Monday, January 22, 2018

Florida Land Steward Update 1/19/18

 

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD UPDATE
January 19, 2018


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News, information and upcoming events below.  
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NEWS & INFO BRIEF


CONGRATULATIONS GEORGE AND PAT OWENS, 2017 FLORIDA LAND STEWARDS OF THE YEAR
George Owens is a fourth-generation farmer in Washington County, Florida. Growing up in the farming business and involved in the 4-H Program and Future Farmers of America, he carries on the agricultural legacy of his family and land. George C. Owens Farm is recognized by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as a Century Pioneer Family Farm. This program honors family farms that have been maintained for at least 100 years of continuous ownership, and recognizes these pioneers as the original stewards of the land in preserving environmental resources, and for helping foster the state's agricultural industry.

George C. Owens Farm has become one of the most renowned silvopasture operations in the Southeastern United States. Silvopasture combines timber and livestock forage production on the same acres. The trees are managed for high-value saw logs and at the same time provide shade, shelter, and forage for livestock, reducing stress and increasing forage production. This is an intentional, integrated and intensively managed system designed to optimize timber, forage and livestock production from the same acreage, at the same time.

Silvopastoral systems offer distinct economic and environmental benefits. Among the most important is the potential for annual revenue, and therefore improved cash flow compared to what can be expected from timber production alone. Other advantages from the timber management perspective include: vegetation control under tree canopies by grazing, and increased tree growth as a by-product of forage fertilization and animal waste recycling. Silvopastures provide benefits to livestock management as well. There is a longer grazing period compared to open pasture due to earlier green-up and delayed forage maturity under tree canopies. Trees offer shelter to livestock from heat and inclement weather.

Florida Land Steward Partners strive to assist landowners in achieving their forest, wildlife and agricultural goals for their properties. George C. Owens Farm demonstrates that environmental and economic sustainability walk hand in hand in good stewardship. Join us for a tour of George Owens Farm on March 14, 2018: https://fsp-tour031418.eventbrite.com



START 2018 WITH A PLAN REVIEW AND APPLY FOR, OR RENEW, YOUR GREENBELT
The start of the new year is a good time to dust off your management plan and give it a review. As you review: 

  • Make notes on the activities you did in 2017.  Include information like the date completed, description of what was done and where, and any permits, contracts or other paperwork. 
  • Update your activity schedule if you had to postpone any tasks.  Include notes on the reason for the delay and the updated timeline for completion. 
  • Record changes in the condition of your land. For example, was your land impacted by storms, floods, fires, etc.? Document where the changes or damage occurred and any follow up tasks associated with that damage. 

Apply for or Renew Your Greenbelt: In most counties, growing timber qualifies for agricultural classification for property tax assessment. This REQUIRES AN APPLICATION to your county property appraiser. In order to have your land considered for agricultural classification (greenbelt), you must apply to the property appraiser no later than March 1 of the year for which the classification is being sought. This is done by filling out and submitting the proper form, available at your county Property Appraiser's Office.

Find your County Property Appraiser at: http://floridarevenue.com/property/Pages/LocalOfficials.aspx

If you already have Greenbelt your County Appraiser will send a letter regarding renewal for the year.

See our short Greenbelt video.



2018 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD CALENDARS AVAILABLE
The annual Florida Land Steward wall calendar features beautiful photography, habitat management tips, landowner and management highlights, resource contacts and more. First come, first serve to Florida Forest Stewards, Tree Farmers, other interested landowners. Request yours by sending an email to Chris Demers, cdemers@ufl.edu, with your mailing address. We'll have them available at events this winter and spring as well.



TAX TIPS FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS FOR THE 2017 TAX YEAR
Specific federal income tax laws and rules apply to timber related income and expenses. Dr. Linda Wang's annual tax tips bulletin is intended to assist timber owners, foresters, loggers and their tax preparers in filing the 2017 tax returns. This bulletin, information on timber casualty loss from storm damage, and more is available at https://timbertax.org/



2018 AG LAND CONSERVATION EASEMENT SIGNUP
Application Deadline is Feb. 16, 2018
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance to conserve working lands and wetlands through two programs: Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE). Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis, funding selections are typically made once a year.

