Thursday, September 25, 2014

Don't Miss the UF/IFAS Extension Centennial Celebration, Saturday, Sep. 27, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.--Food, Fun, Prizes--FREE

Dear Extension Advisory Members and Friends:

 

Tell your neighbors and bring your family! The Extension team has a great day of fun and learning planned for you on Saturday, at the Extension office in Bartow, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

For the public that’s never heard of Extension:

--Interactive learning sessions featuring each of the Extension program areas of agriculture, natural resources, horticulture, 4-H, families and nutrition, and community development

--Garden tours, featuring Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ and the newly renovated Small Farms and Edibles garden

--Meet the Agents session to familiarize residents with the University of Florida experts that live right in their own community!

 

For the kids:

--A 4-H archery range

--Big birthday cake bounce house!

--Letters to our military personnel

 

For you:

--Opportunity to eat cake, win prizes, and celebrate 100 years of the Extension Service with us!

--Just the Goods, a gourmet food truck featuring both creative sandwiches and the usual fare: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-The-Goods/388168834591785?sk=timeline

 

We’ll be at our main headquarters with check in at the W.H. Stuart Center, 1710 Highway 17 South in Bartow

 

Nicole Walker

Extension Director and 4-H Youth/Community Development

UF/IFAS Extension Polk County

P: 863.519.1045

W: http://polkextension.com

E: naw@ufl.edu

 

Join us on Sep. 27 for our Centennial Celebration! Info at http://bit.ly/PolkCentennial 

 

 

 

UF/IFAS in the news, 9/25

Good morning. Today’s UF/IFAS news:

 

Worm video leaves audience of frogs totally transfixed

https://www.thedodo.com/worm-video-leaves-audience-of--733467607.html

IFAS has new research dean

http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_0202f8c0-4463-11e4-9577-5b6aab17f514.html

Community Farm hosts open house

http://www.alligator.org/news/local/article_f1c453b8-4463-11e4-b120-cf4c00648dd6.html

 

Steam may be temporary fix for citrus greening

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/26620168/steam-may-be-temporary-fix-for-citrus-greening#.VCQEFfldW-g

 

Help good insects ‘check in’ with pollinator hotels (Clay)

http://www.claytodayonline.com/ee/claytoday/en/component/fullstory/20140925_015_art_0/help-good-insects-check-in-with-pollinator-hotels

Will your city be the first to run out of water?

http://www.edf.org/blog/2014/09/24/will-your-city-be-first-run-out-water

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Can a Tortoise Live to 300?

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/09/25/animals-pets-cats-lovebugs-tortoises-science-weird/

 

County officials to offer tips for tackling invasive plants (Palm Beach)

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/local/county-officials-to-offer-tips-on-getting-rid-of-i/nhR3W/

October festival turns up the heat (St. Johns)

http://staugustine.com/living/food/2014-09-24/october-festival-turns-heat

 

IFAS Announces Programs for October (Alachua)

 

http://www.mygtn.tv/story/26618639/ifas-announces-programs-for-october

 

Citrus Grower Round Table Meeting on Psyllid and HLB Management (Hardee/Desoto)

http://www.thegrower.com/events/Citrus-Grower-Round-Table-Meeting-on-Psyllid-and--HLB-Management-276959541.html?ref=541

Sally Scalera shares gardening tips for October (Brevard)

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/life/home-garden/spaces/2014/09/24/sally-scalera-shares-gardening-tips-october/16158807/

 

Other news:

 

FFA Membership Explodes to Record Level

http://nationalffa.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/ffa-membership-explodes-to-record-level/

 

Muschamp sticking with Driskel

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140924/ARTICLES/140929837?tc=cr

 

Poll finds Scott, Crist tied

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140924/WIRE/140929792?tc=cr

 

 

Weekly Harvest, September 24, 2014

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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - September 24, 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

