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.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Florida Land Steward Update 1/24/14
Florida Land Steward Update January 24, 2014
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News and upcoming events below. Please share this update with your neighbors, agents, foresters, biologists, clients, constituents.
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF THE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE In 2014, the University of Florida / IFAS Extension celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of educators who extend university-based knowledge to the people. In Florida, Extension allows us all to benefit from the research and education of our land-grant universities, the University of Florida and Florida A&M University.
UF/IFAS Extension has improved the lives of Floridians in many ways. For those reading this newsletter, UF/IFAS Extension has likely helped you in managing your land resources such as timber, wildlife, livestock and row crops. If you’ve learned about conserving water, saving money, or gardening, chances are you learned it from Extension. If you’ve ever been to a 4-H camp or gotten help from a Master Gardener or Master Naturalist, you know Extension.
We, the Extension faculty and staff in the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, are proud of our accomplishments on this 100th anniversary, and we look continuously toward the future, finding solutions to the challenges we Floridians will face over the next 100 years and sharing them to make life healthier, happier, and more prosperous for you.
USDA EXTENDS CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM APPLICATION DEADLINE TO FEBRUARY 7 The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline for new enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) to Feb. 7 for fiscal year 2014.
Some popular enhancements include: -Using new nozzles that reduce the drift of pesticides, lowering input costs and making sure pesticides are used where they are most needed; -Modifying water facilities to prevent bats and bird species from being trapped; -Burning patches of land, mimicking prairie fires to enhance wildlife habitat; and -Rotating feeding areas and monitoring key grazing areas to improve grazing management.
While local NRCS offices accept CSP applications year round, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods. To be eligible for this year’s enrollment, producers must have their applications submitted to NRCS by the closing date. Learn more about CSP by visiting the NRCS website or any local USDA service center.
VALENTINE'S DAY DEADLINE FOR FARM AND RANCH LANDS PROTECTION PROGRAM SIGN-UP Applications are due February 14, 2014 for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program to help Florida farmers and ranchers keep their land in agricultural production. The US Department of Agriculture’s program, administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), provides matching funds to sponsoring entities such as State, Tribal or local governments and nongovernmental organizations with existing farmland protection programs to purchase conservation easements. Interested landowners must first work with one of these eligible entities with funds necessary to match the federal contribution from NRCS. NRCS provides up to 50 percent of the fair market value of the conservation easement.
Applications should be submitted to the attention of Nina Bhattacharyya, USDA-NRCS, 2614 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL, 32606. NRCS accepts applications for FRPP funding on a continuous basis throughout the year, but to be considered for ranking and selection in fiscal year 2014, applications must be received at the Florida NRCS office by the Feb. 14 deadline. Applications received after this date will be held for a future ranking period.
2013 TIMBER TAX TIPS AVAILABLE Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2013 Tax Year is now available. This annual bulletin provides federal income tax reporting tips to assist forest landowners and their advisors in filing their 2013 income tax returns. The information presented is current as of Sept. 15, 2013: http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/tax.shtml
The Annual Meeting of the Society for Range Management (link) , Caribe Royale in Orlando, FL. The theme for the meeting is “From Dusty Trails to Waning Wetlands” to bring drought and water management, a problem we are all so familiar with, to the forefront of the meeting. Foresters, this meeting is approved for a total of 34 Cat 1 CFEs and 48.5 Cat 2 CFEs. See link above for details.
Wildlife Food Plot & Forages Field Day, 10 am — 2 pm, CGQ Ranch, 44003 Artesian Blvd, Callahan, FL 32011-4131. Presented by UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension. Foresters, approved for 3 SAF Cat 1 CFEs. Fee is $15 a person to cover cost of materials. Lunch will be provided by Callahan BBQ and sponsored by Lake Butler Farm Center. Call to Register by March 12: Amanda Burnett, (904) 879-1019, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ignition Planning & Prescribed Fire Techniques for Wildlife, at the Cecil Commerce Center, 13561 Lake Newman Street, Jacksonville, FL. This training combines classroom lectures, panel discussions, and field exercises on the use of prescribed fire as a management tool for a variety of wildlife and habitats. A full agenda and registration info is available on the chapter website: http://fltws.org/
2014 Aquatic Weed Short Course to be held May 5-8, 2014 at the Ft. Lauderdale Coral Springs Marriott Coral Springs, FL. Earn 20+ Florida Pesticide Applicator CEUs. Register by February 28th and save $50! Early Rate: $240. Details and registration at http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/aw/
Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting:"12 Tons/ac/yr: The Science of Sustainably Enhancing Southern Pine Productivity", Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort - 11212 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL. Landowners and foresters are encouraged to attend and learn the latest on all the different factors that help maximize forest productivity in the South, as well as new insights in harvesting and wood quality. $245 members, $300 nonmembers. Info at http://www.sesaf.org/
Deciduous Tree ID in Winter 2014, Indoor lab, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, Leon County Extension Auditorium, Twig & Bud Indoor Lab. FREE for City and County staff, greenway volunteers, and UF Extension volunteers (Master Wildlife Conservationists and Master Gardeners), $20 for professionals (materials and CEUs + 6 hours of training); $10 for citizens (materials + 6 hours of training)Details and registration at: http://leonextension2014treeidwinter.eventbrite.com/
February 24 - March 18
2014 UF/IFAS Basic Beekeeping School, FL Pandhandle (link). Taught by Dr. Jamie Ellis and other state and nationally recognized beekeeping experts from the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab and the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection. Classes will be offered via interactive video conferencing at Extension Offices across the Panhandle. The cost for all five classes is $25 per person or $40 for a family, covers course materials and refreshments. See link for details.
Southeast Regional Mosquito Control Workshop (link), 4750 Collegiate Drive; Panama City, FL 32405. Hosted by Public Health Entomology Services at Florida State University; 10 FL Public Health Pesticide Applicator CEUs anticipated; See link above or Contact: Dr. John Smith, (850) 319-9475.