Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Building Food Safety Manual Program/Reminder New Varieties Fast Track Program/Etc.

For those of you needing to initiate/improve your food safety program, we are holding a Food Safety Plan Workshop: “Building Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Program” at the Lake County Extension Office in Tavares, FL on Thursday, October 10, 2013.  The UF/IFAS Small Farms Extension Group has secured funding from FDACS that will provide a significant amount of supportive documents, etc. you will be able to take back to the farm and utilize in your Food Safety Program.


By the end of this program, you will have a printed food safety manual designed for your operation.  We ask that you bring a Wi-Fi capable computer if you can but we will be able to provide some computers to those who do not have them (please note your choice on the registration form).


Do to the hands on component of this program, class size is limited.  Pre-registration is required and may be completed by following the link at the bottom of the program announcement linked below:


Reminder: The New Varieties Development and Management Corporation is conducting a program next Wednesday, July 31 at the Lake County Extension Office in Tavares, FL starting at  9:30 AM where they will discuss their “Fast Track” program for early release for very promising new citrus varieties.  Please follow the link below for instructions to register with NVDNC to attend this program:


Upcoming programs of Interest:


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


Citrus Expo in North Ft. Myers – August 14-15, 2013


Thank you,


Gary K. England

Multi-County Extension Agent III – Fruit Crops

Lake County Extension

1951 Woodlea Road

Tavares, FL 32778

(352) 343-4101 Ext. 2729

(352) 343-2767 Fax



UF/IFAS in the news, 7/31

Good morning! Today’s UF/IFAS-related news:

UF nutrition expert suggests ways to improve children’s school lunches


Grapefruit Production Systems on Citrus Expo Agenda

Cuban tree frogs tearing through Florida’s ecosystem


New research targets wheat production models and climate change

Florida’s agriculture has remained strong since recession

Leadership program helps expand participants’ horizons

Extension Office to Relocate During Remodeling Process (Bay)

Class in agricultural terrorism offered

Pasco County gardening news and notes

Garden Q&A: Eucalyptus problem might be lack of water (Duval)


Rotary Park hosts native plant sale




Other news:

Shands bacterial infections occurred between March and July 22

Salad Mix Identified As Source Of Stomach Bug Outbreak

Test of lane reduction on Northwest Eighth Avenue slated to begin Sunday


CEUs approved at conference

The following sessions were approved for CEUs.  Please spread the word.  Thanks!


Insect Pest Management Parts 1 & 2

2 CEUs in the following categories: ag row crop, private applicator


Vegetable Diagnostics 101: Insects and Disease

3 CEUs in the following categories: ag row crop and private applicator


Best regards,


Lynn Max

Specialty Crops Program Coordinator

University of Florida

Department of Horticultural Sciences

PO Box 110690

Gainesville, FL 32611-0690

(352) 281-3236







Tuesday, July 30, 2013

1st Announcement of the 2014 Green Infrastructure Conference


Green Infrastructure and Water Management

in Growing Metropolitan Areas

14 – 16 January 2014

Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida

Tampa, Florida, U.S. A.

Call for Abstracts


Green infrastructure can be an effective and efficient means of managing stormwater flows and pollutant loading. Beyond these core functions, green infrastructure offers multiple ecosystem services and health and well-being benefits– offering a significant advantage over conventional gray infrastructure . Despite these noted benefits, municipal leaders face significant challenges when attempting to implement green infrastructure strategies in new and existing development.


Green Infrastructure in Growing Metropolitan Areas will address the challenges and opportunities surrounding green infrastructure. The event will bring together scientists, engineers, urban planners, and urban natural resource managers to highlight the latest developments in the science behind of green infrastructure, illustrate new and innovative policy, demonstrate innovative engineering techniques, and outline emerging urban design models useful in protecting the water resources within the world’s growing metropolitan regions.


Practitioners and researchers from across the full range of engineering, urban and landscape design, natural resource management and social science disciplines are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations. The abstracts should cover one out of the four conference topics:


1. Defining the Benefits of Green Infrastructure: Theme will focus on scientific foundation of the use of green infrastructure in managing urban water, including surface water and ground water recharge, as well as identify the gaps in our present knowledge.


2. Barriers to Green Infrastructure Implementation: Theme will focus on scientific inquiry and cost-benefit analysis that address the perception that performance is unknown, concerns about regulatory agency acceptance of green infrastructure, maintenance requirements and costs, conflicting legal mandates, and the lack of staff expertise.


3. Funding Green Infrastructure Design, Implementation and Maintenance: Theme will focus on investigations into the true economic costs and benefits of transforming a municipal gray infrastructure system into a mixed gray-green system and the implementation costs, as well as long-term maintenance costs of green infrastructure.


4. Implementation Strategies for Governments, Communities and Developers: Theme will address the organization and implementation of public policy, including land planning regulation and green infrastructure site development procedures.


Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Green Infrastructure in Growing Metropolitan Areas scientific committee. The authors of the accepted abstract will be notified by October 15, 2013. The authors must confirm their attendance by registering for the conference by December 15, 2013. The accepted and confirmed abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings of the "Green Infrastructure and Water Management in Growing Metropolitan Regions Conference". After the conference, selected abstracts will be invited to contribute a full-paper to a special edition of a journal.


Conference Organizers: University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability and the University of Florida IFAS with financial support from the U.S. Forest Service.


Abstract Submittal: Download abstract template and submit abstract Here or go to


Important Dates:

September 15, 2013 Deadline to Submit Abstracts

October 15, 2013 Notification of Abstract Acceptance

December 15, 2013 Deadline for Early Registration

January 6, 2014 Deadline for Registration


Registration & Logistics: Click conference website or go to (contact if you have trouble viewing website)


Contact: For questions and conference details please contact Bessie Skoures at




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Urban and Community Forestry
University of Florida/ Hillsborough Co. Extension
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Seffner, Florida  33584

813-744-5519 x54106


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Free Wings and CEUs!

Free Wings and CEUs!!


Did I get your attention yet? J Please join us for a Whitely Management Update. Check out the Agenda below. 3 CEUs available in Ag Row and Private Applicator.  CCA CEUs pending. Lunch provided courtesy of Doug Willbanks, Syngenta. Please e-mail or call (941)737-6876 to be sure we have an accurate headcount for lunch.  I hope to see you there.


Manatee Vegetable Industry Meeting

Whitefly Management Update


Date: Wednesday August 7, 2013

Location: Beef O’ Brady’s

8913 U.S. 301

Parrish, FL 34219

Start Time: 12:00pm





           Introduction: Crystal Snodgrass – UF/IFAS Vegetable Agent/Manatee County

Management of silverleaf whitefly and tomato yellow leaf curl virus: Dr. Hugh Smith, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center.

Commercial field evaluation of TYLC virus-resistant varieties up-date in central Florida: Dr. Monica Ozores-Hampton, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center

Syngenta New Product Update: Syngenta Pesticide Products and Labels: Doug Willbanks, Syngenta Seed and Crop Protection





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


Whitefly update correction

If you would like to RSVP for the Vegetable Industry Meeting on Aug. 7, please RSVP to (941)722-4524, NOT (941)737-6876. You may also e-mail me at  Thanks!


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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