Thursday, October 23, 2014

Goats on Monday, Agritourism Nov 12 and Canning Nov 20

 


Subject: Goats on Monday, Agritourism Nov 12 and Canning Nov 20


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Polk Small Farms Update

Later October 2014

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

Hello out there!

 

Reminders and new programs scheduled...  Check it out!

 

Interested in rubbing elbows with goat farmers?- Monday!!

How about exchanging ideas and plotting a course for agritourism?

Been waiting for the next canning class?

 

 

October 2014

Date

Location

Event

Oct 27

Lakeland

Southwest Florida Small Farm Network Meeting: Featuring Goats
Flyer
Free registration here
Location: 4140 Swindell Road Lakeland, FL 33810
Contact Mary Beth Henry (863) 519-1049

 

November 2014

Date

Location

Event

Nov 3

Bartow
Map

Pesticide exam - Testing starts promptly at 9:00am
FAQ Fact Sheet (863) 519-1049
Instructions to register to take exam on computer

Nov 12

Auburndale

Agritourism: Status Check & Charting a Course for the Future
More Info and Register Here
Location: Central Florida Sports Marketing and Tourism Office: 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Road, Auburndale FL 33823
Contact Mary Beth Henry (863) 519-1049

Nov 20

Bartow
Map

Canning under the Cottage Law: Waterbath Canning
More info and registration Flyer
Location: Polk County Extension Office
Contact Mary Beth Henry (863) 519-1049

 

  

Blog Posts you can't wait to check!

Food Safety Modernization Act Listening Session Nov 21

http://polksmallfarms.blogspot.com/2014/10/food-safety-law-fsma-listening-session.html

Attaining Optimum Blueberry Yield Workshop Oct 28

http://polksmallfarms.blogspot.com/2014/10/attaining-optimum-blueberry-yield.html

Organic Agriculture Census Report

http://polksmallfarms.blogspot.com/2014/10/weekly-harvest-october-22-2014.html

 

  

As always... 

Check out the calendar page of polksmallfarms.com for additional upcoming events. 

 

 

Mary Beth Henry

Small Farms/Pesticide Licensing

Extension Agent II, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County

1702 HWY. 17 S, Bartow, FL 33830

T: 863.519.1049 
F: 863.534.0001

mbhenry@ufl.edu     http://polksmallfarms.comhttp://smallfarms.ifas.ufl.edu/ 

No Farmers No Food

 

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Attaining Optimum Blueberry Yield Workshop

Some space still remains for the Attaining Optimum Blueberry Yield Workshop being held at my office in Tavares on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.  Pre-registration deadline is Thursday, October 23; Agenda and registration information linked below:

 

http://lake.ifas.ufl.edu/agriculture/citrus/documents/Blueberry_Workshop102814v1_wphil_wg092914.pdf

 

Friday, October 24 is the pre-registration deadline for the East Central Florida Farm Safety Day being held at my office in Tavares on Friday, October 31; Agenda and registration information linked below:

 

http://lake.ifas.ufl.edu/agriculture/citrus/documents/FarmSafetyDayAgenda103115v3s.pdf

 

Please let me know if you have any questions and looking forward to seeing many of you over the next several weeks.

 

Thank you,

 

Gary K. England

1951 Woodlea Rd.

Tavares, FL 32778

(352) 343-4101 Ext. 2729

(352) 343-2767 FAX

gke@ufl.edu

 

Calendar Announcement: Financial, Technical Assistance Explained to Agricultural Producers

Agencies Explain Financial, Technical Assistance for Agricultural Producers

USDA agencies and UF Extension present information and answer questions in English and Spanish about services and technical assistance available for agricultural producers Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-noon, 18710SW 288 Street, Homestead, Fla. 33030. Register free at www.usdaconference.eventbrite.com

 

 

Renee Bodine

NRCS

Public Affairs Florida

Desk 352.338.9565

Cell 352.514.8292

 

FOOD SAFETY LAW- FSMA listening session

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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will conduct a Listening Session regarding the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) proposed rules. The Listening Session will include presentations by the FDA regarding the updated revisions to two proposed FSMA rules: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, and the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals. A question and answer session will immediately follow the presentation.

