Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FAPMS agenda and CEU tally - DRAFT

To those planning to attend the 2014 FAPMS Annual Training Conference in Daytona Beach, FL, attached is a draft of the agenda and the CEUs that have been requested from FL DACS.  This is subject to change but it’s the closest thing to a final agenda and CEU list at this time.  Hope to see you there!


Also, please remember to nominate your Aquatic Plant Manager of the Year ($500 award) and submit a photo for the Vic Ramey Photo Contest


Early registration of $135 will be accepted until 9/26/2014; registration is $185 as of 9/27/14.


Details on all the above can be found at the FAPMS website under 2014 Conference.


See you in Daytona!



UF/IFAS in the news, 9/17

Good morning! Today’s UF/IFAS news roundup:


Toxic “Toupee”: Explaining the Most Venomous Caterpillar in the U.S.


Beekeeper initiative sets national example


Vance Agribusiness names 40 under 40 honorees


Bringing degraded soil back to life (Highlands)


‘Extension Clubs’ making a comeback (Washington)

RFID News Round-Up for Sept. 16, 2014 (third item in string)


White Sugarcane Aphid Spreading Across Southeast


Other news:


Developing Medical Device Can Filter Out Pathogens

Belly Up: American Waistlines Are Still Expanding, Study Finds

City to consider boost to apartment dwellers' water bills


UF Students are Using Stun Guns for Protection (TV)


new information sources in aquatic plant management

If you haven't checked out the APMS blog recently, it's time to take a look.  Dr. Brett Hartis, Aquatics Extension and Research Associate at North Carolina State University, has been adding a lot of great information to the blog on a regular basis.  This includes posting recaps of articles from the Journal of Aquatic Plant Management going back several years, a review of the 2014 annual meeting in Savannah, and much more.  You can take a look whenever you like or you can subscribe to updates by entering your email in the Subscribe to the blog box.   

You might also join the APMS LinkedIn Discussion Group to ask management questions of members, contribute answers or just review posts of interest. There are also tabs for job postings, promotions, and a list of members.

Check it out and stay informed!

Brett can be contacted at:

Brett M. Hartis, Ph.D.

Aquatics Extension and Research Associate

Department of Crop Science

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC 27695
Office:  919-515-5648

Cell:  (828)-442-7339​


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Entomology and Nematology Newsletter - September 2014

The September 2014 issue of the UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology Newsletter is now available-             



This month's news includes:

Faculty and student news and awards

Lab news

Publications and meetings

Social media and outreach activities

Grants and more...


Issues usually are published by mid-month. Submit items for an issue by the 7th of that month.

We would like to share news when it happens using our social media outlets- Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Follow us on these sites for daily updates!

When you send news we will post it on one or more of these sites and again in the monthly newsletter.


Thank you for reading,





Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman, Ph.D.

UF/IFAS Entomology & Nematology Department

Rm. 3006 Bldg. 970, Natural Area Drive

PO Box 110620, Gainesville Florida 32611-0620

Phone: (352)273-3950


Twitter: @JGillettKaufman  @UFEntomology and @UFNATL

UF/IFAS in the news, 9/16

Good morning! Today’s UF/IFAS-related news:


Florida law helps fights to save dwindling honeybees

Human Moon Colony: Boldly Grow Where No Man Has Grown Before

Poisonous caterpillars lurking on south Florida trees (St. Lucie)


Free BQA Certification Training Through October 31 (Jackson)


Yoder Family Escambia County Agricultural Innovators



Other news:




UF under scrutiny for alleged unethical animal treatment since ‘11

State approves $69 million for spring restoration projects

90 ejected, 8 arrested at game


Thrasher faces foes as he makes pitch for FSU presidency


Obama to send 3,000 troops to tackle Ebola

For the first time, there are more single American adults than married ones, and here’s where they live


Friday, September 12, 2014

Draft List of Cycle 3 Assessments in the Group 2 Basins for the Verified List of Impaired Waters, Delist, Study, and Natural Background Lists

To:                        Tampa Bay Tributaries Stakeholders

From:                   Kevin O’Donnell, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Subject:               Draft List of Cycle 3 Assessments in the Group 2 Basins for the Verified List of Impaired Waters, Delist, Study, and Natural Background Lists


The Department announces the availability of the DRAFT lists of assessments for waterbodies and water segments within the Group 2 Basins: Apalachicola-Chipola River, Charlotte Harbor, Lower St. Johns River, Middle St. Johns River, St. Lucie – Loxahatchee, and Tampa Bay Tributaries.

