Thursday, September 26, 2013

SFAPMS Meeting Oct 31st-Davie, FL

The South Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society is having a

General Meeting
Date: Thursday October 31st, 2013
Time: 8:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Registration and Refreshments

8:15 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. Reclaimed Waste Water: Challenges, Concerns,

And Potential Benefits 1 Aquatic/ Right of Way CEU

Dr. Kimberly Moore, University of Florida

9:05 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Equipment safety and maintenance for Applicators 1 Core CEU

Ken Byrd, R and K Professional Spray Equipment

9:55 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. BREAK

10:05 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. The Importance of Skin Care for Applicators In the Field. 1 Core CEU

Brian van Dam, Red River Specialties, Inc

10:55 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Hygrophila – The 500 lb. Gorilla in the Tri-county Area 1 Aquatic CEU

James Boggs, Helena Chemical

11:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Snakehead Invasion Update

Stephen (Monty) Montgomery, Allstate Resource Management, Inc.

12:35 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Complimentary Lunch

Sponsored by Applied Biochemists– Harry Knight

Please call Lydia at (954) 370-0041 or register online at

*C.E.U’s will be available for paid members.*

1 Natural Area + 1-2 Aquatic + 1 Core + 0-1 Right of Way


Broward College Central Campus
3501 S.W. Davie Road
Davie, Florida 33314
Building 17 – 4th Floor


2013 Florida Museum of Natural History's ButterflyFest and Plant Sale

Please mark the date for our annual ButterflyFest at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville the weekend of October 19-20, 2013 (  A flier is attached. For those interested in plants, please NOTE that we will also hold a 3-day ButterflyFest related plant sale Friday October 18-Sunday October 20. The sale will feature more than 120 species of ornamental, native, hard-to-find and Florida-friendly plants. Hours all days will be 10am to 5pm.


Please share this information far and wide and we look forward to seeing you in October! It will be a particularly good festival for any gardeners and families.


Thanks, Jaret


Jaret C. Daniels, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Exhibits and Public Programs

Associate Curator of Lepidoptera

Associate Professor of Entomology

Florida Museum of Natural History

University of Florida

PO Box 112710

Gainesville, FL 32611-2710

352-273-2052; 352-273-2022

Mark Your Calendar for the 2014 UF/IFAS Aquatic Weed Short Course

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2014 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course

May 5-8, 2014 | Coral Springs, FL


Aquatic Weed Short Course


Earn up to 22 CEUs and fully re-certify your: Aquatic, Natural Areas, ROW, Forestry,  or Private Applicator License! 

Mark Your Calendar!

The 2014 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course will take place May 5-8, 2014 in Coral Springs, Florida.


Visit the website for additional information on location and registration fees.


Registration will soon be open, so be sure to watch for future announcements!


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SEE YOU IN MAY! | Registration Questions Call: 352-392-5930

Jhanna Gilbert, CMP, CGMP | Short Course Coordinator |



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UF/IFAS in the news, 9/25

Good morning! Today’s UF/IFAS news roundup:

Termites Develop Their Own Antibiotics

Citrus Grower-Beekeeper Presenters Talk

Ernst: Counties rally to save Florida Friendly Landscaping program (Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte)

Flagler extension agent gets state, national award

Florida Will Stand in the Limelight at the Sunbelt Ag Expo

Variety of extension programs available (St. Johns)

Home and Garden calendar (Duval – ‘Monday’ brief)

EXTENSION CONNECTION: New options for gulf anglers (Okaloosa)

County strengthens area schools STEMs with seeds


Garden notebook (Pasco/Hernando)



Other news:


Too Quick to Suspend?

