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, June 15, 2015
Florida Land Steward Update 6/12/15
Florida Land Steward Update June 12, 2015
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CONSERVATION ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FROM USDA GULF OF MEXICO INITIATIVE Apply by June 19 Farmers and ranchers in the Escambia River, Blackwater River and Middle Suwannee River watersheds can apply for financial assistance until June 19 to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Gulf of Mexico Initiative for fiscal year 2015. Parts of Suwannee, Madison and Lafayette counties are included in the Middle Suwannee River watershed, and five new focus areas have been added to where landowners can apply for financial assistance. Parts of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are included in the Escambia and Blackwater river watersheds, where eight new focus areas have been added to where producers can apply for assistance.
Practices include: Installing grade-control structures to stabilize eroding gullies; implementing precision agriculture to reduce chemical application overlap and protect sensitive environmental areas; adopting residue and tillage management, cover crops and conservation crop rotations to reduce sheet and rill erosion and improve soil organic matter, which results in cleaner runoff and improved water quality; planting grass and trees to stabilize eroding areas; installing cross-fences and watering facilities to facilitate grazing distribution; controlling cattle access to streams to improve water quality and stream bank stability; planting and managing native plant species to improve wildlife habitat and assist with restoration of a multitude of declining species; promoting energy conservation by eliminating the need for annual mechanical removal of sediment from split ditches; implementing grazing management; installing heavy-use area protection pads. For more information about signing up for the initiative, contact your local NRCS office.
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. 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.
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?
HAVE AN EVENT OR RELATED NEWS TO SHARE? Drop a line to Chris Demers, email@example.com
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) and North Central Florida CISMA 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) and North Central Florida CISMA 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FAMU Spring Farm Festival, 9 am to 3 pm, FAMU Research & Extension Center, 4259 Bainbridge Hwy, Quincy, FL. Farm tours, vegetable and herb gardening, canning, feral swine management, farm to school, kids zone and more. $5 adults, $2 children 17 and under. Children 5 and under free. For more information contact 850-599-3546 or email@example.com
Forestry Seminar, 9:45 am to 2:00 pm CT, UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office. Attend to learn about the latest on forest herbicides and alternative forest management options such as pine straw, silvopasture. $5 includes lunch. RSVP by June 15 by calling (850) 892–8172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FAMU Grape Harvest Festival, FAMU Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research, 6505 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32317. Grape wine samples, pick your own grapes, 5K run, live entertainment and more. For more information contact 850-599-3546 or email@example.com