Monday, October 5, 2015

October 2015 - Feathered Facts monthly newsletter

Feathered Facts monthly newsletter for OCTOBER 2015 is now available to view at the following link:


Feathered Facts Newsletter


If you have any questions regarding Feathered Facts, please contact Michael Davis, County Extension Director, UF/IFAS Baker County Extension Service at 904-259-3520.






Cindy Tomas

Administrative Secretary

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WFREC IFAS Fall Newsletter

The WFREC Fall Newsletter if now available for viewing at!


Please take a moment to read up on what has been happening in West Florida over the past few months.


Go Gators!


Ian McLean | IT Practitioner

UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center

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Office: 850-983-7136 | Cell: 850-377-9697| Fax: 850-983-5774

Email: | Web:



Please see attached job descriptions.  We have open positions  across the state of Florida as well as south Carolina.






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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Some Upcoming Programs of Interest



I am highlighting some upcoming programs of interest below:


October 1, 2015 – Citrus Spot Burner Workshop in Bartow: Just found out about this one; only two days away, call now!


October 6, 2015 - Building Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Manual Workshop:  only a few spaces remaining


October 8, 2015 – Florida Blueberry Growers Association Fall Blueberry Short Course in Plant City, FL:  


October 29, 2015 – Advanced Citrus Production Systems Field Day: Program presented in Lake Alfred by Dr. Arnold Schumann


October 30, 2015 – Farm Safety Day in Tavares: Very popular program for employees from all types of agricultural production operations


November 10, 2015 – CRDF Citrus Rootstock Field Day at the Duda Grove in Felda, FL:


Make Sure to watch for more information in the next few weeks about:


November 10, 2015 - Attaining Optimum Blueberry Yield: Irrigation, Hydrogen Cyanamide & Weed Management at the UF/IFAS Extension – Lake County Office in Tavares, FL


November 18, 2015 – Osceola County Freeze Protection Workshop at the UF/IFAS Extension – Osceola County Office in Kissimmee, FL


November 24, 2015 - Mid Florida Citrus Foundation Irrigation Field Day in Avalon


December 1, 2015 – Winter Weather School  at the UF/IFAS Extension - Lake County Office in Tavares, FL


Please let me know if you have any questions.


Thank you,


Gary K. England

1951 Woodlea Rd.

Tavares, FL 32778

(352) 343-4101 Ext. 2729

(352) 343-2767 FAX


Reminder: Monday, October 12, 2015 for SWFSFN Meeting at Geraldson CSA Urban Farm in Manatee County

Hello, everyone.  This is your friendly reminder of the upcoming October 12th meeting of the SW FL Small Farmers Network (SWFSFN) – see below for details.  We hope that you are making plans to network with regional farmers at this visit to one of our premier organic farms.


I also want to announce that we will also have a special feature with a presentation of the initiation of a statewide program of 'Farm Hack' (see  The idea is to promote the sharing of farmer-inspired appropriate technology and tools for a more resilient community of food producers.  The presenter will be Mike Meire of Ground Floor Farm in Stuart, FL (see  Mike recently announced its initiation at the Sept 18-20, 2016 FL Local Food Summit in Gainesville.  You can also find out more about FL Farm Hack at his Facebook called FL Young Farmers at


Therefore, in the spirit of this special presentation, everyone who is already a 'Farmer Hacker' is invited to bring an item that they have designed to demonstrate and share.  Let's get the FL Farm Hack movement started in our SWFSFN!!


As always, please, forward this email to anyone who would like to join us at this meeting and network w/ regional farmers.  And don't forget to register at





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

(941-232-3090 (c)


From: Robert Kluson
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Subject: SAVE THE DATE: Monday, October 12, 2015 for SWFSFN Meeting at Geraldson CSA Urban Farm in Manatee County


Hello members & supporters of the SW FL Small Farmer Network (SWFSFN)!   We are very pleased to send you this announcement and invitation to the next meeting of the SW FL Small Farmers Network (SWFSFN) on Monday, October 12, 2015.  We are providing you this event  for the 2015-16 growing season to support your sustainable, small farming and local foods enterprises in SW Florida. 


We are very fortunate this time to being hosted by Christa Leonard of the Geraldson CSA Farm in Manatee County (see It is a  20 acre Certified Organic CSA urban farm located in Bradenton, Fl.  Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a unique relationship of mutual support and commitment between a farm and community members for an entire growing season. CSA members purchase a share of a wide variety of organic vegetables, herbs and flowers for the growing season, November-May.  Their production practices include field and protected agriculture, and their marketing practices include farmers markets, as well as CSA.  For more background information, see the videos at


Date:                                     Monday, October 12, 2015

Time:                                     9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Location:                             Geraldson CSA Farm, 1401 99th Street NW, Bradenton, Florida 34209

Cost:                                      free      

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

RSVP:                                   Yes, register at


 We are 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!



9:30 – 10:00                        Registration

10:00 – 12:00                      Farm Tour

12:00 – 1:00                        Pot Luck Lunch; Seed Swap

1:00 – 2:00                           Farmers Networking Meeting (introductions; discussion of challenges & opportunities in production & marketing, as well as regulatory issues in SW FL)

2:00 – 3:00                           UF/IFAS Extension Session (talk of use of trap crops & banker plants in IPM; county education announcement and SFAE Program conference reports & announcements)


Please, feel free to pass along this announcement to your fellow small farmers and local foods entrepreneurs & promoters who would be interested in the activities of SWFSFN and meeting our regional farmers.  If they are not familiar with SWFSFN, please, refer them to both our webpage (see and Yahoo Group (see  The SWFSFN is a farmer-driven initiative of the of the UF/IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Program (see


Thanks and we really look forward to seeing everyone next month at the Geraldson CSA farm in NW Bradenton . . .




