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.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Florida Land Steward Update 10/9/15
Florida Land Steward Update October 9, 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 OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED AS WORKING FORESTS WEEK The Florida Cabinet has officially recognized October 18-24, 2015 as "Working Forests Week." The Florida Forestry Association has been working closely with the Florida Forest Service to make sure that this inaugural event makes a statewide splash and brings working forests the recognition for the many benefits they provide.
The Working Forest Partners, a collaboration between the Florida Forestry Association and Florida Audubon, have set a goal of having at least one activity in each county in the state. A "Working Forests Week" page on the 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.
QUAIL AND FIREE: LEAVING A LEGACY Tall Timber Research Station and Conservancy Wealthy northerners no longer hunt quail on the 19th century plantation and tenant farmers don't grow corn or cotton any more. Instead, scientists study fire and its effect on wildlife on the 4,000 acres just north of Tallahassee, Fla. It all started when the quail disappeared.
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. More at Florida Land Steward Blog
LAST WEEK TO SIGN UP - 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 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. See link above for details.
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?
HAVE AN EVENT OR RELATED NEWS TO SHARE? Drop a line to Chris Demers, email@example.com
Planning and Management of Wildlife Habitat in Urban and Suburban Backyards and Open Spaces, session 2 of 2, 7-9 pm, UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33584. Details and registration at: http://uflbackyardhabitat.eventbrite.com
Florida Ag Expo, UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Educatin 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.
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.
Panhandle Invasive Exotic Workshop (link), 7:55 am to 3 pm CST, UF/IFAS Washington County Agricultural Center, 1424 Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428. Field demonstration at Falling Waters State Park. $10.00 fee. 4 FDACS pesticide CEU's approved in Private Applicator, Right Of Way, Natural Areas Weed Management, Forestry, Aquatic and Core. Call (850) 638-6180 to register. See link above for more details.
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.
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. Call (850) 526-4910 for details. Web link to be posted soon.
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.