Friday, September 28, 2012

Extension Workshop Urban Tree Pathology - Hillsborough County Oct 15

Attached is the agenda and description of the Urban Tree Pathology class to be held at the Hillsborough Co Extension office on October 15 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. There is no charge for this class. If you expect to attend please register (free) at the following web site so I can get a more accurate count:

 

http://urbantreepathology.eventbrite.com/

 

Here's the CEU breakdown:

 

International Society of Arboriculture – maximum 3 credits from the following

Certified Arborist (3)

Municipal Specialist (3)

BCMA Science (2)

BCMA Practice (1)

 

FDACS Pesticide Certification – maximum 3 credits from the following

Forest Pest Control (3)

Ornamental and Turf (3)

Right of Way (3)

Limited Lawn and Ornamental (3)

Limited Landscape Maintenance (3)

Commercial Lawn and Ornamental (3)

 

Thanks for helping to spread the word about this class by sharing it with colleagues  ..Rob

 

Rob Northrop
Extension Forester

Urban and Community Forestry
University of Florida/ Hillsborough Co. Extension
5339 County Road 579
Seffner, Florida  33584

813-744-5519 x54106

 

Value the Individual - Enrich the Community - Restore the Forest

ARS Newslink

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September 28, 2012
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Managing soil copper:
Getting a head start on stopping soil copper buildup will now be a bit easier, thanks to studies by USDA scientists. This research could help Pacific Northwest farmers develop long-term irrigation management strategies to protect crops from potentially dangerous soil copper levels. (9/24) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2012/120924.htm

Napiergrass: A potential biofuel crop:
A grass fed to cattle throughout much of the tropics may become a biofuel crop that helps the nation meet its future energy needs, according to a USDA scientist. Researchers found that napiergrass could be a viable biofuel crop in the Southeast's southern tier. (9/27) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2012/120927.htm
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IFAS in the news, 9/26

Good morning! Today's IFAS news:

New museum exhibit shows world's water needs http://news.ufl.edu/2012/09/25/new-museum-exhibit/

Farmers' market phonies raise ire of some customers - but not all, UF researchers say http://growingfl.com/news/2012/09/farmers-market-phonies-raise-ire-some-customers-not-all-uf-researchers-say/?utm_source=Growing+Florida&utm_campaign=1a596ee275-growingfl-daily_newsletter&utm_medium=email

Brown tide ebbs, but it may return to Mosquito Lagoon (Brevard) http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20120926/NEWS01/309260032/Brown-tide-ebbs-may-return-Mosquito-Lagoon

New statute to enforce safe fertilizing methods (Santa Rosa) http://www.srpressgazette.com/news/florida-16732-fertilizer-state.html

John Chesnut Park ravaged by laurel wilt (Pinellas) http://www.tbnweekly.com/pubs/palm_harbor_beacon/content_articles/092512_phb-02.txt

AP Housing Authority cultivating opportunity in Self Sufficiency Garden (Highlands) http://www.newssun.com/news/092612-sg-AP-garden

Make October energy action month (Pinellas) http://www.tbnweekly.com/pinellas_county/content_articles/092512_pco-10.txt

Local news briefs (Polk)
http://www.newschief.com/article/20120926/NEWS/209265009

Pomegranates possible cash crop Florida?
http://www.freshplaza.com/news_detail.asp?id=101184


UF area:

Search for missing student centered in southwest Gainesville http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120925/ARTICLES/120929759?tc=cr

Accrediting group names Gainesville hospital a top performer http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120925/ARTICLES/120929753/1182?Title=Accrediting-group-names-Gainesville-hospital-a-top-performer



















Cows eating "candy" corn
http://healthyliving.msn.com/blogs/daily-apple-blog-post?post=bdb849dd-ad6c-4868-b3c6-22c6e1817a08

Hitt: If budget cuts continue, UCF may have to limit enrollment http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-09-25/news/os-ucf-warns-of-budget-cuts-20120925_1_ucf-spokesman-grant-heston-pegasus-ballroom-class-sizes

Florida Black Bass Management Plan-First Year Results http://www.floridasportsman.com/2012/09/25/florida-black-bass-management-plan-first-year-results/

You won't want to miss Exotic Pet Amnesty 'Behind-the-Scenes' and air potato biocontrol update

Hi all,

Again so soon? Yes, here are 2 things I know you'll want to know:

1) The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is partnering with Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (ECISMA) to host the first ever Exotic Pet Amnesty Day in Broward County.