Date/Time: November 21, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Where: The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
14625 County Road 672
Wimauma, FL 33598

We encourage all interested parties to attend this opportunity to hear the proposed rule changes directly from the FDA. You can attend this event either in person or by using your own computer and phone. Use the links below to choose your method of participation and to register for this program.

Click here to register to attend in person.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fda-listening-session-on-the-produce-safety-and-foreign-supplier-rules-tickets-13731157261

A complimentary meal will be provided for those in-person attendees who register for the lunch ticket option by November 14.

For those unable to attend in Wimauma but still wish to hear the presentation, the event will be broadcast via the internet and phone.

Click here to register to attend via your computer and phone. https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/2056556597121809666

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

All the best

Gene

Gene McAvoy
County Extension Director
Regional Vegetable Agent IV
UF/IFAS Hendry County Extension
PO Box 68
LaBelle, Florida 33975

863-674-4092 office
863-673-5939 cell
gmcavoy@ifas.ufl.edu

Upcoming Seminar with Dr. Robb Fraley -- please share and encourage all to attend

UF/IFAS in the news, 10/23

Good morning! Lots of UF/IFAS news today:

 

New 4-H agent aims to increase participation by high-school students (Lake)

http://goo.gl/CrVSlI

 

STEM/agriculture program for school kids included fun element (Marion)

http://www.ocala.com/article/20141022/ARTICLES/141029881?Title=STEM-agriculture-program-for-school-kids-included-fun-element

 

Retail Prices Up: OJ Sales End Season on Sour Note

http://www.theledger.com/article/20141022/NEWSCHIEF/141029783/1178?Title=Retail-Prices-Up-OJ-Sales-End-Season-on-Sour-Note

 

Urban farming is on the menu at Pinellas County Extension

http://clearwatergazette.com/cg/news/urban-farming-is-on-the-menu-at-pinellas-county-extension-20141023/

 

Charitable IFAS garage sale a success

http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_4fa5902a-5a6f-11e4-b20c-477a1c3ef9a4.html

 

Brevard County fair delivers on traditional event trappings

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2014/10/22/brevard-county-fair-delivers-traditional-event-trappings/17725287/

 

Fuzzy balls invade Central Florida; what are they?

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-strange-fuzzy-balls-oak-trees-20141022-story.html

 

Get ahead before ‘fall back’ (Clay)

http://www.claytodayonline.com/ee/claytoday/en/component/fullstory/20141023_016_art_0/get-ahead-before-fall-back

Holiday craft fair coming to Milton (Santa Rosa)

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2014/10/22/holiday-craft-fair-coming-milton/17735799/

Learn About Snakes In Polk County At This Educational Seminar (snake pic)

http://dailyridge.com/lake-wales/2014/10/22/learn-about-snakes-in-polk-county-at-this-educational-seminar/

Nasty surprises might be lurking in temporary pastures

http://www.cattlenetwork.com/cattle-news/Nasty-surprises-might-be-lurking-in-temporary-pastures-280045582.html

 

 

Other news:

Rutgers professor develops ‘superfood’ lettuce

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/2014/10/17/rutgers-professor-develops-superfood-lettuce/17373179/

 

Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in 2007 Iraq Killings

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/us/blackwater-verdict.html?_r=0

 

University of Florida Releases Full Report on Treon Harris Accusations

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/sports/ncaafootball/university-of-florida-releases-full-report-on-treon-harris-accusations.html

 

Alachua County has first confirmed case of enterovirus D-68

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20141022/ARTICLES/141029888?tc=cr

 

 

Weekly Harvest, October 22, 2014

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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 Agriculture Census Reports on Organic Farm Sector
  • EPA Announces Final Decision to Register Enlist Duo, Herbicide Containing 2, 4-D and Glyphosate
  • Whole Foods Market Introduces "Responsibly Grown" Produce Rating System
  • Plant Communities Produce Greater Yield than Monocultures
  • EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments of Little or No Benefit to U.S. Soybean Production
  • Biocontrol Could Help with Plum Curculio

Funding Opportunities

  • Cover Crop Impacts and Economics Request for Proposals
  • Vermont Farm to School Planning and Implementation Grants
  • Minnesota Crop Research Grant Program

Coming Events

  • The Future of Eastern Shore Agriculture
  • Iowa Organic Conference
  • Six Figure Farming for Small Plots: Techniques for Small Scale Intensive Organic Market Gardening

News & Resources

USDA Agriculture Census Reports on Organic Farm Sector
New 2012 Census of Agriculture data was released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service. The findings show that certified organic agriculture producers sell directly to consumers more often than conventional producers, are more likely to produce on-farm renewable energy, and are more likely to be younger, beginning farmers.

