Monday, April 13, 2015

Information for Ranking Criteria for West Central

Here is the information for this year's FWC Uplands Program West Central Ranking Meeting and Application.

 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

APPLICATIONS DUE: May 6th at 5:00 pm ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE IN SYSTEM!!!!!!No excuses or ways for even me to get around this deadline!!

 

RANKING MEETING: May 21st @ 9:30 am at Circle B Bar Reserve and Polk's Nature Discovery Center 4399 Winter Lake Road Lakeland, Fl 33803 is the RANKING MEETING, must have someone present your application to the group. Must follow the guidelines in the NEW HANDBOOK!

 

Funding for the "Uplands Program" is provided through the Invasive Plant Control Trust Fund as set forth in Section 369.252(4), Florida Statutes, which reads: "use funds in the Invasive Plant Control Trust Fund as authorized by the Legislature for carrying out activities under this section on public lands. A minimum of 20 percent of the amount credited to the Invasive Plant Control Trust Fund pursuant to Section 201.15(6), F.S., shall be used for the purpose of controlling nonnative, upland, invasive plant species on public lands."

The Uplands Program funds projects for the purpose of improving habitat conditions for Florida's plants and animals. Since 1997, the Uplands Program has expended $135 million to treat invasive plant species on 630 public land management areas by funding 2,165 projects comprising over 2.4 million1 acres. Cooperating agencies contributed $45 million in matching funds and in-kind services towards project funding.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

                        The Uplands Subsection is currently seeking proposals for FY15/16. Applications for projects to control invasive plant species must be submitted to a Working Group by the date specified. Each Working Group has its own schedule, so applicants should consult the group's webpage or contact the designated group liaison.

                        All proposed project sites must be public conservation land.

                        Projects that are approved for funding will be paid for through a fixed price purchase order issued to an approved Contractor, or through a task assignment issued to a government agency under an existing state contract.

 

Interested applicants can find "FWC Weed Management Funding" program information on the Florida Invasive Species Partnership website: http://www.floridainvasives.org/index.html under "Quick Links." Information related to submitting a proposal is included in the Application Handbook located at http://www.floridainvasives.org/toolbox/projects/index.html as the first link.

 

 

Any questions, please let us know!!

Thank you and look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Tabitha Biehl

Environmental Lands Stewardship Coordinator

Polk County Parks & Natural Resources Division

4177 Ben Durrance Rd

Bartow, Fl 33830

Environmental Lands Program: 863-534-7377

Polk's Nature Discovery Center

At Circle B Bar Reserve

4399 Winter Lake Road

Lakeland, FL 33803

Polk's Nature Discovery Center: 863-668-4673

cell: 863-899-8157

fax: 863-668-4677

 

 

 

 

(PLEASE FOLLOW THESE STEPS IF YOU HAVE NOT )

 

CALL TALLAHASSEE and have Rick or Hunter on the phone while you register.  J

 

This is a quick HOW TO GET STARTED:

 

*Get Rick or Hunter on the Phone (850-617-9430) then do the following:

Step 1- Get registered in the FWC Permit system

Step 2- FWC Tallahassee will assign your property to you

Step 3- Use the TIERS link to start application

 

 

More detailed explanation:

 

Step 1-  FWC uses multiple web based systems for various things like permitting, aquatics, gopher tortoise, etc…. so if you use an FWC system for something you may ALREADY have a username and password.  Call Tallahassee and have them look it up before you re-register.  If you are certain you haven't logged into anything for FWC.  Also if you are an FWC EMPLOYEE you do NOT need to register……you are already in the system.  I've attached a screenshot of the registration screen so you can see what will be asked of you.  You may want to print it and fill it out so you can keep a copy of your user information.  The passwords don't expire so you will use this same login information next year.  Please ONLY REGISTER ONCE.