What: First Exotic Pet Amnesty Day in Broward County

Where: Tree Tops Park (3900 Southwest 100th Avenue Davie, FL 33328)

When: Saturday, October 20th, 2012 from 10 AM to 4 PM


We would like to take this opportunity to invite anyone who might be interested in planning or hosting an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day in their county to attend this event. This is a great opportunity to see what an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day Event should look like and get an idea about what needs to be taken into consideration if you intend to plan one.

For those that are interested, we can send you a copy of the Amnesty Playbook ahead of time so you can read through it before attending. On the day of the event you are welcome to tour the exhibitors, get a feel for the layout, and have a behind the scenes tour of the surrender/adoption process.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Liz Barraco at Liz.Barraco@MyFWC.com<mailto:Liz.Barraco@MyFWC.com>. More information about the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program can be found online at MyFWC.com/Nonnatives.

Liz Barraco
Amnesty Adoption Coordinator
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
Office: (561) 235-4811 *Please note new office number
Hotline: 1-888-Ive-Got1
Fax: (561) 391-6619

2) Exchange below updating about status and how you could participate in air potato biocontrol, thanks to Charles Cook:

Valuable info, Jack. Looks like the air potato bio-control start-up program is limited to northern counties for now, but certainly our central Florida region would be interested. FNAI keeps a database of air potato infestation and would likely be helpful in a coordinated outreach. I wonder if the native Florida yam will be evaluated?
CISMA hopefully will help foster this remedy locally if it turns out to be viable. Will look forward to additional information and initiatives that may interest us.
Thanks for passing this to us.
Charlie


From: Jordan, Jack D.
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 4:13 PM
To: Cook, Charles
Subject: FW: Florida Students Release Beetles to Combat Invasive Vine in Florida

FYI

Jack

From: Crosby, Scott [mailto:Scott.Crosby@freshfromflorida.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:13 PM
Subject: FW: Florida Students Release Beetles to Combat Invasive Vine in Florida

FYI...
Scott Crosby
Forestry Supervisor II
Florida Forest Service
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Office: (386) 329-2555
Scott.Crosby@freshfromflorida.com

www.FreshFromFlorida.com
www.FloridaForestService.com

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From: Rohrig, Eric
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 11:56 AM
To: Crosby, Scott
Cc: Pedersen, Charlie
Subject: RE: Florida Students Release Beetles to Combat Invasive Vine in Florida

Hi Scott,
Me and Ken Hibbard (DPI-Ft. Pierce) will be responsible for rearing and distributing the beetles throughout all of North Florida. We would like to set up at least one, hopefully several, "beetle reservoir" sites in each county. The site would be a large infestation (preferably 1 acre or larger, bigger the better) where the vines do not receive any control (mechanical/herbicide). We will at first focus releases in those sites and let the population build. We can then let the beetles spread on their own as well as send additional beetles to other sites in the county for release. We are currently releasing beetles in a very large (10 acre) site in Gainesville and a similar site in Marion County.
It is getting late in the year to release beetles in your area but we will happily do it this spring when the vines first emerge. We are setting up a database of infestations so we know where the vine is, where to release beetles and can do post release surveys. If you are interested in participating I could send you a form where you, and anyone else you want to share with, can fill out information about each infestation site. Filling out the form/data would only take about 5-10 minutes per site. It requires getting GPS coordinates of each site, recording the approximate size, taking pictures and rating the % of the area that is covered by the vine.
Or, if you can line up some sites I would be happy to drive over and collect the data myself so that we are ready to go in the spring when the vines first emerge. The adult beetles like to lay eggs on the new growth so it will be best to hit them as soon as the vines start.
Thanks for contacting me and feel free to call if you like, Eric


