Monday, November 29, 2010

Bean Field Days

Hope this finds you well.  I would like to invite you to 2 bean variety trial field days one on muck and one on sandy soils. 


Field Day 1 –Muck soils

Location: Everglades Research and Education Center, CR 880, Belle Glade

Date: Thursday, December 2

Time:  10 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

What:  Bean variety trial featuring 11 snap bean varieties replicated 4 times in
a Randomized Complete Block Design.

Hosts:  Richard Raid, David Sui, Gene McAvoy, Monica Ozores-Hampton, Calvin

Trial:  This one is on muck and subsequent trials will be on sand for

Additional demo:  Calvin Odero will also display a bean herbicide, weed
competition trial for those interested.  

Directions:  Upon entering the west front gate at the EREC on CR 880,
proceed straight ahead south past all the farm buildings.  Continue straight
south on the rock road for another mile to the big canal at the end.  Turn
west (rt.) and go one block.  Trial will be right there with signage.  

Field Day 2- Sandy Soils

Location: Four Star Myakka City, FL.  Please see directions below

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 8

Time:  10 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

What:  Bean variety trial featuring 13 snap bean varieties replicated 4 times in
a Randomized Complete Block Design.

Hosts: Crystal Snodgrass, Monica Ozores-Hampton
Trial:  This trial is on sandy soil and follows a field day/trial on muck soils

Directions:  From I-75, exit on St. Rd. 70. Head east into Myakka City. Turn left onto Wauchula rd.  Continue to 73rd Ave. East. Turn right on 73rd  Ave East.  The farm is located on the left.  There will be a marker so that you will know where to turn into the farm.

For Google Maps directions click here:,+FL&daddr=73rd+Ave+E&hl=en&geocode=FfC-ogEdGrEV-ynx_mWgzk9aiDESAoJPZ9sSGA%3BFe8zogEdYhMb-w&mra=ls&sll=27.405681,-82.111645&sspn=0.037794,0.055017&ie=UTF8&ll=27.432118,-82.260132&spn=0.302281,0.44014&z=11


For More Information Contact:


Field Day 1: Gene McAvoy
863-674-4092 office


Field Day 2: Crystal Snodgrass



We hope to see you there!




Crystal A. Snodgrass

University of Florida

Manatee County Extension Service

1303 17th Street West

Palmetto, FL  34221


FAX: 941-721-6608


IFAS in the news, 11/29

A few stories from the long weekend.

Managing the wilderness

Poinsettias: Growing FCTC experience

Giving Thanks (Santa Rosa County area)

Garden Q&A: Bird feeders lead to bird watching (Duval)

Mulching may reduce nematodes (Miami-Dade)

Garden Talk: Girdling a problem whether by beetles or a tree's own roots (Duval)

Gardening Q&A: Bugs prime suspects for palm issues (Lee County)

Whatever happened about... (Hillsborough)

Nassau Notes: Victorian home tour, tea time in historic Fernandina district (Nassau County)

Captain Favorite's Fishing Forum November 29, 2010 (Manatee County)

Nurturing native landscapes (Volusia County)

Pet Fest coming in time for holiday shopping

Science/UF news:

UF students studying abroad find experience rewarding

Rising hospitals stays for eating disorders cited

Safety a key focus as students study abroad

Many New Roads Lead to USF Poly Campus

Ingredient in hand wash may cause defects

Looking for CEU Opportunities? Pre-Registration Pricing Extended to November 29.



celebrating 10 years...

Registration Extended to November 29; CEU Opportunities

Right around the corner, The 2010 Great Southern Tree Conference is scheduled for December 2-3, 2010 (optional session on December 1) in Gainesville, FL, at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center & the GSTC Demonstration Site at the University of Florida/IFAS. The program brings together industry professionals from across the Southeastern region of the United States and provides a great opportunity for you to obtain credits towards your certifications or pesticide license.

Come celebrate 10 years of success and experience the unique outdoor hands-on approach to learning at the Great Southern Tree Conference.

The Following CEU's have been approved by the different organizations:

  • FNGLA CEU's:
    Earn 1 per hour, no more than 4 per day
  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA):
    Wednesday, December 1:
    - Certified Arborist- 3.75
    - Municipal Specialist- 3.75
    - BCMA- Practice- 3.75

    Thursday, December 2- All Day:
    - Certified Arborist- 5.75
    - Municipal Specialist- 5.75
    - TW Climber Specialist- 2.75
    - BCMA- Science- 1.75
    - BCMA- Practice- 1.00
    - BCMA- Management- 3.00

    Friday, December 3- AM Sessions:
    - Certified Arborist- 2.50
    - Municipal Specialist- 2.50
    - BCMA- Practice- 2.50

