Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2nd Vegetable and Small Fruit Protected Ag Field Day (IV PAINet Congress) WITH POSTER NOW!

Below you will find info on the upcoming vegetable and small fruit protected ag field day that you may want to disseminate among your clientele. Sorry if I am duplicating someone in this mail. Merry Christmas to all and thanks.







Initial Announcement

·         What? 2nd Vegetable and Small Fruit Protected Ag Field Day and IV Protected Ag Information Network (PAINet) Congress.

·         Where? Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, IFAS, University of Florida. 14625 CR 672, Wimauma, FL 33579.

·         When? March 12, 2013; 8 am to 4 pm; local and invited speakers (morning) and field tour (afternoon). Lunch provided.

·         Objectives:

o   Conduct an educational session with international and local speakers showing their experiences on protected culture of vegetables and small fruit crops.

o   Present the latest research efforts on protected culture of tomato, pepper, strawberry, blackberry and herbs.

·         Subject areas (detailed program forthcoming):

o   Structures, plastics and ventilation.

o   Soil and soilless culture.

o   Cultural practices and fertilization.

o   Freeze protection and irrigation.

o   Arthropod and disease management.

·         Featured speakers (subject to confirmation).

o   Eddie Mendoza, President, National Association of Greenhouse Growers (ANAPI, in Spanish), Guatemala.

o   Milagros Fernandez, Head, Vegetable Research Program (IFAPA, in Spanish), Spain.

o   Robert Hochmuth, Multi County Extension Agent, Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, IFAS, University of Florida.

o   Henner Obregon, Director, Agropecuaria San Antonio, Nicaragua.

o   Gary Vallad, Vegetable Plant Pathology, GCREC, IFAS, University of Florida.

o   Hugh Smith, Vegetable Entomology, GCREC, IFAS, University of Florida.

o   Bielinski M. Santos, Vegetable and Small Fruit Horticulture,  GCREC, IFAS, University of Florida.




Dr. Bielinski M. Santos

Associate Professor of Horticulture

Vegetable and Small Fruit Horticultural Program.

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

Email: bmsantos@ufl.edu

Webpage: http://gcrec.ifas.ufl.edu/SantosHortProgram/index.htm



IFAS in the news, 12/18

Good morning. Today’s IFAS news roundup:


Pumas Pump Up Florida Panther Population



Tuesday's Daily Pulse (third item)



Plants in space: No gravity required




Seafood workers fear more than drought is working against Apalachicola Bay



Learn to start a successful hydroponic business  (Martin)



UF, other news:


Math Formula Gives New Glimpse Into the Magical Mind of Ramanujan



Longtime ag commissioner dies at 83



Report: Malaria progress falters



Monday, December 17, 2012

IFAS in the News

Good morning. Here is IFAS in the News for Monday, Dec. 17.


Charlotte County Project Works for Scallop Restoration http://www.news-press.com/article/20121217/ENT13/312170024/1075/Charlotte-County-project-works-scallop-restoration?odyssey=nav%7Chead

Tips for Avoiding Fake Grouper

Snakes on a Plain...Python Hunt Announced http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20121214/OUTDOORS/312140029/Snakes-plain-python-hunt-announced

Orlando Sentinel Family Fund: Food Bank's Cooking Program Provides Tasty Alternative http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-12-15/entertainment/os-family-fund-second-harvest-food-bank-20121215_1_tasty-alternative-food-items-second-harvest-food-bank

Achievers column (two UF/IFAS faculty members named AAAS Fellows) http://www.gainesville.com/article/20121216/ARTICLES/121219690/-1/entertainment?Title=SF-College-student-crowned-Miss-Florida-U-S-International

In the Know: Is a New Bug Infesting Palm Trees in Collier County?

Amaryllis Bulbs Require Careful Placement http://www2.tbo.com/lifestyles/life/2012/dec/16/banewso7-amaryllis-bulbs-require-careful-placement-ar-582636/

Garden Q&A: White Spots on Sago Palm Are Scale Insects -- and They Can Kill the Plant http://jacksonville.com/entertainment/home-and-garden/2012-12-15/story/garden-qa-white-spots-sago-palm-are-scale-insects-and

Just One Bamboo Plant Can Make a Big Impact in Landscape

Budding Christmas Cactus in Holiday Spirit http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-12-15/features/os-plant-doctor-tom-maccubbin-1215-20121215_1_gardeners-plant-banana-plants-sooty-mold

Of Interest...

