Friday, February 5, 2016

Pesticide training, WPS, and CEUs

Pesticide and WPS Train-the-Trainer programs will be offered next week on Wed. Feb. 10 at UF/IFAS Extension Manatee in Palmetto. Please see the attached flyer for other available locations and dates.

 

Registration available at: http://uf-ifas-extension-manatee.eventbrite.com/

 

 

Core Training and Exam

Core 8:30am-10:30am. The Core exam prep class will be held to help you prepare for the Core RUP license exam. The exam will be offered immediately following the class. However, you do not have to take the exam the same day.  You may schedule a time to take the exam at your convenience.  Please schedule exams with your local Extension office.

           

If you are already a license holder, 2 CEUs in Core are offered. Light snacks will be offered.  The class fee is $15 per class. Please bring cash or a check made out to “Manatee County Friends of Extension.”

 

 

WPS Train-The-Trainer: 10:45am-12:45pm

Need CEUs?

The WPS TTT workshop provides CEUs in several categories. Even if you don’t need to be WPS certified, don’t miss this opportunity for CEUs. CEUs available: 2 in the following categories: Aerial, Ag. Row, Ag. Tree, O&T, Private, Forest Pest Control, and Soil and Greenhouse Fumigation.

Need to become a WPS certified Trainer?

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a federal program designed to protect agricultural farm workers in the production of agricultural plants. A person is qualified to teach WPS to farm workers if he/she holds a restricted use pesticide license or if he/she has completed the WPS Train the trainer course.

There is a $20 class fee. You may pay at the door with cash or check made out to “Manatee County Friends of Extension”

Please contact Veronica at veronica1303@ufl.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crystal Snodgrass, M.S.

Extension Agent II, Manatee County

University of Florida IFAS Extension

Manatee County Government

1303 17th Street West | Palmetto, FL 34221

Phone: (941) 722-4524 ext. 229

Fax: (941) 721-6796

Email: crys21@ufl.edu

Web: manatee.ifas.ufl.edu

 

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Funding Helps Ag Producers Improve Working Lands

Funding Helps Agricultural Producers Improve Working Lands  

Application Deadline March 31 for Conservation Stewardship Program

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 5, 2015 – Agricultural producers can now sign up for funding available through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), a conservation program that helps improve the health and productivity of private and tribal working lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to add an estimated 10 million acres to the rolls of CSP during fiscal 2016.

 

NRCS accepts applications for CSP throughout the year, but producers should submit applications by March 31 to USDA service centers to be considered for enrollment in 2016. Participants with existing CSP contracts that will expire on Dec.31, 2016, have the option to renew their contracts for an additional five years if they agree to adopt additional activities to achieve higher levels of conservation on their lands. Applications to renew are also due by March 31. In Florida, producers can participate through CSP in the regional landscape-level Longleaf Pine Initiative.

 

Funding is available for more than 100 kinds of enhancements to help participants:

  • Improve soil quality through use of cover crops, conservation crop rotations and other activities that increase soil productivity.
  • Use water wisely and improve water quality through enhancements such as more efficient irrigation systems and weather monitoring.
  • Restore habitat for wildlife and pollinators such as the greater sage-grouse, lesser prairie-chicken and monarch butterfly through the use of better grazing systems and improved plant management.

 

For more on technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStartedLearn more at your local NRCS office.

 

 

Renee Bodine

NRCS

Public Affairs Florida

Desk 352.338.9565

Cell 352.514.8292

 

ARS Newslink: February 1, 2016 - February 5, 2016

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
February 5, 2016


A Striking New Crape Myrtle for Florida's Gardens and Landscapes

USDA has released a new pink crape myrtle suitable for lawns and gardens in South Florida. (02/03)

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2016/160203.htm

USDA Pest Management Program Targets Virus-transmitting Mosquitoes

USDA scientists have completed an area-wide pest management program targeting the Asian tiger mosquito which can transmit several diseases, including Zika virus. (02/03)

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2016/1602032.htm

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

USDA seeks proposals for market-based wetland protection systems

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the establishment of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetland Mitigation Banking Program, made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. Through the program, NRCS will provide $9 million to help states, local governments or other qualified partners develop wetland mitigation banks that restore, create, or enhance wetland ecosystems, broadening the conservation options available to farmers and ranchers so they can maintain eligibility for other USDA programs.

