Monday, January 31, 2011

Vegetable Production Handbook

Vegetable Production Handbook can be found at NFREC website:


Stephen M. Olson

Professor of Horticultural Sciences

North Florida Research and Education Center

155 Research Road

Quincy, FL  32351-5677

(850) 875-7144  Fax: (850) 875-7188


Feb 7th Meeting of SWFSFN at RoyalTila Tropical Fish Farm in Punta Gorda

To all members and supporters of the SW FL Small Farmer Network (SWFSFN), I’m sending you this friendly reminder of our upcoming Feb 7th meeting in Punta Gorda – see email below for details . . . 


I also want to announce that we will have a guest Extension speaker, i.e., John Alleyne of Highlands County Extension.  John will give a short report of his field trials of alternative biofuel crops and extend an invitation to everyone to his upcoming Monday, Feb 14th field day.   Pertaining to this topic, we invite you to also review the presentations from the 2010 Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises Conference on this topic – see  (especially slides 37 to 52).

We hope John’s presentation will revive the past discussions in SWFSFN for some onfarm trials and a cooperative formation in alternative fuels production to meet your small farming needs and goals.


Thanks to everyone who has already RSVP for the meeting,




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


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Subject: SAVE THIS DATE: Feb 7th Meeting of SWFSFN at RoyalTila Tropical Fish Farm in Punta Gorda

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.  Following up our very successful Dec 6th meeting at the UF/IFAS Gulfcoast REC, we are continuing to provide you with a follow-up educational event on one of the topics from the 2010 Small Farms & Alternative Enterprise (SFAE) conference, i.e., aquaponics.  It will be hosted by Mr. Jorge Pang who was a featured speaker at the 2010 SFAE Conference on this topic - see his presentation at the webpage


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 to bring seeds to share for our Seed Swap activity as a demonstration of the usefulness of our collective actions.  Finally, we are planning to have another spectacular pot lunch so bring your locally-grown foods prepared with you special recipes for the holiday season!
For your reference, here 's our meetings details and agenda:
   Monday, Feb 7, 2011
    9:30 am to 2:30 pm
    Mr. Jorge Pang, Project Manager

Place:                           RoyalTila Tropical Fish Farm, 32151 Oil Well Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33955
  see the webpage

Cost:                            NONE

RSVP:                          YES, please   

Note:                            Bring your own folding chair and utensils/plates for the pot luck lunch !





9:30 to 10:00 am -         registration


10:00 am to 11:30 am - welcome

                                    -       Tour of the RoyalTila Tropical Fish Farm


11:30 am to 12:300 pm - pot luck lunch & seed swap


12:30 to 1:30 pm -         growers meeting - introductions & announcements

                                    a)  introduction of county SWFSFN grower leaders

                                    b)  report on 2011 SSAWG Conference (Jan 19-22, 2011)

                                                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)  report of alternative biofuels crop production trials for South Florida (John Alleyne of Highlands County Extension)


 . . . 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.

Agriculture/Natural Resources Extension Agent II

UF/IFAS - Sarasota County Extension

6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL  34241

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

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Risk Management Guide for Organic Producers Released
A new publication for organic farmers in the Upper Midwest is now available. Risk Management Guide for Organic Producers is a free online manual and website that will help farmers understand the risks in organic production and make choices that minimize those risks. The fourteen chapters of this manual cover a wide range of production topics that are relevant to organic farmers while integrating recent organic research and tips from local experienced organic farmers. Subjects covered include: Rotation; Soil Health and Fertility; Weed Biology and Management; Weed Profiles; Transitioning; Corn, Soybean, Small Grains and Forage Production; Winter Cover Crops; and Alternative Crops. The website also includes a link to interactive quizzes that producers can take to gauge their risk level in various areas of organic production. Risk Management Guide for Organic Producers is a publication developed by the University of Minnesota with funding from the USDA's Risk Management Agency and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Lawsuit Filed Seeking to Protect Wildlife from Pesticides
The Center for Biological Diversity and Pesticide Action Network North America have filed the most comprehensive legal action ever brought under the Endangered Species Act to protect imperiled species from pesticides, suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its failure to consult with federal wildlife agencies regarding the impacts of hundreds of pesticides known to be harmful to more than 200 endangered and threatened species. "This lawsuit is intended to force the EPA to follow the law and ensure that harmful chemicals are not sprayed in endangered species habitats," said Jeff Miller, a conservation advocate with the Center. "The EPA authorizes pesticide uses that result in millions of pounds of toxins, including carcinogens and endocrine disruptors, entering our waterways each year, polluting our soil and poisoning our drinking water," said Miller. "Common-sense restrictions on pesticide use that protect endangered species can also safeguard human health."

