Monday, March 20, 2017

Florida Land Steward Update 3/17/17

 

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD UPDATE
March 17, 2017


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News & Info Brief


WELCOME
If you are receiving this update for the first time we welcome you to a robust and growing network of landowners, foresters, natural resource professionals, extension agents and others involved with forest and natural resource management on Florida's private lands. We invite you to take of advantage of the many events, contacts and resources that are available to assist you in your stewardship journey.


GOPHER TORTOISE DAY - APRIL 10, 2017
April 10th is Gopher Tortoise Day in Florida. Gopher tortoises are found in parts of all 67 counties in Florida and are frequently encountered in neighborhoods, along roadways, and in many of Florida's public and private forests. The goal of Gopher Tortoise Day is to increase awareness and appreciation for these long lived, gentle reptiles.

Gopher tortoises are considered a keystone species because they dig burrows that provide shelter for 360 other species of wildlife, called "commensals." These commensal species include the gopher frog, Florida mouse, eastern indigo snake, and hundreds of invertebrates like beetles and crickets. Without the gopher tortoise, many of these species would not exist.

You can help celebrate Florida's only native tortoise by hosting an event in your community, asking your local City or County Commission to officially adopt April 10 as Gopher Tortoise Day, and by educating others on the importance of protecting gopher tortoises.

Landowners can earn income by adopting relocated gopher tortoises. Are you managing your land for upland pine habitat? Learn about an opportunity to adopt relocated gopher tortoises. That and other timber income related topics will be covered at this workshop:
May 25, Gadsden County: http://fsp-workshop052517.eventbrite.com/

Learn more about the gopher tortoise by visiting MyFWC.com/GopherTortoise or GopherTortoiseCouncil.org.

More Gopher Tortoise Resources:

Download free FWC gopher tortoise app to either Android and iOS smart phones – http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/gopher-tortoise/app

Gopher Tortoise Council – http://www.gophertortoisecouncil.org or https://www.facebook.com/Gopher-Tortoise-Council-138521712832770/

Celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day in Florida on April 10 – http://gophertortoisedayfl.com


TIMBER TAX INFORMATION
Dr. Linda Wang's annual Timber Tax Tips publication and other related resources are available at the National Timber Tax website: http://www.timbertax.org/.


GOT AN INVASIVE SPECIES PROBLEM?
Go to floridainvasives.org for information, assistance and partnership opportunities.


LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON A PARTICULAR TOPIC?
Check the vast array of extension publications available at the University of Florida IFAS on the EDIS publication site:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/  Wow, there's a publication about that?


HAVE AN EVENT OR RELATED NEWS TO SHARE?
Drop a line to Chris Demers, cdemers@ufl.edu


More news and info at the Florida Land Steward Blog

 

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EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)

 

April 5-7

Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society 2017 Spring Meeting (link) , Orlando Hilton Garden Inn - SeaWorld, 6850 Westwood Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32821. Early registration price ends March 15. See link above for details and registration.

 

April 12–14

2017 FL Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Conference: The Walking Weeds (link),Crowne Plaza Oceanfront in Melbourne, FL. See link for details and registration.

 

April 21

Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop (pdf link), 9 am to 3 pm, UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Auditorium, Ocala, FL. Join us to learn about identifying and controlling some of the most troublesome invasive exotic plants like cogongrass, Japanese climbing fern, Old World climbing fern, Chinese tallowtree and others. We'll also address exotic animals, such as feral hogs, that are causing big headaches for forestry and agricultural producers. Earn pesticide applicator CEUs and forestry CFEs and connect with partnership and assistance opportunities! Presented by the Big Scrub Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. Register at https://fsp-workshop042117.eventbrite.com/ or call Marion County Extension at (352) 671-8400 to reserve a space.

 

May 3-5

66th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course (link), Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center, 2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611. See link above for details and registration.

