Ag Module 2014, SWFWMD Edition

Event Location: 
Crystal Springs Preserve, Crystal Springs, Florida
Start Date: 
23 April 2014
End Date: 
24 April 2014

Draft Agenda

Ag Module 2014:  Innovation in the Water Space
SWFWMD Edition

Thursday, April 24, 2014 – A Day of Conversations at Crystal Springs Preserve

9:00 – 9:15 AM Welcome and Description of the Day – Robert Thomas, Chair, Crystal Spring Preserve and Florida Earth Board Member and Stan Bronson, Executive Director, Florida Earth

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 – 10:45 AM Agriculture and Springs in Western Central Florida – Moderator, Ernie Cox, President, Family Lands Remembered
Status of Florida Springs - Veronica Craw, Springs & Environmental Flows Manager, SWFWMD

10:45 – 11 AM Break

11 – 11:30 AM Tour of Crystal Springs Preserve – Karen Pate, Executive Director, Crystal Springs Preserve

11:30 AM- 12:30 PM  The F.A.R.M.S Program – Moderator, Rhea Law, CEO, Fowler Boggs & White (Invited)
Description of F.A.R.M.S – Eric DeHaven, Director, Department of  , Southwest Florida Water Management District
F.A.R.M.S and Estuaries – Dr. Lisa Beaver, Executive Director, Charlotte Harbor Estuary Program
Research in Water - Dr. Craig Stanley, Assistant Center Director, UF IFAS Gulf Coast REC

12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch and Keynote Address – Rich Budell, Director of Ag Water Policy, FDOACS

1:30 – 2:30 PM Moving Past Regulation to Sustainability – Moderator, Mac Carraway, President, SMR Farms
Meeting the Minimums - Alba Mas, Director of Regulation, SWFWMD
Working with the Environment- Holly Greening, Executive Director, Tampa Bay Estuary Program
On to Sustainability: The Babcock Ranch Project - Ernie Cox, President, Family Lands Remembered LLC

2:30 – 3:30 PM The Future of Water in Florida – Moderator, Michael Babb, Governing Board Vice Chair, SWFWMD
Water Quality and Numeric Criteria – Drew Bartlett, FDEP
Vision of the Legislature – Senator Charlie Dean, Chair, Senate Environmental Protection Committee

3:30 – 3:45 PM Break

3:45 – 4:15 PM Creating Community for Water Solutions – Moderator, Kerry Kates, Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association
Agriculture: The CARES Program - Scot Eubanks, Florida Farm Bureau
Utilities – Chuck Carden, COO, Tampa Bay Water
Environment – Holly Greening, Tampa Bay Estuary Program
Government – TBA 

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

Friday, April 25, 2014  A Day of Explorations

8:30 AM Leave Hotel

9:15 AM Tour of Gulf Coast Ressearch and Education Center

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