USDA Launches New Biobased Product Label
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's BioPreferred program has announced that a final rule to initiate a voluntary product certification and labeling program for qualifying biobased products has been published in the Federal Register. This new label will clearly identify biobased products made from renewable resources, and will promote the increased sale and use of these products in the commercial market and for consumers. Biobased products are those composed wholly or significantly of biological ingredients - renewable plant, animal, marine or forestry materials. The new label indicates that the product has been certified to meet USDA standards for a prescribed amount of biobased content. Through implementation of the BioPreferred program, USDA has already designated approximately 5,100 biobased products for preferred purchasing by Federal agencies. The new label will make identification of these products easier for Federal buyers, and will increase awareness of these high-value products in other markets. USDA estimates that there are 20,000 biobased products currently being manufactured in the United States.

Organic Industry Wants Farmers Protected in the Marketplace
The U.S. House of Representatives' Agriculture Committee held a member forum January 20 questioning Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's authority in considering deregulation with conditions of Monsanto's Roundup Ready Alfalfa. Secretary Vilsack's prepared remarks are posted on the USDA website. Meanwhile, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) expressed the organic industry's strong support for USDA's recent proposal to consider the broad economic consequences of unrestricted deregulation of Roundup Ready alfalfa, including the impact on organic agriculture and products in the United States. OTA noted that USDA has taken an important first step in acknowledging organic and identity preserved (IP) agriculture's right to exist within a policy framework of co-existence. In addition, OTA believes that meaningful co-existence must protect seed purity for organic farmers' use, provide compensation to organic farmers in the event of losses due to contamination, and require USDA oversight of GE crop commercialization to protect all U.S. agricultural sectors.

USDA Updates Food Environment Atlas
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently highlighted updates to an online mapping tool that compares U.S. counties in terms of their "food environment" - the set of factors that help determine and reflect a community's access to affordable, healthy food. The updated U.S. Food Environment Atlas assembles 168 indicators of the food environment, up from the original 90, measuring factors such as availability of food stores and restaurants, food prices, socioeconomic characteristics, and health outcomes. With the Atlas, users can visualize and geographically compare a wide range of demographic, health, and food-access characteristics.

Powers in American Food Recognized
The Daily Meal recently released a list and slideshow featuring the 50 people they deem most powerful in affecting what and how and where and why we as a nation eat. Among the chefs, restaurateurs, and corporate CEOs of food manufacturers and retailers are several names of note in sustainable agriculture. For example, Josh Viertel, President of Slow Food USA; "Farm-to-Table" chef Dan Barber; author Michael Pollan; author and publisher Maria Rodale; and chef-activist Alice Waters.

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Funding Opportunities

Vermont Grants for Agricultural Infrastructure Capital Improvements
In order to assist agricultural infrastructure businesses with the implementation of their business plans, the Vermont Farm Viability Program is offering grants of up to $20,000. The grants aim to support the development of local food systems, encourage business planning activities, and enhance the development of agricultural and local food infrastructure in Vermont. The program is open to all businesses that meet the eligibility requirements and particularly invites proposals for the following kinds of projects: Slaughter and meat processing facility improvements and expansions; Workforce development, particularly in meat processing; Capital improvements related to food safety; Vegetable/fruit processing, storage, marketing and distribution projects.
Proposals are due March 30, 2011.