EPA Announces Final Decision to Register Enlist Duo, Herbicide Containing 2, 4-D and Glyphosate
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is registering the herbicide Enlist Duo for use in controlling weeds in corn and soybeans genetically engineered to tolerate 2,4-D and glyphosate. According to an EPA press release, the approved formulation contains the choline salt of 2,4-D which is less prone to drift than the other forms of 2,4-D. EPA is registering the pesticide in six states at this time and is accepting comments until November 14, 2014, on whether to register Enlist Duo in 10 more states.

Whole Foods Market Introduces "Responsibly Grown" Produce Rating System
Whole Foods Market has announced the launch of "Responsibly Grown," a tiered produce rating system that assesses growing practices that impact human health and the environment. To earn a "good" rating, a farm must take 16 major steps to protect air, soil, water, and human health. A "better" rating indicates advanced performance and a "best" rating indicates exceptional, industry-leading performance in a scoring system covering multiple topics in each of seven key categories.

Plant Communities Produce Greater Yield than Monocultures
Diverse plant communities are more successful and enable higher crop yields than pure monocultures, a European research team headed by ecologists from the University of Zurich has discovered. Plants in communities are able to use soil nutrients, light, and water far more effectively than monocultures can. The research was published in the journal Nature.

EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments of Little or No Benefit to U.S. Soybean Production
EPA has released an analysis that concludes that there is little or no increase in soybean yields using most neonicotinoid seed treatments when compared to using no pest control at all. This analysis is an important part of the science EPA will use to move forward with the assessment of the risks and benefits under registration review for neonicotinoid pesticides.

Biocontrol Could Help with Plum Curculio
A biocontrol treatment developed to help Northern New York alfalfa growers reduce alfalfa snout beetles is now showing early promise of reducing plum curculio populations for New York apple growers. Researchers are applying a combination of native nematodes as a biocontrol for plum curculio in organic apple plantings. Early field trials have shown a reduction of 70 to 97% in populations of plum curculio.

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Cover Crop Impacts and Economics Request for Proposals
The National Wildlife Federation is inviting proposals to conduct research on the economics and water-quality attributes of cover crops, particularly in the Mississippi River Basin. Projects should have practical application to agricultural practice and policy. Proposals should not exceed $10,000.
Proposals are due by November 21, 2014.

Vermont Farm to School Planning and Implementation Grants
The Vermont Farm to School Planning & Pilot Grant assists Vermont schools in planning and piloting a Farm to School program. The maximum grant award will be $2,500. The Vermont Farm to School Implementation Grant assists Vermont schools in implementing existing Farm to School initiatives. Purchasing Vermont farm products and serving them through the school food-service program is an essential component of all grants. The maximum implementation grant award will be $10,000.
Application deadline is October 28, 2014.

Minnesota Crop Research Grant Program
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is seeking applicants for grants of up to $250,000 for applied crop research. The research needs to focus on improving agricultural product quality, quantity, and value. Any Minnesota organization, research entity, individual, or business with agricultural research capability is eligible to apply. A total of $1.7 million is offered.
Applications must be received by November 20, 2014.

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The Future of Eastern Shore Agriculture
November 20, 2014
Easton, Maryland

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy will host this conference on the future of agriculture on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The conference will celebrate and discuss innovations and opportunities for Eastern Shore agriculture.

Iowa Organic Conference
November 16-17, 2014
Iowa City, Iowa

"Rekindling the Light Within: The Art and Science of Organic Farming" is the theme for this 14th annual conference. The keynote speaker is Mary Berry, and the conference features numerous sessions for learning about the latest techniques for transitioning into organic farming or improving organic operation.

Six Figure Farming for Small Plots: Techniques for Small Scale Intensive Organic Market Gardening
November 20, 2014
Ghent, New York

Since 2004, Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife Maude-Hélène Desroches have been making a good living by growing on less than 1½ acres in Quebec. Last year, they sold more than $140,000 worth of vegetables at two farmers markets and through their CSA. How they do this will be the focus of this full-day workshop.

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