The DRAFT Verified Lists include those waters that will be added to the State’s Verified List of Impaired Waters and the federal 303(d) list. The DRAFT Delist Lists include those waters that are proposed for removal from the State’s Verified List and federal 303(d) list. The DRAFT Study Lists include those waters that do not attain water quality standards, but a causative pollutant has not been determined, or a site-specific interpretation has not been established, or waters that have an adverse trend in nutrients or nutrient response variables. Waters identified on the Study List will be added to the federal 303(d) list. The DRAFT Natural Background Lists include those waters in which the criteria for assessing are dependent on the comparison of values against background or natural background.  All of these lists will be available on the Department’s Watershed Assessment website: by September 12, 2014, and will be provided upon request to interested parties by mail or via e-mail distribution.  The Department will accept written comments on the draft lists beginning on the date the lists are posted to the website and ending October 13, 2014


These DRAFT assessment lists were produced with water quality and biological data included in the IWR Database Run 49 and reflect several major milestones to the assessment of Florida’s waterbodies. In particular, the DRAFT assessment lists include the revised dissolved oxygen criteria assessed as percent saturation (replacing the assessment of dissolved oxygen as mg/L), and the implementation of numeric nutrient criteria for streams, lakes, springs, and estuaries. In addition, these assessments incorporate new data that has been received by the DEP through data provider uploads to STORET, station-WBID assignment updates, WBID classification updates, and/or data that have been excluded from assessments based on a preliminary evaluation by DEP staff.


DEP will be conducting six public meetings at the locations and dates published in the Florida Administrative Register on September 12, 2014 (, to provide an opportunity to present these assessment lists and their results.  


For questions or further information, please contact Kevin O’Donnell at, or at the mailing address and phone number below. We will consider and provide prompt responses to all comments received. These lists will then be updated and revised for a second round of review. After the lists are finalized they will be presented to the Secretary of the DEP for final adoption.


Kevin O’Donnell

Watershed Assessment Section

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

2600 Blair Stone Road, M.S. 3560

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

(850) 245-8469


Dep Customer Survey

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sept. Pesticide Trainings and CEUs in Manatee

September 17: Core and Private Applicator Training and Exams

Core 8:30am-10:35am, Private 10:35am-12:40pm, Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service, Palmetto, FL.

Two separate exam prep classes will be held to help you prepare for the Core and Private Applicator RUP license exams. Exams will be offered immediately following the classes. However, you do not have to take the exams the same day.  You may schedule a time to take the exams at your convenience.  You may take one class without the other, if needed.

If you are already a license holder, 2.5 CEUs in Core and 2.5 in Private are offered for both classes, respectively. Light snacks will be offered. For details and registration visit. Walk in will be welcomed.  The class fee is $15 per class. Please bring a cash or a check made out to “Manatee County Friends of Extension” or register online through Eventbrite.



September 30 : WPS Train-The-Trainer: Manatee County Extension Service, 10am-12pm

Need CEUs?

The WPS TTT workshop provides CEUs in several categories. Even if you don’t need to be WPS certified, don’t miss this opportunity for CEUs. CEUs available: 2 in the following categories: Aerial, Ag. Row, Ag. Tree, O&T, Private, Forest Pest Control, and Soil and Greenhouse Fumigation.

Need to become a WPS certified Trainer?

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a federal program designed to protect agricultural farm workers in the production of agricultural plants. A person is qualified to teach WPS to farm workers if he/she holds a restricted use pesticide license or if he/she has completed the WPS Train the trainer course. Once a person has completed the course he/she is certified for life.  Please bring a cash or a check made out to “Manatee County Friends of Extension” or register online through Eventbrite.



Registration and details for all classes available here:




Crystal Snodgrass, M.S.
Extension Agent, Vegetables
Manatee County Government
University of Florida IFAS Extension
941-722-4524, Ext. 229
Fax: 941-721-6608