Saturday, June 29, 2013

UF/IFAS in the news, 6/28

Good morning! Last UF/IFAS news roundup of the week (and month):

Young students get real-life lessons in science

UF/IFAS Professor Wins 11th Jakob Erikkson Prize for Plant Pathology Work

Forum delves into what Gainesville needs to stay competitive (UF/IFAS mention, third page)


Community Garden thrives on loving care (Pinellas)

Garden built at Oak Park School (Sarasota)


VIDEO: Insect expert faces largest yellow jacket nest (CALS alum)


Taste of Lee event returns to downtown Fort Myers

Agricultural sprayer workshops could help build crop profits (Baldwin County Extension Report) (Escambia Extension mention midway)


Brevard County Farmers Market Gets Federal Grant To Accept Food Stamps

TLH Garden briefs (Leon – fourth item)



Other news:

Obama Seeks to Advance African Agenda in Food Security Plan

Gainesville targets 19,000 unpaid parking tickets

High-carb meals pique cravings for more, study says,0,1772900.story

Junk food getting canned in schools (graphic)


Woman rescued after being trapped on O'Connell Center






Aquatic Plant Management Society News

Aquatic Plant Management Society News

Living with weeds, algae part of lake life

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 12:41 PM PDT

The number 1 topic in Lake County this summer will be the aquatic weeds and algae in Clear Lake. In fact, new patches of weeds continue to sprout up every day. Most of the weeds presently being harvested are sago pondweed, a plant native to Clear Lake. This is the long stringy weed that breaks loose and forms mats. Later in the summer other species of weeds such as primrose and duckweed will be sprouting.

Vt. lake to be treated with herbicide to control invasive aquatic plant

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 12:40 PM PDT

POULTNEY, Vermont — Lake St. Catherine in the Rutland County town of Poultney, Vermont, will be treated with a chemical to control Eurasian milfoil, an invasive plant. Officials say the use of the herbicide is part of a lake-wide plan, which includes manual and mechanical methods to control milfoil.

Use restrictions recommended for Lake St. Catherine following milfoil treatment

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 12:39 PM PDT

POULTNEY – The application of the chemical herbicide triclopyr is scheduled for Lake St. Catherine on Monday, June 17 to control the aquatic invasive plant Eurasian watermilfoil, Myriophyllum spicatum, in selectively chosen dense beds around the lakeshore. The displacement of native aquatic plants has been reported in lakes throughout Vermont where Eurasian watermilfoil has become widespread and dense.

Leverett sends invasive aquatic plants in town pond packing

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 12:39 PM PDT

LEVERETT — In an effort to combat a growing infestation of invasive aquatic plants, the Friends of Leverett Pond — a local lake preservation organization — applied an herbicidal treatment to Leverett Pond last week aiming to control the spread of milfoil and curly-leaf pondweed… After the milfoil has died, a hydro-rake will be made available to landowners to clean up waterfront areas, with the goal of removing the plant's root systems. Landowners will then be responsible for removing any material collected by the rake. Friends of Leverett Pond has also secured a permit for the use of cloth mats, known as benthic barriers, to prevent the weeds from returning.

Invasive Weed Could Overrun Illinois Waterways

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 12:39 PM PDT

The Illinois department of natural resources is asking for you help in spotting an aquatic invasive weed called Hydrilla. These plants have already been found in many states east of the Mississippi river and are expected to arrive in Illinois soon.

Cree Lake resident starts aquatic weed business

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 12:37 PM PDT

Kendallville – When the Cree Lake resident noticed that aquatic weeds were choking out Cree Lake's channels, he decided to take action. Following training and testing he became an Indiana licensed aquatic applicator.

