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, September 10, 2015
Florida Land Steward Update 9/4/15
Florida Land Steward Update September 4, 2015
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ALTERS NAMED OUTSTANDING TREE FARMER OF THE YEAR Florida Forestry Association Release John and Elizabeth Alter of Malone, FL, have been named the 2015 Tree Farmer of the Year. They were honored at the Florida Forestry Association’s Annual Meeting held recently in Panama City Beach, FL.. The Alters own and manage nearly one thousand acres in northeast Jackson County. The land includes their home site and 18 tree farm stands, as well as profit-generating pasture lease for beef cattle, cultivated land for row crops, and a 100,000 square foot fenced plot with a wireless communications tower. They also hold hunting leases on the forested areas. The Alters’ Tree Farm features 600 acres of pine plantations, including longleaf, slash and loblolly. Cypress trees more than 100 years old can be found in wetlands on the property. The land also supports abundant wildlife. More at Florida Land Steward Blog
OCTOBER 23, 2015 TOUR AT ALTER-BEVIS FARMS Tree Farmers, forest landowners, and forestry and natural resource professionals are invited to join us in our congratulatory awards presentation of Florida’s 2015 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the year and forestry tour of John and Elizabeth Alter’s Alter-Bevis Farms ON OCTOBER 23, 9 AM. This tour is in association with Florida’s Working Forests Awareness Week (October 18-24, 2015). Meet and greet and refreshments will be provided near the property entrance at 9:00 am CT. Introductions and tour will begin at 9:30 am. After the tour we will travel to the Bascom Town Hall for the Alter’s Award presentation at 11:45 am. Lunch will be provided at noon. Join us for this opportunity to discuss forestry practices and mingle with landowners and forestry professionals.
This event is free but pre-registration is required. Please contact the UF/IFAS Jackson County Cooperative Extension Service at (850) 482-9620. RSVP BY noon on Friday, October 16th.
2015 COMPREHENSIVE STATEWIDE FOREST INVENTORY ANALYSIS COMPLETE Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam this week announced the results of an inventory of Florida's nearly 17 million acres of forestland. The study, led by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Florida Forest Service, evaluated the distribution, availability, ownership and sustainability of Florida's timber resources. Florida's forestry industry employs 80,700 Floridians and infuses $16.3 billion into the state's economy. More at Florida Land Steward Blog.
USDA NRCS PROGRAMS HELP FLORIDA FARMERS, RANCHERS CONERVE NATURAL RESOURCES Application deadline for financial assistance Dec. 18 Florida farmers and ranchers can apply until Dec. 18, 2015, for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs for fiscal year 2016 funding. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis for all programs, funding selections are typically made once a year.
Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), landowners may receive financial and technical assistance to improve soil, water, air, plants, animals and related resources. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, private non-industrial forestland and other farm or ranch lands.
The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to conserve agricultural lands and wetlands. Agricultural Land Easements help farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture. Eligible partners are Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs. Wetland Reserve Easements offer technical and financial assistance directly to private landowners and Indian tribes to restore, protect and enhance wetlands through the purchase of a wetland easement.
Begin by visiting your local NRCS field office and requesting help developing a conservation plan. Our experts provide this free service to help you use your natural resources more efficiently. To learn about technical and financial assistance available from NRCS, go to Getting Started with NRCS.
2015 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD CALENDARS STILL AVAILABLE A few left - send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
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Master Naturalist Course, Mon pm, Wed pm, Sat field trips, UF/IFAS Clay County Extension. Learn about our unique local ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of freshwater systems in northeast Florida. Details and registration at http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/fs15-09.htm, (352) 392-1837. Registrations received after 10:00 am on September 4th will receive their course manual on Day 2. Final date to register is Sept. 8th.
October 7, 14
Planning and Management of Wildlife Habitat in Urban and Suburban Backyards and Open Spaces, 7-9 pm, UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33584. Details and registration at: http://uflbackyardhabitat.eventbrite.com
Tour of Alter-Bevis Tree Farm, 2015 Outstanding Florida Tree Farm (pdf link), Jackson County, FL. 9 AM to 2 PM C.S.T., following the tour we'll travel to Bascom Town Hall for the Awards presentation at 11:45 am. Lunch will be provided at noon. Join us for this special event and opportunity to discuss forestry practices and mingle with other landowners and resource professionals. Attendance will be limited so reserve your space soon: contact the UF/IFAS Jackson County Cooperative Extension Service at (850) 482-9620. R.S.V.P. BY Friday, October 16th @ Noon.
Forest inSight Conference, Rainwater Conference Center, Valdosta, GA. Provided by Forest Landowners Association. Researchers, landowners, and service and product providers will exchange the most advanced information through presentations that speak directly towards the sustainability, productivity, and profitability of our forest management sector in this region. CFE credits approved. See link above for details.