Thursday, May 31, 2012

IFAS in the news, 5/30

Good morning. Here is today's IFAS news:

How to Handle Storm Water Runoff (Wakulla)

UF uses taste tests, research to create sweeter tomatoes (video)

Economics of heat stress; production and reproduction

Training, testing set for agricultural pesticide application (St. Lucie)

Sign up for Cooperative Extension training, become an expert in food and nutrition (Duval)

Unvaccinated horses vulnerable to fatal diseases (Jackson)

UF, other news:

Testing for new E. coli strains in beef finally to begin

Scientists Map the Tomato's Genome

New York to ban big sodas

Higher ed task force seeks ways to stabilize university funding

On Campus, New Deals With Banks

Martin County restricts fertilizer use on lawns during rainy season

Astronomy department to offer telescopes to view Venus transit event

UF track team members launch urban-style clothing line

I-75 southbound rerouted to U.S. 441 at CR 318 in Marion County

May 2012 ASHS Newsletter Is Available**

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In This Issue:

  • Workshop Line-up for 2012 ASHS Annual Conference
  • A Call for Volunteers
  • Reflections
  • Help Your Society by Communicating Your Impacts
  • Welcome  New Members
  • ASHS Celebrates Horticultural Science at USA Science and Engineering Festival
  • Professional Tours 2012
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Announcements
  • Members in the News
  • The Top Ten Lists for ASHS Journal Articles Read in April 2012
  • International Opportunities for Horticulturists
  • HortOpportunities
  • Horticultural Science Calendar

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Hi All,

There is a Continuing Education Unit opportunity next week on Thursday May 31st for anyone needing CEUs for renewal of a pesticide licence, especially those holding any category of PCO. Last Call CEUs offers CEUs in the following categories:

2 Core
2 General Household Pests
2 Lawn and Ornamental
2 Termite and Wood Destroying Insects

CEUs are available Ala Carte - get only what you need or all.

This event is hosted by the Florida Pest Management Association and will take place at the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Service from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Link for more information and registration:

The next Green Industries Best Managment Practices (GI-BMP) Training and Certification exam at the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Service will be on Thursday July 12 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. This training and certification is required for all commercial companies (for hire) applying fertilizer to urban landscapes and includes those working for government entities. This program offers pesticide license CEUs.

Hillsborough, Pinellas and Manatee Counties and the City of Tampa have Fertilizer Use and Landscape Management Ordinances currently in effect.

Fertilizer Use and Landscape Management Ordinances, along with the GI-BMPs are designed to reduce non-point source pollution from urban stromwater run off and leaching. Improper landscape management practices, over-irrigation and improper fertilizer applications contribute to non-point source pollution.

For more information on Fertilizer Use and Landscape Management Ordinances, the GI-BMP program, non-point source pollution, or to register for training go to:


Our mailing address is:

Hillsborough Extension Office

5339 County Rd 579

Seffner, Florida 33584-3334

Copyright (C) 2012 Hillsborough Extension Office All rights reserved.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information, and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status as protected under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A&M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.


Mercury TMDL

ALL: The FAW Notice came out this morning regarding the 5 public meetings.  In addition, the statewide TMDL report for mercury, plus appendices, has been posted at a link from the TMDL web page.   See below for both links.  Please pass along these more complete releases to anyone who may be interested.


Thanks for your help!

For additional information please contact: Jan Mandrup-Poulsen at




Terry J. Hansen, P.G.

Environmental Consultant

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3565

Tallahassee, FL  32399-2400

(850) 245-8561 or SunCom 205-8561

(850) 245-8434 or SunCom 205-8434 FAX



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.

Renewable-Energy: Webinar on Risks and Returns

ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service



Webinar on June 14 will help you decide what will work for your operation 

As energy costs increase, so does farmers’ interest in using renewable energy sources instead of conventional energy sources.  Although many renewable-energy technologies are well established, reliable, and in some cases economical, there still are pitfalls to avoid. Balancing the benefits with the risks is crucial if the farmer is to end up having a positive experience with renewable-energy systems.

“Risks and Returns on Renewable Energy Investments,” an upcoming webinar broadcast by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), will give participants the tools they need to better evaluate whether renewable-energy systems are good investments for their operations. NCAT Energy Engineer Dave Ryan will be the webinar's presenter.

The webinar is funded by the Southern Risk Management Education Center.

Participants will learn how to find local resources to help with their renewable-energy buying decisions and equipment selection, as well as how to work with renewable-energy equipment suppliers. Participants also will get valuable information about available sources of funding: grants, loan guarantees, and tax credits available for installation of renewable-energy systems.

Common renewable energy technologies will be discussed along with information about how to decide whether a renewable energy system will benefit your farm.  You will be able to post questions to the presenters to make this an interactive and informative webinar.

