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.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Florida Land Steward Update 5/29/15
Florida Land Steward Update May 29, 2015
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News, information and upcoming events below. Please share this update with your neighbors, colleagues and others that may be interested.
NEW USDA PORTAL ENABLES FARMERS, RANCHERS, LANDOWNERS TO REQUEST CONSERVATION ASSISTANCE ONLINE Farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners can now do business with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through a new online portal. The Conservation Client Gateway allows producers to work with conservation planners online to access Farm Bill programs, request assistance, and track payments for their conservation activities.
“What used to require a trip to a USDA service center can now be done from a home computer through Conservation Client Gateway,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Conservation Client Gateway enables farmers, ranchers and private landowners to securely:
· Request NRCS technical and financial assistance; · Review and sign conservation plans and practice schedules; · Complete and sign an application for a conservation program; · Review, sign and submit contracts and appendices for conservation programs; · Document completed practices and request certification of completed practices; · Request and track payments for conservation programs; and · Store and retrieve technical and financial files, including documents and photographs.
Conservation Client Gateway is available to individual landowners and will soon be extended to business entities, such as Limited Liability Corporations. It is part of the agency’s ongoing Conservation Delivery Streamlining Initiative, which will feature additional capabilities in the future.
APPLY FOR RURAL AND FAMILY LANDS PROTECTION PROGRAM BY MAY 30 The goal of the Florida Forest Service's Rural and Family Land's Protection Program is to ensure lands will be maintained in agricultural use while providing for the protection of natural resources through agricultural conservation easements. The program seeks to protect valuable agricultural lands, create conservation easements that ensure sustainable agricultural practices, prevent conversion to non-agricultural land uses in the rural base of Florida, and help to protect natural resources in conjunction with these agricultural operations. For more information about the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, see: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/For-Landowners/Programs/Rural-and-Family-Lands-Protection-Program
SOMETHING BUGGING YOUR TREES? Do you have pests or a disease in your trees? Leaves or needles wilting, and you don’t know why? Sawdust falling out of your trees, and you don’t know how to save them? There is help: ask your question at the free Forest Health Diagnostic Forum: http://sfrc.ufl.edu/treehealth/forum/.
GOT AN INVASIVE SPECIES PROBLEM? Go to floridainvasives.org for information, assistance and partnership opportunities.
LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON A PARTICULAR TOPIC? Check the vast array of extension publications available through UF/IFAS on the EDIS publication site: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ Wow, there’s a publication about that?
2015 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD CALENDARS STILL AVAILABLE Send an email to email@example.com with your mailing address if you’d like to a copy sent. First come first serve while supplies last.
Introductory Bee Keeping Class, 4 week course, North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers, FL. $200 fee. For more Information contact Celeste Fournier at (239) 284-4078 or firstname.lastname@example.org. UF/IFAS calendar: lee.ifas.ufl.edu
Invasive Plant ID Workshop, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, FWC Marine Laboratory, 11350 SW 153rd Court; Cedar Key, FL 32625. Sponsored by Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) through a Kathy Craddock Burks Education Grant. Free. Details and registration here
Invasive Plant ID Workshop, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, UF/IFAS Extension Columbia County, 971 W Duval Street; Lake City, FL 32055. Sponsored by Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) through a Kathy Craddock Burks Education Grant. Free. Details and registration here
Certified Pile Burner Course, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, West Central Florida Agriculture Center (Sumter County Fairgrounds) Bushnell, FL. $50 fee includes lunch and materials. Contact DarLinda Duteau at (352) 569-6865 or email@example.com for more information.
Longleaf Pine Restoration and Management Workshop (pdf link), (almost full) 8:30 am to 3:30 pm ET, St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, Visitor and Environmental Education Center, 1255 Lighthouse Road, St. Marks, FL 32355. Provided by Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance and Florida Forest Stewardship Program, with support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Southern Company. $5 fee, lunch included. To register contact Wakulla County Extension at (850) 926-3931.
Perennial Peanut Field Day, 9:30 am CT, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, Marianna, FL. $10 fee. See link above for information.
FAMU Spring Agri-Showcase, FAMU Farm in Quincy, FL. Provided by FAMU Cooperative Extension Program. For information contact Angela Jakes, (850) 875-8552.
On-Farm Workshop at Coldwater Gardens (link), 10 am to 3 pm, Coldwater Gardens, Milton, FL. Provided by Florida Organic Growers, Coldwater Gardens crew, Slow Food Gulf Coast, USDA NRCS, and Santa Rosa County Extension. Will include topics on increasing farm diversity, mushroom cultivation, season extension with high tunnels, and the programs that can help you build your own farm. $10 fee includes lunch. See link above for info and registration.