Hydrilla: Fast-growing weed threatens to choke Lake Waccamaw

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 12:35 PM PDT

Staff photo by Cindy Burnham

Staff photo by Cindy Burnham

Source: Fayetteville Observer (NORTH CAROLINA) 06/17/2013

LAKE WACCAMAW – Nobody knew what it was at first, just an incredibly fast-spreading aquatic weed near the public boat ramp on Lake Waccamaw. Rob Emens visited the boat ramp in October and immediately knew that the plant fragments he saw floating in the water could be only one thing: the dreaded hydrilla.

Area lakes could be threatened by noxious weeds

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 12:34 PM PDT

An effort was announced this week to encourage all lake residents and boaters to be on the lookout for an invasive, non-native aquatic weed that is a Godzilla among noxious aquatic weeds.Meet Hydrilla verticillata, water thyme, fast growing (an inch a day), and able to grow in a few inches of water or in 20 feet of water.

Weed control helps lakes

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 12:33 PM PDT

A nationwide lake weed control programme carried out by Land Information New Zealand is having a positive impact on the health of some of Otago's lakes, particularly Lake Wanaka.

Drawdown planned at northwestern Louisiana's Lake Bistineau to fight invasive weed

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 12:32 PM PDT

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries plans a drawdown on northwestern Louisiana's Lake Bistineau, hoping to stop the spread of giant salvinia, an invasive aquatic weed. Control gates will be used to lower the level by about 4 to 6 inches per day. The lowering will not exceed 7 feet below normal pool stage.



IFAS in the News, 6/27

Good morning! Here is IFAS in the News for Thursday, June 27, 2013.




UF VP Payne Highlights Agri-Marketing Luncheon in Naples, July 17


New Bugs In Florida Stymie Researchers, Threaten Crops


Successful High-Speed Taxi Test Completed For the DART Project at Kennedy Space Center, FL


Martin County Master Gardeners presents 'Taste of the Tropics'


Don’t serve this mimosa at home


Extension update: Should you be gluten-free?


Living with Squirrels


Storm season comes with tree trimmings


Date palm tree succumbs to butt rot



Of Interest…


AIDS quilt to be displayed on campus


DNA Buried 7,000 Centuries Is Retrieved




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Weekly Harvest, June 26, 2013

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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - June 26, 2013

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

  • USDA Releases Cover Crop Fact Sheet Clarifying Termination Dates
  • USDA Approves Non-GMO Label for Meat
  • ERS Releases Local Meat and Poultry Processing Report
  • NOP Releases Economic Impact Analysis of Proposed Regulations for Living Conditions for Organic Poultry
  • MOSES Accepting Nominations for Organic Farmer of the Year
  • APHIS Invites Comment on EIS for Dow AgroSciences Herbicide-Resistant Corn and Soybeans

Funding Opportunities

  • National Water Quality Initiative
  • Specialty Crop Block Grant–Farm Bill
  • Maryland Cover Crop Program

Coming Events

  • Student Organic Seed Symposium
  • Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference
  • Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest

News & Resources

USDA Releases Cover Crop Fact Sheet Clarifying Termination Dates
USDA Risk Management Agency has issued Cover Crops, a new two-page fact sheet that helps to resolve confusion over allowable deadlines for termination of cover crops to qualify the subsequent crop in the field for crop insurance. The deadlines that RMA will now use are located in NRCS' Cover Crop Termination Guidelines for Non-Irrigated Cropland.

USDA Approves Non-GMO Label for Meat
USDA has approved the first label for meat and liquid egg products that includes a claim about the absence of genetically engineered products, reports The New York Times. The label claim attests that meat certified by the Non-GMO Project came from animals that never ate feed containing genetically engineered ingredients.

ERS Releases Local Meat and Poultry Processing Report
USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) has released Local Meat and Poultry Processing: The Importance of Business Commitments for Long-Term Viability. This 50-page report explores the multi-faceted issue of long-term viability for meat processors and identifies fundamental causes for lack of processing capacity.

NOP Releases Economic Impact Analysis of Proposed Regulations for Living Conditions for Organic Poultry
USDA National Organic Program (NOP) contracted with a third party to prepare an economic impact analysis on potential changes to the living conditions requirements for organic poultry, as recommended by NOSB. The results have been published in a 23-page report, Economic Impact Analysis of Proposed Regulations for Living Conditions for Organic Poultry, available online as a PDF file.