 

Link for applicants to register in system (ignore fact that it says Permit System):

 

https://public.myfwc.com/CrossDOI/PermitSystem/loginForm.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fCrossDOI%2fPermitSystem%2fDefault.aspx

 

Step 2-   Do NOT attempt to log into the TIERS system until you get approval from Tallahassee to do so. Rick or Hunter will assign you to a property. You won't be able to do anything productive in the system until this step is complete.

 

Step 3-  Once you have permission from Tallahassee you will click the link below and log in.  We will walk you through this part on the phone to make sure the property you need to apply for is correctly in the system.

 

Link to FWC Upland Application/TIERS system:

 

https://public.myfwc.com/HSC/PMARS/LoginForm.aspx

 

 

Remember if you any problems contact me or Rick Clark (He really is the person to contact for any website online application issues)

 

 Also please see below and attached. The ranking information for the West Central ISWG – please use this set of criteria in the application, remember be concise in your answers.

 

FEMA Equipment Rates for In-house Budget Section please see the link below:

http://www.fema.gov/schedule-equipment-rates

 

Volunteer Hour Rate: Please use $21.24 /hour

 

See this links for reference if you would like.

http://independentsector.org/volunteer_time

 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Florida Land Steward Update 4/3/15

 

Florida Land Steward Update
April 3, 2015


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 and others that may be interested.

- Florida Land Steward Newsletter (Winter/Spring 2015 (Vol 4, No 1) and back issues -

 

News & Info Brief


Several new events listed this week -

NEW ISSUE OF SOUTHERN FIRE EXCHANGE FIRE LINES NEWSLETTER
Featuring articles that highlight research results from three studies conducted in the Southeast: Prescribed Fire Trends, Effectiveness, and Impediments in the Southeast, Effects of Fire Environment on Particulate Matter Emission Factors, Regular Fire Maintains Shortleaf Pine Integrity.

Also, articles sharing resources, news, and upcoming events: RxCADRE Fuel Measurements Available for Download, 2014 Incident Review Summary, NC Sandhills Hosts Successful Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX), UF SAFE: Raising Awareness about Prescribed Fire and Firewise, Landowner Field Days in Florida and Georgia, New SFE Fact Sheet on Mechanical Treatments, Cohesive Strategy Update.

Current and back issues here: http://www.southernfireexchange.org/SFE_Publications/Newsletter.html


U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE PARTNERS FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE PROGRAM
Applications for financial and technical assistance accepted until April 6. The USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife program provides financial and technical assistance to private landowners, county and local governments and NGOs for wildlife habitat management projects. The program coordinator will be accepting project proposals for 2015 funding until April 6th. For more details see http://www.fws.gov/partners/aboutus.html. Application form here. Questions can be directed to Erin Myers, USFWS Private Lands Biologist, (239) 657-8009, Erin_Myers@fws.gov


APPLY FOR AGRICULTURAL LAND, WETLAND CONSERVATION EASEMENTS BY MAY 15
Applications are due May 15 for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Agricultural Conservation Easements Program (ACEP), which provides financial assistance for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to establish conservation easements.  Indian tribes, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations and private landowners can contact their local NRCS office to find out how to apply.

The program is comprised of two types of easements: agricultural and wetlands. Agricultural easements prevent productive working lands from being converted to non-agricultural uses and protect land devoted to food production. Cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland are eligible.  Wetland reserve easements restore and enhance wetlands and improve habitat. Eligible lands include farmed or converted wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored.

Applications are available at local NRCS office and at www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted. Agreements will be evaluated starting in late August. For more information about agricultural easements contact Nina Bhattacharyya, 352-338-9554. Contact Crenel Francis, 352-338-9508 about wetland reserve easements.


TAX TIPS FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS FOR THE 2014 TAX YEAR
Tax laws on timber transactions are very specialized but important to timber owners in terms of the ongoing cost of owning and managing timber, forest stewardship and compliance to the tax law. This bulletin reviews the major federal income tax laws to help forest owners in filing their 2014 income tax returns. 2014 TAX TIPS (pdf).


