Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chikungunya in Florida

This week there were two cases of Chikungunya (transmitted by mosquitoes) reported from Florida in people who did NOT travel to areas where outbreaks are on-going.  This means that Florida mosquitoes transmitted the virus to the people who became sick.  Prior to this news, there were  about 80 cases of IMPORTED Chikungunya reported in Florida.  There are major outbreaks of Chikungunya in the Caribbean this summer, with over 300,000 cases reported to date.  Please take this opportunity to use your social media, news outlets, Master Gardeners, stakeholders, and other volunteers to get the word out about reducing vector mosquitoes from around homes and neighborhoods. 


If you have any questions or need more information, please email or call me so that I can assist.


Thank you,



C. Roxanne Connelly, PhD

Professor, Extension Medical Entomology Specialist

Univ. of Florida/IFAS

Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory

200 9th St. SE

Vero Beach, FL  32962  USA


Past President, American Mosquito Control Association

Past Preisdent, Florida Mosquito Control Association


772-778-7200 x172





UF/IFAS in the news, 7/22

Good morning. Today’s UF/IFAS news:


One agriculture-one science: Partnership to revitalize global farm education


Tips for controlling Armyworms in hay fields



EXTENSION CONNECTION: Dog days are a good time to plant for fall (Okaloosa)


Get tips on growing fall and winter vegetable gardens (Lake)


Volunteers needed for Pine Island Sound Scallop Search (Lee)




Other news:


As China’s cotton acres shrink, door opens to more U.S. sales


UF Tech Connect Program continuing to reap investments, add jobs



MH17: 'You killed 298 people, Russia. We demand the truth'



Yum, McDonald's apologize as new China food scandal hits



Shark sightings boost Jaws tourism in Cape Cod



Cattle ranch complaining; Sleepy Creek water challenged  



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

FW: SAVE THAT DATE: Monday, September 15, 2014 Mtg of SWFSFN in Arcadia, DeSoto County

Hello members & supporters of the SW FL Small Farmer Network (SWFSFN)!   I am very pleased to send you this announcement and invitation to the next meeting of the SW FL Small Farmers Network (SWFSFN) on Monday, September 15, 2014.  Following up our successful February 10, 2014 SWFSFN meeting at the Herban Gardens farm in North Ft. Myers that was coordinated by Roy Beckford of Lee County Extension, we are continuing to provide you another event to support your sustainable, small farming and enterprises in SW Florida. 


We are very fortunate this time to being hosted by Lynn Steward of Mr Citrus Organics & Vegetables farm (see http://smallfarm.ifas.ufl.edu/featurefarmer/desoto_county_farmers/steward.shtml) with coordination by Christa Kirby, Acting CED of UF/IFAS Extension DeSoto County.  Lynn is a veteran organic fruit and vegetable producer and farmer  who will give a farm tour of his production facilities (field, orchard, greenhouse and hoop house) and techniques in farmscaping to provide beneficial insects as biological controls and pollinators of his many crops.  In addition, Extension presentations and hands-on activities will be provided in techniques of Farmscaping that you will be able to implement at your own farm.


We are also sure that you will not want to miss this opportunity for social and business networking with your fellow small farmers in SW FL.  Come meet your fellow producers and purveyors who are making our local food systems a reality!   Remember to bring seeds to share for our Seed Swap activity and help promote such collective actions of SWFSFN members.  Finally, we are planning to have another spectacular pot lunch so bring your locally-grown foods prepared with you special recipes of your seasonal crops!


