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.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Florida Land Steward Update 7/17/15
Florida Land Steward Update July 17, 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.
USDA SEEKS PARTNERS TO PROTECT AND RESTORE WETLANDS IN FLORIDA USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announces the availability of $17.5 million in financial and technical assistance nationwide to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. Funding will be provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP), a special enrollment option under the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program’s Wetland Reserve Easement component, created through the 2014 Farm Bill. WREP was formerly known as the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program. Under WREP, states, local units of governments, non-governmental organizations and American Indian tribes collaborate with USDA through multi-year cooperative and partnership agreements. Partners are required to contribute a funding match for financial or technical assistance. These partners work directly with eligible landowners interested in enrolling their agricultural land into conservation wetland easements.
Wetland reserve easements allow landowners to successfully enhance and protect habitat for wildlife on their lands, reduce impacts from flooding, recharge groundwater and provide outdoor recreational and educational opportunities. The voluntary nature of NRCS' easement programs allows effective integration of wetland restoration on working landscapes, providing benefits to farmers and ranchers who enroll in the program, as well as benefits to the local and rural communities where the wetlands exist.
Proposals must be submitted to NRCS state office in Gainesville by July 31, 2015. Contact information can be found on Florida NRCS website. Visit NRCS’s ACEP webpage to learn more about wetland conservation options.
2015 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD CALENDARS STILL AVAILABLE A few left - send an email to email@example.com with your mailing address if you’d like a copy. First come first serve while supplies last.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Quality Tours, 9 am to 4 pm, Freedom Community Center, 7340 SW 41 Place, Gainesville, FL 32608. Provided by UF/IFAS Alachua County Extension. The tour will provide research-based information about water resources. The tour stops will include urban and springs watersheds, and agricultural operations. $40 includes lunches and bus fee. To reserve your seat, please pay in advance to the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville, Florida. For more information about this program, please call (352) 955-2402.
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.
Invasive Plant ID Workshop, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, 8202 CR 417, Live Oak, FL 32060. 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 Taylor County Extension Office, 203 Forest Park Dr, Perry, FL 32348. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
UF/IFAS Great CEU Round-Up (link), 8:30 am to 4:00 pm ET, participating UF/IFAS Extension facilities across Florida. Earn up to 6 CEUs in some of the most difficult to attain areas. Sign up by July 15 for early-bird pricing of $50. See link above for details and registration.