"Over the past seven years, USDA has worked with private landowners to enroll a record number of acres in conservation practices, and we are seeing significant reductions in nutrient runoff and greenhouse gas emissions. Wetland Mitigation Banks will give farmers and ranchers more conservation options so they can find the best solution for their land and circumstances, and produce even more results," Vilsack said.

NRCS is seeking applications from eligible third-parties to develop wetland mitigation banks, or modify existing banks to better serve agricultural producers. These third-parties include federally recognized Indian tribes; state and local units of government; for-profit entities; and nongovernmental organizations.

USDA is now accepting project proposals for this program. Proposals are due to NRCS before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on March 28, 2016. The announcement and associated forms for this funding opportunity can be found at www.grants.gov.

Wetland mitigation banking is a market-based approach that involves restoring, creating, or enhancing wetlands in one place to compensate for unavoidable impacts to wetlands at another location. Wetland mitigation banking is commonly used to compensate for wetland impacts from development, but can also be used to offset impacts from agriculture. A small number of banks have been developed in the U.S. specifically to assist agriculture, and the mitigation banks established under this program will be used to help agricultural producers who need to mitigate wetland losses to maintain eligibility for USDA programs.

The maximum award provided through this announcement is up to $1 million. This funding may be used to cover the administrative and technical costs associated with the development of a wetland mitigation bank or banking program. Funding may not be used to purchase an easement or any other interest in land.

Partners will develop, operate, and manage the wetlands mitigation banks with technical oversight from NRCS, and will market mitigation credits to farmers and ranchers. Credits must be made available to producers within two years after the agreement is signed.

NRCS is prioritizing funding to locations that have a significant known wetland compliance workload. These locations include the Prairie Pothole Region, California Vernal Pool Region, Nebraska Rainwater Basin Region, and other areas that have significant numbers of wetlands compliance requests. Priority will also be given to applications based on the speed with which mitigation credits can be made available to agricultural producers.    

Learn more about NRCS conservation programs online or visit your local USDA service center.

Florida Land Steward Update 1/29/16

 

Florida Land Steward Update
January 29, 2016


Have Land?  Get a Plan and Stay Connected.  Florida Land Steward is your source of assistance, information, events and resources.


News, information and upcoming events below.  
Please share this update with your neighbors, colleagues and others that may be interested.

- Florida Land Steward Newsletter (Fall-Winter 2015 (Vol 4, No 4) and back issues -

 

News & Info Brief


2016 IN FULL SWING
Check out the latest lineup of workshops, tours, symposia, short courses and webinars on a variety of forestry, natural resources and agricultural topics.  à


NEW ISSUE OF SOUTHERN FIRE EXCHANGE FIRELINES NEWSLETTER
The February 2016 issue features a summary of interesting new research that assessed how liability and regulatory standards influence the amount of prescribed burning in Southeastern states. Other resources, news, and upcoming events: SFE Webinar: El Nino, La Nina and the 1998 Florida Wildfires; 2015 National Prescribed Fire Use Survey Report; Leaving Her Mark: SFE Co-founder and PI Leda Kobziar Heads West; RxCADRE Results Shared in Special IJWF Issue; Upland Ecosystem Groundcover Restoration Videos Now Available; Southeastern Region Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy Update' LANDFIRE Needs Your Help; Congratulations John Weir and Cecil Frost; Backyards & Beyond Conference Presentations Are Available.

Current and back issues of Firelines are at: http://www.southernfireexchange.org/SFE_Publications/Newsletter.html


TAX TIPS FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS FOR THE 2015 TAX YEAR UPDATED
Federal income tax laws can influence a private woodland owner's financial decisions about land management. Yet, special favorable tax provisions on timber that are intended to encourage private forest management and stewardship are commonly unknown. To help woodland owners in filing their 2015 tax returns, this publication, by Dr. Linda Wang, USDA Forest Service National Timber Tax Specialist, explains the federal income tax laws on timber. The information is not legal or accounting advice. This has been updated and includes recent tax law changes. This publication and other related resources are available at http://www.timbertax.org.