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

(941-232-3090 (c)


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Weekly Harvest, September 23, 2015

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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - September 23, 2015

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

  • Survey Results Show Increase in Sales from Organic Farms
  • USDA Releases Guide to Running a Food Hub
  • SARE Offers Organic Transition Business Planner
  • Farm to Institution New England Issues Publications on Local Food Purchasing
  • New Grants to Help New and Underserved Farmers Understand FSA Programs
  • New USDA Market News Report Focuses on Non-GMO Grain

Funding Opportunities

  • Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America Safety Grants Program
  • Arizona Livestock and Crop Conservation Grant Program
  • New York Farm Viability Institute Request for Proposals

Coming Events

  • Latino Farmer Conference
  • Farm to Table: Agriculture Law in the Era of Sustainability
  • Paving the Way for an Organic Planet: Growing with Healthy Soil Biology

News & Resources

Survey Results Show Increase in Sales from Organic Farms
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the results of the 2014 Organic Survey, showing that 14,093 certified and exempt organic farms in the United States sold a total of $5.5 billion in organic products in 2014. These sales were up 72% since 2008. Approximately 5,300 organic producers say they intend to increase production over the next five years, and another 688 farms are currently transitioning.

USDA Releases Guide to Running a Food Hub
USDA Rural Development has issued Running a Food Hub: A Business Operations Guide. The 83-page publication is Volume 2 in a food hub technical report series. This report focuses on operational issues faced by food hubs, including choosing an organizational structure and a location, deciding on infrastructure and equipment, and arranging logistics and transportation. The report is available online in PDF.

SARE Offers Organic Transition Business Planner
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) has a new publication available, Organic Transition: A Business Planner for Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs. It explores organic transition strategies and asks critical questions that help you decide whether organic makes sense for your farm or business.
Related ATTRA Publication: Organic Certification of Farms and Businesses Producing Agricultural Products

Farm to Institution New England Issues Publications on Local Food Purchasing
Farm to Institution New England has issued two publications. Food Service Management Companies in New England: Phase 1 Research Findings: Barriers & Opportunities to Local Food Procurement provides an overview of FSMC operations and the role of FSMCs in purchasing local food products for their institutional clients. The second publication, Leveraging Contracts for Local Food Procurement, assists institutions that are managed by FSMCs in influencing the request-for-proposal and contract-negotiation processes to increase purchases of local food.

New Grants to Help New and Underserved Farmers Understand FSA Programs
USDA has announced that $2.5 million in grants is available for projects to educate new and underserved farmers about USDA Farm Service Agency programs that can provide financial, disaster, or technical assistance. Grants of $20,000 to $100,000 will be awarded to nonprofits and public higher education institutions for projects that improve farmer education on topics such as financial training, value-added production, recordkeeping, property inheritance, and crop-production practices. USDA will conduct four reviews of applications, with deadlines of November 20, 2015, and January 22, March 18, and May 27, 2016.

New USDA Market News Report Focuses on Non-GMO Grain
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is issuing a new Market News report each Wednesday focusing on non-genetically engineered/genetically modified (non-GE/GMO) grain commodities. The new report covers non-GE/GMO corn and soybeans with two price types: future delivery contract prices and spot market cash prices. In the future, AMS plans to add other commodities, distinguish prices by geographical region, and include other pricing mechanisms in the report.

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Funding Opportunities

Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America Safety Grants Program
The ASHCA Safety Grants Program offers grants up to $10,000 for agricultural safety and health interventions at the local and/or regional level in order to facilitate timely application of evidence-based safety/health strategies to protect agricultural workers. Applicants should be engaged in agriculture-related production, education/training, and/or research.
Applications are due by January 7, 2016.

Arizona Livestock and Crop Conservation Grant Program
This program assists ranchers and farmers with the implementation of conservation projects that provide for the preservation of open space. Eligible projects restore grassland habitat, provide and/or ensure reliable water on grassland habitat, and eliminate fencing barriers within two focal areas. Grant awards will not exceed $50,000.
Applications are due October 13, 2015.

New York Farm Viability Institute Request for Proposals
New York Farm Viability Institute is seeking proposals that have clear relevance to New York's agriculture community, demonstrated producer support, and the ability to deliver farm-level impact. Eligible applicants include farmer groups, researchers, educators, organizations, agencies, and businesses. Proposals up to $150,000 will be accepted.
Applications are due by November 15, 2015.

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Coming Events

Latino Farmer Conference
November 3, 2015
Fresno, California

The National Center for Appropriate Technology's first Latino Farmer Conference will bring together Spanish-speaking farmers from around California to share their experiences, network with other farmers, and attend workshops about marketing, production practices, farm finances and programs, and other topics relevant to Spanish-speaking farmers. Registration for the event is free.

Farm to Table: Agriculture Law in the Era of Sustainability
October 30, 2015
Ft. Worth, Texas

This innovative symposium sponsored by Texas A&M Law Review will feature presentations from practitioners, scholars, and agriculture experts. Presenters will provide insights into the most significant legal issues affecting the sustainability of our agriculture and food systems.

Paving the Way for an Organic Planet: Growing with Healthy Soil Biology
October 29-30, 2015
Denver, Colorado

This Rodale Institute course is hosted by Chipotle Mexican Grill and conducted by Rodale Institute's Chief Scientist Dr. Kris Nichols and Farm Director Jeff Moyer. This workshop is designed to explain the relationships between soil biology and healthy soil and the roles of management practices in soil health.

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