This article summarizes several of the plenary sessions presented at the 2017 ECHO conference in Florida. If you were unable to attend the conference, or would like to review some of the talks, many of them can be viewed on ECHOcommunity. Other 2017 presentations that appear there include "Tropical and subtropical fruit crops for small to moderate farm holdings," "Dialogue education and farmers," and "Integrating practical nutrition education into community agricultural programs." Talks given in previous years are also available on the website.
Patrick Trail, working with ECHO Asia in Chiang Mai, Thailand, shared some feedback after reading the recent EDN article about edible insects. He wrote us some feedback about his experiences and observations
ECHO promotes many animal fodder crops for use in the tropics and subtropics, for arid and humid areas, but few of them are frost tolerant, drought tolerant, and thrive at high elevations. Tree lucerne (Chamaecytisus palmensis), also known as tagasaste, is a long-lived, leguminous shrub that can survive temperatures as low as -9°C (16°F), produce forage during extended dry seasons, and thrive at elevations up to 3000 meters. It is suited to poor, sandy soils and sends roots down as deep as 10 m.
from interviews with Tim Gast and Tim Watkins, summarized by Stacy Reader
ECHO’s Technical Response Unit recently received a few requests from areas in the Caribbean, for information about what might be causing citrus death. With multiple requests for information about widespread citrus decline, we decided to learn more about its potential cause and practical management tools. We interviewed Tim Gast, Citrus Production Manager at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, and Tim Watkins, Head of Agricultural Operations at ECHO Florida’s Global Farm. All information in this article was taken from the interviews, unless otherwise cited.