Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Vegetable Program Announcements


Nov. 4-6 21st International Pepper Conference: Naples, FL.



Nov. 7  Florida Ag Expo, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. For details and registration visit:



Nov. 13 Farm to School Statewide meeting: If you are interested in the Farm to School program, you may want to attend this meeting. Please see the attachment for more details.


Nov. 12-17 Manatee County Farm City Week: A week to celebrate Manatee County’s agricultural heritage and promote agricultural awareness among its citizens. For the calendar of events visit:



Nov. 16 USDA NRCS Programs application deadline: Please see attachments for details.


Nov. 20 Small Farms Academy Irrigation School: Live Oak, FL 8:30-5:00pm. See attachment for more details.


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

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


Other announcements:


Bradenton Herald needs farm photos: The Bradenton Herald is doing a continuous series of farm photos for their East County blog. Please send photos with a short description (when, where, who) to nwilliams@bradenton.com and jajones1@bradenton.com.


Utility Refund Company provides comprehensive audits of utility bills to help save money for farmers and other businesses.

Website:  www.utilityrefundcompany.com

If you are interested please contact

 Michael Yusko Jr

Assessment Agent

UR Company

941-927-9321 Office

941-926-5972 Cell


DDIS (Distance Diagnostic and Identification System) mobile sample submission.  You can now submit a sample via your smartphone.


You may also add the mobile site to the Home Screen on your phone.





Florida Agricultural Commodity and Policy Outlook Conference, to be presented in webinar format on November 13 (1-3pm) and November 15 (8-11 am, 1-3 pm). The purpose of the conference is to provide information on current market trends and the near-term outlook for major agricultural commodities and resources in Florida.


Click on the links below to access the webinars on the dates and times indicated.


General Economy, November 13, 2012, 1-3 pm


1:00     U.S. and Florida economy (Rodney Clouser)

1:30     Farm policy/U.S. Farm Bill (Jeff Burkhart and John Vansickle)

2:00     Agricultural labor (Fritz Roka)

2:30     General discussion, Question and Answer


Florida Commodities, November 15, 2012, 8-11 am


8:00     Vegetables (John Vansickle)

8:30     Citrus (Fritz Roka, Ron Muraro, Matt Salois)

9:00     Livestock & Dairy (John Vansickle)

9:30     Fisheries & aquaculture (Chuck Adams)

10:00   Ornamentals-Nursery & Landscape (Hayk Khachatryan and Alan Hodges)

10:30   Strawberries (Zhengfei Guan)


Agricultural Markets and Natural Resources, November 15, 2012, 1-3 pm


1:00     Retail/Wholesale food distribution (Al Wysocki)

1:30     Local and direct food markets/organic/sustainability/cooperatives/CSA (Jennifer Clarke)

2:00     Ecosystem services and water economics (Tatiana Borisova and Laila Racevskis)

2:30     General discussion, Question and Answer, and wrap-up



Label Changes

Torino fungicide labeled for use in Florida. Please see the attached label and MSDS.



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


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