Monday, August 29, 2011

ARS Newslink

Breeding ozone-tolerant crops:
USDA scientists working with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that future levels of ground-level ozone could reduce soybean yields by an average 23 percent. (8/22)

Potato cyst nematode test:
A diagnostic test that identifies the type of nematode infesting a crop field could help growers combat the potato cyst nematode. (8/23)

New biorefinery yeast eyed:
Cornstalks, wheat straw, and other rough, fibrous, harvest-time leftovers may soon be less expensive to convert into cellulosic ethanol, thanks to USDA studies of a promising new biorefinery yeast. (8/25)

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IFAS in the news, 8/29

Good morning! Here is IFAS-related news since Saturday:

Box jellyfish move into Lee, Collier county waters|topnews|text|Home

Guava fruit may have maggots (Miami-Dade)

Invasive vine is a real stinker (Alachua)

On the fly: Brevard County snags youth fishing classes

UF awarded $619 million for research

Deciding what to do about the ducks

Time for fall vegetable garden

Gardening advice: Help redbud trees get through long, hot summer (Duval)

Science/local news:

On Food Safety, a Long List but Little Money

New law will enhance U.S. food safety

Seeing Irene as Harbinger of a Change in Climate

Alligator employee robbed at gunpoint

Students party hard on first weekend back

Thursday, August 25, 2011

FW: Announcement: Sept 2nd Muscadine Grape Growers Field Day

Greetings, members and supporters of the SW FL Small Farmers Network (SWFSFN).  I’m pleased to share with you this announcement of the upcoming muscadine grape growers field day on September 2, 2011 at the Center for Viticultural Science and Small Fruits of  FL A& M University in Tallhassee, FL – see attachment and


If you are interested in grape production as part of diversifying your small farming operations, I highly recommend this field day.  Yes, it is a long distance to drive but hopefully persons who are interested in attending it can self-organize carpooling to get to it.  To this end, I would recommend using our SWFSFN Yahoo Group website for this purpose – see


Please, feel free to distribute this email to your fellow small farmers and supporters, if they would be interested.





Robert A. Kluson, Ph.D.

AG/NR Extension Agent

UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension

6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL  34241

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


"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” . . . Bobby Kennedy


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From: Jiang Lu []
Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 4:12 PM
To: Robert Kluson


FYI - attached.


Jiang Lu, Ph.D.
Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research
Florida A&M University
6505 Mahan Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32317


Tel: (850)412-7393; Fax: (850)561-2617

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

SAVE THIS DATE: Sept 19th Onfarm Mtg of SWFSFN in Polk County

Hello members & supporters of the SW FL Small Farmer Network (SWFSFN)!   I am very pleased to send you this announcement and invitation to the next meeting of SWFSFN on September 19, 2011.  Following up our very successful June 7th meeting at the Treehouse Nursery on Pine Island, we are continuing to provide you another opportunity for a farm visit to a sustainable, small farmer in SW FL.  This meeting  will be hosted by Marlin Goodridge and Retta Baucom of the Shady Oak Fruit Farm.

The Shady Oak Fruit Farm is a blueberry U-pick operation that is expanding into new territory, growing strawberries with low cost vertical towers developed by the University of Florida (see that system here  This charming farm has a long history in the County and was originally a muscadine grape operation.  The farm has since transitioned to blueberries, but recently updated their grape varieties.   The farm continues to explore new crops including vegetables and stone fruit and does a great job of communicating the value of agriculture through the unique agritourism experience it offers

I am sure that you will not want to miss this opportunity for another very worthwhile SWFSFN event and an opportunity for social networking with your fellow small farmers in SW Florida.  Come meet your colleagues who are making our local food systems a reality!  

Remember too to bring seeds to share for our Seed Swap activity as one demonstration of the benefits of our collective actions in the SWFSFN.  Finally, we are planning to have another spectacular pot lunch so bring your locally-grown foods prepared with your special recipes!

