Wednesday, March 4, 2015
ALL: the next meeting of stakeholders in the Hillsborough river BMAP basin will be held on :
March 11, 2015 starting at 9:30 a.m.
At the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Southwest District Main Conference Room, 13051 N. Telecom Parkway, Temple Terrace, FL 33637
This is a public meeting of interested stakeholders to discuss the fifth year assessment and draft second iteration Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) for fecal coliform impaired waterbodies and discuss next steps. The BMAP is the means for implementation of the adopted Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).
The agenda is attached and may be viewed here: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/watersheds/bmap.htm
The FAR notice may be viewed here: https://www.flrules.org/gateway/View_Notice.asp?id=15734193
If you have additional questions please contact me.
Terry J. Hansen, P.G.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3565
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400
(850) 245-8561 or SunCom 205-8561
(850) 245-8434 or SunCom 205-8434 FAX
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Attached is the March 2015 issue of the Hardee Extension newsletter. Let me know how you like the “new look”!
Carolyn H. Wyatt, Extension Agent III
Family & Consumer Science/4-H
UF IFAS Hardee County Extension
507 Civic Center Drive
Wauchula, FL 33873
Fax (863) 773-6861
Raising Kids, Eating Right, Spending Smart, Living Well. . .
Information and education brought to you by UF IFAS Extension to help you live well.
Here is the direct website to the proposal: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/02/25/2015-03604/part-400-general-administrative-regulation-subpart-v-submission-of-policies-provisions-of-policies.
Mercy Olmstead, Ph.D.
Stone Fruit Extension Specialist
2135 Fifield Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-0690
"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it"
-Neil DeGrasse Tyson
From: South Florida Vegetable Pest and Disease Hotline [mailto:SFLVEG-L@LISTS.IFAS.UFL.EDU] On Behalf Of Gene McAvoy
Sent: Sunday, March 1, 2015 3:30 PM
Subject: USDA proposes to expand crop insurance for fruits, vegetables
Hope this finds you well.
This may be of interest.
USDA proposes new rule to expand crop insurance for fruits, vegetables
By Sara Wyant
Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - USDA is proposing changes that could lead to the expansion of crop insurance to additional crops, including many fruit and vegetables.
The proposed rule addresses changes required under the 2014 farm bill - supported by Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., the ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and other panel members -- that will reform USDA's process for developing new crop insurance policies.
"For too long the federal crop insurance program hasn't fully included our nation's fruit and vegetable growers," said Stabenow. "That's why we fought for reforms in the farm bill to put these producers on equal footing with traditional commodities."
In addition, Stabenow said, "We should be encouraging the production of fruits and vegetables with the same level of commitment that we support row crops and traditional commodities."
The proposed rule is aimed at improving the submission process for insurance policies to the Federal Crop Insurance Corp.
The Federal Crop Insurance Act allows private individuals and groups with crops or livestock to develop insurance products for consideration and approval by the FCIC board of directors.
The proposed rule requires the board to first consider underserved and uninsured commodities. The second consideration must be policies for commodities that have inadequate coverage or low levels of participation under existing insurance products. Policies that do not fit into the first two categories may then be considered, according to USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA).
The board also would have the authority to approve an advance payment of an additional 25 percent, above the current 50 percent, of estimated research and development costs of products that the board determines provide coverage for underserved regions or crops, including specialty crops.
In addition, the proposed rule includes funding for a pilot program for a new type of insurance that targets previously uninsured producers.
"These improvements will help expand and improve crop insurance to underserved crops," RMA Administrator Brandon Willis in a release. "We are continuing our work to ensure that a wider variety of producers have access to sound risk management tools to keep themselves protected from disaster."
The proposed rule is available at the Federal Register. The public comment period is open until April 27. More information on FCIC and the 508(h) process is available on the RMA website. http://www.rma.usda.gov/fcic/index.html
All the best
County Extension Director
Regional Vegetable Agent IV
UF/IFAS Hendry County Extension
PO Box 68
LaBelle, Florida 33975
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Feathered Facts monthly newsletter for MARCH 2015 is now available to view at the following link:
Feathered Facts http://baker.ifas.ufl.edu/FeatheredFacts.html
If you have any questions regarding Feathered Facts, please contact Michael Davis, County Extension Director, UF/IFAS Baker County Extension Service at 904-259-3520.
Baker County Extension Service
Good morning, the Fall 2014 MYAKKA Newsletter is now available. The Fall issue presents a few examples of teaching, research, and extension programs in the Soil and Water Science Department that focus on biogeochemistry. If you would like a hardcopy, of this newsletter, please let me know. Have a nice day. Mike
Michael J Sisk, Academic Support Services, Coordinator 1
Soil and Water Science Department, University of Florida IFAS
2181 McCarty Hall A, P.O. Box 110290, Gainesville, FL 32611-0290
352-294-3152, Fax: 352-392-3399
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