SOMETHING BUGGING YOUR TREES?
Do you have pests or a disease in your trees? Leaves or needles wilting, and you don’t know why? Sawdust falling out of your trees, and you don’t know how to save them? There is help: ask your question at the free Forest Health Diagnostic Forum: http://sfrc.ufl.edu/treehealth/forum/.


FOREST STEWARDSHIP VIDEOS  - VIEW AND SHARE!
All the latest videos are on the Florida Forest Stewardship Program home page:
http://sfrc.ufl.edu/forest_stewardship


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 through UF/IFAS on the EDIS publication site:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/  Wow, there’s a publication about that?


2015 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD CALENDARS STILL AVAILABLE
About half a box left. Send an email to cdemers@ufl.edu with your mailing address if you’d like to a copy sent. First come first serve while supplies last.  They will also be available at upcoming Forest Stewardship and some other events.


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 8-10

2015 Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council 2015 Conference: Invasive Plants – Knocking ‘Em Out of the Park, Crowne Plaza - Oceanfront, Melbourne, FL. Foresters - approved for a total of 12 Cat 1 CFEs! See link for details or contact Karen Brown, kpbrown@ufl.edu

April 11

AGRItunity Conference and Trade Show, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Inverness (Citrus County). Sponsored by UF/IFAS Extension Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Pasco, Marion and Sumter counties. Trade show and presentations on agricultural business, crop and animal topics.  Pre-registration appreciated. Contact UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension at (352) 527-5700 for more information. 

April 21

Florida Landowner Field Day: Solutions for Private Land Longleaf Pine Management and Restoration in the South GA Okefenokee Region, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge near in Folkston, GA. Topics include longleaf pine, funding opportunities, strategies to reduce wildfires, wildlife and more. Free, lunch included. Register at http://galandownerfieldday.eventbrite.com/. For information: contactus@southernfireexchange.org or Alan Doziar 478-251-4015.

April 23

Florida Landowner Field Day: Solutions for Private Land Longleaf Pine Management and Restoration in the Osceola Region, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Florida Gateway College, Lake City, FL. Topics include longleaf pine, funding opportunities, strategies to reduce wildfires, wildlife and more. Free, lunch included. Register at http://fllandownerfieldday.eventbrite.com/. For information: contactus@southernfireexchange.org or Alan Doziar 478-251-4015.

May 4-7

2015 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course, Fort Lauderdale Coral Springs Marriott Hotel Coral Springs, FL. Get a comprehensive update and earn 20+ CEUs! See link above for details.

May 13-14

43rd Annual Spring Symposium: "Innovations in Timber Harvesting and Utilization". UF Austin Cary Forest Learning Center, Gainesville, FL. Presented by the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Society of American Foresters, Association of Consulting Foresters, and Southern Regional Council on Forest Engineering. Appropriate for forest resource managers, loggers, engineers and forest utilization professionals and will contain technical to applied content. Sessions include "International Wood Marketing", "Forest Inventory and GIS", "Harvesting", and "Wood Energy". Separate registration may be made for a tour of the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center. To register and for details: https://eventbrite.com/event/15880282352/

May 13-15

64th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course: "Building on Success" (link), Alto and Patricia Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center, Gainesville, FL. See link for details or contact Rebecca Matta, UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences, (352)-392-1916, rmatta@ufl.edu             

June 16-18

Conference on Laurel Wilt Disease and Natural Ecosystems: Impacts, Mitigation and the Future (link), Coral Springs Marriott, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. Coral Springs, FL. A timely opportunity to learn the most recent state of knowledge regarding laurel wilt, its biology, impacts in native ecosystems and efforts to mitigate for its devastating effects. Foresters, SAF CFEs pending approval. See link above for details. For a brief introduction to laurel wilt, see this video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x7vgFWLHkY

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)

April 10-11

FAMU Master Farmer Program, FAMU Farm in Quincy, FL. Provided by FAMU Cooperative Extension Program. For information contact Angela Jakes, (850) 875-8552.

