Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 14 Lawn and Garden Fest Open House


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or email:

Hillsborough river basin BMAP second iteration meeting

ALL:  the next meeting of stakeholders in the Hillsborough river BMAP basin will be held on :

March 11, 2015 starting at 9:30 a.m.

At the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Southwest District Main Conference Room, 13051 N. Telecom Parkway, Temple Terrace, FL 33637

This is a public meeting of interested stakeholders to discuss the fifth year assessment and draft second iteration Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) for fecal coliform impaired waterbodies and discuss next steps.  The BMAP is the means for implementation of the adopted Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). 

The agenda is attached and may be viewed here:

The FAR notice may be viewed here:


If you have additional   questions please contact me.


Terry J. Hansen, P.G.

Environmental Consultant

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3565

Tallahassee, FL  32399-2400

(850) 245-8561 or SunCom 205-8561

(850) 245-8434 or SunCom 205-8434 FAX


Dep Customer Survey

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hardee March Extension e-newsletter



Attached is the March 2015 issue of the Hardee Extension newsletter. Let me know how you like the “new look”!


Carolyn H. Wyatt, Extension Agent III
Family & Consumer Science/4-H
UF IFAS Hardee County Extension
507 Civic Center Drive
Wauchula, FL  33873
(863) 773-2164
Fax (863) 773-6861
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USDA proposes to expand crop insurance for fruits, vegetables

This might be of interest to you... please comment at the website below by April 27th if you would like to see crop insurance include peaches or other specialty crops!

Here is the direct website to the proposal:

Take care,

Mercy Olmstead, Ph.D.
Stone Fruit Extension Specialist
2135 Fifield Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-0690

"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it"
-Neil DeGrasse Tyson

-----Original Message-----
From: South Florida Vegetable Pest and Disease Hotline [mailto:SFLVEG-L@LISTS.IFAS.UFL.EDU] On Behalf Of Gene McAvoy
Sent: Sunday, March 1, 2015 3:30 PM
Subject: USDA proposes to expand crop insurance for fruits, vegetables

Hope this finds you well.

This may be of interest.

USDA proposes new rule to expand crop insurance for fruits, vegetables

By Sara Wyant
Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - USDA is proposing changes that could lead to the expansion of crop insurance to additional crops, including many fruit and vegetables.

The proposed rule addresses changes required under the 2014 farm bill - supported by Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., the ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and other panel members -- that will reform USDA's process for developing new crop insurance policies.

"For too long the federal crop insurance program hasn't fully included our nation's fruit and vegetable growers," said Stabenow. "That's why we fought for reforms in the farm bill to put these producers on equal footing with traditional commodities."

In addition, Stabenow said, "We should be encouraging the production of fruits and vegetables with the same level of commitment that we support row crops and traditional commodities."

The proposed rule is aimed at improving the submission process for insurance policies to the Federal Crop Insurance Corp.

The Federal Crop Insurance Act allows private individuals and groups with crops or livestock to develop insurance products for consideration and approval by the FCIC board of directors.

The proposed rule requires the board to first consider underserved and uninsured commodities. The second consideration must be policies for commodities that have inadequate coverage or low levels of participation under existing insurance products. Policies that do not fit into the first two categories may then be considered, according to USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA).

The board also would have the authority to approve an advance payment of an additional 25 percent, above the current 50 percent, of estimated research and development costs of products that the board determines provide coverage for underserved regions or crops, including specialty crops.

In addition, the proposed rule includes funding for a pilot program for a new type of insurance that targets previously uninsured producers.

"These improvements will help expand and improve crop insurance to underserved crops," RMA Administrator Brandon Willis in a release. "We are continuing our work to ensure that a wider variety of producers have access to sound risk management tools to keep themselves protected from disaster."

The proposed rule is available at the Federal Register. The public comment period is open until April 27. More information on FCIC and the 508(h) process is available on the RMA website.

All the best


Gene McAvoy
County Extension Director
Regional Vegetable Agent IV
UF/IFAS Hendry County Extension
PO Box 68
LaBelle, Florida 33975

863-674-4092 office
863-673-5939 cell

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Easy as PIE webinar: Register now!  Public opinion of water and implications for agriculture




You are invited to attend:

Easy as PIE webinar series

Public opinion of water and implications for agriculture
Thursday, March 19

2-3 p.m. Eastern


Katie Migliaccio
Associate Professor 
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center

University of Florida

Alexa Lamm

Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural Education and Communication
Associate Director, Center for Public Issues Education
University of Florida


Water has recurrently been identified as one of the most critical issues facing the agricultural industry. What do Floridians think about supplying water for agricultural use?  Do Floridians know much about water policy and the implications for agriculture?  Join this session to learn the answers to these questions and more about public perceptions, attitudes and knowledge related to water use as Alexa Lamm discusses the latest PIE Center public opinion survey results. Kati Migliaccio will provide insights into the results based on her extensive experience working in water resource engineering and pose a few questions to generate discussion on how the results of this survey may be put to use.

If you would like to join us for the webinar, you must register in advance.
This webinar has been registered for UF Extension IST credit. Extension faculty should register here:

All others, please click the button below to register. Your registration confirmation, delivered by email, will include important information about how to access the webinar. Please save it for future reference.

Questions?  Contact Nicole Dodds at  or (352) 273-3139.


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Feathered Facts - March 2015 Newsletter

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


Feathered Facts


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

Baker County Extension Service









Fall 2014 MYAKKA Newsletter

Good morning, the Fall 2014 MYAKKA Newsletter is now available.  The Fall issue presents a few examples of teaching, research, and extension programs in the Soil and Water Science Department that focus on biogeochemistry.  If you would like a hardcopy, of this newsletter, please let me know. Have a nice day. Mike


Michael J Sisk, Academic Support Services, Coordinator 1

Soil and Water Science Department, University of Florida IFAS

2181 McCarty Hall A, P.O. Box 110290, Gainesville, FL 32611-0290

352-294-3152, Fax: 352-392-3399,



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