Obama at Newtown Vigil: US 'Will Have to Change"

Doyle Conner, Longtime Florida Ag Commissioner, Dies at 83 http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/16/3145075/doyle-conner-longtime-state-ag.html

Massive New Surveillance Program Uncovered by Wall Street Journal http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/12/13/national_counterterrorism_center_s_massive_new_surveillance_program_uncovered.html?google_editors_picks=true

Keep Thimerosal in Vaccines: Pediatricians

Why Brown Is the New Green

A Historic Vote on a Catch Limit for Menhaden http://articles.dailypress.com/2012-12-15/news/dp-nws-menhaden-vote-folo-20121215_1_menhaden-omega-protein-limit

Water District Will Retain Most of Its Conservation Lands in Alachua County http://www.gainesville.com/article/20121215/ARTICLES/121219731/-1/entertainment?Title=Water-district-will-retain-most-of-its-conservation-lands-in-Alachua-County

Tom Nordlie
Bldg. 116, UF main campus
(352) 273-3567

Friday, December 14, 2012

Nov./Dec. Chemically Speaking

Please view the final 2012 issue of Chemically Speaking at:



Happy Holidays


UF Agromony Dept.

Pesticide Info. Office

IFAS in the news, 12/13

Good morning….Today’s IFAS news:

Plants in space: Gravity not needed to orient root growth, UF researchers find                 



Plant roots defy gravity in U.S. study



New local University of Florida degree program coming to Fort Pierce


Crabby lawns? Wait for "spring-back" remedies (Clay)



Monday, December 10, 2012

IFAS in the news, 12/10

Good morning! Today’s IFAS news:

Q&A with Matt Cohen: Tracking elements through ecosystems in Florida’s springs



Hillsborough growers and researchers create tastier tomato


The New Normal, climate change is real (Palm Beach)


UF Oyster Recovery Team updates Apalachicola producers, leaders on recovery project


Crop rotation a must for control of black rot disease (Marion)


Gardening: Red poinsettias are the Christmas plant of choice, but many colors, combinations available (Duval)


DeLeon Springs family hold on to citrus way of life (Volusia)


What's blooming in the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden? (Hillsborough)




Other news, opinion:

Editorial: Virtual State U


To Steer Students Toward Jobs, Florida May Cut Tuition for Select Majors



Friday, December 7, 2012

IFAS in the news, 12/7

ARS Newslink

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December 7, 2012

Clothing that repels insects:
Outfitting soldiers with clothing that effectively repels or kills insects is one of the strategies USDA scientists are using to help protect U.S. military personnel deployed overseas against disease-transmitting mosquitoes and sand flies. (12/3) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2012/121203.htm

Three scientists inducted into ARS Science Hall of Fame:
Three scientists have earned places in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Science Hall of Fame for discoveries that provide solutions for infectious animal diseases, improve breeding for beef production, and enhance perennial grass breeding and bioenergy production systems. (12/5) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2012/121205.htm

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Weekly Harvest, December 5, 2012

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Weekly Harvest Newsletter
Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - December 5, 2012

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.

News & Resources

  • Researchers Study Biochar Impact on Prairies
  • Articles Explore Climate Change and Agriculture
  • NWF Releases Roadmap for Increased Cover Crop Adoption
  • Oregon Guide Offers Best Practices for Outdoor Poultry Slaughter
  • Baltimore Urban Farm Plan Underway
  • Teams to Convene in New York to Tackle Universal Meat Industry Challenges

Funding Opportunities

  • Veteran Scholarships for Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference
  • New York Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) for Grassland Protection and Management
  • Minnesota Value Added Grant Program

Coming Events

  • Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference
  • EcoFarm Conference
  • Farming at Metro's Edge

News & Resources

Researchers Study Biochar Impact on Prairies
Iowa State University is examining how biochar affects natural ecosystems. Preliminary results from the first two years of research suggest that biochar has a positive effect on plant and soil biodiversity, but mycorrhizae diminish. A related experiment is applying biochar to Sun Gold cherry tomatoes on an organic vegetable farm. The Leopold Center website has two new videos about the biochar experiments.
Related ATTRA Publication: Biochar and Sustainable Agriculture

Articles Explore Climate Change and Agriculture
Outreach, an online magazine published in conjunction with the UN conference on climate change in Doha, Qatar, features numerous stories on the relationship between agriculture and climate change. Specific titles include "A New Climate-Friendly Food System," "Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: A prerequisite for coping with climate change," "Livestock and Climate Change: Intensification is not the answer," and "Public-Private Partnerships: A key to stimulating action for mitigation in agriculture."