    Friday, December 3- PM Sessions
    - Certified Arborist- 2.50
    - Municipal Specialist- 2.50
    - BCMA- Practice- 1.50
  • Landscape Inspectors Association of Florida:
    Wednesday, December 1:
    2.00 credits

    Thursday, December 2
    4.00 credits

    Friday, December 3
    4.00 credits
  • Pesticide Applicators Licenses:
    Wednesday, December 1
    - O&T - 4.50
    - PVT - 4.50
    - D&R - 4.50

    Thursday, December 2
    - O&T - 3.50
    - PVT - 3.50
    - D&R - 3.50
  • Landscape Architects:
    Wednesday, December 1
    - Bonus Session - 4.00 credits

    Thursday and Friday, December 2-3
    - Full program attendees will receive 12 credits

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Registration Extended

Pre-Registration is now open for the conference.

Pre-Register before November 29, and members pay just $255. Full registration includes two days of programs, continental breakfast, lunches and Thursday night reception.

Member rate will be honored for members of the following organizations: FNGLA, SNA, Florida ISA, FLASLA, LIAF and any other State Nursery Association members.

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The great southern tree conference is produced by FNGLA, the nation's largest state nursery and landscape association. FNGLA represents Florida's environmental horticulture industry, with an estimated $15.2 billion in industry-wide sales. For more information on FNGLA visit or call 800-375-3642.

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Weekly Harvest November 24, 2010

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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - November 24, 2010

Weekly sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet by NCAT staff for the ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website. The Weekly Harvest Newsletter is also available online.

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Searchable Database of Certified Organic Operations Available
The National Organic Program (NOP) is making available a complete listing of organic operations certified by U.S. Department of Agriculture accredited certifying agents during the 2009 certification year. For the first time, the listing can be searched by keywords, name of operation, certifying agent, certificate numbers, primary and secondary scopes of certification, country, state, and products produced. The database will serve as a useful tool to increase marketing opportunities for certified organic operations, and will also help consumers better locate sources of certified organic product. NOP plans to update the database when 2010 information is collected.

Pigford Settlement Funding Passes Senate
On November 19, the Senate passed funding approval for the $1.25 billion Pigford settlement, reports Delta Farm Press. The settlement, which was announced last February, relates to a class-action suit brought almost a decade ago by black farmers who claim long-time discrimination by the USDA. Pigford class members must now await House approval before President Obama can sign the legislation.

National Farm-City Week Observed
National Farm-City Week began November 19 and continues until Thanksgiving. In his Proclamation of the observance, President Barack Obama noted, "During National Farm-City Week, we recognize the myriad contributions our Nation's farmers and ranchers make toward furthering the health and well being of our country." The Proclamation continues, "The connection between rural industries and urban markets is stronger than ever, and Americans across the country are finding ways to participate in and celebrate the importance of agriculture and related industries. Rising interest in local and regional food highlights farmers' contributions in connecting urban, suburban, and rural areas." The President concludes, "During National Farm-City Week, as the bounty of agriculture moves from America's farms to our tables, we honor all who foster our healthier future."

Researchers Explore Economics of Naturally Raised Beef
Researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered that naturally raised beef can be produced effectively for a niche market as long as a substantial premium is offered to cover additional production and transportation costs. Naturally raised beef is produced without hormones or antibiotics. Researchers studied the effects of finishing management (confinement versus pasture) and production system (traditional versus naturally raised) on performance, carcass and economic characteristics. The study revealed that naturally raised steers can be produced effectively in either confinement or with a pasture finishing system, but they require a substantial premium of $110 with today's feed prices to justify the costs and returns. The study found that pasture finishing is $35 more profitable than confinement feeding using current feed prices, making it an attractive option for producers interested in raising locker beef for local markets with either natural or traditional production systems. This research, "Confinement vs. Pasture and Traditional vs. Naturally Raised Finishing Influences Performance, Carcass, and Economic Characteristics of Early-Weaned Steers," was published in The Professional Animal Scientist.
Related ATTRA Publication:   Beef Marketing Alternatives

National Sustainable Agriculture Standard Development Effort Proceeds
Leonardo Academy has announced the new officers of the National Sustainable Agriculture Standards Committee. They are Brian McElroy of Driscoll's Strawberry Associates, Chair; Mike Wanless of Tate Dog Wines, Vice Chair; Grace Gershuny of GAIA Services, Secretary; and Will Healy of Ball Horticultural, Vice Secretary. Leonardo Academy also announced that Jason Wadsworth, Corporate Sustainability Coordinator with Wegmans Food Markets, has been selected as a new member of the National Sustainable Agriculture Standards Committee in the User Category. The 58-member Standards Committee is working to develop a national standard for sustainable agriculture under the rules of the American National Standards Institute. Applicants are currently being recruited for the open seats in the Producer, User, and General Interest categories of the Standards Committee. The National Sustainable Agriculture Standards Committee meeting has been rescheduled to March 2011.