  • FDA Releases Updated Food Safety Modernization Act Proposals
  • USDA Announces Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy-Efficiency Projects
  • New Members Appointed to the National Organic Standards Board
  • Corn-Soybean System with Synthetic Fertilizer Losing Soil Organic Matter, Research Shows
  • New Toolkit Helps Plan Shared-Use Kitchens
  • Maple Hill Creamery Receives GrassFed Organic Certification

Funding Opportunities

  • Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program
  • Northeast SARE Farmer Grants
  • New York Farm Viability Institute Grants Programs

Coming Events

  • Food Day
  • Mother Earth News Fair
  • Strawberry Production Workshop

News & Resources

FDA Releases Updated Food Safety Modernization Act Proposals
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed revisions to four proposed rules that will implement portions of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The four updated proposed rules are produce safety, preventive controls for human food, preventive controls for animal food, and the foreign supplier verification program. Starting September 29, the FDA will accept comments on the proposed revisions for 75 days.

USDA Announces Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy-Efficiency Projects
USDA is investing in 540 renewable-energy and energy-efficiency projects nationwide through USDA Rural Development's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $68 million in REAP loan guarantees and grants.

New Members Appointed to the National Organic Standards Board
USDA National Organic Program has announced that four new members have been appointed to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) for terms beginning in January 2015. Ashley Swaffer will fill the open producer seat on the Board. Tom Chapman will fill the open handler seat. Lisa de Lima will fill the open retailer seat and Paula Daniels will fill the environmental protection and resource conservation seat.

Corn-Soybean System with Synthetic Fertilizer Losing Soil Organic Matter, Research Shows
New research suggests that conventional corn-soybean systems, managed with synthetic fertilizer alone, do not produce enough plant material to sustain soil organic matter levels, reducing crop yield in the long term. Iowa State University agronomist Michael Castellano led research that studied soil properties at four field sites in Iowa. On corn-soybean operations, Castellano says the best way to increase soil organic matter is to return manures to the soil.

New Toolkit Helps Plan Shared-Use Kitchens
A new resource from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is designed to help community and organization leaders make informed decisions about starting shared-used kitchens. The Shared-use Kitchen Planning Toolkit is a 44-page guide that discusses what should be included in a feasibility study, business planning and other key considerations, licensing and insurance regulations in Iowa, and sample rental agreements.

Maple Hill Creamery Receives GrassFed Organic Certification
New York-based Maple Hill Creamery announced that it is the first national dairy brand to receive Pennsylvania Certified Organic's (PCO) new 100% GrassFed Organic certification. PCO's 100% GrassFed standards were developed over a four-year process. The certification is currently open to farmers and producers with PCO Organic certification. Over time, PCO is hoping to expand the program by working with other U.S. organic certifiers.
Related ATTRA Publication: Dairy Production on Pasture: An Introduction to Grass-Based and Seasonal Dairying

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Funding Opportunities

Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program
The four regional Extension Risk Management Education Centers (Southern, Western, Northeast, and North Central) request applications for grants up to $50,000 through the Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program.The program provides funding for results and outcome-based risk management education projects designed to help producers learn and use tools and approaches that can reduce the adverse effects of the uncertainties of weather, yields, prices, credit, government policies, global markets, and other factors, including human resources and legal issues.
Applications are due November 17, 2014.

Northeast SARE Farmer Grants
Farmer Grants are for commercial producers in the Northeast Region who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. A technical advisor must be involved. Awards are capped at $15,000.
Applications are due by December 2, 2014.

New York Farm Viability Institute Grants Programs
The New York Farm Viability Institute is accepting applications for its 2015 competitive grants programs. Applications to the Agriculture Innovation Center grant program should focus on agricultural economic development, including business development, financial analysis, product marketing, and value-added agricultural products. Applications to the Outreach and Applied Research grant program should focus on applied agricultural research, as well as outreach and education to promote new ideas and techniques.
Applications are due by November 16, 2014.

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Coming Events

Food Day
October 24, 2014
Nationwide

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies. Planned events are searchable online at the Food Day website.

Mother Earth News Fair
October 25-26, 2014
Topeka, Kansas

Mother Earth News Fairs deliver practical, hands-on training and experience taught by leading experts in renewable energy, organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, green home building, and more. Speakers will include Gary Paul Nabhan, Joel Salatin, and many others.