SF College is now home to large geological collection

Counties push back against navigator ban

An array of possible city charter changes proposed



Statewide workshop Oct 21-22 announcement

Florida Agricultural Financial Management Conference (FAFMC) 

October 21 - 22, 2013

Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate

For agenda and registration visit



  • Learn strategic financial business solutions
  • Network with your colleagues
  • Share ideas
  • CPE and CLE education
  • Meet with financial-related business partners
  • Understand how your daily decisions impact the company profitability
  • Discuss the current financial market and its impact on agribusiness

The purpose of this program is to provide essential financial risk management seminars for Florida’s agricultural producers. As Florida’s economy depends on the $130 Billion agriculture industry, it is critical that producers have strong financial management skills to proactively manage risks to remain competitive and viable. This year we're pleased to announce our partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to bring this conference to the state.


Extension Faculty-Production Horticulture 

Orange County - UF/IFAS Extension Education Center
6021 South Conway Road
Orlando, FL 32812-3604

Office: (407) 254-9203
Fax: (407) 850-5125

Extension Web site

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm"-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sept. newsletter

The first fall edition of Chemically Speaking can be viewed at:


UF Pesticide Information Office


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Small Farmer Networking Meeting Ocober 21 in Lake Wales

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Polk Small Farms Update

Late September 2013























Hello out there!




October 21: SWF Small Farmer Networking Meeting

We are cooking up an excellent small farm network meeting here in Polk County for you all next month!

See the registration page at

We'll be visiting H.E.A.R.T. Institute in Lake Wales. This is a non-profit that trains students for international service. We are very lucky to have them right there in Polk County because they have an amazing demonstration area featuring many of the ideas that are on the tip of everyone's tongue lately!

We will focus on their aquaponics and permaculture areas but there is plenty more to see including vermicomposting, goats, rabbits, and chickens, not to mention student plots of vegetables and a myriad of high protein leguminous plants raised for fresh greens.

Here's hoping you can make the haul! See the registration page above for more details.

By the way, take a look at the new aquaponics page of the UF/IFAS Extension Small Farms website here:



December 4: Build Your Own Food Safety Manual

If you are not yet in need of third party auditing to comply with the food safety regulations but would like to get your ducks in row for the future or if you will need to be audited but have no idea where to start in getting your food safety plan in motion this is the program for you.

The excitement begins by sitting down with a computer and walking through creating your manual using free software online. The real work will begin when you go home and actually implement the standard operating procedures the software will generate according to your operation and situation.

The advantage of attending this program is that we will walk you through the process and answer any questions and assuming all goes as planned you won't get caught up in any computer related issues that seem to plague so many farms I talk to.

The BOCC will supply the computer, just bring yourself and if you have any records you think you might want to reference regarding the history of your farm you'll be able to enter those in as we go. No records to enter? No worries! You can go back into the document later and enter additional information plus the manual includes lots of record keeping forms to keep you on track in the future.

See the flyer here.

See registration here.



Protected Agriculture Survey

I am woefully behind on collecting data for a statewide survey on "protected agriculture". This term includes operations that use systems like soilless media, row covers, tunnels, and greenhouses to raise edible products like fruits and vegetables (transplants or ornamentals not included). If you think this might include your farm and you are in Polk County and I have not yet contacted you please give me a call! Note we have a new phone system and my new phone number is (863) 519-1049.


Mushroom program: delay delay delay

For those of you that have been eagerly awaiting the mushroom program I have another delay for you! We need to reschedule the program for next year to make the most of our resources. I am working on dates and also on finding hard wood logs to offer as part of the program. Know of anyone with hard wood logs we could use? I am checking around and hope to find some we can include in the program materials to get people off to the best start. Let me know if you have any ideas...



Blog, blog, blog

I receive so many awesome announcements that there is no way I can pass them all on to you as they come. Instead I forward them to my blog and hope you check it often for lots of upcoming opportunities and announcements.

I think you will find this one on an upcoming aquaponics program in Winter Haven particularly interesting...


As always...

Check out the calendar page of for additional upcoming events.

See a direct link here.



Mary Beth Henry

Small Farms/Pesticide Licensing

Extension Agent II, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County

1702 HWY. 17 S, Bartow, FL 33830

NEW PHONE NUMBER: 863.519.1049 
F: 863.534.0001     http://polksmallfarms.com 

No Farmers No Food


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