 

May 8-11

2017 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course (link), Coral Springs, FL. Join us for the largest and most inclusive training for Florida Pesticide Licensing and CEUs. Become a more qualified professional, engage with your industry, and network with your peers! The Short Course is designed to benefit both new and experienced applicators alike. Register by February 27 at the early rate of $245, and save $50!  See link above for details and registration. Questions? Call Mandy Stage, Short Course Coordinator, (352) 392-5930, mstage@ufl.edu 

 

May 12

Forest Stewardship Tour at Camp E-How-Kee, Hernando County (pdf link), 9 am to 2 pm ET. Join us to learn about integrating timber production and wildlife habitat management on diverse habitats. Take this opportunity to meet your County Forester, County Extension Agent, Landowner Assistance Biologists, and other resource partners that can provide management assistance, cost-share opportunities, forest certification and many other resources. $10 fee. Register at https://fsp-tour051217.eventbrite.com/ or call Hernando County Extension at (352) 754-4433 ext. 6 to reserve a space.

 

May 18

Managing for Diversity Across Florida's Unique Landscapes 2017 (link), 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Morningside Nature Center, 3450 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32641. Provided by Natural Areas Training Academy. $225 fee. See link above for details and registration.

 

May 18-21

37th Annual Florida Native Plant Society Conference (link), Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, 3200 River Ranch Boulevard, River Ranch, FL 33867. The conference will address the biological and ecological connections important to the Kissimmee River Basin and beyond. See link for details and registration.

 

June 13

S-131 Firefighter Type 1 Training (link), 8 am - 5 pm ET, Doyle Conner Building in Gainesville, FL. Provided by Natural Areas Training Academy. Cost is $75. Topics include fireline reference materials, communications, and tactical decision making. Register by May 15, limited capacity. See link above for details and registration.

 

June 14-15

S-215 Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface (link), 8 am - 5 pm ET each day, Doyle Conner Building in Gainesville, FL. Provided by Natural Areas Training Academy. Cost is $100. Provides students with the skills and knowledge to size-up a wildland/urban interface fire incident, evaluate the potential situation, order and deploy the necessary resources, and apply safe and effective strategy and tactics to minimize the threat to life and property. Register by May 15, limited capacity. See link above for details and registration.

 

 WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)

March 21

Quail Management Workshop (pdf link), 9 am to 1 pm CT, Piney Woods Plantation, Walton County, FL. Join us to learn about quail habitat from wildlife biologists, how to help Southeastern American Kestrels, use prescribed burns and available cost share assistance. Presented by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,  USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Florida Forest Service. Lunch provided by Farm Credit of Northwest Florida. Free workshop includes lunch, preregister by March 17. Contact Walton County Extension Office at (850) 892-8172.. Directions: From DeFuniak Springs, travel north on Hwy 331 approximately 12.2 miles and turn east on Hwy 2A about 2.6 miles to Gus Andrews Road on the left.

April 18-20

Longleaf Academy: Gopher Tortoise 301 (link), Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center in Andalusia, AL. Provided by the Longleaf Alliance. See link for details or contact Casey White, (334) 427-1029.

May 22-25

GIS Workshop: Applied Geospatial Solutions in Natural Resources (link), Tall Timbers Research Station, 13093 Henry Beadel Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32312. See link above for details.

May 25

Forest Stewardship Workshop: Sell Your Timber for what it's Worth (pdf link), 9:00 am to 3:00 pm ET, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Rd, Quincy, FL 32351. Join us to learn the necessary steps to get the best return on your timber investment and meet your forest management objectives. We will also discuss income opportunities from the FWC's Gopher Tortoise Relocation Program. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register at https://fsp-workshop052517.eventbrite.com/. You can also call UF/IFAS NFREC, (850) 875-7100 to reserve a space.

June 12-15

Advanced GIS Workshop: Python scripting and GIS Programming (link), Tall Timbers Research Station, 13093 Henry Beadel Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32312. See link above for details.

September 28

Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop, 9 am to 3 pm CT, UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office, Crestview, FL. Join us to learn about identifying and controlling some of the most troublesome invasive exotic plants like cogongrass, Japanese climbing fern and others. We'll also address established exotic insects and other animals, that are causing land management problems. Earn pesticide applicator CEUs and forestry CFEs and connect with partnership and assistance opportunities! Presented by the Six Rivers Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. Details and registration information to be posted.

WEBINARS, REGIONAL EVENTS

March 22

ProNR Webinar: Silvicultural Aspects of Longleaf Pine (link), 1 pm ET, See link for details and to join.

March 22

Forestry Webinar: Determining Seed Zones for the Southern Pines: Past and Future (link), 11 am ET, See link for details and to join.

March 29

Forest Health Webinar: Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (link), 1 pm ET, See link for details and to join.