Eric Rohrig, Ph.D.
Biological Scientist
Methods Development & Biological Control Division of Plant Industry Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

(352) 395-4744
Eric.Rohrig@freshfromflorida.com

1911 SW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608

www.FreshFromFlorida.com

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From: Crosby, Scott
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 11:28 AM
To: Rohrig, Eric
Cc: Pedersen, Charlie
Subject: FW: Florida Students Release Beetles to Combat Invasive Vine in Florida

Eric,
I thought you might want to be in on the loop on my request (see e-mail below). I'm guessing you're part of the DPI initiative with the beetle release and research sites? I got your e-mail address from Anne Barkdoll.
Scott Crosby
Forestry Supervisor II
Florida Forest Service
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Office: (386) 329-2555
Scott.Crosby@freshfromflorida.com

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www.FloridaForestService.com

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From: Crosby, Scott
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 10:48 AM
To: 'Center, Ted'
Cc: Lake, Ellen - ARS; Smith, Melissa - ARS; Pedersen, Charlie
Subject: RE: Florida Students Release Beetles to Combat Invasive Vine in Florida

Hi Ted,
I'm in Putnam County. One of the areas I'd be interested in setting up a research site is on Welaka State Forest. There is an area of air potato on this forest that's fairly small (scattered clumps). The last time it was treated (about a year ago) we used a sprayer that has fairly decent pressure, but the vine has grown into some trees, and we couldn't spray high enough in the trees to effectively treat all of it. I'm cc'ing our district biologist, Charlie Pedersen, as he may have some interest in setting up additional research sites on some of our other forests in our district (Putnam, Levy, Gilchrist, Alachua and Marion counties).

Thanks,
Scott

From: Center, Ted [mailto:Ted.Center@ARS.USDA.GOV]
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 10:20 AM
To: Crosby, Scott
Cc: Lake, Ellen - ARS; Smith, Melissa - ARS
Subject: FW: Florida Students Release Beetles to Combat Invasive Vine in Florida

Hi Scott,
Beetles are available on a very limited basis. Right now, our priority is to establish research sites and we will be looking for appropriate locations. Where are you located? Would we be able to establish long-term plots there?
It may be futile to try to release this late in the year since the vines die back in the fall. The best strategy may be to wait until they begin sprouting up in the spring. Also, our supply of beetles will be greater next year. We are working with FDACS at DPI in Gainesville to develop a mass-rearing program to meet the state-wide needs for these beetles.
Best regards,
Ted
Ted D. Center, Research Leader
Invasive Plant Research Laboratory
3225 College Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
954-475-6543
954-476-9169 (fax)
ted.center@ars.usda.gov



From: Burgess, Susan
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 9:06 AM
To: Center, Ted
Cc: Keusch, Sue
Subject: Florida Students Release Beetles to Combat Invasive Vine in Florida

Good Morning Ted & Sue,
Hope you got some well-deserved rest after last Friday!
Would you respond to this inquiry? Thanks!
Have a good day - talk with you tomorrow (the conference call is still a "go" at 2:00 p.m. correct?) Regards, Sue
From: Crosby, Scott [mailto:Scott.Crosby@freshfromflorida.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 8:41 AM
To: Florida EPPC
Cc: Burgess, Susan
Subject: RE: FW: Florida Students Release Beetles to Combat Invasive Vine in Florida

Is this beetle being released on a trial basis, or is it available to land managers who have an extensive air potato infestation?
Scott Crosby
Forestry Supervisor II
Florida Forest Service
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Office: (386) 329-2555
Scott.Crosby@freshfromflorida.com

www.FreshFromFlorida.com
www.FloridaForestService.com

Please note that Florida has a broad public records law (Chapter 119, Florida Statutes). Most written communications to or from state employees are public records obtainable by the public upon request. Emails sent to me at this e-mail address may be considered public and will only be withheld from disclosure if deemed confidential pursuant to the laws of the State of Florida.