Agricultural landowners and Indian tribes can apply for a Wetland Reserve Easement to restore wetlands, protect wildlife habitat and recharge groundwater on their property. Eligible landowners can enroll in a permanent or 30-year easement.
     
NRCS provides financial assistance to conservation partners for purchasing an Agricultural Land Easement that protects the agricultural use of cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland.

Applications are available online. For wetland easements, contact Crenel Francis, (352) 338-9508 for questions and submissions. Contact Nina Bhattacharyya, (352) 338-9554 for questions and submissions about agricultural land easements.



REPORT QUAIL AND OTHER WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS
To help restore the state's northern bobwhite quail populations, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking private landowners to report sightings of bobwhite quail on their land. Report northern bobwhite quail sightings at MyFWC.com/QuailSighting

The FWC also seeks reports of these species:

  

SOMETHING BUGGING YOUR TREES? - CHECK OUT THE NEW DIAGNOSTICS FORUM
Hosted by a group of forest and tree health specialists with Southeastern universities and agencies, we are here to help identify pests and diseases in your forest or your backyard, and to recommend a solution, if appropriate. Join the group and report your tree health issue! Visit the new Forest Health Diagnostic forum on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SouthernTreeHealthDiagnostics/



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 at the University of Florida IFAS on the EDIS publication site:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/  Wow, there's a publication about that?



HAVE AN EVENT OR RELATED NEWS TO SHARE?
Drop a line to Chris Demers, cdemers@ufl.edu


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EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)

January 19-20

Transforming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future Conference (link), The Emerson Center, 1590 27th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960. This important conference will educate constituents and stakeholders about how we can help move the Indian River Lagoon communities toward a sustainable future. See link above for details and registration.

January 26

UF/IFAS Extension Workshop: Is a Conservation Easement Right for Your Land? (link), 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, UF/IFAS Osceola County Extension Office, Kissimmee, FL. This workshop will explain how conservation easements work, and the potential benefits to landowners. Conservation easements allow landowners to protect the agricultural and/or conservation uses of their property into the future. Easements can also reduce the amount of estate or inheritance tax that their heirs must pay. They are voluntary agreements that keep land as rangeland, agricultural land, open space or natural habitat. Register at https://conservationeasements.eventbrite.com/ or call Jessica Sullivan at (321) 697-3040.

January 30

Herbicide Use in Natural Areas Workshop (link), 9 am - 4 pm, UF/IFAS Osceola County Extension Building. Provided by Osceola County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. The workshop will cover interpreting an herbicide label, herbicide chemistry, mixing and safety as well as mixing math and much more. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a clean and sanitized backpack sprayer for participation in the calibration session. Free. Lunch will be provided courtesy of our generous sponsors and core CEUs will be available upon approval. See link above to register. For more information about this workshop please contact Cody Miller at cody-marie.miller@tnc.org

February 5-7

2018 Urban Forestry Institute Conference: Natural Disaster Preparation and Response (link), UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, 14625 CR 672, Wimauma, FL 33598. Provided by Florida Urban Forestry Council. From identifying what pre-storm data will help with cleanup to navigating the FEMA reporting process, this conference will provide attendees with valuable management insights from an international panel of experts. See link above for details and registration.

February 9

Small Scale Mushroom Production (link), UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, Live Oak, FL. To register online click here or for more information contact SVAEC at (386) 362-1725.

February 21

3rd Annual Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference (link), UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka, FL. Network with researchers, ag producers, agribusiness leaders, natural resource managers, and political leaders. Discuss important policy issues facing Florida agribusiness and gather valuable economic insight helpful for making informed business and policy decisions. $50 registration includes conference attendance and a catered lunch. See link above for more details and registration.

February 23

Forest Stewardship Tour at South Prong Plantation, property of Doug Moore, Baker County, FL (pdf link), morning tour at 9:00 am or afternoon tour at 11:30 am ET, South Prong Plantation in Baker County. Join us to learn about integrating high quality wildlife habitat management with timber production, and network with other landowners and the forestry and natural resource professionals that can assist you. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. See link above for details. Register for the morning or afternoon tour online at https://fsp-tour022318.eventbrite.com or contact the UF/IFAS County Extension Baker County at (904) 259-3520, and pay at the event with cash or check payable to University of Florida.