April 4

Science and Technology Webinar: Considerations for Transitioning Perennial Production to Organic (link), 3 pm ET, See link for details and to join.

April 4

Climate Webinar: Drought and Forest Ecosystems (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details and to join.

April 6

Climate Webinar: Automated Access to free NOAA Weather Data for use in Ag Decision Models (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details and to join.

April 11

Conservation Webinar: Soil Health for Non-Operator Landowners (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details and to join.

April 19

Forest Health Webinar: Southern Pine Beetle (link), 1 pm ET, See link for details and to join.

April 27

Conservation Webinar: Neonicotinoid Insecticides: Efficacy, Non-target Effects, and Best Management Practices (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details and to join.

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More events on these sites and web calendars:

UF/IFAS Web Calendar

Florida Forest Stewardship Calendar

http://smallfarms.ifas.ufl.edu/events_calendar.html

http://www.floridainvasives.org/

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Florida Native Plant Society Chapters:  http://www.fnps.org/chapters/chapters

Brooker Creek Preserve Events, Pinellas County

Florida Forest Service Training Opportunities

Forestry and Natural Resources Webinars

Check with your UF/IFAS County Extension Office for more events
and information relevant to your county:

http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/map/

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FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION

USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE
US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE PARTNERS PROGRAM

THE LONGLEAF ALLIANCE
PENINSULAR FLORIDA LANDSCAPE COOPERATIVE

FLORIDA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION / SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE

FLORIDA TREE FARM PROGRAM

 

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ARS Newslink: March 13 - March 17

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March 17, 2017


Maximizing Profits with Poultry Litter

ARS scientists have learned that using poultry litter as fertilizer can help cotton growers in the Southeast maximize profits. (3/15)

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Job Posting for Principal Scientist - South Florida Water Management District

South Florida Water Management District

West Palm Beach, FL

 

Principal Scientist

This position is responsible for coordinating the implementation of Everglades Restoration Strategies Science Plan. There are currently multiple studies that are underway and new studies are in the planning phase. These studies are focused on understanding the mechanisms and factors that influence or limit the Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs' ability to achieve the target regulatory limits for phosphorus. The incumbent will be working with other scientists and engineers from various groups within the District as well as contracted entities. The incumbent will prepare and/or review scientific reports and briefings, including a chapter in the annual South Florida Environmental Report, and present progress and findings to internal and external stakeholders. The required skills for this position include: 1) expertise in leading and conducting large-scale applied science research programs, 2) strong knowledge of biogeochemistry or nutrient cycling in aquatic environments, 3) strong skills in statistical analysis and data interpretation, 4) strong technical writing skills, as evidenced in peer-reviewed publications, 5) strong verbal communication skills, and 6) familiarity with ecological measurement methods. The incumbent must be an experienced team leader, able to work with minimal supervision, and has strong organizational skills. Includes occasional field work and experience in working in wetland environments is preferred. Ability to operate airboats is desired.

Education/Experience Guide for Principal Scientist: A minimum of a Master's Degree, (Ph. D. is preferred) in natural or physical sciences and 11+ years' experience that demonstrate measurable career progression within an ecological or wetland science discipline that can be applied to support the District's strategic goals and objectives. 

License:
Valid State of Florida driver's license.

This position may also be filled as a Lead Scientist.  

Education/Experience Guide for Lead Scientist: Typically has Master's Degree in natural or physical sciences or related discipline and 8+ years' experience that demonstrates measurable career progression within an ecological or wetland science discipline to support the District's strategic goals and objectives.

 Visit https://www.sfwmd.gov/careers for more information and to apply for the position.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Weekly Harvest, March 8, 2017

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News & Resources

  • Rutgers Offers Information on Ultra-Niche Crops
  • Steam Treatment Improves Food Safety for Melons
  • Herbicide Injury Images Collected in Database
  • Texas Research Exploring Spinach Varieties for Organic Production
  • Study Identifies Best Timing for Cover-Crop Crimping
  • Research Study Seeks Input from Organic Growers

Funding Opportunities

  • Minnesota Food Hub Grant Program
  • Methyl Bromide Transition Program
  • Oregon Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Coming Events

  • New England Farm to Institution Summit
  • Local Foods Impact Conference
  • Combined Season Extension and Commercial Strawberry Production Field Day

News & Resources

Rutgers Offers Information on Ultra-Niche Crops
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station's Ultra-Niche Crops for the Progressive New Farmer project is providing information on high-value crops that can be grown on 10 acres or less. The project goal is to teach new and beginning farmers about the cultivation, marketing, and business management of 10 ultra-niche crops. To date, resources are available for cut flowers, winter high-tunnel lettuce, and strawberries.