Special Research Grants Program - Pest Management Alternatives
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the Special Research Grants Program - Pest Management Alternatives (PMAP) for fiscal year (FY) 2011 to address needs in integrated pest management (IPM) for food, feed, fiber, forest, human and livestock health, and ornamental commodities. It is anticipated that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2011 will be approximately $1.4 million, with an award ceiling of $200,000. Applications may be submitted by State agricultural experiment stations, all colleges and universities, other research institutions and organizations, Federal agencies, private organizations or corporations, and individuals.
Proposals are due March 3, 2011.

Oregon Conservation Innovation Grants
NRCS Oregon requests applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. For fiscal year 2011, up to $486,000 may be available for the Oregon statewide CIG competition. Fiscal Year 2011, one category, the State Resource Concern Category, will be offered in Oregon. This category may include applications that focus on Market-based Approaches, Ecosystem Services, Environmental Credit Trading, or related conservation approaches and tools. Beginning or Socially Disadvantaged farmers or ranchers or eligible entities servicing Beginning or Socially Disadvantaged farmers or ranchers are encouraged to submit application(s), and will receive special consideration in the selection process. To participate in the Oregon CIG sign-up, project proposals should request federal funds of $75,000 or less and must be implemented within the state of Oregon.
Proposals are due March 31, 2011.

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Coming Events

California Small Farm Conference
March 6-8, 2011
San Jose, California

The California Small Farm Conference is the state's premier gathering of small farmers, agricultural students, farmers’ market managers and others involved in the small farm industry. The three day educational conference includes day-long short courses and on-farm tours; focused workshops; engaging keynote addresses and numerous networking opportunities. Everything you need to plan a Big Future.

Georgia Organics Annual Conference & Expo "GO GROW!"
March 11-12, 2011
Savannah, Georgia

At the 14th Annual Georgia Organics Conference & Expo, every attendee will have the opportunity to grow in whatever form they choose. Five of the 10 In-Depth Workshops this year focus on farmer education, and the reason is simple: we want you to GO GROW! There are one-of-a-kind learning opportunities for gardeners, farm to school advocates, and community builders, too, because we're all growing in one way or another. There are 12 Food and Farm Tours this year - that's more than we've ever offered before. This year we'll take you to the very beginnings of agriculture in the state, and to the roots of organic farming in Georgia, not to mention trips to some of the state's best organic farms, sustainable livestock producers, coastal habitats, and expeditions into the heart of Savannah's rich culinary heritage.

Appalachian Grazing Conference
March 4-5, 2011
Morgantown, West Virginia

The 2011 Appalachian Grazing Conference is an opportunity that no Appalachian livestock producer should miss! There will be presentations of interest to those with cattle, goats, and sheep. The 2011 Appalachian Grazing Conference is featuring two Keynote Speakers: Greg Judy and Kathy Voth will be presenting over the two day conference.

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Oil Spill Commission Report

Last night Senator Bob Graham presented on campus the results of the government's oil spill commission.  He was passionate and gave us insights about some of what has been learned from research on both the Mercando blowout and the state of safety in our nation's deep water drilling illustrated by the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill.  

The report, developed by Senator Graham, William Reilly and other members of the Commission, is presented at  ( 


Mark R. McLellan – Dean & Director

Florida Agricultural Experiment Station

Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences

University of Florida


ARS Newslink

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
January 28, 2011


An old foe emerges for another round:
ARS this week posted the new edition of its quarterly online newsletter "Healthy Animals," which details ARS technology aimed at helping fight cattle fever ticks which were mostly eradicated from the United States in the 1940s, but are re-emerging along the Texas-Mexico border. (1/24)

A receding snowline:
An analysis of more than 50 years of records at ARS' premier mountain observatory in Idaho shows that climate warming is causing the rain/snow transition elevation to move upslope. (1/25)

Tracking the itinerary of an unwelcome visitor:
A diverse team of ARS scientists has helped Texas cotton growers track down the likely origins of a boll weevil infestation, provided guidance on how to avoid future infestations and shed light on how far the pest can travel under certain conditions. (1/26)

Not your run-of-the-mill collection:
ARS scientists say the agency's impressive collections of cool-season forage and turf grasses are also by default among the largest collections of endophytes, a specialized group of fungi that live symbiotically within the tissues of certain grasses-and that could actually be good news. (1/27)


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IFAS in the News, 1/31/11

Good morning. Here is IFAS in the News for Monday, Jan. 31, 2011.




