Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Introductory Training in GIS || Applications for Natural Resource Management

Introductory Training in GIS || Applications for Natural Resource Management

December 12-15, 2017 || Gainesville, FL



Faculty and Staff…………….$550

Non-UF Professionals…….$550


Register now for this hands-on, 3.5-day workshop that will introduce you to basic GIS knowledge and skills for real world applications!

For more information or to register visit:


Florida Sea Grant and the University of Florida IFAS Extension invite you to register for this 3.5-day intensive workshop on ArcGIS 10.5, a powerful tool for managing natural resources and guiding growth and development processes.


You will be introduced to ArcGIS Desktop, the primary product used by professionals to compile, analyze, and manage geographic information.


You will learn the most commonly used GIS skills in the industry today by completing “real-world” exercises that will build your confidence using GIS, increase your awareness about GIS data sources, and help you explore GIS tools to enhance your program and research projects.


The training will consist of a series of short lectures, each followed by natural resource-based exercises that attendees will complete using ArcGIS 10.5. During the training, each participant will have access to a computer workstation, and several trainers will be on-hand to provide assistance.


This workshop is designed for:

·         Agency professionals

·         University researchers

·         University faculty, staff, and students

·         Conservation land managers

·         Environmental engineers

·         Biological scientists

·         Environmental program managers

·         County extension agents

·         Private consultants

·         Anyone who can benefit from using GIS to make decisions in natural resource and coastal management


After completing this workshop you will know about:

·         What GIS is and what can it do

·         Navigating the ArcGIS Desktop

·         Spatial scale, accuracy, and precision

·         Solving water and/or land-use problems with GIS

·         Working with spatial coordinate systems

·         Acquiring GIS data layers and creating new spatial features

·         Making and designing high-quality maps

·         Geoprocessing with ArcGIS Tools and Extensions

·         Automating spatial analyses in ModelBuilder

·         Where to get help and data


About the instructors: This workshop is conducted by multiple instructors associated with Florida Sea Grant and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation within the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Trainers have been teaching GIS for more than ten years to hundreds of students and professionals from different fields.


Course Materials: The course fee includes the educational program and course materials. Each participant takes home a workbook with a copy of the PowerPoint slides presented in class, detailed instructions to complete the exercises, a “cheat sheet” of common tools and menus used in ArcGIS, and a CD with the exercise data and other helpful information such as GIS data sources, complementary articles and more.


For more information or to register visit:


Bob Swett 
|  Coordinator  |  Florida Sea Grant Boating and Waterway Management Program  |

Associate Professor | School of Forest Resources and Conservation | Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences–UF

PO Box 110760     |    Gainesville, FL 32611    |     (:352-392-6233    |    Fax: 352-846-1332    |    *

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

USDA Disaster Assistance and Hurricane Recovery Workshop Set for Oct. 26 in Lake Alfred

USDA Disaster Assistance and Hurricane Recovery Workshop Set for Oct. 26 in Lake Alfred


Gainesville, Fla., Oct. 12, 2017 The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center in Polk County is hosting a disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshop Oct. 26, 4 p.m. at the Lake Alfred Citrus Research and Education Center, 700 Experiment Station Rd, Lake Alfred, Fla. 33850. The event is free and open to the public. 


Representatives from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will present information on the various disaster assistance programs and resources available for farmers, ranchers and rural communities.

Workshop topics include emergency assistance for livestock & crop-related expenses and losses; financial assistance programs to help with farm and farmland damage; deadlines for applying for disaster assistance programs and programs to help with restoration and rehabilitation of farm and ranch land.


For more information, contact Marcinda Kester, 863-533-2051 ext. 2. Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting, should contact Marcinda Kester, 863-533-2051 ext. 2, or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 by Oct. 20.


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Weekly Harvest, October 11, 2017

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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - October 11, 2017

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

  • Reminder to Complete Crop Insurance Survey by October 31
  • Documentary Highlights Challenges Facing Young Farmers
  • NIFA Schedules Opportunities for Stakeholder Input
  • Appalachian Beekeeping Collective Helps Coal Country Transition to Beekeeping
  • Strips of Prairie Plants Yield Benefits for Farmers
  • Heifer International Launches Livestock and Garden Apprenticeship Program

Funding Opportunities

  • Farm to School Grant
  • Western IPM Center Grants
  • Minnesota Crop Research Grants

Coming Events

  • America's Grasslands Conference
  • Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners National Conference
  • Tilth Conference

News & Resources

Reminder to Complete Crop Insurance Survey by October 31
The National Center for Appropriate Technology is studying attitudes about crop insurance, in order to plan educational efforts and make recommendations to the USDA. Anyone farming or ranching commercially in the United States is invited to take a confidential 20-minute online survey. A $20 honorarium is offered to early responders. The deadline for taking the survey is October 31, 2017.

Documentary Highlights Challenges Facing Young Farmers
A new documentary called Farmers For America traces the extraordinary changes coming to America's food system as more and more consumers flock to farmers markets, embrace farm-to-table lifestyles, and insist on knowing where their food is coming from. This film reveals the people waiting to take the place of aging farmers, the practices they're championing, and the obstacles they must overcome. Plans are for the film to be shown in more than 200 locations nationwide over the next two years.

NIFA Schedules Opportunities for Stakeholder Input
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting input from stakeholders regarding research, extension, and education priorities in food and agriculture. A series of four in-person listening sessions will be October 19, 2017, in Kansas City, Missouri; October 26, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia; November 2, 2017, in Sacramento, California; and November 8, 2017, in Greenbelt, Maryland. Written comments will be accepted through December 1, 2017.