From: Florida EPPC [mailto:FLEPPC@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Brown,Karen P
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2012 12:57 PM
To: FLEPPC@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: FW: Florida Students Release Beetles to Combat Invasive Vine in Florida

From: Burgess, Susan [mailto:Susan.Burgess@ARS.USDA.GOV]
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2012 11:35 AM
Contact: Sue Burgess, (301) 651-2431



USDA Laboratory, Florida Students Release Beetles to Combat Invasive Vine in Florida

DAVIE, Fla., September 21, 2012 - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists teamed with Broward County students today to release beneficial beetles that are proving to be an effective biological control against the air potato vine, an aggressive, invasive exotic plant that is displacing native plant species and disrupting ecological functions throughout Florida. The event at the Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center was hosted by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the chief intramural scientific research agency of USDA.
Scientists from ARS' Invasive Plant Research Laboratory (IPRL) at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the students released air potato leaf beetles (Lilioceris cheni) in an area infested by the vine, and visited a nearby beetle establishment site to observe the beneficial impact of the biocontrol program. Sixteen beetles released on March 1, 2012, produced thousands of offspring which have caused nearly complete defoliation of the plants in the release area.
ARS' partners in the battle against the air potato vine included the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which funded the project; the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Dade County Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM), the South Florida Water Management District, and Broward County Parks and Recreation.
Today's beetle release resulted from ARS research on environmentally friendly ways to combat air potato vine, with support on the final collections of the beetle in southern China by ARS' Australian Biological Control Laboratory. The vine takes its name from the potato-like aerial formations it produces during late summer. Each of these formations can weigh up to two pounds. The vine has been found in most of the Gulf Coast States, Puerto Rico, and as far north as the Carolinas.
"Air potato vine intermingles with important native plant species, so many traditional approaches used to control weeds, such as use of herbicides, aren't viable options in this case," said Ted Center, research leader at the Fort Lauderdale lab. "Using a biological control agent such as the air potato leaf beetle specifically targets the invasive vine while giving native plants room to grow and become more competitive. Air potato vines die back in the fall and sprout in the spring, but the beetles are able to survive the winter months without food. We think the overwintering beetles will quickly attack new vine sprouts when they appear in the spring."
Center said the laboratory invited the students to participate in the beetle release to stimulate their interest in nature and biology, and to provide them with a deeper understanding of biological control and its benefit to the environment. This activity supports USDA's commitment to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) educational pipeline to help develop the scientists who will be needed in the future to ensure U.S. food security, innovation and agricultural sustainability for years to come.

The ARS laboratory conducts research into the impact of exotic plants as well as the safety and effectiveness of biological control and other methods used to manage invasive plants. The laboratory also collaborates with the public, land management organizations, other government agencies, and the scientific community on all aspects of exotic plant management.
As USDA's chief scientific research agency, ARS is leading America towards a better future through agricultural research and information. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to help answer agricultural questions that impact Americans every day. ARS work helps to:
* ensure high-quality, safe food and other agricultural products;
* assess the nutritional needs of Americans;
* sustain a competitive agricultural economy;
* enhance the natural resource base and the environment, and
* provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities and society as a whole.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Volunteer help needed- small farm

 

 

From: INHISPOWERonly@aol.com [mailto:INHISPOWERonly@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2012 12:10 PM
To: Henry,Mary Beth
Cc: volunteer1@polk-county.net
Subject: IN HIS POWER ONLY MINISTRIES, Inc. is requesting your help please

 

In His Power Only Ministries, Inc.

Drs. Michael and Angelique Cadwell

3410 Youngway Drive

Lakeland, FL 33810

863-815-9620

 

Dear Ones,

 

We here at In His Power Only Ministries, Inc. are looking for volunteers.  Our outreach is to the less fortunate, disabled and blind children here in Lakeland.  It has been a life long dream for us to get a ranch and teach children how to love and care for one another and animals.  We want a safe, healthy place in a natural setting.  Even though we are up in age, it is our hearts desire to accomplish this.  Helping the hurting is very important to us and this is such a worthwhile cause.

