Nikki Fried gets head start in Israel

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried touched down in Israel on Thursday, ahead of about 100 other folks flying out Saturday as part of Gov. Ron DeSantis’week-long mission.

Fried announced late Thursday she would have her own meetings with government officials, agricultural research groups, and agriculture-related businesses before joining the rest of the state’s travelers.

“I’m thrilled to be in Israel learning about innovations on agriculture and citrus, water efficiency, cannabis, and more,” Fried said in a release. “We’re going to bring home ideas and best practices from the Middle East’s only democracy and one of the world’s leading nations on technology and research. As the first Jewish woman elected to the Florida Cabinet, I’m looking forward to this opportunity to strengthen the special bond between Florida and Israel.”

Here’s Fried’s schedule from Thursday:

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019

All times are in Israel Daylight Time (7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time)

7:15 AM                                WHEELS DOWN TEL-AVIV

9:00 AM                              ARRIVE AT HOTEL

12:30 PM                             MEETING WITH iANGELS

iANGELS is a women-founded, women-managed venture capital firm specializing in high-tech projects, including agriculture projects such as crop disease prevention and farm management.

2:00 PM                               MEETING AND TOUR AT VOLCANI CENTER

The Volcani Center is an agricultural research center and the research arm of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, supporting research on plant, animal, food, and environmental sciences and agricultural engineering.

5:30 PM                               MEETING AND TOUR AT TEVEL AEROBOTICS TECHNOLOGIES

Tevel Aerobotics is a firm manufacturing autonomous agricultural drone technology for crop harvesting.

Earlier Thursday, DeSantis sent out his own itinerary for the week ahead:

SATURDAY, MAY 25TH

Depart Florida en route Tel Aviv, Israel

SUNDAY, MAY 26TH

Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel

Meet and Greet with Florida Delegation

MONDAY, MAY 27TH – TEL AVIV

Morning:        Business Meeting with Israeli Companies
Meeting with Israeli Officials

Afternoon:     Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremonies

Evening:       Tourism Networking Reception hosted by VISIT FLORIDA
Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony

TUESDAY, MAY 28TH – TEL AVIV

Morning:        Meeting and Award Ceremony with Israel Innovation Authority
Business Meetings with Israeli Companies
Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremonies

Afternoon:     Networking Lunch with Israeli Business Leaders
Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremonies
Roundtable Discussion on Issues Impacting Florida

Evening:       Meeting with U.S. Ambassador
Reception Hosted by the U.S. Ambassador

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29TH – TEL AVIV/JERUSALEM

Morning:        Keynote Address at the 2019 Israel-America Business Summit
Business Meetings with Israeli Companies

Afternoon:     Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremonies
Ceremonial Meeting of the Florida Cabinet

Evening:        Business Development Networking Reception

THURSDAY, MAY 30TH – JERUSALEM

Morning:       Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony

Roundtable Discussion on Issues Impacting Florida

Afternoon:     Cultural Visit to the Old City of Jerusalem
Meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Evening:       Delegation Reception and Dinner

FRIDAY, MAY 31ST

Depart Jerusalem en route Florida

By Jim Turner.