National Farmers Market Directory Enhanced
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a series of enhancements to the USDA National Farmers Market Directory, including a mapping feature and reformatted data sets. The USDA Farmers Market Directory is the Department's official tally of the nations operating farmers markets. Farmers markets can be found by state, county, zip code and participation in federal nutrition assistance programs through the search function. In 2010, the USDA Farmers Market Directory listed 6,132 operational farmers markets in the United States. The new mapping feature and reformatted datasets include a list of farmers markets geographic coordinates that can be particularly useful for application designers. This reformatted dataset, which also includes farmers market names and physical street locations, is available as a downloadable Excel file for additional use.

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Funding Opportunities

8th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as part of the P3 Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. Approximately 64 Phase I grants of up to $15,000 each will be available. Upon the successful completion of Phase I, grant recipients will have the opportunity to apply for a P3 Phase II grant of up to $90,000 total for two years. Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (limited to degree-granting public institutions of higher education) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (limited to degree-granting private institutions of higher education) located in the U.S. are eligible to apply.
Proposals are due December 22, 2010.

Southern Extension Risk Management Education Grants Program
The Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC) announces a funding opportunity for projects that help farm and ranch families succeed through targeted risk management strategies. Grant awards will normally not exceed $50,000, with a range of $5,000 to $50,000. Organizations eligible and encouraged to apply for grants are private and public groups, organizations and institutions including land grant colleges and universities, Cooperative Extension, other colleges and universities, and qualified public and private entities in the region with a demonstrated capacity to develop and deliver educational programs for agricultural producers and their families. The SRMEC serves Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Pre-proposals are due by December 9, 2010.

Wyoming Youth Grow Your Own
The Youth Grow Your Own Grant is designed to get youth involved in gardening and growing food. This project is twofold. The second goal of the grant is to boost vendors at Wyoming farmers markets and give youth an opportunity to start their own business. The Youth Grow Your Own Grant Program pays up to $500 to Wyoming residents under the age of 18 to start a market garden. The amount of the grant will depend on the size of the garden. It is a requirement of the grant that the grantee grows a garden and sells their produce at a Wyoming farmers market. Grants will be awarded to organized groups or individuals that are members of an organized group.
The grant application must be received by January 1, 2011.

>> More Funding Opportunities

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Coming Events

Great Plains Growers Conference
January 6-8, 2011
St. Joseph, Missouri

The Great Plains Vegetable and Mid-America Fruit Conferences are combining into one event. The agenda includes full-day workshops in several different tracks over the course of three days. Topics include organic production, beginning growers, CSA, high tunnel production, and agritourism.

Meeting Renewable Energy Goals: Role of Bioenergy Crops
January 12, 2011
Columbia, Missouri

This 2nd annual Agroforestry Symposium will be held at the University of Missouri. It is free and open to the public, and includes a day of presentations on biomass crops followed by a poster session.

NOFA Vermont Direct Marketing Conference
January 8, 2011
South Royalton, Vermont

NOFA Vermont holds an annual Direct Marketing Conference to provide a networking and educational opportunity for farmers' market managers and vendors and farmers marketing through Community Supported Agriculture and farm stands.

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Announcement for SWFSFN: Upcoming Small Farms Academy Programs



From: Robert Kluson []
Sent: Sunday, November 28, 2010 5:33 PM
To: Robert Kluson
Subject: Announcement for SWFSFN: Upcoming Small Farms Academy Programs


To members and supporters of the SW FL Small Farmer Network (SWFSFN), I’m sharing with you the announcement of 2 training workshops of the UF/IFAS Small Farms Academy in Live Oak in December  – see attachments.  As you know, our Small Farms Academy was an important achievement in 2010 for the statewide Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Program to support your farming operations.  We hope that you will consider these workshop offerings, as well as future workshops as they are announced.


Feel free to forward this email to your fellow farmers and colleagues who may also be interested in these workshops . . .





Robert A. Kluson, Ph.D.

AG/NR Extension Agent

UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension

6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL  3241

(941) 232-3090; FAX (941) 861-9886


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From: White,Sarah E [mailto:sewhite@UFL.EDU]
Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 2:42 PM
Subject: Upcoming Small Farms Academy Programs


Hello all,


This email is to remind you all of our upcoming Small Farms Academy programs: Tractor Driving for Women and Drip Irrigation School.  Tractor Driving for Women will be held here at the NFREC-SV on December 9th and 10th.  Drip Irrigation School will also be held here at the Center, and will take place on December 16th and 17th.  Brochures for each of these programs are attached.  If you are interested in either of these classes, be sure to sign up soon, as registrations are filling up fast!




