Monday, November 26, 2012

Upcoming Programs

You may be interested in these upcoming programs and opportunities.



November 29, 30: Sakata Field Trials. Ft. Myers, FL. Please see attachment for details.


December 4: Suwanee Valley Watermelon Institute. Please see attachment for details.


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:


December 12: Winter Peach Pruning Workshop

DATE:    December 12, 2012

TIME:    9:00 AM – Noon (approximate)

LOCATION:         Indian River Research and Education Center, 2199 South Rock Road, Fort Pierce, FL  34945-3138.  We will have the main auditorium reserved, and you can enter into the main entrance on the right. 

BRING: Please bring a set of clean pruners or loppers for the hands-on section of the workshop.

Please RSVP by November 23rd, 2012 so that we can get a good head count and arrange for transportation out to the orchard behind IRREC.

If you have any questions, please contact Mercy Olmstead at

or Dr. Jose Chaparro know (


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:


February 21: Florida Strawberry Expo. Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. Details to follow.


February 27: New Technology for Commercial Vegetable Production. Teleconference program. Several locations will be hosting. Up to 5 CEUs available in Ag. Row, Private, and Demo and Research. Please see attachment for agenda. Stay tuned for location details

2013 Hydroponics Short Course: See attachment for details.



Leathers Melon Company, Inc. is currently searching for watermelon growers for the upcoming 2013 spring watermelon season.


You may contact Jim @ 573-275-6109 or Joey @ 239-410-6403 or the office @ 863-675-6722.


Job Announcement: Sarasota-based FL Farm to School Coordinator Position


This regional UF position will be based out of the Sarasota County Extension office.  It is for a full-time Coordinator who will provide district-wide leadership and support of the FL Farm to School program’s goals and objectives in each of the five University of Florida IFAS’s Extension Districts.


The Coordinator will promote and expand Farm to School activities at the multi-county level within an extensive and diverse statewide network of school authorities, parents, and children; farmers and distributors; University of Florida Extension faculty and administrators; staff of federal and state agencies; and representatives from other public and private organizations.


Responsibilities include supporting county and state faculty in the design and development of nutrition education and/or agricultural production training programs to support Farm to School program priorities, maintaining communication among team members as well as designing, leading and participating in extension trainings, outreach events and team meetings.


For details on the salary and qualifications of this position, please, see




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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