The Foundation for The Gator Nation An Equal Opportunity Institution
July 9, 2012
Dear Florida Aquatic Plant Growers:
I would like to invite you to attend an aquatic plant research and production meeting on Monday, August 13, 2012 at the University of Florida IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center. The goal of this meeting is to identify research needs and priority areas for the Aquaculture Research Council and to update the Florida Aquaculture Plan. The current plan can be accessed online at http://floridaaquaculture.com/publications/aquaplan.pdf. The meeting will be jointly hosted by me (Dr. Lyn Gettys, UF/IFAS Aquatic and Wetland Plants Lab), Pierre LePochat (Aquatic Plants Representative to the Aquaculture Research Council) and Paul Zajicek (Division of Aquaculture, Florida DACS).
The tentative agenda is as follows:
9:00 am: Welcome and Introductions (Pierre LePochat and Dr. Lyn Gettys)
9:30 am: What’s Up at the FLREC (Dr. Lyn Gettys)
10:30 am: Aquatic Plant Grower Research Needs: Updating the Florida Aquaculture Plan
(Pierre LePochat and Paul Zajicek)
12:00 noon: Lunch
1:00 pm: Cultivating and Selling Waterhyacinth Out-of-State (Steve Hildebrandt)
1:30 pm: FLREC Facility Tour (Dr. Lyn Gettys)
I hope you can attend this important meeting – your input is crucial for guiding the direction of the Florida Aquaculture Plan. Please let me know if you can attend this meeting by calling or emailing me at the contacts listed above. Travel safely – we look forward to seeing you at the meeting on August 13!
Dr. Lyn A Gettys
Agronomy – Aquatic and Wetland Plants
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences 3205 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center Davie, FL 33314
Lyn A Gettys, Ph.D. email@example.com
I have been asked by Paul Zajicek of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to host a meeting for aquatic plant growers to review and revise the Florida Aquaculture Plan. We are hoping to have input from growers throughout the state and I think the best way to reach our stakeholders is through Extension. You and your agents know your clientele better than anyone, so if you could pass along the attached invitation to aquatic growers or other interested parties in your county, I’d appreciate it.
Thanks so much – have a great day and Go Gators!
Lyn Gettys, PhD
Assistant Professor – Aquatic and Wetland Plant Science
University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center
3205 College Ave - Davie FL 33314
Office 954-577-6331; Cell 561-301-6614
Fax 954-475-4125; firstname.lastname@example.org