Steam Treatment Improves Food Safety for Melons
USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists have shown that a relatively inexpensive, commercially available steam cleaner designed to remove wallpaper and clean outdoor grills can rid cantaloupes of E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria. The method is more effective than existing washes and chlorine treatments. It produces sufficient heat to kill surface pathogens, but not enough heat to damage the fruits. It also may sanitize watermelons, honeydews, cucumbers, and baby carrots effectively.
Related ATTRA Publication: Specialty Melon Production for Small and Direct-Market Growers

Herbicide Injury Images Collected in Database
University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service has posted an Herbicide Injury Database that offers images of plant responses to herbicides. The database is searchable by herbicide group, herbicide, plant, or plant and herbicide together. The database contains images of herbicide injury to vegetable and field crops, as well as trees and flowers.

Texas Research Exploring Spinach Varieties for Organic Production
Researchers at Texas A&M are screening various spinach varieties to identify those with improved nitrogen-use efficiency, as a first step toward developing cultivars adapted to production in Texas. The Texas study is using more than 300 spinach variety samples from around the world, planting them in both organic and conventional fields.
Related ATTRA Publication: Organic Specialty Crop Production In Texas: A Grower's Handbook

Study Identifies Best Timing for Cover-Crop Crimping
A three-year experiment in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania explored the best times and methods for crimping cover crops, reports the American Society of Agronomy. Researchers planted hairy vetch-triticale and cereal rye cover crops, followed by cash crops. Generally, letting the cover crop grow longer produced the best results, but each cover crop was different.

Research Study Seeks Input from Organic Growers
A research study being led by New York University needs the input of organic growers nationwide. The purpose of this study is to gather information about the characteristics and opportunities to measure or increase biodiversity in organic farming in the United States.

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Funding Opportunities

Minnesota Food Hub Grant Program
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation Food Hub Grant Program. This one-time program is offering grants intended to stimulate purchases of locally grown and raised foods. For-profit and not-for-profit food hubs and other alternative community-based food distribution businesses may apply for grants to develop or update their business plans, conduct feasibility studies, or create marketing plans. Grants are also available for equipment purchases or physical improvements.
Proposals must be submitted by April 19, 2017.

Methyl Bromide Transition Program
Colleges and universities may submit applications to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for projects to support the discovery and implementation of practical pest management alternatives for commodities and uses affected by the methyl bromide phase-out. The program focuses on integrated commercial-scale research on methyl bromide alternatives and associated extension activity that will foster the adoption of these solutions. An anticipated $1.8 million is available.
Applications are due April 25, 2017.

Oregon Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
The Oregon Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for approximately $1.6 million expected to be available to agriculture industry associations, producer groups, processors, commodity commissions, non-profits, for-profits, and local government agencies in Oregon. Funding priorities are identified online.
Proposals must be received by April 4, 2017.

>>More Funding Opportunities

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Coming Events

New England Farm to Institution Summit
April 5-7, 2017
Leominster, Massachusetts

This event will convene representatives from institutional facilities, along with their food supply-chain partners and farm-to-institution advocates, to maximize collective impact and overcome challenges to buying more local food. The summit will feature programming that focuses on farm to school, farm to campus, and farm to healthcare.

Local Foods Impact Conference
April 3-4, 2017
Washington, DC

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, in partnership with The George Washington University, will host this conference to explore how to best measure the impacts of local food investments, improve coordination across USDA agencies, and evaluate the extent to which disparate local food investments are complementary and reinforcing. The conference is free and open to the public, with livestreaming keynotes.

Combined Season Extension and Commercial Strawberry Production Field Day
April 4, 2017
Crystal Springs, Mississippi

Mississippi State University and the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production present this free day-long event. Activities will include presentations and demonstrations on strawberry culture and management and on tools to extend fruit and vegetable growing seasons by several weeks in the spring and fall. Pre-registration is required; e-mail keithmdp@yahoo.com.

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