Friday, August 22, 2014

Upcoming Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Food Safety Build Your Own Manual Training

Hello everyone. We have just recently received several inquiries regarding small to medium sized growers need food safety training as a result of their buyers now requiring a plan and perhaps even a third party audit. Our next program will be September 11th in Sarasota County. Please let your growers know about this opportunity. Thanks.



Bob Hochmuth

Multi County Extension Agent

Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center

7580 County Road 136

Live Oak FL 32060

386-362-1725 x103

386-362-3067 fax


Farm Bill meeting

Please post on your event calendars and websites:


Farm Bill Meeting

Public meeting for local farmers and ranchers explains Farm Bill financial assistance programs, Sept. 5, 8:30 a.m.-12 noon, at UF/IFAS Seminole County Extension Office, 250 West County Home Road, Sanford, FL 32773. Contact is Dave Millard, 321-633-1702 ext.241.



Renee Bodine


Public Affairs Florida

Desk 352.338.9565

Cell 352.514.8292

Dotted Duckweed

I am working on a status re-assessment of Landoltia punctata (dotted duckweed) and was looking for some input on the ecological impacts of the species. Specifically, we need to know:

1. If the species causes longterm alterations in ecosystem processes 

2. If threatened/endangered species are impacted

3. If native vegetation is displaced

4. If community structure is altered

5. If it hybridizes

6. If invaded zones are >15% covered.


If you have information regarding this plant, please send me your answers as yes, no, or likely.




Please send all replies to Deah Lieurance at


Deah Lieurance, PhD.

Coordinator, Assessment of Non-native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas

Center for Aquatic & Invasive Plants

Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) University of Florida

3127 McCarty Hall B

PO Box 110500

Gainesville, FL 32611



Upcoming Events and CEU programs

August 22: Florida Pomegranate Association Meeting, Haines City, FL.  See attachment for details.


September 2-5: Joint Tomato Conference, Naples, FL

                Sept. 2: Food Safety Workshop 1:00-5:00pm. Registration required.

                Sept. 3: Tomato Institute, 9:00am-3:45pm. No advance registration required. CCA and RUP CEUs will be available.

                *Agendas and registration information for these events are located here:

For information on other conference events please visit:


September 5: Integrated Pest Management Update (IPMU), GCREC Balm, FL, 9:30am-1:30pm. $25 Registration fee includes resource materials and lunch. 4 CEUs available 1 Core and 3 in either Private Applicator or O&T. Please see the attachment for more details and visit the link below for online registration.


September 6-7: Microbiological Aspects of Food Safety short course: See attachment for details.


September 9-10: Manatee County Water School

This 2-day event provides an in-depth look at the current and emerging issues facing one of Manatee County’s most precious natural resources.  Day One includes an array of dynamic and knowledgeable speakers who will provide education on a variety of water-related topics such as:
· Water Supply: Past & Present
· Water Quality Issues: Perspectives
· Public Perception of Water Issues
· Effects of Future Development
· Policy Maker Perspective
· Public Policy & Civic Engagement
Day Two includes a guided tour of local Manatee County water resources and a firsthand look at some of the issues talked about on Day One.
This event will be held in the Rogers Auditorium at the Manatee County Extension Service.  The fee for Water School 2014 is $25.00, which covers two lunches and all refreshments.

You may register online at"> or over the phone/through the mail (see attached flyer for more details).
For more information, please call Samantha Kennedy at (941) 722-4524.  We hope you can attend!


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.”

Registration details to come.



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. 

Registration details to come.




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



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Agritourism Laws Brochure Attached

Fyi…in case you haven’t seen this, it just came out.


Carole McKenzie

Executive Director

Polk County Farm Bureau

1715 US Hwy 17 S

Bartow, FL  33830

Phone: 863-533-0561 x-111

Cell: 863-514-4280

Fax: 863-533-9241


Weekly Harvest, August 20, 2014

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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - August 20, 2014

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

  • USDA Now Providing Local & Regional Market News Data
  • Report Details Business Opportunities Arising from Cover Crops
  • Food Safety Video Series Explains Good Agricultural Practices
  • National Agritourism Professionals Association Organizes
  • Video Helps Hmong Farmers Work with USDA
  • Online Course on Transitioning to Organic Offered by Iowa State University

Funding Opportunities

  • Rural Community Development Initiative
  • Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants
  • Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center

Coming Events

  • Common Ground Country Fair
  • ASAP's Farm Tour
  • Grow Local! Workshop for Local Food Growers & Producers

News & Resources

USDA Now Providing Local & Regional Market News Data
USDA Market News has created a new series of market reports on locally or regionally produced agricultural products, available on the Local & Regional Food Marketing Information Web page. Three categories are now online: Farmers Markets reports, Farmers Auctions reports, and Direct to Consumer reports. USDA Market News is also developing Farm-to-School, Food Hub, and Retail reports.