MOSES Accepting Nominations for Organic Farmer of the Year
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is seeking nominations for its 2014 Organic Farmer of the Year award. Nominees must be certified organic farmers currently farming in a midwestern state. Nomination forms are available online and must be submitted by September 15, 2013.

APHIS Invites Comment on EIS for Dow AgroSciences Herbicide-Resistant Corn and Soybeans
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is extending the comment period on its decision to complete an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the potential determinations of nonregulated status for certain cultivars of corn and soybeans. These cultivars, produced by Dow AgroSciences LLC, are resistant to certain broadleaf herbicides, particularly the herbicide 2,4-D. The comment period has been extended by 30 days and will include virtual public meetings on June 26 and June 27.

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Funding Opportunities

National Water Quality Initiative
Through the National Water Quality Initiative, the Natural Resources Conservation Service will work with farmers and ranchers in 165 small watersheds to improve water quality. In 2013, NRCS will provide nearly $35 million in financial assistance to help farmers and ranchers implement conservation systems to reduce nitrogen, phosphorous, sediment, and pathogen contributions from agricultural land.
Applications for funding consideration during fiscal year 2013 must be received by July 12, 2013.

Specialty Crop Block Grant–Farm Bill
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces the availability of approximately $52 million in grant funds for fiscal year 2013, to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. State departments of agriculture interested in obtaining grant program funds are invited to submit applications to USDA.
Applications must be received by July 10, 2013.

Maryland Cover Crop Program
The Maryland Department of Agriculture has announced that approximately $20 million has been allocated for the 2013-2014 Cover Crop Program, which provides grants of up to $55/acre to farmers who agree to plant cover crops on their fields in the fall to conserve nutrients, reduce soil erosion, and protect water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
Enrollment closes July 15, 2013.

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Coming Events

Student Organic Seed Symposium
August 4-7, 2013
Mt. Vernon, Washington

Washington State University will host the second annual Student Organic Seed Symposium, titled "Breeding and Advocating for Resilient Organic Seed Systems." The event includes presentations and an extensive agenda of field-trial and farm visits.

Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference
August 2-4, 2013
Kissimmee, Florida

Through concurrent educational sessions led by industry experts and researchers, this annual conference provides opportunities to learn about groundbreaking research and access educational support . Topics include operating sustainable and profitable enterprises, integrating cost-effective methods to meet state regulations, and applying the latest research to real-world problems.

Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest
August 2-3, 2013
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Certified Organic presents a fun, free, community-building event that fosters knowledge of organic agriculture and sustainable living through educational opportunities, local foods, lively entertainment, and interactive family activities.

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FW: IFAS in the News, 6/26

Good morning! Here is IFAS in the News for Wednesday, June 26, 2013.




Enlist plants to control garden pests


UF/IFAS St. Lucie Extension Bug a Boo Camp has few slots available


Taste of Lee set for June 29


Gardening program seeks applicants


St. Johns County encourages Florida-friendly landscaping


Of Interest…


Consumer confidence in Florida reaches 6-year high,0,5466087.story


U.S. Supreme Court sides with Orange County landowner in property-rights case,0,5686777.story


Club, community support help service dog get cancer treatment


Obama Climate Change 2013 Policy Speech Outlines Executive Orders



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New Program Development Publications, May 2013

Program Development

Reusable Learning Objects: Tools for Teaching in Nonformal Education (WC140)

Reusable learning objects are short, self-contained, digital learning activities that can be valuable tools for sharing information. This 4-page fact sheet provides a brief synopsis of what reusable learning objects are and how to create an them for use in an educational setting. Written by Jessica L. Gouldthorpe, Amy Harder, T. Grady Roberts, and Nicole Stedman, and published by the UF Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, April 2013.



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