Linda's recent Timber Tax Filing for the 2015 Tax Year webinar was recorded. The recorded presentation and materials are available at:
http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/timber-tax-filing-for-the-2015-tax-year


2016 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD CALENDARS AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST
The 2016 Florida Land Steward Calendars include beautiful photos, land management highlights, tips, partner resources and contacts. Email Chris at cdemers@ufl.edu to request your copy. Please include your mailing address when you drop a line.


FOREST STEWARDSHIP VIDEOS  - VIEW AND SHARE!
Enjoy and share these videos about a variety of stewardship topics: the Forest Stewardship Program, forests and water, thinning your pine stand, invasive species, greenbelt property tax assessment. All these videos are on the Florida Forest Stewardship Program home page – check them out:  http://sfrc.ufl.edu/forest_stewardship


SOMETHING BUGGING YOUR TREES?
Do you have pests or a disease in your trees? Leaves or needles wilting, and you don't know why? Sawdust falling out of your trees, and you don't know how to save them? There is help: ask your question at the free Forest Health Diagnostic Forum: http://sfrc.ufl.edu/treehealth/forum/.


GOT AN INVASIVE SPECIES PROBLEM?
Go to floridainvasives.org for information, assistance and partnership opportunities.


LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON A PARTICULAR TOPIC?
Check the vast array of extension publications available at the University of Florida IFAS on the EDIS publication site:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/  Wow, there's a publication about that?


HAVE AN EVENT OR RELATED NEWS TO SHARE?
Drop a line to Chris Demers, cdemers@ufl.edu


More news and info at the Florida Land Steward Blog

 

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EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)

February 2

Hydroponic Vegetable Nutrient Management (link), Mid-Florida Research & Education Center, Apopka, FL. Click here to register online or for more information contact Dilcia Toro at (386) 362-1725 ext.102

February 5

Small Scale Mushroom Production (link), Live Oak, FL. Click here to register online or for more information contact Dilcia Toro at (386) 362-1725 ext.102.

February 5

2016 Tree and Landscape Short Course (link), 8 am to 3:30 pm ET, Trinkle Center, Hillsborough Community College, 1206 North Park Road, Plant City, FL 33563. $35 fee includes lunch. See link above for details and registration.

February 16-17

5th UF Water Institute Symposium (link), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. For more information contact Lisette M. Staal at (352)392-5893 x114 or lstaal@ufl.edu

February 17-19

Wildlife and Invasive Species Education (link), 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension, 7620 SR 471, Ste 2, Bushnell, FL 33513. Topics will include: coyotes, invasive fish, invasive pigs, invasive plants; as well as important native creatures like the Florida panther, Florida black bear, reptiles, butterflies and more! Visit the link above to view the full agenda register.

March 14-15 or
18-19

Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business (link), Live Oak, FL. To register online click here or for more information contact Dilcia Toro at (386) 362-1725 ext.102

March 17

Forest Stewardship / Tree Farm Tour at the Arnold Tract (link), Levy County, FL. 9 am to 2 pm ET. Join us to learn about converting old agriculture fields and pasture to pine forest, controlling invasive exotic species, wildlife habitat improvements, Best Management Practices, available assistance and more. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register online at https://fsp-tour031716.eventbrite.com/ or contact Chris Demers, (352) 826-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu to register. More details to come.

April 28

Forest Stewardship Workshop: Use Prescribed Fire Safely and Effectively (link), 8:30 am to 4 pm, Austin Cary Forest Learning Center. This program will provide an overview of the uses of fire in natural resource management and the proper planning necessary for a successful prescribed burn. A burn demonstration will be planned and executed if conditions allow. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at https://fsp-workshop042816.eventbrite.com/, or reserve a space by contacting Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu.

May 2-5

2016 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course, Coral Springs, FL. Join us for the largest and most inclusive training for Florida Pesticide Licensing and CEUs. Become a more qualified professional, engage with your industry, and network with your peers! See link above for details and registration.