Report Details Business Opportunities Arising from Cover Crops
A report from the National Wildlife Federation, The Growing Business of Cover Crops, details new business opportunities arising from a resurgence in use of cover crops. As more farmers begin using cover crops, they will need support businesses to provide them with services such as crop advising, seed production and sales, planting, and livestock grazing. Cover crop entrepreneurs can both make a living and contribute to the health of local economies.

Food Safety Video Series Explains Good Agricultural Practices
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has launched a series of short videos to supplement its manual on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). This video series documents real-world examples of how small, diversified farms can meet GAP certification requirements. The series of eight online videos addresses the audit process, traceability, worker health and hygiene, water, animals, equipment, and more.

National Agritourism Professionals Association Organizes
The National Agritourism Professionals Association (NAPA) has held an organizational summit to pass the organization's charter and bylaws, discuss leadership and membership requirements, and plan a 2015 conference. NAPA will provide industry resources and support to help agritourism businesses work through regulatory and policy challenges. Additionally, NAPA will network opportunities for agritourism professionals and service providers, farmers, and farm-direct marketers in the promotion of their agritourism activities.

Video Helps Hmong Farmers Work with USDA
National Hmong American Farmers (NHAF) has released a new video in which farmer May Vu and NHAF give step-by-step instructions about how Hmong farmers can work with the USDA and benefit from its farm program services. The 10-minute video is available online in Hmong (with English subtitles).
Related ATTRA Publication: Phau ntawv qhia txog kev ua liaj teb tsis ywg tshuaj

Online Course on Transitioning to Organic Offered by Iowa State University
On August 26, Iowa State University is beginning a 16-week online course for producers interested in learning about transitioning into organic farming or improving their existing organic operations. "Organic Agriculture Theory and Practice" will be offered weekly on Tuesday evenings through December 9. Lessons will include weed management, nutrient management, pest management, and markets for organic grain, vegetable, and fruit crops.
Related ATTRA Resource: Organic Farming

>> More Breaking News

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Funding Opportunities

Rural Community Development Initiative
USDA is making nearly $6 million available to non-profit organizations, low-income rural communities, or federally recognized tribes under the Rural Community Development Initiative. Grants will provide organizations financial and technical assistance to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects.
The deadline for submitting applications is November 12, 2014.

Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants
The Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program is an economic development program designed to reduce marketing, distribution, and processing hurdles impeding the expansion of Wisconsin's local food system. The Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection invites proposals for projects that will increase the demand for and supply of locally produced foods in Wisconsin.
Pre-proposals are due by December 1, 2014.

Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center
USDA has announced $400,000 in funding to establish the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center at an 1890 Land-Grant college or university. The Center will specialize in policy research impacting socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. Qualifying universities across the country are invited to apply.
Proposals must be received by September 11, 2014.

>> More Funding Opportunities

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Coming Events

Common Ground Country Fair
September 19-21, 2014
Unity, Maine

This major annual event presented by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association includes speakers, workshops, exhibits, vendors, entertainment, and more. About 60,000 visitors enjoy celebrating the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine.

ASAP's Farm Tour
September 20-21, 2014
Western North Carolina

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's self-guided driving tour is a chance to learn how food grows, taste farm-fresh treats, hang out with farm animals, and meet the community's food producers. The tour features 37 farms in seven counties.

Grow Local! Workshop for Local Food Growers & Producers
September 20, 2014
Council Bluffs, Iowa

Golden Hills RC&D—Southwest Iowa Food & Farm Initiative presents this workshop. Hear stories and get advice from successful local growers and specialty crop producers, learn how to market your agri-business, find funds to launch your specialty crop, and leave with resources and information to help your business grow.

>> More Events

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Pear Insect Pests Identification Sheet

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Landscape Pests - Initial release

Thanks to Drs. Steven Arthurs, Amanda Hodges and our developers Max Mao and Navya Kooram, the Landscape Pests mobile app has been initially released. 

This app is a pilot project of our “develop once and deploy it to all” mobile strategy. 

This initial release covers mobile web, iOS and Android, and the app could be released to Windows phone if necessary.




You may try this app by visiting the mobile site and select “Apps” for your devices.


Direct link iOS






Jiannong Xin 

Office of Information Technology

University of Florida/IFAS