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, October 26, 2015
Florida Land Steward Update 10/23/15
Florida Land Steward Update October 23, 2015
Have Land? Get a Plan and Stay Connected. Florida Land Steward is your source of assistance, information, events and resources.
News, information and upcoming events below. Please share this update with your neighbors, colleagues and others that may be interested.
OCTOBER 18-24 WORKING FORESTS WEEK You can still participate. A "Working Forests Week" page on the Florida Forestry Association's website includes a complete "tool box" of materials for visits to classrooms, presentations to civic and professional clubs and other activities of choice. The page has links to a video of a mock classroom presentation, sample scripts, a customizable Powerpoint presentation, handouts, and more.
To optimize the success of this first venture as well as to build a strong foundation for future Working Forests Weeks, the Association needs to keep good records of all related activities. Event organizers and others seeking information are asked to email Lee Ann Fisch at LeeAnn@ForestFla.org or by phone at (850) 222-5646. She will record the date and location for all activities and keep a running list on the webpage. This effort is intended to show the support for Working Forests Week and provide a connection tool for people from the same areas who might like to work together on a project.
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.
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
Florida Ag Expo, UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Balm, FL. Now celebrating its 10th year, the Florida Ag Expo is the only show offering Florida fruit and vegetable growers the opportunity to get the latest information on new production trends and techniques, sample new varieties and participate in field trials. Producers of tomato, strawberry, pepper, and more will discover new ideas for increasing their yields and bolstering their business. See link above for details.
Soils and Wetlands Workshop, 8:30 am. - 1:00 pm, UF/IFAS Duval County Extension Center, 1010 North McDuff Ave, Jacksonville, FL. Provided by the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District. $40.00 per person, includes a Catered Lunch ($45.00 at the door). In order to attend this workshop, please RSVP by no later than 11/2/15. Please send checks payable to the Duval SWCD @ 260 US 301 N., Suite #108, Baldwin, FL 32234. You may also call Paula Allen, (904) 266-0088 ext. 114, or email Paula.email@example.com, for additional information.
Marion County Farm City Festival, Marion County 4-H Farm, 5151 SE 58th Ave (Baseline Rd), Ocala, FL. Farmers market, fun stuff for kids, livestock, farm equipment, food, live music, and more. See link for details.
Fall Crop Field Day (link), 8 am - 4 pm, 4259 Bainbridge Hwy, Quincy, FL. Tour farms, see crop demonstrations and participate in workshops and seminars. Wealth Watchers Inc. and Florida A&M University are hosting the free event and lunch will be served. See link above for registration.
New Leaf Market 8th Annual Farm Tour, 10am to 4pm CT, Twin Oaks Farm, 3207 Creek Road, Bonifay, FL 32425. Provided by New Leaf Market. Farm Tours at 11am and 1pm, On-going throughout the day: a detailed showcase of our organic farm: what we do, how we do it and why we do it. Follow the farm at www.facebook.com/twinoaksfarm
Veterans, New, Small Farmer Workshop, 9 am – 2 pm, UF/IFAS Jackson County Agricultural Complex, 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, Marianna, FL. Free workshop about agricultural programs and services available to veterans, small and beginning farmers. Provided by Farm Credit. Registration required for lunch preparation. Register on line at http://www.farmcredit-fl.com/workshop.aspx or Call (850) 526-4910 for details.
WEBINARS, POLYCOM WORKSHOPS, REGIONAL EVENTS
November 18, December 16
Wildlife Wednesdays Webinar Series, 12:15 to 1 pm. Free and open to the public. Provided by UF/IFAS Polk County Extension. Information and registration at http://www.polknr.eventbrite.com
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. Foresters, 4.5 Cat 1 CFE credits approved. See link above for details.
Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Workshop, Gwinnet Environmental & Heritage Center, Buford, GA. Provided by the USDA Forest Service Southeastern Climate Hub. Landowners, land managers, foresters, and agency staff are invited to learn about adaptive strategies that make workiing lands more resilient and able to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Free. Registration and more details at link above.