Agenda 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

1:00p – 6:00pm

Tour (Optional)

Pre-Conference Tour

  • H&A Farms – Blueberry Packing Facility Tour

  • Southern Hill Farms – Agritourism, Blueberry and Tree Farm Tour

8:00pm – 12midnight

Networking – Hospitality Suite Open

Thursday, November 2, 2017

8:00 – 9:15am

Economic Outlook for 2017-18:  What Does a Trump Economy Look Like?

Edmond J Seifried Ph.D.

President Trump has roiled the financial markets from day one. But what exactly does his administration and policy agenda mean for the US economy? Dr Ed will investigate the results of the Trump economy so far and speculate what’s to come. Dr Ed also has his eyes on the Federal Reserve, and will report on what that organization is likely to do in the new Trump economy.

9:15 -10:00am

Weather Outlook for 2018 Crop Planning

Dr. S. Elwynn Taylor, Agricultural Meteorologist

Weather Outlook:  Tropical Storms are somewhat cyclic over a period of years.  The El Nino / La Nina do influence the risk of severe storms in the USA.  The Temperature of the Sea surface appears to be a major aspect of changing climate with the greatest impact on the agriculture economy.  The next nine years may bring harsh weather not seen in the past 90 years. Great information if you are currently working on your PRF crop insurance policy.

10:00 – 10:15am

Networking Break

11:00am – 12:00pm

Florida’s Current Climate is Ripe for Solar Energy Tax Incentives

Michael D. Minton, Shareholder and Chair of the Agribusiness and Solar Energy Teams, Dean Mead; Anna H. Long, Real Estate and Environmental Law, Dean Mead; and Dana M. Apfelbaum, Tax and Estate & Succession Planning, Dean Mead

12:00 – 1:00pm


1:00 – 2:00pm

Florida’s Economy is Changing at an Accelerated Pace.  How Can Florida Prepare for the Year 2030?

Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist Florida Chamber Foundation

Florida’s economy is changing at an accelerated pace.  By 2030, six million more residents will call Florida home.  To prepare for this continued growth and ensure Florida remains successful, we need a plan for Florida’s future that develops high-wage jobs, diversifies the economy,  ensures global competitiveness and creates vibrant communities. The Florida Scorecard™ provides Florida leaders and local stakeholders with the metrics needed to measure progress within their own communities.

2:00 – 2:45pm

Cyber Insecurity: The Evolving Threat Landscape

Chip Henderson, Senior Security Analyst, Pondurance

2:45 – 3:00pm

Networking Break

3:00 – 3:45pm

The Importance of Corporate Governance

Houston Short, Shareholder/Trial Attorney, Gunster

3:45 – 5:15pm

180 Days to Maximum Profit – Analyzing Efficiencies in Your Operation

Bob Blackburn, founder of Corporate Profit Solutions, LLC

  • Want to improve your operating cash flow?

  • Would you like to significantly improve your banking relations?

  • Want to learn how to expand your bottom line profits?

  • Do you know the financial trends of your company?  The trends are very important.

  • Did you know you can reduce labor costs with minimal efforts?

  • Do you know how capturing “Economies of Scale” can bring your company more profits?

  • Does your company use operating budgets and variance reports?  They are crucial to financial success!

  • Would you like to know how incentives can quickly boost your company’s performance?

5:30 – 6:30pm



Dinner On Your Own

8:00 pm – 12:00midnight

Networking – Hospitality Suite Open

Friday, November 3, 2017

8:00 – 9:00am

Beating Hurricane Irma – Tax Strategies for Agricultural Recovery

Lynn Sedwick, Partner, Tax Services, RSM; Justin Silva, Senior Manager, Tax Consulting, RSM; and Kenton Thompson, Senior Director, Valuation Services, RSM

Hurricane Irma was an agricultural catastrophe, ravaging Florida crops, flooding pastures, destroying property, and interrupting operations. Attention has since turned toward a quick recovery and strong rebound. But, how much do you really know about your tax relief options and their implications?

In this session, RSM’s experts will provide you with strategic considerations for agricultural recovery including:

  • Federal relief available for farmers
  • Tax updates including tax treatment of government aid, hiring and retention incentives, replanting costs, proposed legislation for incentives, and more
  • Considerations for casualty loss damages

9:00 – 9:45am

Hurricane Relief – Overview of Financial Funding Available

9:45 – 10:00am

Networking Break

10:00 – 11:00am

Panel: Agriculture Farmland Valuations as Florida’s Economy Heats Up


12:00 noon – 1:00pm



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