Strawberry Production Workshop
October 25, 2014
Conway, Arkansas

This full-day workshop is intended to deliver information to commercial strawberry growers who have been in production for at least one year, as well as Extension agents and other agriculture professionals who work with the strawberry industry. Topics to be addressed include cultural practices, disease management, and insect management. Register by contacting Jo Salazar at 479-575-2603 or salazar@uark.edu.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation Newsletter

Are you wondering what's up with the Clean Water Act?  Our fall AERF Newsletter 11 [attached] is devoted to all sides of the story.  We hope you find it useful. You may also view the newsletter on our website under the Publications tab.  

 

Waters of the United States

Carlton R. Layne, Executive Director

The sky is falling yet again. Shall we call up the Guard? Activate the congressional internet portals once

more? Wait and see? Switch from FNC to MSNBC? Or what? AERF has opted to provide information to

the aquatic plant management community and present possible responses from which you can choose.

So this newsletter is dedicated to the hereafter referred to “proposed rule”. The Editor has tried to

present arguments from both sides so you can make an informed decision whether to do anything or not.

www.aquatics.org

 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekly Harvest, September 17, 2014

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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - September 17, 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 Awards Conservation Innovation Grants
  • Study Assesses Organic Dairy Farm Needs in Northeast
  • USGS Study Shows Pesticide Levels a Concern for Aquatic Life
  • USDA Announces Sound and Sensible Certification Projects
  • Resources Available for Farm to School Month in October
  • Study Shows Drug-Resistant Bacteria Persisting on Hog Workers

Funding Opportunities

  • NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant
  • Environmental Solutions for Communities
  • Minnesota Farm Business Management Scholarship Program for Beginning Farmers

Coming Events

  • Farmland, Food, and Livable Communities Conference
  • National Small Farm Trade Show and Conference
  • AgroForestry Workshop

News & Resources

USDA Awards Conservation Innovation Grants
USDA has announced the award of $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. These grants are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. A full list of recipients is available online.

Study Assesses Organic Dairy Farm Needs in Northeast
Northeastern organic dairy farms say their top concern is receiving steady, fair prices for their milk, according to a new survey conducted by the University of New Hampshire. The results were published in the Journal of Dairy Science. Working with the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance, UNH researchers surveyed 183 Northeastern organic dairy farms, and 85% ranked a steady, fair milk price as their top challenge.

USGS Study Shows Pesticide Levels a Concern for Aquatic Life
Levels of pesticides are a concern for aquatic life in many of the nation's rivers and streams in agricultural and urban areas, according to a new United States Geological Survey study. The proportion of streams draining agricultural lands with one or more pesticides that exceeded an aquatic-life benchmark was 69% for the decade 1992-2001 and 61% for the period from 2002-2011.

USDA Announces Sound and Sensible Certification Projects
USDA is awarding project contracts to 13 organizations that will advance the National Organic Program's Sound and Sensible initiative by identifying and removing barriers to organic certification and streamlining the certification process. Organizations contracted include California Certified Organic Farmers, Northeast Organic Farmers Association, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology.

Resources Available for Farm to School Month in October
The National Farm to School Network has developed resources and activities to promote October as Farm to School Month in schools, communities, and media outlets. These online materials include logos, posters, and a communications toolkit. In addition, the National Farm to School Network is holding a drawing at its website for $1,000 to spend on a farm to school/preschool project.

Study Shows Drug-Resistant Bacteria Persisting on Hog Workers
A new study suggests that nearly half of workers who care for animals in large industrial hog-farming operations may be carrying home livestock-associated bacteria in their noses, and that this potentially harmful bacteria remains with them up to four days after exposure. A study of hog workers in North Carolina was reported online in Occupational and Environmental Medicine by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

>> More Breaking News

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Funding Opportunities

NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant
North Central Region - Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) is accepting proposals for the 2015 Farmer Rancher Grant. There are three types of grants: individual ($7,500 maximum), partner ($15,000 maximum), and group ($22,500 maximum). NCR-SARE expects to fund about 45 projects in the 12-state region, for a total of approximately $400,000.
Proposals are due on November 20, 2014.