Appalachian Beekeeping Collective Helps Coal Country Transition to Beekeeping
The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective is helping the coal-mining country of southern West Virginia seize a new economic opportunity. The collective is breeding regionally suited, mite-resistant bees and constructing a honey-processing facility. They're also training their first class of 35 displaced miners as beekeepers. The beekeepers will obtain bees from the collective and maintain their own apiaries, but bring their honey to a central location for extraction, bottling, and marketing.

Strips of Prairie Plants Yield Benefits for Farmers
USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station reports that replacing 10 to 20% of cropland with prairie strips increased biodiversity and ecosystem services with minimal impacts on crop production, while doubling biodiversity. Results from a decade of research on "Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips," or STRIPS, were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Heifer International Launches Livestock and Garden Apprenticeship Program
Heifer International is introducing an intensive three-year Livestock and Garden Apprenticeship Program at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, and Heifer Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts. Apprentices will work directly with Heifer USA agriculture experts and technical assistants to gain a broad range of understanding of many aspects of farming. Applications for the program beginning mid-January must be submitted by October 30, 2017.
Related ATTRA Resource: Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships

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Funding Opportunities

Farm to School Grant
USDA anticipates awarding approximately $5 million in competitive grants to support efforts that improve access to local foods in schools. Applicants may apply for a planning grant, implementation grant, or training grant ranging from $20,000 to $100,000.
Applications are due by December 8, 2017.

Western IPM Center Grants
The Western IPM Center has $240,000 in funding available for one-year grants in the following categories: Project Initiation, Work Groups, and Outreach & Implementation, all at $30,000 maximum; and IPM Planning Documents, with a $15,000 maximum. Western IPM Center grants stress multi-state collaborations.
Complete proposals are due December 8, 2017.

Minnesota Crop Research Grants
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has $1.5 million available for applied Crop Research Grants up to $250,000. Projects must focus on improving agricultural product quality, quantity, and value. Projects must benefit Minnesota farmers and the state's economy in the next three to five years. Farmers, institutions of higher education, research institutions, nonprofit organizations, agricultural cooperatives, and agricultural businesses with research capabilities are encouraged to apply.
Applications must be received by November 22, 2017.

>>More Funding Opportunities

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Coming Events

America's Grasslands Conference
November 14-16, 2017
Fort Worth, Texas

This fourth bienniel conference brings together researchers, natural resource professionals, farmers and ranchers, policy experts, and conservationists to discuss relevant issues related to the conservation of North America's grasslands.

Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners National Conference
November 10-12, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia

Black Urban Growers and partners present the 7th Annual Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners (BUGS) Conference, "Rooted and Rising: Black Southern Land Legacies of Resistance & Resilience." The agenda includes tours, workshops, panel discussions, demonstrations, and networking opportunities.

Tilth Conference
November 10-12, 2017
Vancouver, Washington

This conference brings together hundreds of farmers, producers, researchers, and food-system professionals to network and learn. The agenda includes farm tours, speakers, and breakout sessions and workshops on production, marketing, and business.

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You’re invited to Oct. 17 Open House “Two Years & Growing”

An Open House celebration of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems

When: Tuesday, October 17, 3-6 p.m.

Where: Animal Sciences @ UF, first floor Room 125

What: Cake, refreshments, and stimulating conversations

Open to all. Join us to celebrate the 2-year anniversary of a major international program based at UF/IFAS. Learn about groundbreaking research abroad and connect with local researchers and administrators who make it possible.

The attached flyer has additional details. See you soon!

You are invited CREC 100th anniversary Nov 29

Taho Keys (CA) RFP

The Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association (TKPOA) is requesting proposals for a trial of laminar flow aeration technology for water quality improvement and potential abatement of aquatic weeds in the Tahoe Keys lagoons. The proposals are due to the General Manager, TKPOA, 356 Ala Wai Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, California, 96150, no later than 4:30 p.m. local time on October 20, 2017. See below for the general announcement from Kristen Hunter and see the attached RFP for specific information.


On Friday, September 29th a Request for Bids for the Aquatic Invasive Weed Control Laminar Flow Aeration Trial was released for the Tahoe Keys lagoons in South Lake Tahoe, California. This project is specifically to help determine the effectiveness of alternative methods to control aquatic invasive plants in the Tahoe Keys lagoons. 


For a little background information, the Tahoe Keys POA, is a residential association located along the south shore of Lake Tahoe, California and is comprised of three water features: Lake Tallac, Main Lagoon, and Marina Lagoon. The Tahoe Keys encompass 172 acres of waterways and 1,529 homes as well as a marina and a commercial center. Through various agreements, the Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association (TKPOA) maintains the waterways for boating and other recreation.


Since the 1980's, the Tahoe Keys lagoons have had an increasing problem with the growth of aquatic plants to the extent that the growth of these plants are significantly impacting the aquatic ecosystem, private and commercial boating, other recreation, and the aesthetics of the Tahoe Keys. In 2016, the TKPOA completed the Integrated Management Plan (IMP) for Aquatic Weeds to fulfill the obligations of the Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs) issued by the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board (LRWQCB). The IMP describes methods of aquatic plant control to manage the growth of the invasive weeds as effectively as possible. As part of the IMP, TKPOA proposed to investigate in detail additional methods of aquatic plant control including researching mechanical control of weeds. The IMP and other reports related to the aquatic plants can be found at


Kristen Hunter

Biologist/Natural Resource Analyst

EN2 Resources, Inc./

dba Sierra Ecosystem Associates

1024 Simon Drive, Suite H

PO Box 2260

Placerville, CA 95667

P: (530)626-1401

C: (530)510-0723