For your reference, here 's our meeting’s details and agenda:


Date:            Monday, September 15, 2014


Location:     Mr Citrus Organics and Vegetables, 1548 Sw Addison Ave, Arcadia FL 34266


Cost:            free


RSVP:         yes, please, to Robert Kluson at rkluson@scgov.net


Note:            bring folding chair & eating utensils, and home-made/home-grown food to share at the pot luck lunch



9:30 am -                                 Registration and welcome


10:00 am to 11:00 am -          Farm tour


11:00 am to 12:00 -                Farmscaping presentation by Hugh Smith, UF/IFAS Gulf Coast REC


12:00 to 1:00 pm -                  Pot luck lunch & seed swap


1:00 to 2:00 pm -                   Hands-on demonstration of rearing techniques of beneficial insects by R. Kluson, R. Beckford and Lynn Steward


2:00-300 pm -                        Growers meeting - introductions & announcements

       a)  news from attending county SWFSFN county grower leaders

       b)  growers sharing of events, issues, etc of interest to the
            small farming community


3:00 to 3:30 pm -                 UF/IFAS county Extension agents announcements

a)    Upcoming workshops & courses

                                              b) Evaluations


Please, feel free to pass along this announcement to your fellow small farmers and local foods promoters who would be interested in the activities of SWFSFN.  If they are not familiar with SWFSFN, please, refer them to both our webpage (see http://sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/AG/swfsfn.shtml) and Yahoo Group (see http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/SW_FL_Small_Farms/)

Also, please, spread the word about our Aug 1-2, 2014 FL Small Farms Conference – see http://www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/smallfarms/




Robert A. Kluson, Ph.D.

Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Agent III

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County

Community Services Business Center

6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL  34241


(941) 861-9849 (ofc); (941-232-3090 (c)


"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?" - Robert Kennedy














Florida Land Steward Update 7/11/14

Florida Land Steward Update
July 11, 2014

Have Land?  Get a Plan and Stay Connected.  Florida Land Steward is your source of assistance, information, events and resources.

News, information and upcoming events below.  
Please share this update with your neighbors, colleagues or others that may be interested.

- Florida Land Steward Newsletter (Spring / Summer 2014 (Vol 3, No 2) and back issues -


News & Info Brief

The PFLCC had a very productive 2013 and 2014. For a summary of accomplishments, projects supported, science tools developed, and current projects see the first edition of their Regular Newsletter.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program. The sign-up period will run from June 6 through July 18 and is available for non-industrial private forest landowners.
The program provides incentive payments for the following:
·         Conducting a first pulpwood thinning.
·         Conducting prescribed burning operations.
·         Conducting mechanical underbrush treatments.
·         Planting longleaf or slash pine.
To learn more about this program and obtain an application form, contact a local Florida Forest Service office or visit www.freshfromflorida.com/SouthernPineBeetle/Prevention

Apply by July 18, 2014 for Gulf of Mexico Initiative
Farmers and ranchers in the Escambia River or Middle Suwannee River Area watersheds may be eligible for financial assistance to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on cropland, pastureland and forestland. The deadline is July 18 to sign up for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Gulf of Mexico Initiative.

In Florida, the initiative will make available more than $1.4 million in Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) financial assistance funds in those two priority watersheds during fiscal year 2014.

“This effort to improve the health of the Gulf Coast region will benefit Florida citizens by producing cleaner water, more abundant wildlife and healthier fisheries,” said Russell Morgan, Florida state conservationist. 

The priority watersheds include the Middle Suwannee River area in parts of Suwannee and Lafayette counties and the Escambia River in parts of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.  Landowners can view maps to see if their property lies within one of the announced watersheds. 

Practices include:

·         Installing grade-control structures to stabilize eroding gullies

·         Implementing precision agriculture to reduce chemical application overlap and protect sensitive environmental areas

·         Adopting residue and tillage management, cover crops and conservation crop rotations to reduce sheet and rill erosion and improve soil organic matter, which results in cleaner runoff and improved water quality

·         Planting grass and trees to stabilize eroding areas

·         Installing cross-fences and watering facilities to facilitate grazing distribution

·         Controlling cattle access to streams to improve water quality and stream bank stability

·         Planting and managing native plant species to improve wildlife habitat and assist with restoration of a multitude of declining species

·         Promoting energy conservation by eliminating the need for annual mechanical removal of sediment from split ditches

·         Implementing grazing management

·         Installing heavy-use area protection pads

The initiative helps agricultural producers in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas improve water quality and ensure sustainable production of food and fiber.  It was developed by NRCS and conservation partners in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and President Obama's call to restore the waters, shores and wildlife populations along the Gulf Coast. This effort incorporates what the public and communities have requested through their input into the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Strategy to restore the Gulf Coast.

