IIPA Spring Retreat

May 22-23, 2024
University of Georgia Tifton Campus

NESPAL-North (2353 Rainwater Road, Tifton GA 31793)

Important Deadlines:


Please email Joelle Szendel.

Day 1, Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Industry Strengthening Event

12:00 – 12:30 PMRegistration in the NESPAL-North lobby
12:30 – 1:30 PMLunch
1:30 – 2:20 PMIIPA Introductions
Retreat participants are asked to create a single PowerPoint slide introducing themselves and their research. Deadline to submit the Introduction Slide is Friday, May 17th at noon (12 PM).
Please download this slide template to create your slide. When the slide is finished, please upload your slide here.
2:20 – 2:30 PM Introduction of NCERA 180 Precision Ag Project Group
• Wes Porter, Associate Professor, University of Georgia
2:30 – 3:30 PMState of the Art Presentations
• Are Agricultural Extension Agents Prepared for Farmers' Adoption of Precision Agriculture? by Chin-Ling Lee
• Targeting, Personalization, and Engagement in an Agricultural Advisory Service by Shanjukta Nath via Zoom
• Applied Research on Digital Agriculture and Robotics for Specialty Crops by Luan Oliveira
3:30 – 4:00 PMCoffee Break and Poster Session
4:00 – 5:30 PMIndustry Panel
• Amos Petersen, CEO of FarrPro (PLF company)
• Craig Ganssle, CEO and Founder, Farmwave
• Travis Miller, Precision Irrigation Specialist, Reinke Irrigation
• Jonathan Graham, Project Engineer, Amadas Industries
6:45 – 9:00 PMDinner and Socializing
Black Shank Farm and Pavilion (Directions)
Carpenter Rd N, Tifton, GA 31793
Dinner provided by Roscoe’s Seafood Buffet, then we'll relax with friendship & fishing!

Day 2, Thursday, May 23, 2024

Team Strengthening Event

8:15 – 8:30 AMRegistration in the NESPAL-North lobby
8:30 – 9:00 AMCoffee and Donuts
9:00 – 9:30 AMGrant Opportunities with USDA
Kelly Garbach, National Program Leader, USDA
via Zoom
9:30 – 11:00 AMIIPA Faculty Brainstorming – Carryover from Panel Discussion on Day 1
• Pre-Seed and Presidential Seed Grant Team Meetings
• New Team Networking – small groups organized around three keywords from RSVP
11:00 – 12:00 PMLunch
provided by Taqueria Hermanos Chavez
12:00 PMAfternoon Tours
12:15 – 1:15 PMLab Tour of Tifton Precision Agriculture Faculty
• VRT Irrigation at NESPAL
• Autonomy and AI for improving Agricultural Production
• UAV 's for Spraying and Scouting Crops
• Future Farmstead Digital Management Hub
1:30 - 2:30 PMDemonstration of Precision Agriculture Equipment at 4-D Farm (ABAC DATA Farm)
• Includes demonstrations of rover, autosteer, tech, planter, sprayer, etc.
• Lassiter Tractor equipment review
• Field planting demo