 

There is so much to do, getting the lawn mowed, care of the fences, and appearance of the ranch just right.  We want to decorate the inside and make the children feel welcome.   Our ponies are arriving in two weeks, which they will love.  Also it would be nice to have a garden and petting zoo.  God has been so good to us and we want to return that love to others.  Won't you please pray about this and see what the Lord would have you do.  We so appreciate your kind hearts and generous spirits.

 

Pastors Michael and Angelique

The next meeting of the Ridge Beekeepers Association is tonight at 7pm

From: Jonelle Cochran [mailto:catmamajo@hotmail.com]
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2012 5:38 AM
Subject: The next meeting of the Ridge Beekeepers Association is tonight at 7pm

 

Location: Florida Farm Bureau
715 US Highway 17 S
Bartow, Florida 33830 (enter on Clower St.)

Bring a covered dish and something to raffle!



Jonelle Mangione Cochran

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Ornamental Production Newsletter

 

Sep 19, 2012 12:07 pm | noreply@blogger.com (Ornamental Hort. Agent)

This was forwarded to me from Mike McKinney.  He is trying to help support the 4-H Extension program and get disadvantaged kids to the Hillsborough County Fair. Here is a great opportunity to support 4-H and at the same time give disadvantaged kids an opportunity to visit the Fair and enjoy a Bar-B-Que lunch on your dime. Your Bar-B-Que ticket gets you FREE Admission into the Hillsborough

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Sep 19, 2012 09:51 am | noreply@blogger.com (Ornamental Hort. Agent)

Although most people equate Extension Services with helping agricultural clientele, we also have a long history of improving the home front as well.  Here is just such an example with an excellent class series being offered at Hillsborough County Extension office on financial management.  The classes end with a valuable one-on-one session with a financial planner.  Maybe you or your employess

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Hillsborough Extension Office

5339 County Rd 579

Seffner, Florida 33584-3334



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Weevils successfully destroy acres of lake-invading plants (giant salvinia)

Weevils successfully destroy acres of lake-invading plants

 

 

September 21, 2012 <http://phys.org/archive/21-09-2012/

 

(Phys.org)-A weevil that feeds exclusively on giant salvinia has successfully destroyed about 150 acres of the invasive plant this summer on B.A. Steinhagen Lake near Woodville in East Texas, according to personnel involved in a statewide giant salvinia management program.

 

Researchers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers <http://phys.org/tags/army+corps+of+engineers/> , Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research are working to control giant salvinia, a free-floating aquatic fern native to South America. The plant has invaded 17 Texas lakes and bodies of water in the southeastern U.S., according to Dr. Allen Knutson, AgriLife Extension entomologist in Dallas.

 

Knutson said the fast-growing plant forms dense mats, which interfere with water recreation, displace native vegetation and reduce oxygen content of the water, often harming fish and other aquatic life.

 

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Program staff has released more than 112,000 adult weevils since 2010 from its Jasper rearing facility onto B.A. Steinhagen Lake.

 

Knutson, Dr. Abhishek Mukherjee and Dr. Kevin Heinz, Texas A&M University department of entomology, and Chris Moret, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, studied the lake's weevil populations this year and in 2011.

 

"Late last winter, weevil numbers ranged between 20 and 30 weevils per kilogram of salvinia and are now up to 60 per kilogram, which is an excellent population," Mukherjee said. "Populations of this size cause more damage to the plant than it can overcome and are able to effectively control giant salvinia."

 

"Photos taken before and after weevil releases illustrate the tremendous job the weevils have done in controlling giant salvinia this year," said Floyd Boyett of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Woodville. "We purposefully refrained from spraying this area to see what the weevils could do this year.

 

"Now, there is abundant open water, and what giant salvinia remains is contained within floating mats of grass or lotus along the shore," he said. "Weevils are in areas east and south of where they were released, indicating that the floating material must have carried the weevils a good distance and allowed them to establish."