For more information about signing up for the initiative, contact your local NRCS office. 

Much more at the Florida Land Steward Blog



EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)

July 14

Gopher Tortoise Workshop, 9 a.m. – noon, Circle B Bar Reserve, Jonathon Dickinson State Park, 16450 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, FL 33455. Presented by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to identify ways local governments can participate in protecting one of Florida’s threatened species. Free and open to the public, registration required. To register, contact Alexandra.Perryman@MyFWC.com.

July 23

Silviculture Best Management Practices Workshop (pdf link), 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, UF/IFAS Columbia Co. IFAS Extension Office, 971 West Duval Street, Lake City, FL. Presented by Florida Forest Service. Pre-registration required! Call or Email Robin Holland at 352-732-1273, Robin.Holland@FreshFromFlorida.com. Registration deadline is July 18th. Foresters, 4 hours SAF CAT-1 CFEs approved!

August 1-2

2014 Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference (link), Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, FL. See link for details and registration.

August 11-15

Natural Areas Training Academy: S130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter Training, Waccasassa Forestry Center, Gainesville FL & Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, Melrose FL. Tuition: $125 - General Registration; $100 - Student Registration. Registration closes July 25. Details and registration at

August 13-30

FL Master Naturalist Program – Environmental Interpretation Special Topic Course, Palm Beach County, Details and Registration at http://www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/

August 14

Forest Certification: Forests, Labels, Mills & More (pdf link), 9 am to 3 pm, UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension Office, 543350 U. S. Hwy 1, Callahan, FL 32011. Get the latest on the certification programs available in this region and how they can benefit landowners and forest management. Details and registration at

August 22

Florida Pomegranate Association Field Day: Pomegranates after 4 Years, 10:30 am to 3 pm, McTeer Farms, Inc., 3901 Hatchineha Road, Haines City, FL 33844. Learn about 40 varieties and how to care for them. $20, lunch included. Details and registration at

August 25-29

Sixth International Symposium on GIS/Spatial Analyses in Fishery and Aquatic Sciences, Tampa, FL. Co-sponsored by the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program. Registration/Abstract deadline June 30. For more info go to: http://www.esl.co.jp/Sympo/6th/final_announcement.pdf

August 26-28

Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting: "Communication is Key" (link), Sawgrass Marriott, Ponte Vedre Beach, FL. Foresters, SAF CFEs approved. See link for details.

September 4

Forest Stewardship / Heartland CISMA Workshop: Invasive Exotic Species and Management (link to flier), 9:00 am to 3 pm ET, UF/IFAS Okeechobee County Extension Office, 458 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee, FL  34972. 3 DOACS Pesticide applicator CEUs approved in FOR, NWM, PVT, ROW. 4 Cat 1 SAF CFEs approved.  $15 fee if registered by August 25. $20 fee after August 25.  Please register on-line at

September 24

Keeping Your Land Productive through Conservation Easements Workshop, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm ET. UF Austin Cary Forest Learning Center, Gainesville, FL. Sponsored by Conservation Trust of Florida, Florida Society of American Foresters Suwannee Chapter, UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation. $15 fee.  More details to come. Contact Lyndall Brezina, (352) 375-1473, Lyndall@columbiatimber.com

October 3-5

Florida Local Food Summit (link), East End Market, Orlando, FL. 3 day event loaded with educational and networking opportunities for our state’s farmers, foodpreneurs, consumers and policy makers. See link for details