NWF Releases Roadmap for Increased Cover Crop Adoption
National Wildlife Federation has released a new report, Roadmap for Increased Cover Crop Adoption. Farmers, scientists, extension specialists, and policy experts met to discuss what they saw as the biggest barriers to expanded cover crop adoption. The "Roadmap" they developed is the first step toward achieving the goal of 100 million acres of cover crops by 2025. The report identifies five main categories of barriers and opportunities to increase cover crop adoption.

Oregon Guide Offers Best Practices for Outdoor Poultry Slaughter
Oregon State University Small Farms Program has available A Best Practices Guide to Open Air Poultry Slaughter, a 10-page publication in PDF. This guide is not a manual for how to slaughter and process poultry, but it will help poultry processors of any size to operate in a safe, sanitary, and environmentally sound way. It addresses topics such as wastewater disposal, personal hygiene, the processing site, and pathogen control.

Baltimore Urban Farm Plan Underway
Baltimore's Office of Sustainability identified 35 potential urban farm sites and the city called for applicants with farming experience who would sign five-year leases at $100 per year and commit to working with neighborhood residents. The city accepted 10 proposals. The first of these farms is 1.5 acres on 75 contiguous vacant lots. Big City Farms will supply materials and training, while Strength to Love II, a faith-based nonprofit, will supply labor. They expect that Strength to Love Farms will eventually grow more than 150,000 pounds of fresh produce a year, to be sold and distributed locally.
Related ATTRA Publication: Start a Farm in the City

Teams to Convene in New York to Tackle Universal Meat Industry Challenges
Food+Tech Connect, GRACE Communications Foundation, and Applegate are bringing together technologists, entrepreneurs, creatives, policy experts, non-profit leaders, and industry executives December 7-9 in New York to develop technologies and tools that help democratize meat. Teams will tackle a number of specific challenges: how to better source GMO-free feed, the impact of consolidation on rural communities, access to markets, and improving food labeling. Winners will be awarded up to $2,500 and marketing services to help them continue working with stakeholders to bring their products to fruition.

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Funding Opportunities

Veteran Scholarships for Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference
Through a Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant, the University of Arkansas and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are partnering to offer military veterans scholarships to attend Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's annual "Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference." (See "Coming Events" below.) The scholarships cover registration.
The deadline to apply for scholarships is December 14, 2012.

New York Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) for Grassland Protection and Management
This state program funds projects on private property that will help at-risk species that depend on unique grassland ecosystems to survive. Eligible private landowners interested in offsetting the decline in grassland bird habitat and populations will be able to apply for technical advice and financial incentives of $110 or $113 per acre per year to conduct the prescribed site management.
Applications are due by January 15, 2013.

Minnesota Value Added Grant Program
This grant program administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture supports Minnesota agricultural producers and processors in expanding markets for Minnesota products. Applications that have a meat processing or Farm to School component, or are addressing a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) or similar food safety plan, will receive priority. Two types of grants are awarded: business planning and equipment purchases.
Proposals must be received by December 31, 2012.

>> More Funding Opportunities

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Coming Events

Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference
January 23-26, 2013
Little Rock, Arkansas

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group presents this annual conference. Pre-conference events include intensive short courses, field trips, and mini courses. The general conference offers 62 sessions that provide organic and sustainable production and marketing information for commercial horticultural and livestock producers, enterprise management and farm profitability lessons, farm policy education, and community food systems development information.

EcoFarm Conference
January 23-26, 2013
Pacific Grove, California

The annual EcoFarm Conference is the oldest and largest gathering of ecologically sustainable agriculture advocates in the West. The conference offers myriad opportunities for participants to network with colleagues and discover the newest ecological agricultural research and techniques. This year's theme is "Feed the World You Want to Live In."

Farming at Metro's Edge
January 11, 2013
Rockville, Maryland

Focused on two neighboring counties in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, this conference will gather together farmers, consumers, citizen advocates, government agencies, and other interested parties. Participants will discuss the current state of agriculture in Frederick and Montgomery counties and identify obstacles and opportunities that exist for sustainable agricultural productivity in the region.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Core Private and WPS Training Soon!

December 10: Core and Private Applicator Training and Exam: Manatee County Extension Service

Core 9am-11am, Private 11am-1pm, Manatee County Extension Service, Palmetto, FL.

Two exam prep classes will be held to help you prepare for the Core and Private Applicator RUP license exams. Exams will be offered immediately following the Private class. However, you do not have to take the exams the same day.  You may schedule a time to take the exams at your convenience.

If you are already a license holder, 2 CEUs in Core and 2 in Private are offered for both classes, respectively. Light snacks will be offered.

For details and registration visit: http://coreprv121012.eventbrite.com/


December 17: WPS Train-The-Trainer. Manatee County Extension Service.