 

Knutson said a similar effort aims to recreate these successful results at Caddo Lake in northeast Texas. Research there is being conducted at a weevil-rearing facility at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge through the Center for Invasive Species Eradication. The center is part of the Texas Water Resources Institute, AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension and operated in collaboration with Texas Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge and the Caddo Lake Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plan to attend LE/AD's annual workshop Oct 10, 2012

THE LAKES EDUCATION/ACTION DRIVE PRESENTS A WORKSHOP 

 

INTEGRATING STAKEHOLDERS IN WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

"WHAT'S AT STAKE?"

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012

   8 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Central Florida Visitors & Convention Bureau
Polk County Sports Marketing Conference Room
2701 Lake Myrtle Park Road
Auburndale, FL 33823

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Partnerships are a key to effective watershed management. Through a partnership, different people and organizations work together to address common interests and concerns.  Constructive dialogue is the best way to identify solutions to the sustainability challenges of natural resource managementThis workshop is designed to engage stakeholders by bringing them together with corporate and environmental leaders, policymakers and regulators for constructive dialogs aimed at creating a more sustainable watershed.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact Johnna Martinez, Executive Director, Lakes Education/Action Drive (LE/AD) at (863) 221-5323 or email lakeseducation@hotmail.com.   Visit our web site at www.le-ad.org for more information about LE/AD.

 

ADVANCED REGISTRATION WILL BE REQUIRED

The deadline to register will be October 5, 2012.  Pre-registration fee is $25; registration after October 5th $35. Lunch will be provided to registered participants.  Cash, check or credit card accepted.  Credit card payment can be made through PayPal.  (Visit www.le-ad.org to may payment through PayPal, you don't need a PayPal account to submit payment through PayPal). 

 

Registration and a draft agenda are attached for your information.  If you have any questions, please contact Johnna at (863) 221-5323 or lakeseducation@hotmail.com.

 

This Stakeholder's Workshop is sponsored in part by a grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the Lakes Education/Action Drive, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Polk County, the City of Winter Haven, the  City of Lakeland, Amec.

 

Johnna Martinez
Executive Director
Lakes Education/Action Drive
Po Box 7607
Lakeland, FL 33807
(863) 221-5323
lakeseducation@hotmail.com
 
http://www.le-ad.org
http://www.facebook.com/LakesEducationActionDrive
 
Celebrating over 25 years of lakes education around Polk County.

ARS Newslink

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
September 21, 2012

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Sorghum eyed as a bioenergy crop:
Sweet sorghum is primarily grown in the United States as a source of sugar for syrup and molasses, but the sturdy grass has other attributes that could make it uniquely suited to production as a bioenergy crop, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) studies suggest. (9/17) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2012/120917.htm

New uses for old tools could boost biodiesel output:
For more than 30 years, near infrared reflectance spectroscopy has been used as a rapid and nondestructive method for measuring protein, moisture, and oil levels in whole grains, but now Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are studying how to use remote sensing tools to quickly assess seed oil quality and quantity before and after harvest. (9/20) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2012/120920.htm

Scientists and students release beetles to combat an invasive vine in Florida:
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have teamed with students in Broward County, Fla., to release beneficial beetles that are proving to be an effective biological control against the air potato vine, an aggressive, invasive exotic plant that is displacing native plant species and disrupting ecological functions throughout Florida. (9/21) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2012/120921.htm

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IFAS in the news, 9/24

Good morning. Today's IFAS-related news:

Sea-level rise threatens endangered rabbit http://scienceblog.com/56776/sea-level-rise-threatens-endangered-rabbit/

Pomegranates, Grown Since Antiquity, Could Become Florida's Newest Crop
http://www.theledger.com/article/20120922/NEWS/120929808?Title=Pomegranates-Grown-Since-Antiquity-Could-Become-Florida-s-Newest-Crop-

Keep bananas out of the bag (Hillsborough) http://www2.tbo.com/lifestyles/flavor/2012/sep/23/banewso5-keep-bananas-out-of-the-bag-ar-509190/

Don't count on Epsom salts to help palms (Hillsborough) http://www2.tbo.com/lifestyles/life/2012/sep/23/banewso7-dont-count-on-epsom-salts-to-help-palms-ar-509194/