May 18-19

44th Annual Spring Symposium: Advances in Southern Pine Silviculture, UF Austin Cary Forest Learning Center. Sponsored by UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Florida Society of American Foresters. Agenda and registration details to come.

 WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)

February 16

Veterans, New, Small Farmer Workshop, 9 am - 2 pm, Jefferson County Country Club, 648 Boston Highway, Monticello, FL 32344. Free workshop about agricultural programs and services available to veterans, small and beginning farmers. Provided by Farm Credit. Register by Feb. 9 at http://www.farmcredit-fl.com/workshop.aspx or call 850-526-4910.

February 18-19

Gulf Coast Agritourism and Ecotourism Business Development Conference (link), 10 am to 5:30 pm on Feb. 18 and 8:30 am to 1 pm on Feb. 19 at 1 Energy Place, Gulf Power Building, Pensacola, FL. Click here to register online or for more information contact Carrie Stevenson at (850) 475-5230.

March 7, 14, 21

Beekeeping in the Panhandle Short Course, 6 to 8 pm at UF/IFAS County Extension Offices across the Northwest FL District. Contact your UF/IFAS County Extension Office for details.

April 1-2

5th Annual Beekeeping in the Panhandle Trade Show and Workshop, 9 am. to 2 pm at the Washington County Extension Office, Chipley. Contact the Jackson County Extension Office at (850) 482-9620 for details.

April 5

Forest Stewardship / Tree Farm Tour at the Gould Tree Farm (link), Washington County, FL. 9 am to 2 pm CT. Join us to learn about a variety of forest habitats, pine timber management, longleaf pine management, wildlife habitat improvements, Best Management Practices, available assistance and more. See link above for details. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register online at https://fsp-tour040516.eventbrite.com/ or call UF/IFAS Washington County Extension at (850) 638-6180 to register.

 WEBINARS

February 2

Webinar: Conservation Buffers to Support Beneficial Insects on Organic Farms (link), 3 pm ET, See link for details.

February 9

Webinar: The Science Supporting Changes in Soil Health (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.

February 11

Webinar: Soil Water Sensors for Agriculture - Applications and Usefulness (link), 11:30 am ET, See link for details.

February 17

Southern Fire Exchange Webinar: El Nino, La Nina and the 1998 Florida Wildfires (link), 1 pm ET, See link for details and registration.

March 8

Webinar: Integrating Grazing into Cropping Systems (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.

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More events on these sites and web calendars:

UF/IFAS Web Calendar

Florida Forest Stewardship Calendar

http://smallfarms.ifas.ufl.edu/events_calendar.html

http://www.floridainvasives.org/

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Florida Native Plant Society Chapters:  http://www.fnps.org/chapters/chapters

Brooker Creek Preserve Events, Pinellas County

Florida Forest Service Training Opportunities

Forestry and Natural Resources Webinars


Check with your UF/IFAS County Extension Office for more events
and information relevant to your county:

http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/map/

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Florida Land Steward Partnership:

 

UF/IFAS SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES & CONSERVATION
UF/IFAS DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE ECOLOGY & CONSERVATION

FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION

USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE
US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE PARTNERS PROGRAM
PENINSULAR FLORIDA LANDSCAPE COOPERATIVE

FLORIDA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION / SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE

FLORIDA TREE FARM PROGRAM

 

http://floridalandsteward.org

 

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ARS Newslink: January 22 - January 29, 2015

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
January 29, 2016


New ARS Bee Genebank Will Preserve Genetic Diversity and Provide Breeding Resources

USDA is organizing a national bee genebank to help preserve the genetic diversity of honey bees and provide researchers access to resources from which to breed better bees. (1/26)

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2016/160126.htm

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Friday, January 22, 2016

ARS Newslink: January 18 - January 22, 2015

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
January 22, 2016


Antimicrobial Wash Reduces Health Risks in Fresh Produce

A USDA scientist and his collaborators have developed an antimicrobial wash that reduces the risk of foodborne pathogens contaminating fresh produce. (1/20)

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2016/160120.htm

 

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