2011 Farm Day Scheduled (Escambia County)


Hibiscus Advice Brings Blooms


Trees from the Ground Up (Lee County)


Ripple Effect Ecotours Offers Coastal Module of the Florida Master Naturalist Program (St. Johns County)


City Farm Tour Tickets Available (Hendry County; second item)


Lime to Sour Orange Is Sweet Transformation


Extension Offices Seek Money Mentors (Bay County)




Of Interest…


Cutrale and Coca-Cola Donate $3 M to UF for Citrus Research


Evacuation of Americans from Egypt Scheduled to Start


Fewer People Moving to Florida, Census Estimates Show


Old Technology Finds Role in Egyptian Protests


Artificial Pancreas Could Save Lives during Pregnancy


U.S. Default Would Be Finance `Disaster,' Not on Table, House Speaker Says


Gainesville on Track for Its Coldest Winter Ever


Report: Injury Will Cause Pouncey to Miss Super Bowl


Medieval Fair Mixes Old with New


University of Florida Closing Its Paris Facility


Foundation Raises Money to Fight Oral Cancer in Memory of Friend


Volunteers Ready to Help Area Residents with Their Taxes





Robert H. Wells

Science News Writer

UF/IFAS Information & Communication Services

Bldg. 116, Mowry Rd.

Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-3569


Thursday, January 27, 2011

IFAS in the news, 1/27

Good morning. Here is today's IFAS news:

USDA Names Winners of 2011 Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program

Green Market Snapshots: Stephen's Produce (Palm Beach)

Gardening Calendar: Updated Jan. 27 (St. Lucie)

Local governments may lose right to control fertilizer use

Two-thirds of Florida declared disaster areas because of cold

In UF/other news:

UF Eastside Campus buys trailer park land

Bob Graham to speak at UF about BP oil spill

Schneider joins race for student body president

RTS expands pass program to include UF retirees

'Outed' CIA operative speaks at UF about public service

Gators United for Haiti meets $50,000 target

Monday, January 24, 2011

IFAS in the News

Good morning. Here is IFAS in the News for Monday, Jan. 24, 2011.




Bacteria a Bigger Threat to Citrus Than Cold Weather


Citrus Breakthrough May Thwart Greening


Thumb Up: University of Florida Scientists Lead Effort to Unlock DNA of Citrus

Citrus Root Signals Produce Better Biocontrol


University of Florida Names Agronomy Department Head


Alligator Catching Explained at UF Event in Davie


West Kendall Homeowner Buys Produce Fresh From the Farm


Potential Seen in Low-Carb Spuds


‘Berry Beautiful: Winter Strawberry Season in Full Swing


Cuba Still Off-Limits to Florida’s Academics


Farmers’ Markets See Fan Base Growing


Ministers Push Their Men for Padma Awards


Don’t Ignore Microwave “Stand” Times


Garden Help: Avoid Crape “Murder” When Pruning


Garden Q&A: Reader’s “Mystery” Plant Is Diamond Frost


Sweet Orange Scab Discovered in Florida


The Gold Gem of the Citrus Family


Weather Worries Farmers


Tree Lovers to Gather for Florida Arbor Day


Of Interest…


Commodities Prices Are Hitting Your Wallet


Jack LaLanne, Fitness Icon, Dead at 96


Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers Intriguing Superbowl XLV Matchup



Tom Nordlie

Science Communications Coordinator

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL


Direct Line 352-273-3567


2011 Hydroponic Short Courses announced for Live Oak

Hello everyone from past Hydroponic Short Courses.  Hope everyone is doing well and is having success in your hydroponic endeavors.  If you know someone who you think would be interested in the “Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business” short course this spring, please send this information to them.  We are offering two course options, Monday-Tuesday, March 14-15; or Friday-Saturday, March 18-19, 2011.  Both courses will be limited to 40 attendees, so let them know to jump on it!