About the presenter:

Dave Ryan joined NCAT in 2004. He is a registered professional engineer and has many years of experience in energy conservation and renewable energy. Dave has helped develop many renewable energy projects and has incorporated many renewable energy systems in his own home. He is a founder of the Montana Renewable Energy Association and has been an officer and board member of that organization for more than 10 years.

The webinar will be held Thursday, June 14, at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Follow the link to register for the webinar:


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Support NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) logo and link to home pageThe National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service - ATTRA - was developed and is managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). The project is funded through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service.

Visit the NCAT website for more information on our other sustainable agriculture and energy projects.

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FL Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises Conf - Deadline June 1_Farmer Scholarship Appl.




  Florida Small Farms and Alternative
Enterprises Conference 


Educating Entrepreneurs to Strengthen Local Food Systems


July 27-29, 2012 * Kissimmee, FL 






There are a couple of Friday deadlines to bring to your attention. Also, if you missed the last announcement, check out this year's great program!




Registration Scholarships for

Florida Small Farmers
Applications Due June 1 

If you are a Florida small farmer who needs financial assistance to attend the conference,  you have an opportunity to apply for a registration scholarship. Applications will be reviewed in the order received so submit your application now! Last day to submit an application is June 1. Read more.    



IFAS or FAMU State or County Faculty with an Extension Appointment:

June 1 is the Abstract Deadline
for Educational Posters 

This is a great opportunity to share research-based, educational and program information to a statewide audience.  

Submission deadline is June 1.   


Abstract and poster details are located on the website 



Speakers and Session Descriptions Posted 

The program committee is excited to announce speakers and provide descriptions for all educational sessions. Use the following links to learn more about these incredible sessions, and to view the overall agenda-at-a-glance.

Session Details




Conference Sponsors

It is our privilege to recognize the following organizations and companies for their contributions. Their support helps provide the quality, cutting-edge education offered at the conference.

Sustaining Partner

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsor                             


 General Sponsor



If you are interested in sponsoring, please visit our Sponsorship Opportunities webpage or contact Bob Hochmuth chair of the fund raising committee.



Food and Beverage Contributors

We would like to recognize the following Florida farms and allied industries for their donation to the conference.

      IFAS Extension



Outstanding Contributors to the FL Small Farmer Registration Scholarship

Thank you for providing funds so Florida Small Farmers may participate in this premier educational and networking conference.     





Registration Open - Don't Delay  

The early registration deadline is July 9, but many sessions have limited capacity so we encourage you to register as soon as possible.  


Can't attend the entire conference? Take advantage of the one or two day options available.   

See Registration Information 


About the Conference

In it's fourth year, the Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference is a proven venue in providing farmers with up-to-date, research-based, in-depth educational information.

It facilitates networking and an open dialog among members of Florida's small farms community. 

It is also an excellent vehicle for increasing awareness of Florida's small farms industry to decision makers and supporting institutions, and partners from the public sector.

We invite you to visit our past conference websites with photos and speaker presentations.

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Become an Exhibitor     

Looking to introduce your products to small farms and alternative enterprises farming communities?  Become an Exhibitor.  


· 100% of the exhibitors surveyed in 2010 and 2011 met their target audience.


· 99% of past exhibitors responded they would exhibit again.


· Roughly 800 participants attend yearly.


Take this opportunity to expand your customer base and showcase new products to existing clientele.  See details.


Accommodations at Reduced Room Rates

See the hotels and motels supporting the conference by offering small farms participants reduced guest room rates.   


There is limited availability and some may fill before their reduced rate deadline.  

 View Accommodations 


Join Us as a Sponsor      

We invite you to strengthen your commitment to Florida small farms.

The small farms conference brings together nearly 800 producers, marketers, researchers, educators, policy makers, and allied industry representatives, all of whom are actively involved in Florida farming.

See sponsor options available and learn how your organization will benefit from this opportunity.

All sponsors are recognized on the website, in advance announcements, and throughout the conference. The sooner you sign up as a sponsor, the more coverage you will receive.


Become of Friend of the Conference


· Is your organization directly funding individuals to participate in the conference?
 · Are you spreading the word about the conference?

· Are you promoting the conference at other meetings and events?


Tell us about your efforts and become a Friend of the FL SF Conference.  


Who Should Attend 

· Small Family Farms

· Transitional Farmers

· Beginning Farmers

· Allied-industry Representatives

· Educators

· Researchers

· Agricultural Associations

· Policy-makers

· Foundations

· Anyone interested in becoming a part of, and strengthening the small farm community in Florida


Help Us Reach Florida Farmers  

If you know Florida farmers, colleagues, industry representatives or others who might be interested in participating in this conference, please forward this announcement. Thank you!  


Join Our Mailing List


Quick Links


Food and Beverage Contributors

Become a Sponsor

Become an Exhibitor

Session Details


Registration Information



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For More Information

About this year's conference, visit the 2012 conference website:   

About small farms in Florida, visit the small farms website:

Mandy Stage, Conference Coordinator
Tel: 352-392-5930; Email:


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