This distinguished panel discussed the growing role for Florida’s farms, ranches, and woodlands in delivering high value and scalable solutions to climate change and other pressing global sustainable development goals.
- Ernie Shea, President, Solutions from the Land, outlined the work underway in the Florida Climate Smart Agriculture Initiative and moderated the session.
- Jim Strickland, Owner, Strickland Ranch, discussed climate smart agriculture (CSA) systems and practices Florida ranchers are deploying to maintain sustainability, improve resilience and reduce GHG emissions.
- Dr. Maria Lucia Silveira, Professor, Soil and Water Quality, University of Florida, shared research on nutrient management strategies that result in optimum forage production and profitability, while protecting Florida water resources.
- Dr. Carlos Messina, Professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida, discussed the evolving role of artificial intelligence in measuring and monitoring the delivery of ecosystem services from farms, ranches, and forests.
- Fred Yoder, Co-Chair, Solutions from the Land, provided global context outlining CSA enabling policies, programs and investments evolving across the world.