For your reference, here 's our meetings details and agenda:

:                            September 19, 2011
Time:                            9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Host:                            Marlin Goodridge and Retta Baucom
3320 Shady Oak Dr., Lakeland, FL, 33815 .   
Phone:                        (863) 512-1547

Cost:                            NONE
RSVP:                          YES, please, to
Note:                            Bring your own folding chair and utensils/plates for the pot luck lunch !


9:30 to 10:00 am -         registration and welcome

10:00 am to 1
1:30 am Walking tour of the Shady Oaks Farm with discussions on crops, and farming & marketing operations

11:30 am to 12:30 pm - pot luck lunch & seed swap

12:30 to 1:30 pm -         growers meeting - introductions & announcements
                                    a)  introduction of county SWFSFN grower leaders
                                    b)  reports of conferences/field days that have been attended recently (e.g., 2011 FL Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises Conference)
                                    c)  input for future SWFSFN events

1:30 to 2:30 pm -          County Extension agents presentations
                                    a)   descriptions of upcoming education events at local county Extension offices
                                    b)  update of FDACS rules for
House Bill 7209 (Cottage Foods Legislation)
farmers’ markets in Polk County – for a preview see

 . . . please, feel free to pass along this announcement to your fellow small farmers who would be interested in our activities.  If they are not familiar with SWFSFN, please, refer them to both our webpage (see and Yahoo Group (see




Robert A. Kluson, Ph.D.

AG/NR Extension Agent

UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension

6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL  34241

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


"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” . . . Bobby Kennedy


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Reminder: 2011 Nutrition Management Workshop at GCREC-October 6, 2011

On October 6 this year the 2011 Vegetable and Small Fruit Nutrition Management Workshop will be held at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm.  This workshop will be from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm and is being coordinated by Alicia Whidden, Hillsborough County Extension Service, Crystal Snodgrass, Manatee County Extension Office, Dr. Bielinski Santos and Teresa Salamé of the GCREC.  A copy of the program is attached.  The objective of the workshop is to educate growers, farm managers, crop consultants, and extension agents on the basic concepts and applied aspects of fertilization of the most important crops in the area (i.e. tomato, pepper, strawberry, blueberry, cucurbits). This meeting is free and open to all interested producers, crop consultants, extension agents, industry representatives, etc. 


2011 Vegetable and Small Fruit Nutrition Management Workshop

Gulf Coast REC, IFAS, University of Florida

October 6, 2011





Moderator: Crystal Snodgrass, Manatee County Extension, IFAS, University of Florida

7:00-8:00 am

Breakfast, registration and welcome

Dr. Jack Rechcigl, GCREC, IFAS, University of Florida

8:00-9:00 am

Fertilization principles

Dr. Tim Hartz, University of California-Davis

9:00-9:40 am

Blueberry fertilization

Dr. Gerard Krewer, University of Georgia

9:40-10:00 am

Slow-release fertilizers

Dr. Kelly Morgan, SWFREC, IFAS, University of Florida

10:00-10:40 am

Break and visiting vendors

Moderator: Alicia Whidden, Hillsborough County Extension, IFAS, University of Florida

10:40-11:00 am


Dr. Monica Ozores, SWFREC, IFAS, University of Florida

11:00-11:20 am

Cover crops and green manures

Dr. Danielle Treadwell, Horticultural Sciences Dept., IFAS, University of Florida

11:20-12:00 am

Tomato and pepper fertilization

Dr. Eric Simonne, Horticultural Sciences Dept., IFAS, University of Florida

12:00-1:20 pm

Lunch and visiting vendors

1:20-1:40 pm

Cucurbit fertilization

Dr. Lincoln Zotarelli, Horticultural Sciences Dept., IFAS, University of Florida

1:40-2:20 pm

Strawberry fertilization

Dr. Bielinski Santos, GCREC, IFAS, University of Florida

2:20-2:30 pm

General questions and answers

2:30-4:00 pm

Field vendor demonstrations




Dr. Bielinski M. Santos
Professor of Horticulture,
Gulf Coast Research and Education Center,
IFAS, University of Florida
14625 CR 672, Wimauma, FL 33598, USA
Phone: 813-633-4128