April 15

FAMU Crop Block Party, 9 am to 3 pm. FAMU Teleconference Center
2010 Pinder Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32307. Topics include gardening, hydroponics, tree safety, food science, farm to school, veterinary tech, and more. For more information contact FAMU Cooperative Extension at (850) 599--3546.

April 23

Forest Stewardship Tour / Hike at Spring Canyon, property of Helen and Tom Roth, Gadsden County, FL (pdf link). 9 am to 2 pm ET. $10 fee, lunch included. This will be a moderately strenuous hike on steep terrain but well worth the trip and effort. Tour will feature several stages of longleaf pine forest restoration, steephead ravines and the unique plant community therein. Register at https://fsp-tour042315.eventbrite.com or Contact UF/IFAS Gadsden County Extension, (850) 875-7255 to register.

May 1-2
May 15-16

FAMU Master Goat and Sheep Certification Program, FAMU Farm in Quincy, FL. Provided by FAMU Cooperative Extension Program. For information contact Angela Jakes, (850) 875-8552.

May 14

Forest Stewardship Tour at Spencer Family Property, Santa Rosa County, FL (pdf link). 9 am to 2 pm CT. $10 fee, lunch included. Join us to learn about pine timber management and wildlife habitat improvements for species such as bobwhite quail and white-tailed deer; Best Management Practices, available assistance and more. Register at  https://fsp-tour051415.eventbrite.com/ or contact UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension at (850) 623-3868.

June 6

FAMU Spring Agri-Showcase, FAMU Farm in Quincy, FL. Provided by FAMU Cooperative Extension Program. For information contact Angela Jakes, (850) 875-8552.

June 23

Ag Save$ Workshop: Trimming the Fat, How to Manage and Reduce Your Debt (pdf link), 6-7:30 pm CT; 7-8:30 ET, participating UF/IFAS Extension locations. Register by March 10, 2015 online: http://bit.ly/AgSavesSeries, or contact the County Extension office where you would like to attend the series. $55 per family for all 4 classes. Extension office locations and contacts are listed on flier linked above.

July 21

Ag Save$ Workshop: Securing Your Family's and Your Farm's Future, Part 1 (pdf link), 6-7:30 pm CT; 7-8:30 ET, participating UF/IFAS Extension locations. Register by March 10, 2015 online: http://bit.ly/AgSavesSeries, or contact the County Extension office where you would like to attend the series. $55 per family for all 4 classes. Extension office locations and contacts are listed on flier linked above.

August 18

Ag Save$ Workshop: Securing Your Family's and Your Farm's Future, Part 2 (pdf link), 6-7:30 pm CT; 7-8:30 ET, participating UF/IFAS Extension locations. Register by March 10, 2015 online: http://bit.ly/AgSavesSeries, or contact the County Extension office where you would like to attend the series. $55 per family for all 4 classes. Extension office locations and contacts are listed on flier linked above.

REGIONAL EVENTS, WEBINARS, ONLINE TRAINING

April 7

Reduced Tillage in Organic Specialty Crop Systems (link), 3 pm ET. See link for details.

April 14

Webinar: The Relevance of Soil Biology in Assessing Fertility and Soil Health (link) , 2 pm ET, see link for details.

August 3-14
August 18-21

S130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter Training, Presented in a hybrid format, online and in person in Gainesville and Ordway Swisher Biological Station. See link above for details and registration.

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More events at these calendars:

 

UF/IFAS Web Calendar
Florida Forest Stewardship Program Calendar

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

http://www.floridainvasives.org/
Florida Master Naturalist Program

Brooker Creek Preserve Events, Pinellas County

Florida Forest Service Training Opportunities

Forestry Webinars

Check with your UF/IFAS County Extension Office for more events
and information relevant to your county:
http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/map/

 

 

Florida Land Steward Partnership:

 

UF/IFAS SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES & CONSERVATION
UF/IFAS DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE ECOLOGY & CONSERVATION

FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION

USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE
US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE PARTNERS PROGRAM
PENINSULAR FLORIDA LANDSCAPE COOPERATIVE

FLORIDA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION / SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE

 

 

http://floridalandsteward.org

 

 

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

West Florida REC Newsletter - Spring 2015

The Spring 2015 issue of the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center is now available at: http://wfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletter/

 

Topics include:

  • Update from the Center Director
  • IFAS Superior Accomplishment Awards
  • Calendar of Events
  • New Employees
  • New Graduate Students
  • CALS Dean’s List
  • International Flying Farmers Visit the Jay Research Facility
  • Getting to the Root of the Problem
  • Graduate Student Spotlight
  • Studying the Genetics of Palmer Amaranth Adaptation in Agricultural Fields
  • Ph.D. Student Defends His Turf
  • Dr. Barry Brecke Receives 2015 Professor Emeritus Research Award
  • Student Club Plant Sale
  • Milton Campus Teaching Programs 20th Anniversary Celebration

 

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CEUs available - April 16th

Dear FL Nature Coast Horticulture and Related Agricultural Industries,

 

UF-IFAS Extension Pasco County in conjunction with the multi-county commercial horticulture extension program will be hosting an exam review for Private Applicator and General Standards (CORE) on Thursday April 16, 2015 from 8:30am to 2:00pm. Each program has been approved for 2 CEUs in their respective categories. The cost is $15 for each class. All exams are proctored after the completion of both reviews.

 

 

Register online using a credit card at the following links:

CORE General Standards: https://pascoaprilcoreexamreview.eventbrite.com

Private Agricultural Pesticide Applicator: https://pascoaprilpesticideexamreview.eventbrite.com

 

Don’t want to register online?

You can use the attached mail in form to pay by cash, check or money order. County or Governmental employees desiring the reduced rate for the CORE must bring a county/government ID.

 

 

Classes that do not fill will be canceled and fees refunded.

 

 

 

Please contact Cami Esmel McAvoy at 352-569-6872 or cami13@ufl.edu if you require assistance due to disability.

 

I hope to see you there!

 

Sincerely,

Cami Esmel McAvoy

 

Camille “Cami” E. Esmel McAvoy, Ph.D.

University of Florida/IFAS Extension
Multi-County Commercial Horticulture Agent
Sumter & Pasco Counties

7620 SR 471, Ste. 2
Bushnell, FL 33513-8716
Direct Line (352)569-6872
–Note New Phone Number

Fax (352)569-6861 –Note New FAX Number
cami13@ufl.edu

Multi-County Commercial Horticulture Webpage

 

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"The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways." - JFK

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2015 FWC/IFAS Research Review for Invasive Plants in Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Invasive Plant Management Section and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) held its biannual Research and Outreach Review Meeting at the UF/IFAS Orange County Extension Office in Orlando, Florida on March 4-5, 2015. The purpose of this meeting was to exchange current scientific research and outreach information on invasive plant management in Florida. The 1.5 day research and outreach review was attended by over one hundred participants and included university and government scientists, federal, state, and local government resource managers, and outreach professionals.

 

A link to the meeting agenda and to the PowerPoint presentations in PDF format can be found at the UF/IFAS CAIP website here.

 

The meeting was coordinated by Mr. Don Schmitz (FWC) and Dr. Bill Haller (UF/IFAS-CAIP).

 

Weekly Harvest, March 25, 2015

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Weekly sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet by NCAT staff for the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture website. The Weekly Harvest Newsletter is also available online.

News & Resources

  • Report on Bio-Extensive Market Farming Published
  • Survey Collecting Input on Food Safety at Farmers Markets
  • Terminating Cover Crops with Sheep Benefits Organic Farmers
  • NRCS Spreadsheet Tool Helps Farmers Determine Economics of Cover Crops
  • Western SARE Introduces Western Sustainability Pioneer Award
  • World Health Organization Releases Assessment of Carcinogenicity of Organophosphate Pesticides

Funding Opportunities

  • Farmers Market Promotion Program
  • Kaiser Conservation Endowment
  • Montana Specialty Crop Block Grant

Coming Events

  • National Hmong American Farmers Annual Farm Conference
  • Piedmont Farm Tour
  • California Farm to School Conference

News & Resources

Report on Bio-Extensive Market Farming Published
The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture has released Market Farming with Rotations and Cover Crops: An Organic Bio-Extensive System. The 70-page report outlines how to control grasses and weeds and build soil life, health, and fertility organically through cover crops and rotations.

Survey Collecting Input on Food Safety at Farmers Markets
The Farmers Market Food Safety Program is seeking input from market vendors and managers regarding their opinions and experiences with food safety at farmers markets. This program seeks to enhance food-safety practices at farmers markets by developing educational materials and operational tools. To give your valuable input on food safety at farmers markets, you can take an online survey.

Terminating Cover Crops with Sheep Benefits Organic Farmers
Preliminary results of a study released by Montana State University show the benefits of using sheep, rather than tillage, to manage and terminate cover crops. The study found that farmers who grow organic crops may save money, reduce tillage, manage weeds and pests, and reduce the risk of soil erosion by using domestic sheep to graze farmland for cover crop termination and weed control.
Related ATTRA Publication: Integrating Livestock and Crops: Improving Soil, Solving Problems, Increasing Income

NRCS Spreadsheet Tool Helps Farmers Determine Economics of Cover Crops
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has developed The Cover Crop Economic Decision Support Tool, a spreadsheet that helps farmers, landowners, and others make informed decisions when considering whether to add cover crops to their systems. The tool offers a partial budget analysis, derived from data that farmers enter.

Western SARE Introduces Western Sustainability Pioneer Award
To bring increased awareness to sustainable agriculture leaders and their work, Western SARE has announced that it is accepting nominations for its first Western Sustainability Pioneer Award. Nominations for this award may be made by anyone and are due May 15, 2015.

World Health Organization Releases Assessment of Carcinogenicity of Organophosphate Pesticides
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organization, has assessed the carcinogenicity of five organophosphate pesticides. In the IARC evaluations, the herbicide glyphosate and the insecticides malathion and diazinon were classified as probably carcinogenic to humans. The insecticides tetrachlorvinphos and parathion were classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans.

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Funding Opportunities

Farmers Market Promotion Program
The Farmers Market Promotion Program offers grants to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. The maximum grant is $100,000; the minimum award is $15,000.
Applications are due May 14, 2015.

Kaiser Conservation Endowment
Washington State University and University of Idaho are soliciting proposals to the Verle Kaiser Conservation Endowment for promotion and demonstration of conservation practices targeting soil erosion. Proposals are sought on the training of college and K-12 students and constituents, including curriculum development, field trips, teaching aids, audio/visual or other educational-related activities. Funds are open to Washington State University, University of Idaho, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Conservation Districts, and colleges in Washington and Idaho.
Proposals are due by April 10, 2015.

Montana Specialty Crop Block Grant
Montana has $1.3 million in federal funding available through the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program to enhance the competitiveness of Montana specialty crops. Eligible projects include education on the value of specialty crops, improving efficiency of distribution systems, assisting entities in the development of good agricultural practices, pest and disease control, improving variety development, and sustainable production practices.
Proposals are due by April 22, 2015.

>> More Funding Opportunities

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Coming Events

National Hmong American Farmers Annual Farm Conference
April 30, 2015
Fresno, California

National Hmong American Farmers, Inc. will focus this conference on "Coming Together in the Asian American Pacific Islander Farming Community." They have invited Latino and Latina farmers, beginning farmers, and farm workers to join in this sixth national event.

Piedmont Farm Tour
April 25-26, 2015
Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Person counties, North Carolina

Learn about the Triangle region's local and organic farm and food scene. This self-guided tour offers the opportunity to visit any of 40 participating stops over the course of two afternoons.

California Farm to School Conference
May 4-6, 2015
Pacific Grove, California

This conference will offer a series of workshops, panels, and discussions. Farmers, distributors, government representatives, procurement officers, educators, and food program administrators will attend.

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