Need CEU’s?

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. Once a person has completed the course he/she is certified for life. 

For details and registration visit: http://wps12712.eventbrite.com/



Crystal Snodgrass, M.S.
Extension Agent, Vegetables
Manatee County Government
University of Florida IFAS Extension
941-722-4524, Ext. 230
Fax: 941-721-6796


IFAS in the news, 12/5

Good morning! Here is your mid-week IFAS news:


UF researcher exploring plant preservation method that could help endangered species



Questions about fertilizer legislation raised in opening House committee meeting


Caribbean Crazy Ant population expected to rise in Central Fla.


California citrus growers schooling on Florida for coming HLB war



2013 Florida Citrus Pest Management Guide


EXTENSION CONNECTION: Winter recreation for the whole family (Okaloosa)





Shands recognized as among nation's best in thwarting infection


Climate change will mean more malnourished children, experts warn


Fiscal cliff could impact student aid, research


Gators sports attendance down




Monday, December 3, 2012

IFAS in the news, 12/3

Good morning! Here is today’s IFAS news:

Organic food seems simple, but it's not


Hunting a dangerous Nile crocodile in South Florida


Learn to protect your plants from cold weather (Hernando)


Herbicide may be necessary for sandspurs, weeds (Hillsborough)


Gardening Calendar Updated Dec. 2 (Martin, Indian River)


Letter: 4-H is rising (Collier)


'Crazy ants' headed to Volusia, Flagler



UF, local, and other news:

Saying No to College



Test-Flying the 787 Dreamliner



iPads to become available for checkout in Spring



Gators are Sugar Bowl bound



Hutchinson wants a better water ethic locally




Friday, November 30, 2012

ARS Newslink

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
November 30, 2012

Stopping flies before they mature:
An insect growth regulator is one of the latest technologies USDA scientists are adding to their arsenal to help fight house flies that spread bacteria to food. (11/26) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2012/121126.htm

"Shotgun sequencing" of wheat genome:
USDA scientists and cooperators have completed a "shotgun sequencing" of the wheat genome. The achievement is expected to increase wheat yields, help feed the world and speed up development of wheat varieties with enhanced nutritional value. (11/28) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2012/121128.htm

Tracking E. coli bacteria:
USDA scientists have identified sources of Escherichia coli bacteria that could help restore the reputation of local livestock. Studies suggest that in some parts of California, pathogens in local waterways are more often carried there via runoff from urban areas, not from animal production facilities. (11/29) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2012/121129.htm


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

IFAS in the News

Good morning. Here is IFAS in the News for Thursday, Nov. 29.


Lionfish Population in Florida Continues to Grow http://www.wuft.org/news/2012/11/28/lionfish/

Autopsy: Roach-Eating Champ Died Choking on Bug Parts, Vomit http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/11/28/autopsy-roach-eating-champ-choked-on-bug-parts-vomit/

Reports Coming in About Whitefly Swarms

Extension Connection: Keeping Food Safe (Potluck Party Tips)

Herbs: Seasonings for "The Season"

Of Interest...

Reports Finds Water Pollution in Florida Costs Up to $10.5 Billion, Annually http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science-a-environmental/38672-report-finds-water-pollution-in-florida-costs-up-to-105-billion-annually.html

Palestinians Certain to Win Recognition as a State http://www.chron.com/news/world/article/Palestinians-certain-to-win-recognition-as-a-state-4075612.php

Japan's Retail Sales Fall in October as Car Sales Drop: Economy http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-29/japan-s-retail-sales-fall-in-october-as-car-tv-sales-fall-1-.html

Waging a Crusade Against Stinkin' Thinkin'

Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality?

Tom Nordlie
Bldg. 116, UF main campus
(352) 273-3567

8-14 day Weather Outlook



With the crop slowing down and cooler temperature, blueberry growers are discussing when to apply hydrogen cyanamide.  NWS Melbourne, FL sent a statement out today that there should be lower than normal temperatures for the Florida peninsula the second week of December (see link below).  Remember this is only an outlook but could be a useful tool in planning upcoming activities in the field.




Please let me know if you have any questions and don’t forget to register for Winter Weather School (http://lake.ifas.ufl.edu/agriculture/citrus/documents/WinterWeatherSchoolAnnouncement.pdf ) scheduled for December 6 in Tavares.


Thank you,


Gary K. England

Multi-County Extension Agent III – Fruit Crops

Lake County Extension

1951 Woodlea Road

Tavares, FL 32778

(352) 343-4101 Ext. 2729

(352) 343-2767 Fax