Cell: 813-468-6322
Fax: 813-634-0001



IFAS in the news, 8/24

Good morning! Today's IFAS news:

Gardening: Lessons in composting: In the end, your plants will thank you (Duval)

Landscape efforts apply to more than just plants (Flagler)

Weather/local/higher ed, etc.:

Earthquake Aftermath: National Monuments Damaged

Party Ends at For-Profit Schools

How Many Species on Earth? It's Tricky

High salt, low activity also bad for brain health

Shands temporarily shuts down liver, pancreas transplant programs

Board of Governors scraps proposed regions for universities

Statues on North Main splattered with paint

UF plans 3% raise for staff, won't cut vacation time

On-campus housing rates jump 3 percent

SFC has top state graduation rate

Big day for sorority hopefuls

Hurricane Irene, now a major hurricane, pounds the Bahamas

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

GI-BMP Instructor Training class> September 22, 2011, UF/IFAS Charlotte Extension

GI-BMP Instructor Training Class

September 22, 2011

UF/IFAS Charlotte Cooperative Extension Service

8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Registration Required


To register, please complete the enclosed Application Form by following the eligibility criteria described on the second page, and submit to Alberto Chavez by no later than Monday, September 19, 2011.


After reviewing the application and determining that you meet the eligibility criteria, you will receive an email confirmation and additional class information.


Becoming a certified GI-BMP instructor is a 4 step process:


1.            Attend a GI-BMP class and pass the test with a minimum score of 90%

2.            Apply to become an instructor by meeting the eligibility requirements and completing the attached form

3.            Attend the GI-BMP Instructor Training class and pass the test with a minimum score of 75%

4.            Co-train with an experienced instructor


If you have questions please contact Alberto Chavez at or 239-417-6310 x222.



Alberto Chavez

GI-BMP Regional Coordinator [South]

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

300 Tower Road

Naples, FL 34113

239-417 6310 x 222

FAX 239-417 6315



The Department of Environmental Protection values its customer opions and feedback. Please take a few minutes to share your comments on the service you received from the department by clicking on this link DEP Customer Survey.

A quick reference for controlling common aquatic weeds

UF-IFAS Extension publication SS-AGR-44 is a quick reference to the effectiveness of herbicide active ingredients for controlling common aquatic weeds. Sensitivity of the target weed to the active ingredient is only one consideration in choosing the appropriate herbicide product. Other factors that may be important in such a decision include water uses, other plant species present, toxicity to fish and other organisms, and additives in individual products. Specific product information should be obtained by consulting the product labels; label instructions must be followed for any lawful herbicide application.

Efficacy of Herbicide Active Ingredients Against Aquatic Weeds by K. Langeland, M. Netherland, and W. Haller


Monday, August 22, 2011

IFAS in the news, 8/22

Good morning -- welcome back to the work week. Here is today's IFAS-related news:

Family Spotlight 8/18/11 "US Debt Crisis and Families" (TV)

Watch for beetle activity at night (Miami-Dade)

Insects: Creepy, beneficial or both (Marion)

Wind, rain can spread crape myrtles' fungus (Hillsborough)

Master gardener volunteers sought (Hernando)

Edible Landscape Workshop proves a success (St. Lucie)

Science/health/local news:

Hurricane Irene slams Puerto Rico; could hit US

Returning UF students face warnings about safety

Common cause seen in all forms of Lou Gehrig disease

The 'heart attack proof' diet?

Fossil microbes give sulphur insight on ancient Earth

Rick Perry's stem cell surgery worries some doctors

Val Leitner: Take a chance on local food (opinion)

Friday, August 19, 2011

A landscaper in Texas died from overheating.

A landscaper in Texas died from overheating.

See information on how to prevent heat related illness here.


Be careful out there!  Take a break and drink plenty of water!