Beetle Fungus Brings Laurel Wilt Disease (Hillsborough/Pinellas)
http://www.theledger.com/article/20120921/NEWS/120929853/1374?Title=Beetle-Fungus-Brings-Laurel-Wilt-Disease-

2012 Fall Home & Garden Expo (Okaloosa)
http://www.nwfdailynews.com/articles/fall-52427-home-.html

South Polk: Alex Sink to Address Chamber (third page)
http://www.theledger.com/article/20120922/NEWS/120929778

Time to winterize your landscape, garden (Flagler) http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20120922/NEWS0402/309209959/1065?Title=Time-to-winterize-your-landscape-garden



UF, science and state news:


Rethinking Sleep (opinion)
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/opinion/sunday/rethinking-sleep.html?pagewanted=all

Person of interest named in missing student case http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120923/ARTICLES/120929816/1109/sports?Title=Person-of-interest-named-in-missing-student-case

UF to host 5 ex-governors for issues discussion
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120923/ARTICLES/120929823

UF lawyers to review prof's purchase of TutoringZone
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120922/ARTICLES/120929843

Josh Romney speaks to students about economy http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_0bbe097e-05fc-11e2-98cd-001a4bcf887a.html

Scott trying to repackage himself as education advocate http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120923/ARTICLES/120929826/1182?Title=Scott-trying-to-repackage-himself-as-education-advocate

Friday, September 21, 2012

Everglades REC Seminar October 5

Mark your calendar! 

 

The Everglades Research & Education Center begins the Friday Seminar Series on October 5.  Seminars begin at 10:45 with light refreshments and generally end at noon.

 

Please reply to this email with your contact information and IP address no later than October 2nd if you are interested in attending this program via polycom.

 

Attached is the series brochure for the season, any changes to the schedule will be announced in advance.

 

 

 

 

Kathy K.

 

Kathleen L. Krawchuk, Coordinator, Academic Support Services

UF/IFAS EVERGLADES  REC, 3200 E. Palm Beach Rd., Belle Glade, FL 33430

PH: 561.993-1517; Fax: 561.993.1582; Email: klkr@ufl.edu

 

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IFAS in the news, 9/21

Good morning. Here is today's IFAS-related news:

Sea-level rise threatens endangered rabbit far more than development, research finds http://phys.org/news/2012-09-sea-level-threatens-endangered-rabbit.html

Oyster collapse hitting Cedar Key hardest
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120920/ARTICLES/120929954

Single-Study Syndrome and the G.M.O. Food Fight (NYT - opinion) http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/the-gmo-food-fight-rats-cancer-and-single-study-syndrome/

Citrus Industry eNews: Boyd Grove Update; Canker Control http://southeastagnet.com/2012/09/20/citrus-industry-enews-boyd-grove-update-canker-control/

Jennifer Trefelner: Watersheds workshop series to be informative and fun (St. Lucie) http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2012/sep/21/jennifer-trefelner-watersheds-workshop-series-to/

Milking lighting to boost production
http://www.iowafarmertoday.com/news/dairy/milking-lighting-to-boost-production/article_4b824b94-028a-11e2-8a2d-001a4bcf887a.html

Greening legislation clears key hurdle
http://southeastfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/greening-legislation-clears-key-hurdle

Fall Garden Fertilization (Gulf)
http://www.starfl.com/news/fertilization-25502-garden-eat.html


Local, science news:

Arctic expert predicts final collapse of sea ice within four years http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/sep/17/arctic-collapse-sea-ice?newsfeed=true

West Nile detected for first time this year in Alachua County http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120920/ARTICLES/120929945/1139?Title=West-Nile-detected-for-first-time-this-year-in-Alachua-County

University of Florida joins in national voter registration day festivities http://news.ufl.edu/2012/09/20/voter-register-day/

UF police vigilant after week of bomb threats on college campuses http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_47ac204c-039a-11e2-afe5-0019bb2963f4.html

Science-themed bar stays in business with help from donors http://www.alligator.org/news/local/article_233d3592-039b-11e2-8544-0019bb2963f4.html

Newberry firm gets $100,000 grant for chemo/radiation drink developed at UF
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120920/ARTICLES/120929964

Students, faculty march in response to hate crime http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_21d20372-03a5-11e2-a935-0019bb2963f4.html

Number of people locally on public assistance soars http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120920/ARTICLES/120929944/1182?Title=-Number-of-people-locally-on-public-assistance-soars

Thursday, September 20, 2012

FAPMS CEU Approval

CEUs for the FAPMS 36th Annual Training Conference have been confirmed.  The full program will offer 4 CEUs in the Natural Areas category, 16 in Aquatics, and 2 in Core.

