This blog is for Polk County Florida small farms and pesticide applicators as a method of communication and sharing information. This blog is administered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension Polk County Extension Agent, Mary Beth Henry.
2011 FLORIDA AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES ECONOMIC REPORT A study by the University of Florida’s Food and Resource Economics Department found Florida’s agriculture, natural resources and related food industries provided a $104 billion impact on the state in 2011. These industries accounted for employment of just under 2 million full- and part-time workers in 2011, including indirect jobs in related sectors. This represents 20 percent of all jobs in the state. Full report available at: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FE/FE93500.pdf
NEW LAW LEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD FOR FLORIDA TIMBER Florida House Bill 269 revised a 2008 state law that mandated that the Florida Department of Management Services follow the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED standards in state office buildings. The new law allows government agencies to institute any type of building code or sustainable rating system they choose — as long they treat Florida wood products equally, and provided they are equal in quality and price. In practice, this means that timber recognized by all credible certification programs will be eligible to enter publicly financed construction projects in Florida. Wood certified by the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is all on an equal footing.
SOUTHERN PINE BEETLE ASSSITANCE AND PREVENTION PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service announced that the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program will accept applications from non-industrial, private forest landowners through July 31. To obtain application forms and more information on program requirements and procedures, visit a local Florida Forest Service office or visit the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance Program web page.
Natural Areas Training Academy: Basic Certified Wildland Fire Training, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily, Waccasassa Forestry Center, Gainesville (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri), Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, Melrose (Thurs only), Registration: $100 for university students; $125 for all others (includes registration, materials, and lunch on the day of the live fire exercise) Registration at http://2013_s130-190.eventbrite.com