Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Cultivator Newsletter - September 2017

 

 

Connecting farmers and food system innovators across Florida

Published Monthly by the UF/IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Team

 

Issue No. 14

September 2017

 

 

 

Long & Scott Farms:

A Voice of Agritourism Experience

We interviewed Hank Scott from Long & Scott Farms. Learn how this farm has thrived over the years, including their successful agritourism operation. There are good insights here. Learn More  here

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events 

 

 

Northwest Florida

 

- Build Your Own Farm's Food Safety Manual

  October 5 from 8:00am-4:15pm in Crestview, FL

  More information and registration see here

   

- Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

  October 26, 8:30am-5:00pm in Marianna, FL

  More information and registration here

 

- Seven Days of Local Delights

  October 30 to November 5 in the Tallahassee area

  More information here

 Northeast Florida

 

- Do It Yourself - Hydroponic Class

  September 29,1:00pm-4:00pm in Gainesville, FL

  More information and registration here

 

- Florida Agriculture Network Meeting - 

  Agritourism - October 2 from 4:00pm-7:00pm at  

  Deep Spring Farm, Alachua, FL

  More information and registration here

 

- Transplants: Getting a Great Head Start

  October 12, 9:30am-2:00pm in Live Oak, FL

  More information and registration here

 

- Beekeeping Series - Preparing for Winter and

  Hive Set-Up

  October 21 from 9:00am-12:00pm, Gainesville

  More information and registration here

 

- Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

  November 6, 8:30am-5:00pm in Live Oak, FL

  More information and registration here

 

- Microgreens 101

  November 15 from 8:30am-2:30pm in Live Oak, FL

  More information and registration here

Central Florida

  

- Central Florida Agritourism Conference

  September 26-27 in Bartow, FL

  More information and registration here 

  

- 3-Day IPM Scouting Class for Greenhouse and  

  Nursery Production

  October 19, 26 and Nov 2 in Apopka, FL

  More information and registration here 

 

- Farm Safety Day

  October 27, 8:00am-1:00pm in Tavares, FL

  More information and registration here

    

- 2017 Lake County Farm Tour 

  November 17, 8:00am-4:00pm in Tavares, FL

  More information and registration here 

 

Send us your events to share!!!   

 

South Central Florida

 

- Central Florida Agritourism Conference

  September 26-27 in Bartow, FL

  More information and registration here  

 

- Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

  October 9, 8:30am-5:00pm in Wauchula, FL 

  More information and registration here  

 

- Canning Under the Cottage Law

  November 2, 9:00am-2:00pm, in Bartow, FL

  More information and registration here

 

- 2017 Florida Protected Ag and Hydroponics

  Conference

  December 5 & 6, Wimauma, FL

  More information and registration here

 

Send us your events to share!!!     

 

South Florida

- Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

  October 3, 8:30am-5:00pm in Homestead, FL

  More information and registration here 

 

- Learning How to Start a Cottage Food Business   in Florida. -- Postponed --  

  October 4 in West Palm Beach, FL

  More information and registration here  

 

- Build Your Own Farm's Food Safety Manual

  October 11, 8:30am-5:00pm in Fort Pierce, FL

  More information and registration here

 

Send us your events to share!!!   

 



 

 

News and Announcements

Relevant Publications

- Hope High for Hops Fresh From Florida. More here

- USDA-NRCS Assistance Application Deadline is November 17. More here

 

- The USDA-Farm Service Agency offers emergency assistance to Florida farmers. More here

 

- SARE Producer and On-Farm Research Grants Call for Proposals. More here

 

- At Organic Food & Farming Summit, everything old is new again. More here

 

- High tunnels boost yield, along with plant-damaging insects. More here

 

Send us your announcements to share!

- Establishment and Production Costs for Peach Orchards in Florida. More here

 

- 2016-2017 Cover Crop Survey Report. More here

- Herbicide Residues in Manure, Compost, or Hay. More here


- Citrus Under Protective Screen (CUPS) Production Systems. More here  

- Multi-year Study of the High Tunnel Pest Exclusion system for Reducing Insect Pest Outbreaks. More here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About this Newsletter.

The Cultivator is an online monthly newsletter 

published by the UF/IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Team. 

 

The objectives of the newsletter are to share practical production and marketing information

 and build a strong network among small and medium scale farmers 

and other food system stakeholders across Florida. 

 

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is a collaboration of about 140 University State and County Faculty Extension across Florida.

The team works on supporting small and medium scale farms 

and strengthening local and regional food systems.

 

We hope that you find this online newsletter useful.