 

As a reminder, early registration ($135) ends Sep 28, 2012. After this date, registration is $185. Your registration fee includes 1 year of FAPMS membership and Aquatics magazine.  The conference will be held Oct. 9-11, 2012 at the Renaissance World Golf Resort in St. Augustine.

 

For more information about the Training Conference, please go to: http://www.fapms.org/meeting/meet12/2012meeting.html

Farm safety Video

 

I posted a farm safety video on my website, the video is about “Ladder safety: Citrus Harvesting”. The video cover important OSHA safety standards and also talks about heat stress and how to reduce back injuries. At this point, the video is available only in Spanish but the English version will be ready as soon as possible.

To search for the video, please go to: http://pbcgov.com/coextension/agriculture/training ------ Farm Safety ------- Ladder Safety ----- Spanish video

 

 

Thanks

 

 

Cesar Asuaje

Regional Specialized Extension Faculty-Agriculture

Pesticide and Farm safety, Farm Labor Education

Institute of Food and Agriculture Science/ University of Florida

Palm Beach County Extension

559 N Military Trail

West Palm Beach, Fl 33415

561-233-1727

crasuaje@ufl.edu

http://pbcgov.com/coextension/agriculture/training/

Associate Dean for Extension position has posted

Just a quick note to announce an internal search for an Associate Dean for Extension (Natural Resources Program Leader) and Asst. Director, FL Sea Grant.  The position has posted to GatorJobs and will close on October 3, 2012.  For more details, please see the attached announcement or visit http://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/33244 .

 

Thanks,

Dana

 

Dana LeCuyer, PHR

University of Florida

IFAS HR Faculty Recruitment

2038 McCarty Hall D

Gainesville FL 32611

 

(352) 392-4777

Fax:  (352) 392-3226

dlecuyer@ufl.edu

 

IFAS in the news, 9/20

Good morning! Today's IFAS news:

Study points to health problems with genetically modified foods http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-gmo-food-study-20120920,0,3467735.story

Orange peels, and everything else, put to good use http://www2.tbo.com/business/2012/sep/19/1/lrnewso1-orange-peels-and-everything-else-put-to-g-ar-504764/

UF partners with Coursera to offer free online classes http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120919/ARTICLES/120919496?tc=cr

Exotic Plant Absorbs Arsenic From Ground http://indianapublicmedia.org/news/exotic-plant-absorbs-arsenic-ground-36344/

U.S.: Florida researchers make avocado disease breakthrough http://www.freshfruitportal.com/2012/09/20/u-s-florida-researchers-make-avocado-disease-breakthrough/

Milking lighting to boost production
http://www.iowafarmertoday.com/news/dairy/milking-lighting-to-boost-production/article_4b824b94-028a-11e2-8a2d-001a4bcf887a.html

Datil Pepper gala promises hot time in the old town (St. Johns) http://staugustine.com/living/food/2012-09-19/datil-pepper-gala-promises-hot-time-old-town#.UFsJOK7uggE


Other news:

Alachua biotech firm Pasteurica Bioscience sold for $113M http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120919/ARTICLES/120919438?p=1&tc=pg

Herman Cain speaking Thursday at UF
http://www.ocala.com/article/20120919/ARTICLES/120919657

Josh Romney will visit Gainesville Friday
http://www.ocala.com/article/20120919/ARTICLES/120919640

UF student turned away from first lady's speech for GOP shirt http://chalkboard.blogs.gainesville.com/2012/09/uf-student-turned-away-from-first-ladys-speech-for-gop-shirt/