Mary Beth Henry

Small Farms/Pesticide Licensing

Extension Agent I, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County

1702 HWY. 17 S, Bartow, FL 33831 T: 863.519.8677 x 110  F: 863.534.0001 

No Farmers No Food


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AL,GA, MS, FL, LA, TN CEUs Available! Southeast Herbicide Applicator Conference!

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Hotel Reservation Deadline:
 September 2 !!!
AL, FL, GA, LA, MS and TN CEUs Available!   



October 3-5, 2011
Edgewater Beach Resort
Panama City Beach, Florida





Register today for the 2011 Southeast Herbicide Applicator Conference!


The Southeast Herbicide Applicator Conference provides continuing education credits for herbicide and pesticide applicators from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The conference's instruction will focus on Aquatic, Right-of-Way, Natural Areas, and CORE (General Standards) instruction.


SEHAC will benefit anyone who conducts weed control in canals, lakes, water retention ponds,  rivers, parks, highway rights-of-way or transmission lines.  It will also serve those who are employed by a public agency or private company and are responsible for vegetation management along right-of-ways and in natural areas.

For additional information and updates on the conference, please bookmark and visit our website


Register Online Today! 

Registration is open for the 2011 Southeast Herbicide Applicator Conference.   

The registration fee provides each attendee full participation in the educational program; conference materials; morning, mid-day and afternoon refreshments; Monday's Networking Social; Tuesday's boxed lunch; and the Tuesday evening Welcome Reception.


Early Registration Fee

(By August 8, 2011)

Deadline Passed 

Regular Registration Fee
(By September 6, 2011)


Late Registration Fee
(After September 6, 2011)


Guest Fee

(10 years of age and older)


The Guest Fee is not for use by co-workers and only provides access to evening functions and the Tuesday Boxed Lunch.


To register for the conference, simply Click Here and follow the instructions posted on our website. You can register online and pay with a credit card or check, or even generate an invoice for submission to your agency for payment.


Note: Speakers have been emailed instructions for registration. Please read your instructions prior to registering on-line. 


Sponsor the 2011 Southeast Herbicide Applicator Conference

This training will host more than 200 herbicide applicators who are responsible for invasive plant control in canals, lakes, water retention ponds, golf course ponds, rivers, parks, highway rights-of-ways and transmission lines in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina,Tennessee and Texas.

If you would like more information on how your organization can support this important educational event, please visit the sponsor information portion of the website.

Click Here to Sponsor 


Conference CEUs

Need CEUs in Aquatics, Right-of-Way, Natural Areas, Forestry, CORE, or Private Application for multiple states? Then this conference is for you!

We have received re-certification credits for following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.  Approvals are still pending for North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Click Here to see how many credits you can earn from each state! 


Should you have any questions about the 2011 Southeast Herbicide Applicator Conference, please feel free to call on me personally.   

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Jhanna Gilbert, CMP, CGMP
Conference Coordinator   

University of Florida, IFAS
UF Leadership & Education Foundation, Inc.
Office of Conferences & Institutes

PO Box 110750 | Bldg. 639 Mowry Rd. 
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750| USA
PH 352-392-5930 | FAX  352-392-9734|

Conference Agenda Available!

The detailed program agenda is now available on the conference website!  To view the agenda, click here.


Meeting Site and Accommodations


Hotel Reservation Deadline is September 2!!! 


Edgewater Beach Resort

11212 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Phone: 850-235-4044

Fax: 850-233-7529 


The Edgewater Beach Resort will be hosting the training for the Southeast Herbicide Applicator Conference and is pleased to offer the following reduced conference rates:


1 BR Villa: $87 per night
2 BR Villa: $112 per night

3 BR Villa: $153 per night

1 BR Gulf Front Condo: $123

2 BR Gulf Front Condo: $153

3 BR Gulf Front Condo: $190


All rates are subject to state and local taxes, currently at 12.11% plus a 1% city tax.


Mention Group #10001M when making your reservations to ensure you receive the group rate.


For More information on what is included in your reservation and for detail instructions on making a reservation, please visit the

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