February 23

State of the GTM Research Reserve, (link), Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. See link above for details and registration. Feel free to reach out with any questions (Kaitlyn.dietz@floridadep.gov, (904) 823-2291.

March 9

2018 Florida Forest Stewardship Landowner Short Course (link), 8:30 am to 3:00 pm ET, Austin Cary Forest, near Gainesville, FL. Join us for a new workshop format featuring 5 concurrent topic sessions including forest health, timber marketing and forest certification, wildlife management, tree identification, and prescribed fire. Choose 2 topics (1 morning, 1 afternoon) to customize your day. $10 fee includes lunch and materials. Register online at https://fsp-shortcourse030918.eventbrite.com/, or contact Chris Demers, cdemers@ufl.edu, (352) 846-2375.

March 21

Invasive Species and Control Workshop (pdf link), 9am to 3 pm ET, UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Auditorium, 5339 County Rd 579, Seffner, FL 33584. Provided by Suncoast Invasive Species Management Area and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. FDACS pesticide applicator CEUs and SAF CFEs will be pending approval. Cost is $10 per person, lunch and materials included. Register on-line at https://fsp-workshop032118.eventbrite.com/ or call Sharon Stinson, (863) 534-7074.

April 4-6

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Meeting (link), Melbourne, FL. Details to be posted at link above.

April 11-13

Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting (link), Crystal River, FL Details to be posted at link above.

May 7-10

42nd Annual Aquatic Weed Control Short Course (link), Fort Lauderdale Coral Springs Marriott, Coral Springs, FL. Register at the early rate of $250 and save $50!  Early rate ends Feb. 26.  See link above for details and registration, or contact kimmer72@ufl.edu, (352)-294-3576.

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)

January 26-28

Camp Conservation Exhibit, Walton County, 8 am to 4 pm (12 pm Sun), Lake DeFuniak, 96 Circle Drive DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435. The Florida Forest Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and University of Florida IFAS Extension Walton County host displays and information about rural woods, urban forests, and the animals that use them. Participating agencies will be on hand to assist with information from your yard to the rural forest. Details to be posted at http://www.floridachautauquaassembly.org/

January 27

Red Hills Fire Festival (link), 11 am to 3 pm ET, Tall Timbers Research Station, 13093 Henry Beadel Drive, Tallahassee, Florida, . Join us for this free celebration of prescribed fire as a safe way to apply a natural process, ensure ecosystem health, and reduce wildfire risk. For More Information Contact: Brian Wiebler,(850) 893-4153, ext. 345, bwiebler@talltimbers.org

February 19

Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference 2018 (link), University of West Florida Conference Center, 11000 Conference Parkway, Building 22, Pensacola, FL 32514. See link for details and registration.

March 14

Silvopasture Tour at George Owens Farm, 2017 Florida Land Steward of the Year, Washington County, 9 am to 3 pm CT, meet at the UF/IFAS Washington County Extension Office, 1424 Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428. Mark your calendar and take this opportunity to see and learn about the economic and environmental benefits of the silvopasture system - combining timber and livestock forage production on the same acres. Register online at https://fsp-tour031418.eventbrite.com .or reserve a space by contacting UF/IFAS Washington Extension at (850) 638-6180, and pay at the event with cash or check payable to University of Florida.

 

WEBINARS

January 24

Forestry Webinar: Provisional Seed Zones: Indispensable Tools for Forest Conservation Assessment (link), 11 am ET. See link for details and to join.

January 31

Climate Science Webinar: Drought & Climate Galleries (link), 2 pm ET, see link for details and to join.

February 6

Science & Technology Webinar: Innovative Organic Weed Control (link), 3 pm ET, see link for details and to join.

March 1

Forestry Webinar: Native Vegetation Investments Pay Conservation Dividends (link), 2 pm ET. See link for details and to join.

March 1

Climate Science Webinar: Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change: A Scientist-Manager National Network (link), 3 pm ET, see link for details and to join.

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Check these web calendars for more events:

UF/IFAS Web Calendar

Florida Forest Stewardship Calendar

UF/IFAS Small Farms Events Calendar

http://www.floridainvasives.org/

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Florida Native Plant Society Chapters  

Brooker Creek Preserve Events, Pinellas County

Florida Forest Service Training Opportunities

Forestry and Natural Resources Webinars

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Central Florida Farm Tour - Tickets On Sale Now

Enjoy the day exploring some of Polk County's preeminent farms.

 

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Central Florida Farm Tour

 

Central Florida Farm Tour

 

Central Florida Farm Tour 

Saturday,  January 20, 2018  |  9 am to 5 pm

Central Florida Farm Tour is a self-guided driving tour of working farms located throughout Polk County, FL.   On Saturday,  January  20th participating farms will open their "barn doors" to the public.

This is a unique opportunity for guests to experience working farm operations not normally open to the public.  Pick your adventure.  Visit a few farms or visit all farms at your own pace.

Enjoy the day exploring farms and learning about the area's rich agricultural tradition.  Bring your cooler and take advantage of the opportunity to pick your own fruit and vegetables or buy plants direct from several farm nurseries.     This is a rain or shine event.

Admission: $20 per vehicle   Load up your family and friends in your Fiat or bus  – the price is the same.

For more details visit www.centralfloridafarmtour.com

 

 

 

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New and Revised Agriculture Publications, November & December 2017

Here are the new and revised #EDISpubs in the Agriculture program area from November & December 2017.

 

Agriculture

Crops

'Florida Beauty' Strawberry

‘Florida Beauty’ is a new strawberry cultivar released by the University of Florida and commercialized in 2017. This 4-page document describes the characteristics, performance, growth, and management of this cultivar. Written by Vance M. Whitaker, Natalia A. Peres, and Shinsuke Agehara and published by the UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department, November 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1307

Foliar or Bud Nematodes in Florida Strawberries

Foliar or bud nematodes are little-known nematodes that caused “crimp disease” in Florida strawberries in the early 1900s. Recently, these foliar nematodes have been observed again in the state, and seem to have come in with transplants from outside Florida. Foliar/bud nematodes can devastate a crop of strawberries. Plants become stunted with curled up leaves, and produce few or no flowers or fruits. This 7-page fact sheet written by J. Desaeger and J. Noling and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Entomology and Nematology provides much-needed information on these little-understood pests, summarizing the different types of foliar nematodes, their biology, life cycle, damage symptoms, survival strategies, dissemination, and management options.
edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in1184

Food Safety on the Farm: Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices-Field Sanitation

The ‘Food Safety on the Farm’ series is a collection that reviews the generally recognized principles of GAPs (good agricultural practices) as they relate to produce, primarily at the farm level and with particular focus on fresh Florida crops and practices. This 4-page publication focuses on GAPs and GHPs (good handling practices) relating specifically to field sanitation. Written by Jessica A. Lepper, Aswathy Sreedharan, Renee M. Goodrich-Schneider, and Keith R. Schneider and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, December 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs160

Food Safety on the Farm: Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices-Packing Operation Sanitation

The ‘Food Safety on the Farm’ series is a collection that reviews the generally recognized principles of GAPs (good agricultural practices) as they relate to produce, primarily at the farm level and with a particular focus on fresh Florida crops and practices. This publication focuses on GAPs and GHPs (good handling practices) relating specifically to packing operation sanitation. Written by Jessica A. Lepper, Aswathy Sreedharan, Renee M. Goodrich-Schneider, and Keith R. Schneider and published by the UF/IFAS Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, December 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs189

Food Safety on the Farm: Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices-Worker Health and Hygiene

The ‘Food Safety on the Farm’ series is a collection that reviews the generally recognized principles of GAPs (good agricultural practices) as they relate to produce, primarily at the farm level and with particular focus on fresh Florida crops and practices. This 4-page publication focuses on GAPs and GHPs (good handling practices) relating specifically to worker health and hygiene. Written by Jessica A. Lepper, Keith R. Schneider, Renee M. Goodrich-Schneider, and Aswathy Sreedharan and published by the UF/IFAS Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, December 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs158

Tospovirus-Resistant Tomato Varieties for Southern Florida

Tospoviruses are plant-infecting viruses, with three tosposvirus species being particularly relevant to Florida tomato production: Tomato spotted wilt virus, Tomato chlorotic spot virus, and Groundnut ringspot virus. This 5-page document describes the performance of several tospovirus-resistant tomato hybrids based on grower trials in the Homestead, FL production area. Written by Rebecca L. Wente, Samuel F. Hutton, Scott Adkins, William Turechek, and Joseph Funderburk and published by the UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department, December 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1311

UF/IFAS Standardized Nutrient Recommendations for Vegetable Crop Production in Florida

Soil testing is a scientific tool for effective nutrient management that provides an estimate or an index of the available nutrient-supplying capacity of the soil. This 9-page publication presents the fertilization recommendations for vegetable crops based on soil tests performed by the IFAS Extension Soil Testing Laboratory (ESTL). Written by Rao Mylavarapu, George Hochmuth, and Guodong Liu and published by the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department, December 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/cv002

Citrus

Satsuma Mandarin Budget and Profitability Analysis for North Florida

This 16-page analysis written by Kevin R. Athearn, Peter C. Andersen, Bent V. Brodbeck, Lei Lani L. Davis, Clay Olson, Daniel K. Fenneman, Matthew Lollar, Derek Farnsworth, and Michael Perez and published by the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department provides research-based information and a description of satsuma mandarin markets, production costs, and potential returns for citrus growers who are considering establishing a satsuma grove in north Florida. Its purpose is to serve as a reference and model for growers to create their own enterprise budgets and make financial projections. An enterprise budget estimates revenues, costs, and net returns for a particular crop or farm enterprise to help growers assess the economic viability and risk of an enterprise, compare enterprises, and evaluate production or marketing changes. The budget and financial analysis may assist prospective and current satsuma growers, agricultural consultants, and lenders with planning and decision making.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe1030

Livestock

Micronutrients Considerations for Warm-Season Forage Grass Systems in Florida

Warm-season grasses are vital to livestock production systems and dominate ground cover in tropical and subtropical areas. The objective of this 7-page publication is to provide basic information about the role of micronutrients in warm-season grass production systems in Florida. Written by Jane C. Griffin, Joao Vendramini, Diane Rowland, and Maria L. Silveira and published by the UF/IFAS Agronomy Department, November 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ag419

Nutrition at Early Stages of Life Determines the Future Growth and Reproductive Performance of Dairy Calves

For a calf, nutrition during the first few months of its life may permanently change the way organs develop and then have long-term consequences. The concept that metabolic imprinting may permanently affect animal development has substantial economic implications for agriculture. This 6-page fact sheet summarizes some of the research conducted in calf nutrition and its impact on the growth and reproductive performance of dairy calves. Written by Philipe Moriel and Luiz Ferraretto, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences, December 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/an336

Forest Resources

Biscogniauxia (Hypoxylon) Canker or Dieback in Trees

Biscogniauxia canker or dieback is a common contributor to poor health and decay in a wide range of tree species growing in many different habitats, such as forests, parks, green spaces, and urban areas, in Florida. This disease is caused by several species of fungi in the genus Biscogniauxia (formerly Hypoxylon). These pathogens do not typically harm healthy and vigorous trees, but once they infect trees under stress from drought, root disease, soil compaction, construction damage or other causes, they can quickly colonize the tree. Once a tree is infected and fruiting structures of the fungus are evident, the tree is not likely to survive, especially if the infection is in the trunk. This 3-page fact sheet written by Claudia Paez and Jason Smith and published by the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation explains the pathogen’s biology and lists signs and symptoms as well as control measures and ways to keep trees healthy to resist infection.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fr407

Florida Trees Store Carbon in Forests and Wood Products

Trees store carbon as they grow and produce wood. Carbon, and carbon storage in particular, have become important topics as policymakers, scientists, and industry leaders consider how to address the increasing amount of CO2 in our atmosphere. Because it changes the composition of the atmosphere, CO2 is a leading contributor to climate change. This 4-page fact sheet written by Adam Maggard, Leslie Boby, and Martha Monroe and published by the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation explains how storing carbon in living trees and in long-lasting wood products such as lumber and furniture can reduce atmospheric CO2. Florida’s forest and wood-product industries are worth billions of dollars. Clean water, wildlife, and other benefits add to the value and importance of these forests.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fr409

Impervious Surface Thresholds and the Pace to Plant Technique for Planting Urban Red Maple Trees

A foundation of integrated pest management (IPM) in urban landscapes is to put the right plant in the right place. This preventive tactic can reduce plant stress, pest infestations, and subsequent pesticide applications. Many urban tree species have more insect and mite pests in urban landscapes than in surrounding natural areas. This is due in part to stress created by impervious surfaces like roads and sidewalks that make the air hot and the soil dry. For red maples (Acer rubrum), more impervious surface area adds stress and worsens tree condition. This 4-page publication written by Adam G. Dale, Steven D. Frank, Elsa Youngsteadt, Barbara Fair, Julieta Sherk, and Michael Just and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Entomology and Nematology focuses on selecting red maple planting sites that will help reduce tree stress and scale insect pests by maximizing surfaces permeable to water.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in1185

 

Pesticide Information

Worker Protection Standard: Additional Requirements for Agricultural Employers of Workers

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Act for Agricultural Pesticides was established by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 and has undergone several revisions since. Recent revised provisions became effective in January 2017. This document will address the additional requirements for agricultural employers of workers under the revised WPS. Written by Frederick M. Fishel and published by the UF/IFAS Agronomy Department, December 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pi273

Small Farms

Florida Peaches: A Perfect Snack

The growing conditions in Florida have given Florida-grown peaches unique characteristics that make them an ideal springtime snack. This 3-page document discusses the characteristics, health benefits, purchase, and storage of Florida peaches. Written by Joy Rumble, Kara Harders, and Kathryn Stofer and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, November 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc287

Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seed and Nutrition Profile of 35 Pumpkin Accessions

Pumpkin seed is high in oil, protein, and total unsaturated fatty acids and is a popular ingredient in snacks and other foods sold across the country. This 5-page article will discuss the health benefits, production, processing, and nutritional profile of pumpkin seed. Written by Geoffrey Meru, Yuqing Fu, Dayana Leyva, Paul Sarnoski, and Yavuz Yagiz and published by the UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department, November 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1312

Peach Consumption: A Profile of Purchasers and Non-Purchasers

Peaches are among the most commonly produced fruits in the United States; understanding consumer awareness, perceptions, and preferences regarding Florida peaches is important to the future of the industry. This 5-page document addresses consumers’ perceptions of Florida peaches, purchasing motivations and barriers, preferred packaging options and opportunities, purchasing locations, and knowledge of peach health benefits. Written by Joy Rumble, Kara Harders, and Kathryn Stofer and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, December 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc288

 

Nursery & Greenhouse

Caladium Cultivars 'Cosmic Delight', 'Fiesta', and 'Hearts Desire'

Caladiums are commonly grown in containers, hanging baskets, or planted directly in the landscape as accent and border plants. New caladium cultivar introductions are important to the Florida caladium industry, the greenhouse/nursery industries, and commercial landscape maintenance companies. The UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center released three new caladium cultivars, ‘Cosmic Delight’, ‘Fiesta’, and ‘Hearts Desire’, in 2015. This 7-page document describes the characteristics, production potential, and performance of these cultivars. Written by Zhanao Deng and published by the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department, December 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep545

Hurricane Preparation List for the Container Nursery

Busy professionals don’t often have time to consider the impact a hurricane can have on their nursery until one is on the way. This 2-page fact sheet provides a list of items and tasks to complete prior to a hurricane’s arrival to minimize damage to the nursery. Written by Tom Yeager and published by the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department, December 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep547

 

 

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