Friday, June 23, 2017

ARS Newslink: June 19 - June 23

Web links to stories issued June 19 - June 23

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USDA Agricultural Research Service
June 23, 2017

If It Smells Like a Petunia or Shampoo, It Might Be a Pesticide

ARS scientists found that methyl benzoate could be an environmentally friendly pesticide. (6/19)


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Friday, June 16, 2017

Update to compliance dates for Ag water standards since you’ve attended the PSA Grower Training

We want to let you know that today the FDA announced its intention to extend the compliance dates for the agricultural water standards in the produce safety rule. They are in the process of developing this extension, which will give them time to consider the best approach for addressing concerns raised by our stakeholders. While more details about the extension are forthcoming, the welcome your thoughts about how they can most appropriately and effectively work together to address concerns that you may have about the agricultural water standards. Please let them know what you would find helpful, and what questions you may have.


More information can be found here:


We'll be in touch in the future as we have more information related to the FDA guidance documents, movement on the agricultural water requirements, and a one-on-one in person On-Farm Readiness Review Programs to assess your readiness for an inspection. 


Thanks again for attending a PSA Grower Safety Training,


Travis Chapin and Michelle Danyluk


Travis Chapin
State Specialized Extension Agent, Food Safety
University of Florida IFAS Extension
Citrus Research and Education Center
700 Experiment Station Road
Lake Alfred, FL 33850

office 863-956-8642
cell 817-403-1621 


Michelle D. Danyluk, PhD |Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Food Microbiology |

UF IFAS CREC | 700 Experiment Station Rd, Lake Alfred, FL 33803 |

Phone: 863-956-8654 | Fax: 863-956-4631 | Email: |


Hydroponics June 29 DIY

Please share with your contacts. This is next Thursday June 29. This workshop is for people interest in hydroponics and start a commercial operation. I attached the flyer. 




Francisco P. Rivera

Small Farm Agent 

Hillsborough County



Looking for farmers to join a CSA in Tampa

I spoke to you at your Farm to Landfill event about your friend who was looking to start a CSA but needed more farmers on board-- I spoke to my friend about this and coincidentally he is looking to start one this fall. Here is his contact info in case your friend is still looking for business partners and farmers: 


Enjoy your day!
Ami Faust

Limited, Aquatics, BMPs, Hydroponics Oh my!

egister today!


Check Out Upcoming Small Farms and Pesticide Training Programs!


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Polk Small Farms & Pesticide Training Update


Hello out there!


Lots of training coming up next week!  Look for food safety training dates to be posted soon. :)

Take a look below....





June 2017




June 20


Limited Commercial Maintenance and Limited Lawn and Ornamental Exam Prep
Details and registration

June 21


Aquatics and Natural Areas Exam Preps CEUs  
(863) 519-1042
Details and Registration

June 22


Green Industries Best Management Practices
Details and Registration

June 29


DIY Hydroponics


July 2017




July 3


Pesticide exam - Testing starts promptly at 9:00am
FAQ Fact Sheet (863) 519-1049
Instructions to register to take exam on computer

July 17


Small Farms BMPs for Veggies and Row Crops Flyer  Registration

July 25


Core and Private Applicator Exam prep
Core- Details and registration  
Private- Details and registration







Mary Beth Henry, Extension Agent II | UF/IFAS Extension Polk County | 863 519-1049 || http://polksmallfarms.com



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SBA press release - SBA Offers Working Capital Loans to Florida Small Businesses

                    DISASTER NEWS

                                                                                           Economic Injury Loans for Small Businesses

                                                             SBA Disaster Assistance – Field Operations Center- East – 101 Marietta Street, NW, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30303

Release Date: June 1, 2017                                                                                    Contact:  Michael Lampton

Release Number: 17-580, FL 15146                                                                    Email:

                                                                                                                                           Phone:  (404) 331-0333


SBA Offers Working Capital Loans to Florida Small Businesses

Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration for Drought


ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations located in Florida as a result of the drought that began on March 28, 2017.


This disaster declaration includes the following counties: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole and Sumter and Volusia in Florida.


"When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities affected by the same disaster," said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA's Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.


Under this declaration, the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible
farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.  With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 3.150 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years.  The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant's financial condition.  These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.  The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.


Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at


Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to  Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA's website at  Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. 


Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than Jan. 24, 2018.


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For more information about the SBA's Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at




Aquatics tech needed ASAP

Aquatics Pest Tech

RH Miller Pest Services – Casselberry, FL

Qualified experienced Aquatics technician needed ASAP. License preferred in the state of Florida.

We offer:

Company Vehicle

Paid Training

Paid vacation

Paid Sick Days

Supplemental Insurance


Full time

No phone calls please apply online.  If you don't have a resume, please send experience in an email.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $35,000.00 to $55,000.00 /year

Required language:

·         English

Required license or certification:

·         Aquatics




Thanks again, 
Stacey Boeshko
Assistant Manager
RH Miller Pest Services, Inc.
137 Concord Drive, Suite 1101 

Casselberry, FL 32707
Phone:     407-339-7119
FAX:  407-339-7135 
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