Environmental Solutions for Communities
Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation seek to promote sustainable communities by supporting highly visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Approximately $2.5 million is available nationwide, in grants from $25,000 to $100,000. One program priority is supporting sustainable agricultural practices and private lands stewardship. Strong preference will be given to applications from specified regions and states.
Proposals are due by December 10, 2014.

Minnesota Farm Business Management Scholarship Program for Beginning Farmers
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is launching a new Farm Business Management (FBM) scholarship program for beginning farmers. Minnesota residents who have farmed less than 10 years can receive scholarships for half the cost of enrolling in FBM education through Minnesota state colleges and universities or the Southwest Farm Business Management Association.

>> More Funding Opportunities

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Coming Events

Farmland, Food, and Livable Communities Conference
October 20-22, 2014
Lexington, Kentucky

Join American Farmland Trust for a first-of-its-kind national conference focusing on the challenges faced by American agriculture in the 21st Century. The conference will encourage greater understanding and collaboration to support agricultural viability and vibrant community food systems. Participants will have opportunities to share information, network, and learn more about best-in-class practices, planning, and policy development.

National Small Farm Trade Show and Conference
October 23-25, 2014
Mexico, Missouri

The largest annual small-farm show in the United States features vendors, seminars, three-hour short courses, and talks in the Farmers' Forum, as well as demonstrations, exhibits, association meetings, and more. Ideas and information on income opportunities for the family farm will be presented.

AgroForestry Workshop
October 21-22, 2014
Corvallis, Oregon

Learn basic agroforestry concepts and practical applications and practice design considerations specific to the Pacific Northwest. Presentations, discussion, and a visit to a local agroforestry operation are offered.

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New ATTRA Publication
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Question of the Week
How I can feed mineral to both cattle and sheep grazing in the same paddocks?

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Tree Risk and Urban Forest Management Workshop

The Florida Urban Forest Council is presenting a workshop on tree risk assessment in urban forestry in Tampa on October 23rd. The workshop will provide practical advice and demonstrate the latest techniques in risk assessment and there application to government wide decision making. The brochure is attached. Please see the description below.

 

 

The close proximity of people and trees in our cities and communities requires the diligent and consistent assessment of tree risk. This is especially true in Florida where we encounter very strong storms with high winds and ground saturating rainfall.

 

This workshop will identify the role of tree risk assessment in urban forestry, provide examples of how tree risk assessment can be incorporated into an active urban forest management program and demonstrate techniques and technologies that allow individual tree risk assessment data to be incorporated into broader inter-department decision making that supports the long-term conservation and restoration of the urban forest and its social, economic and ecological values.

 

Date:  Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Cost: $50.00 per person


Location: Ragan Park Community Center, 1200 East Lake Avenue, Tampa

 

CEU’s: FNGLA – 3.0; ISA – 3.0*; LIAF – 2.0
*Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, BCMA Management, TW Climber Specialist

 

Rob Northrop
Extension Forester

Urban and Community Forestry
University of Florida/ Hillsborough Co. Extension
5339 County Road 579
Seffner, Florida  33584

813-744-5519 x54106

 

Value the Individual - Enrich the Community - Restore the Forest

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September 19, 2014
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Scientists Named to Science Hall of Fame Four scientists have been named to the Agricultural Research Service Science Hall of Fame for discoveries in soybean genomics, sustainable farming, poultry disease control and crop micronutrients. (9/10) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2014/140910.htm

Genomic Project Targets Cattle Traits
USDA scientists are investigating methods to improve genetic evaluations of beef cattle for routinely measured traits such as growth and disease resistance. (9/15) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2014/140915.htm

Compound from Bacteria Could Be Useful Against Pecan Scab USDA scientists discovered nematode-dwelling bacteria that produce chemical compounds that control the fungus which causes pecan scab. (9/17) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2014/140917.htm


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