October 23

Forest Stewardship / North Central FL CISMA Workshop: Invasive Exotic Species and Management, 9 am to 3 pm ET, UF Austin Cary Forest Learning Center. Pesticide applicator CEUs and SAF CFEs pending.  $15 fee, lunch included.  More details to come. Register on-line at http://fsp-workshop102314.eventbrite.com  

October 30

Forest Stewardship Tree / Plant ID Field Day (pdf link), 9 am to 3 pm ET, Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Details and registration at https://fsp-workshop103014.eventbrite.com/

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)

July 17

Jackson County Cattlemen's Tour (link), meet at the Marianna High School football stadium parking lot by 10:45 AM, leave promptly at 11:00 AM.  Tour will feature multiple stops so participants should plan on attending the entire tour. Free, lunch included. RSVP by calling the Extension Office at  850-482-9620 or by email doris.williams@ufl.edu.  

July 18

Forest Certification: What does it mean?, Forestry Herbicide Update (pdf link), 10:00 am- 1:45 pm CT, UF/IFAS Walton County Extension, 732 N. 9th Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. See link above for agenda. FREE, lunch included. To register, contact the Walton County Extension Office (850) 892-8172 or email tdbyrd@ufl.edu by Wed July 16th.

August 21

UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center Extension Farm Field Day, 8 am - 12 pm CT. See http://wfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/ or call (850) 983-7134 for details.

August 23

Florida A&M University's Grape Harvest Festival 2014, 8 am to 4 pm, FAMU Center for Viticulture, 6505 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32317.

Sept 18

Forest Stewardship Mill Tour: Green Circle Bio Energy (link to flier), 9:30 am to 2 pm CT, Green Circle Bio Energy, 2500 Green Circle Pkwy, Cottondale, Florida 32431. Tour will be followed by lunch and energy wood presentation by Dr. Pat Minogue at the UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office. 2.5 Cat 1 SAF CFEs approved. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Details and registration at: http://fsp-tour091814.eventbrite.com/


July 16

Webinar: Overview of Biomass Supply Chains and Mobile Technology Applications (link), 2 pm ET.  See link for details.

July 17

Webinar: Conservation Compliance and the Agricultural Act of 2014 (link) , 2 pm ET.  See link for details.

July 30

Webinar: Specifications for Construction Contracts (link) , 2 pm ET.  See link for details.

July 30

Webinar: Evaluation of Manure Management Systems (link), 2 pm ET.  See link for details.

August 5

Weed Management in Organic Pasture (link), 3 pm ET.  See link for details.

August 5 - 26
(Tuesday evenings)

Master Wildlifer 2014: Landscape Considerations (link), Internet Broadcast Tuesday evenings 6:30 - 8 pm ET. Presented by Clemson University. Foresters, 6 Cat 1 CFEs approved. $125 fee. See link above for details and registration. For questions, contact Susan Guynn at sguynn@clemson.edu, (864) 656-0606

August 8 - October 8

Natural Areas Training Academy: Managing for Diversity Across Florida's Unique Landscapes, presented in a hybrid on-line and in-person format, this workshop builds understanding of management and restoration approaches for conserving biodiversity. Registration is $225. Details and registration at:

Sept 22- October 24

Natural Areas Training Academy: Collaborating to Manage Ecosystems, presented in a hybrid on-line and in-person format, this workshop builds an appreciation of how to manage natural areas as part of a larger ecosystem, in coordination with neighboring landowners. Registration is $275. Details and registration at:


10th Biennial Longleaf Conference, 9th Eastern Native Grass Symposium, and National Prescribed Fire Council Meeting (link), Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water St., Mobile, AL. See link for details.

October 28-29

2014 SouthEastern Regional Forest Resource Owner and Manager Conference: Advancing Timber, Wildlife, and Ecological Benefits in the Forests of Georiga, Florida, and Alabama. Rainwater Conference Center, 1 Meeting Place, Valdosta, GA 31601. See link to brochure above for details. Online registration here.


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Brooker Creek Preserve Events, Pinellas County

Florida Forest Service Training Opportunities

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