Sarah White

North Florida REC - Suwannee Valley

7580 County Road 136

Live Oak FL 32060

386-362-1725 ext. 102


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November 26, 2010

A boost for catfish production:
An ARS fish biologist is exploring new ways to enhance farm-raised catfish production with a device he calls the "see-saw," a vertical-lift egg incubator designed to provide a better mix of dissolved oxygen to boost hatching rates of catfish eggs. (11/22)

Shaking psyllids' family tree:
Asian citrus psyllid populations in North and South America are genetically distinct, according to research conducted by ARS scientists who are working with cooperators on ways to stop the spread of citrus greening disease transmitted by these insects. (11/23)

Natural enemies wanted:
ARS researchers in France have teamed up with European colleagues to search for insects, mites, microbes or nematodes that could be used in a biologically based approach to controlling silverleaf nightshade, an invasive weed from the Americas that has spread to southern Europe, Africa, India, Australia and elsewhere. (11/24)


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Nov 22, 2010 02:00 pm | (Ornamental Hort. Agent)

Here we go again...This in from SWFWMD, a list of their new water restrictions. Remeber that this is a La Nina cycle so it will be drier than usual possibly making the drought conditions worse.Effective Date and AreasThe District's Phase I Water Shortage Restrictions go in effect Dec. 1, 2010, except where stricter measures have been imposed by local governments. Always refer to your local

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IFAS in the news, 11/24

Happy Thanksgiving (almost) ... Here is today's news:

Florida rewards farmers who balance conservation, agriculture (Volusia County)

Thanksgiving supplies given to those in need (Bay County)

Tips to avoid imitation grouper

Acorns abound in Florida

Florida Group Offering ACE Prep Course and Exam in February

Wise places ninth in 4-H competition (Pasco County)

Shrubby Crops Can Help Fuel Africa's Green Revolution

UF/science/ag news:

Students scramble to stock up on Four Loko

Activist group claims to send AIDS-tainted razors to animal researcher

John Hoblick: Tomorrow, offer thanks for agriculture (editorial)

Monday, November 22, 2010


Florida wax scale attacks many landscape plants. I forgot to mention that the horticultural mineral oil helps dry up the sooty mold and make the leaves shiny again. It may take 2 applications however.
Here is the link:

To really enjoy the show make sure you watch it in the highest definition!

Under the picture is a little arrow. Click on this and choose 720p from the list. The video will play in crystal clear detail.  It’s amazing!  (See picture below)


Doug Caldwell, Ph.D.
University of Florida
Collier Co. Extension (a Public Services Department)
Commercial Landscape Horticulture
Landscape Entomologist
14700 Immokalee Road
Naples, FL  34120
(239) 353-4244  x203
(239) 273-0073  [cell]




This tree should be used more often. Maybe when those overgrown oaks are being removed and you have room for a non-native!?


Here is the link (have a blessed Thanksgiving!):

To really enjoy the show make sure you watch it in the highest definition!

Under the picture is a little arrow. Click on this and choose 720p from the list. The video will play in crystal clear detail.  It’s amazing!  (See picture below)


Doug Caldwell, Ph.D.
University of Florida
Collier Co. Extension (a Public Services Department)
Commercial Landscape Horticulture
Landscape Entomologist
14700 Immokalee Road
Naples, FL  34120
(239) 353-4244  x203
(239) 273-0073  [cell]

Friday Seminar Dec 3 - 'Short Rotation Woody Crops' by Dr. Donald Rockwood

University Community – this program can be available by polycom with advance reservation, see note below.




Friday Seminars

at the

Everglades Research


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University Community:  If you are interested in seeing this seminar via Polycom, please email your IP address along with the name of a contact person no later than Tuesday, Nov.30, to

December 3, 2010


10:45 a.m.

in the EREC Conference Center


“Short Rotation Woody Crops”


Dr. Donald Rockwood, Professor Emeritus, UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation


Dr. Rockwood’s tree improvement research with slash pine, cypress, Eucalyptus species, cottonwood, and Corymbia torelliana led to their development and commercial use for mulchwood, bioenergy, phytoremediation, and/or windbreaks in Florida and the lower Southeast, and to the release of four E. grandis cultivars in 2009. He has published over 280 articles, and his research and teaching activities were supported by over $3 million of extramural funding.  His international activities involved 13 countries, with emphases on India and Australia.  He is a member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and the Florida Forestry Association, and the recipient of numerous awards.



Seminars are free and the public is welcome to attend








Kathleen L. Krawchuk

Coordinator, Academic Support Services

UF/IFAS Everglades Research & Education Center

3200 East Palm Beach Road, Belle Glade, FL 33430


PH: 561-993-1517, FAX: 561-993-1582, email: