Project Activities

Advisory Panel

A panel of stakeholders make recommendations for research design, data collection, project outreach, on-farm trials, mobilizing growers, and future experiments.

We hosted five advisory panel meetings from 2017-2019.

We are hosting the final advisory panel meeting in 2020.

Research Assessments

Farmers and agricultural service providers evaluate the research design, treatments, and data collection and identify benefits and limitations of our research.

  • the participants are told what treatments are being tested but they do not know which treatment is in each plot

  • participants observe the field research plots and record their observations about plant vigor, weed suppression, pest damage, disease damage, etc.

  • participants then engage in a facilitated discussion as a group and identify the most desirable and least desirable treatments observed

  • participants then make recommendations for future experiments after the plot/treatment key is revealed

We hosted an on-station research assessment at the UF/IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, FL in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Farmer Interviews

Interviews were completed from 2017-2019 with farmers participating in the on-farm trials to help understand a farmer’s decision making process.

Interviews were completed in 2020 with 40 beginning farmers across the Southeast.

Project Videos

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Field Days

We hosted a field day at one of the on-farm trials in 2019 and at the UF/IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, FL in 2019 and 2020.

Presentations

DeLong, A.N., Swisher, M.E., Chase, C.A., Zhao, X., Sattanno, K., Rosskopf, E., Di Goia, F. and Hong, J.C. (2017) Participatory methods in crop research: Giving more decision-making power to farmers. Paper Presentation at the Annual Tri-Societies Meeting of American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America. Tampa, FL.

DeLong, A.N., Swisher, M.E., Sattanno, K., Chase, C., Zhao, X., Liburd, O. and Gao, Z. (2018) Social science in service to biological research. Paper Presentation at the Annual Meeting of Florida State Horticultural Society. Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

DeLong, A.N., Swisher, M.E., Sattanno, K., Chase, C., Zhao, X., Liburd, O. and Gao, Z. (2018) Enhancing biological research through farmer-driven methods. Poster Presentation at the Annual Professional Agricultural Workers Conference. Opelika, AL.

DeLong, A.N., Swisher, M.E., Sattanno, K., Chase, C., Zhao, X., Liburd, O. and Gao, Z. (2019) Sustainable organic strawberry cropping systems for the Southeast. Workshop facilitated at the North American Strawberry Symposium. Orlando, FL.

DeLong, A.N., Swisher, M.E., Sattanno, K., Chase, C.A., Zhao, X., Liburd, O. and Gao, Z. (2019) Co-creation of knowledge in agroecology: Collaborating to develop sustainable organic agricultural systems. Paper Presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences. Las Vegas, NV.

DeLong, A.N., Swisher, M.E., Chase, C.A., Zhao, X., Liburd, O. and Gao, Z. (2020) Farmer field trials: A pathway to enhances research efficacy. Poster Presentation at the Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. Gainesville, FL.

Torres-Quezada, E., Chase, C. A., Zhao, X., Liburd, O. E., Gao, Z., and Swisher, M. E. (2020) Cover crops and strawberry cultivars for resilient organic strawberry production in Florida. Poster Presentation at the Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. Gainesville, FL.

DeLong, A.N., Swisher, M.E., Chase, C.A., Zhao, X., Liburd, O.E. and Gao, Z. (2020) Shared decision-making in agricultural research: Farmers and scientists developing adoptable outcomes. Paper Presentation at the Joint Meeting of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society and the Association for the Study of Food and Society. Athens, GA. (Conference canceled)

DeLong, A.N., Swisher, M.E., Chase, C.A., Zhao, X., Liburd, O.E. and Gao, Z. (2020) Training social science graduate students in agricultural fields. Paper Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. Las Cruces, NM. (Conference canceled)

Swisher, M.E., Delong, A., Sattanno, K., Chase, C.A., Zhao, X., Liburd, O., Gao, Z., Bolques, A. & Gu, S. (2020) Farmer-Driven Research Design: Developing More Adoptable Research Outcomes. Oral Presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences. Orlando, FL. 2020 ASHS SOS Swisher Presentation

DeLong, A.N., Swisher, M.E., Chase, C.A., Ruiz-Menjivar, J. & Irani, T. (2020) Emerging identities of a new generation of farmers: A systematic literature review. Oral Presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences. Orlando, FL. 2020 ASHS SOS DeLong Presentation

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