Keynote Speakers

Dr. Fedro Zazueta

Bill Murphy Distinguished Speaker

Tuesday, June 7th (during the Opening General Session)

Distinguished speaker Dr. Fedro Zazueta will review the evolution and current trends in IT and their relationship to extension. He will focus on the implementation of andragogy to improve outcomes of extension education programs and potential uses of mobile, social, and cloud in the context of big data. Finally, he will address the long-term impact of technology convergence.

Dr. Zazueta is a professor in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Florida. He currently serves as Associate CIO at the University of Florida’s Office of Information Technology. He is charged with strategic planning for IT and the Direction of the Office of Academic Technology. He has been involved with IT in education for over 30 years. He is a prolific author with over 500 published items, including over 50 software titles used in industry. He has served as a consultant for ministers and secretaries of state on strategic applications of IT in Asia, the Americas, Europe and Oceania. He has received numerous awards, including Lifetime Honorary President of CIGR, the Kishida International Award, the US Department of Agriculture Outstanding Service Award, the Outstanding Leadership Award from ASABE, the Florida Davis Productivity Award from the Florida Tax Watch Foundation, and Teacher of the Year from the ITESM/IMA Student Association.


Dr. Chad Carr

Tuesday, June 7th (during Served Lunch)

Dr. Chad Carr is the State Extension Meat Specialist for UF/IFAS. His duties include undergraduate teaching within the Department of Animal Sciences and coordinating food safety trainings for meat and poultry processors across Florida. Chad works to provide educational programs in meat and livestock evaluation to youth, niche marketing strategies to livestock producers and meat processors, and meat quality training to Florida’s extensive food service industry. Chad was recently selected to present a version of UF’s consumer education class, “The Meat We Eat,” as an Online Course to 50,000+ consumers throughout the world via the Coursera platform. Chad and his wife Cathy and daughter Ella live in Micanopy Florida.


Dr. Kevin Folta

Wednesday, June 8th (during Served Lunch)

Dr. Kevin Folta is a Professor and the Chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida. He has been recognized as an expert in guiding the communications efforts in agricultural technologies, assisting everyone from small farmers to industry giants learn how to connect what they do to a curious and concerned public. His research examines how light signals are sensed in plants and how different parts of the spectrum can change shelf life and high-value fruit and vegetable traits. His group also uses novel genomics approaches to identify genes related to flavor and disease resistance. He has recently been recognized with the prestigious CAST Borlaug Award in Agricultural Communications. BS/MS Northern Illinois University 1989/1992, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998.


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