    Drop us a line sometime and let us know what you are up to in the hydroponic world.




Bob Hochmuth

Multi County Extension Agent

North Florida REC - Suwannee Valley

7580 County Road 136

Live Oak FL 32060

386-362-1725 x103

386-362-3067 fax

Friday, January 21, 2011

ARS Newslink

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
January 21, 2011


The most comprehensive genetic analysis ever of domesticated grape:
ARS scientists and their colleagues at a whole host of institutions have completed the most comprehensive genetic analysis to date of the domesticated grape, applying new technology to uncover a surprising degree of genetic diversity and fine-tune genetic markers that may lead to grapes better equipped to resist pests and pathogens that now prompt repeated spraying of grape crops. (1/18)

New strategies for more efficient beef production:
Reducing the amount of feed given to heifers can result in more efficient use of nutrients by the cows' bodies for growth and reproduction, according to studies conducted by ARS scientists. (1/19)

Citrus roots sending out their own SOS:
Substances released into the soil by citrus tree roots when chewed on by insect pests could lead to new ways of improving the effectiveness of roundworm "first responders," according to findings by ARS scientists and their university colleagues who identified several citrus chemicals, including terpenes, which attract Steinernema riobrave, Heterorhabditis indica and other beneficial nematode species that prey on citrus root weevils. (1/20)

National Agricultural Library releases its 2011 thesaurus of ag terms-in two languages:
ARS' National Agricultural Library has released the 2011 edition of its on-line Agricultural Thesaurus and Glossary, which adds 3,441 new terms and 321 definitions and has been especially expanded in areas associated with nanotechnology, food safety risk assessment and sustainable agriculture. (1/21)


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IFAS in the news, 1/21

IFAS in the news, 1/21

Big news day for IFAS. Have a great weekend!

Get a Free Tree at Today's Riverfront Arbor Day Celebration

Orchids' health speaks volumes
Imperiled species hint at troubled ecosystem (Fort Myers)

Retired Florida Sea Grant marine extension agent Don Sweat honored with leadership award (Pinellas)

UF getting $7.9M grant to aid Mozambique

Food Safety Law Will Likely Strain FDA Science

Maria Gallo Named UF/IFAS Agronomy Department Chairman

Touring a historical treasure (St. Johns)

Project to help farm, ranch women become better business partners now under way (Columbia County)

Wausau Garden Club To Plant Tree In Memory of Al Pyfrom Extension Agent Andy Andreasen talks to club members about 'Preserving Our Resources' (Washington County)

Chocolate and Strawberry Genetic Code Analyzed

Rayonier to sell wood waste to biomass plant (Jacksonville)

Citrus root signals allow for better biocontrol

Why Breakfast Really Is for Champions

2,200 Trees To Be Given Away Today (Escambia County)

Outdoors & Recreation (Pinellas County -- fourth item)

Local news and other interesting stuff:

Cold brings higher prices for vegetables

Room Service in Terminal B
Flight Canceled? How to Get a Cot, Food, a Shower and the Fastest Flight Out

The Love Affair With the Fireplace Cools

City makes headway with Koppers health study

Despite student shooting, UPD a national mentor on mental-illness response

UF Board of Governors approves public health doctoral program

Graham Center's mission: civic engagement through education

Influx of customers saves Gator Dawgs from closing

UF grad is new breed of entrepreneur

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Upcoming Events

I thought you might be interested in these upcoming events.


North American Strawberry Growers Association 2011 Berry Conference, Double Tree Hotel, Tampa, FL  Feb 8-10


Strawberry Field Day, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Feb. 11, 11:30am-4:30pm

Register for free here:

A detailed agenda to follow.


Agritunity, Bushnell, FL Feb. 28

Please see attached press release for more information.







Crystal A. Snodgrass

University of Florida

Manatee County Extension Service

1303 17th Street West

Palmetto, FL  34221


FAX: 941-721-6608