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Or Call Jose Perez at 352-294-1692

 

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Gainesville, FL 32611

 

 

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Call for your status report!

Hello out there!

 

USDA relies on Extension to do some initial surveys to assess the level of damage following storms such as Irma. 

 

So far via two days of site visits here’s what I see:

·         Most people have some level of wind damage to trees and more severe damage seems to appear more concentrated in some areas than others.  Bartow had many large trees down.

·         Blueberries seemed to have made it through O.K., although some were tore up and there is flooding in pockets.  Fortunately fruit and blossom damage is not an issue at this time. 

·         Reports of limited building damage and down fences.

·         One report each of-

o   Losing fish due to inability to run all the pumps and aerators at the same time

o   Hives destroyed

·         Agricultural Chemicals in need of hazardous waste pickup.  Operation Clean Sweep is a Statewide program run through FDACS.  The program may be able to schedule a collection site, but regular collections are not scheduled again until November.  See more about Clean Sweep here- http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/quick_topics/publications/shw/cleansweep-pesticides/Cleansweep-Flyer_2016-17.pdf  Note this is not for household waste. 

·         See more about disposal of household hazardous waste here.  https://www.polk-county.net/waste-and-recycling/Household-Hazardous-Waste-Collection-Facility/

 

Let me know about your needs:

·         Please let me know how you fared to be included in the initial report- particularly looking for more input on bees.

·         If you are in need of pesticide collection from your farm or pest control business we may be able to work out a collection date with FDACS sooner than their scheduled time frame which would not be until November.

 

Mary Beth Henry

Extension Agent II, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County
UF/IFAS Small Farms Program Co-Leader and Pesticide Training

Nmbhenry@ufl.edu http://polksmallfarms.com http://smallfarms.ifas.ufl.edu/

Office: (863) 519-1049; Fax: (863) 534-0001

1702 Hwy 17 S., PO Box 9005, Drawer HS03, Bartow, FL 33831-9005

 

RESCHEDULED: Bartow, Florida, USDA Farm Bill Programs Meeting

Rescheduled: Bartow, Florida, USDA Farm Bill Programs Meeting

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service  (NRCS) and the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District working group will discuss resource conservation concerns and NRCS programs Oct. 3, 10-11 a.m. with local farmers, ranchers and forestland owners. Location: Polk County Cooperative Extension Service Office-Brenneman Auditorium, 1702 Hwy 17 South (Spessard Holland Parkway) Bartow, FL  33830. Contact: Ed Sheehan at 863-533-2051 Ext 3.

 

Link: http://tinyurl.com/ya3bps5d

 

 

Renee Bodine

NRCS

Public Affairs Florida

Desk 352.338.9565

Cell 352.514.8292

 




Fruit/Vegetable Production News

UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County offers Restricted Use Pesticide Exams, CEUs, and educational exam prep classes to applicators.  Please read below for important changes. 

 

License Opportunities for Private Applicators

Classes: Optional classes aim at giving exam takers the skills they need to pass exams and apply pesticides correctly. Core and Private classes are offered. CEUs are also available for existing license holders. Upcoming dates include: 
October 19 Hillsborough County, Seffner, FL. Contact: Shawn Steed for more information ststeed@ufl.edu 
Tel:(813) 744-5519 ext. 54147 

December 7, GCREC, Balm, FL. For more information or to register visit:
Core: https://tinyurl.com/yd622zbr
Private: https://tinyurl.com/ybos4kae

Testing: 
Manatee County will be offering online and paper exams every other Wednesday. Please mark your calendars for the next testing date, September, 20. Note, this is for testing and CEUs only. No educational instruction is given on testing dates. 

Test takers now have the option of taking exams on laptops or on paper. Advantages to laptop exams are that results are given immediately.  NEW Whether you are taking a paper or laptop exam, you must register in advance for a seat. To register for an exam please visit: https://pesticideexam.ifas.ufl.edu/

Books are available for purchase in the office or online at the UF/IFAS Bookstore: 
Core: https://tinyurl.com/y7owoq9l
Private Applicator: https://tinyurl.com/yb4e2qwm

CEUs: To find available CEU opportunities please visit: 
http://ceupublicsearch.freshfromflorida.com/
Paper exam results will also be posted at the above site 2-3 weeks after testing.

If you are not sure what type or categories of license you may need, please contact:

FDACS Pesticide Certification Section
(850) 617-7870  
(850) 617-7895  Fax 

Tamara.James@FreshFromFlorida.com
AESCares@FreshFromFlorida.com 

Questions? contact Crystal at (941)722-4524 ext 1822 or crys21@ufl.edu

 

 

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