Austin Cary Learning Center

8:45 – 9:15 AM Welcome and Description of the Day – Stan Bronson, Executive Director, Florida Earth and Dr. Ann Shortelle, Executive Director, SRWMD

9:15 – 9:45 AM Agricultural Water: Protecting the Future of Our Nation – Review of 2012 Agricultural, White Paper developed by King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management. Mitch Hutchcraft, Vice President for Real Estate, King Ranch Florida LLC

9:45 – 10:30 AM Agriculture and Springs in North Central Florida, Moderator, Dr. Tim White, Director, UF IFAS SFRC, Erich Marzolf, Director Water Resources Division, SRWMD

10:30 – 10:45 AM Break

10:45 - 11:30 AM Innovation at SRWMD: New Programs and Projects, Hugh Thomas, Environmental Manager, FDOACS and Kevin Wright, Ag Team Coordinator, SRWMD

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM  Moving Past Regulation to Sustainability – Moderator, Ernie Cox, Family Lands Remembered and Chair of Board, Florida Earth State-wide forest water yield study.  UF, DOACS, Agriculture: The CARES Program - Scot Eubanks, Florida Farm Bureau, Mark Slavens, Director of Research, Scotts Miracle Gro

12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 – 2:00 PM Envision Alachua - Tim Jackson, Director of Real Estate, Plum Creek

2:00 – 3:15 PM The Future of Water in Florida – Creating a Water Ethic.  Moderator, Cynthia Barnett, Author, Steve Seibert, Principal, triSect Innovation, Del Bottcher, President, SWET; Pierce Jones, UF/IFAS

3:15-3:30 PM Thoughts on the Day, Don Quincy, Governing Board Chair, SRWMD

3:30 – 3:45 PM Break

3:45 – 4:15 PM North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership – Jacqui Sulek, Audubon Society of FloridaThomas Harper, Harper Farms, Steve Roberts, Utilities Director, City of Lake CityTerry Baker, Manager, PotashCorp

4:15 – 4:30 PM Summary, Logistics for Next Day and Adjourn

Friday, September 19, 2014  A Day of Explorations

8:30 AM Rendezvous at Ichetucknee Springs and get on bus

09:00 AM– Arrive at 3 Rivers Farms Nursery - 468 SW Evergreen Ct, Fort White

10:00 AM– Depart

10:30 AM– Arrive at Allison Farms - 3415 SW Salem Rd, Lake City, Florida

11:30 AM– Depart

12:00 PM– Arrive at North Entrance of Ichetucknee State Park

12:15 – Lunch at Ichetucknee State Park

1:00 - 4:00 PM Tour of Ichetucknee Springs and River by canoe and kayak

The hotel for this event is the LaQunta Inn in Gainesville.  Ask for the Florida Earth rate of $59 plus tax.  Their number is (352) 332-6466.

Directions to Austin Cary Forest Learning Center: 

10625 NE Waldo Rd
Gainesville, FL 32609

From I-75: Take Exit 387 (Newberry Road) east to Waldo Road. Turn left (north). Approximately 8 miles later, you’ll see a sign on the right-hand side indicating the Austin Cary Forest.

From I-10: Take Exit 343 (US 301) south. Continue south for approximately 40 miles through the cities of Starke and Waldo. Turn left at Austin Cary Forest.

There is a stone wall and a gate at the entrance to the Austin Cary Forest. Head straight through the gate and past the buildings and vehicles to Loop Road. Follow it around for about 1.5 miles, noting the signs to turn right towards Lake Mize. Parking is available in several areas.


Stan Bronson
Ex. Dir.
Florida Earth
Ann Shortelle
Ex. Dir.
Donald Quincy

Quincy Cattle Co.

Tim White

Ernie Cox
Family Lands Remembered LLC
Mitch Hutchcraft
King Ranch
Scot Eubanks
Assistant Director
Florida Farm Bureau
Pierce Jones
Mark Slavens
Director Research
Scotts Miracle Gro
Cynthia Barnett
Blue Revolution
Del Bottcher
Steve Seibert
triSect Consulting

Tim Jackson
Director, Real Estate
Plum Creek

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