Friday, October 30, 2015

Technician Position Available - USDA Whitmore Foundation Grove near Okahumpka

I have included a Position Announcement from Dr. Ed Stover regarding a Technician Position available at the USDA Whitmore Foundation Grove near Okahumpka, FL.


A technician position is available at the USDA Whitmore Farm near Okahumpka.  We need someone to assist with the USDA citrus breeding program, taking care of plants in the greenhouse and field, assisting in making hybridizations, and conducting related activities.  A self-starter with great attention to detail is needed, who already has some experience in working with plants.  Position could be part-time but a minimum of 32 hours per week.  For more information, call Ed Stover 772-462-5951 or email at


Gary K. England

1951 Woodlea Rd.

Tavares, FL 32778

(352) 343-4101 Ext. 2729

(352) 343-2767 FAX


Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Educator position

The Extension Educator is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs that build local capacity for aquatic invasive species detection and response. These educational programs will provide training and tools to local governments, lake associations, AIS professionals, and citizens groups to prevent, detect, monitor, track, and control the establishment and spread of state-listed aquatic invasive species.

To accomplish this, the AIS Extension Educator will, in coordination with MAISRC staff and researchers, Extension colleagues, and DNR staff: 1) develop and lead a statewide citizen science program aimed at tracking AIS population changes to inform management and research, 2) contribute to a statewide citizen science program for early detection of AIS;  3) contribute to other research-based AIS programs developed in response to state needs , 4) foster partnerships with state and local governments, lake associations, AIS professionals and citizens organizations, 5) provide programming to these partners to implement on-the-ground AIS prevention, detection, monitoring and control efforts, 6) assist with development of an online data repository for collecting and reporting data generated through these prevention, detection, monitoring and control efforts  7) assist in securing funding to sustain AIS programming efforts. Training and other program delivery will include using a variety of communication strategies appropriate for the intended target audience, including but not limited to workshops, classes, webcasts, social media, publications, mass media and community coalitions.

The AIS Extension Educator will be affiliated with the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) and act as a critical interface between local community groups, university scientists, and state natural resource agency managers. The AIS Extension Educator will coordinate with other Extension Educators and Specialists involved in AIS programming and with MAISRC researchers to operate as a team. The AIS Extension Educator will also coordinate communications efforts with MAISRC communications staff. 

Complete position description may be found at:


Thank you,





Eleanor Burkett

Water Resources Educator

Minnesota AIS Detector Program
University of Minnesota Extension 
322 Laurel Street, Suite 21 
Brainerd, MN  56401-3500

(218)828-2326 (office), (218)232-4827 (cell)


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.

- Florida Land Steward Newsletter (Summer/Fall 2015 (Vol 4, No 3) and back issues -


News & Info Brief

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 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.

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.

All the latest videos are on the Florida Forest Stewardship Program home page:

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:

Go to for information, assistance and partnership opportunities.

Check the vast array of extension publications available through UF/IFAS on the EDIS publication site:  Wow, there's a publication about that?

Drop a line to Chris Demers,

More news and info at the Florida Land Steward Blog



EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)

October 18-24

WORKING FORESTS AWARENESS WEEK - Want to participate in outreach in your community? See Florida Forestry Association's ideas

October 29

Forest Stewardship Field Day: Tree / Plant Identification (pdf link), 9 am to 3 pm, Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at or contact Chris Demers,, (352) 846-2375.

November 4

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.

November 6

Mid-Florida Specialty Crops Conference,UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka, FL. How to successfully produce and market vegetable crops, blueberries and grapes will be the main focus of the conference.  For more information about the conference program including the four concurrent breakout sessions or to register online go to: 

November 12

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, for additional information.

November 15

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.

November 17

Forest Stewardship / Everglades CISMA Workshop: Invasive Exotic Species and Management (link), 9 am to 3 pm ET, UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center, 3200 East Palm Beach Road, Belle Glade, FL 33430-4702 . Provided by Florida Forest Stewardship Program and Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. FDACS Pesticide CEU approved: 1 Stds/Core, 3 Prvt App, 3 Ag Row Crop, 3 Nat Area Weeds, 3 ROW, 1 Ltd Wildlife Trapper. $10 fee includes lunch and materials. Registration at or contact Palm Beach County Extension Office at (561) 233-1759.

December 3

Forest Stewardship Tour at Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve in Yankeetown, FL (pdf link), 9:00 am to 2 pm ET, Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown, FL 34498 . Join us for this unique tour of a municipal Forest Stewardship property managed to provide a place for citizens to appreciate the beauty of Florida's Nature Coast wetlands. With streams, lakes, salt marshes, pine and hardwood forests, the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is a unique piece of old Florida. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at or reserve a space by contacting Chris Demers, (352) 846-2375,

December 8

Forest Stewardship Workshop: Longleaf Pine Forest Restoration and Management (link), 9 am to 3 pm ET, Prairie Creek Lodge, 7204 SE County Road 234, Gainesville, FL 32641. Provided by the Florida Forest Stewardship Program, Society of American Foresters Suwannee Chapter, and Alachua Conservation Trust. Join us to explore the role of biomass chipping in longleaf restoration projects, longleaf forest management, and available assistance programs. $10 fee includes lunch and materials. Registration at or contact Chris Demers, (352) 846-2375,

 WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)

October 18-24

WORKING FORESTS AWARENESS WEEK - Want to participate in outreach in your community? See Florida Forestry Association's ideas

October 24

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.

October 25

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

November 6

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 or Call (850) 526-4910 for details.


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

October 27-28

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.

October 28

Native Warm Season Grasses for Restoration (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.

November 17

Webinar: Grazing System Designs for Non-traditional Livestock, 2 pm ET, See link for details.

November 17-18

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.

November 18

Webinar: Matching Appropriate Seed to Conservation Practices (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.


More events on these web calendars:

UF/IFAS Web Calendar

Florida Forest Stewardship Calendar

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Brooker Creek Preserve Events, Pinellas County

Florida Forest Service Training Opportunities

Forestry Webinars

Check with your UF/IFAS County Extension Office for more events
and information relevant to your county:

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USDA Forest Service seminar on Forest Crisis and Funding

Please joins us for the third seminar in the series Frontiers in Forest Health. The goal of the seminars is to bring federal-level administrators and decision-makers to our campus in order to facilitate communication between academics, regulators, funders and practitioners with respect to sustaining our Nation’s forests.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about the greatest current threats to our forests, ask hard questions about how federal financial decisions are made, and learn how your program can benefit.

See you there: Reitz Union, October 30, 3:15PM.

Jiri Hulcr,

on behalf of the Emerging Threats to Forests research group (



ARS Newslink: October 19, 2015 - October 23, 2015

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
October 23, 2015

USDA Transfers 3,800 Acres in Brooksville to Florida A&M University

More than 3,800 acres of land and the buildings that once comprised the USDA Subtropical Agricultural and Research Station have been transferred to Florida A&M University from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (10/20)

ACS Names Beltsville Agricultural Research Center as National Historic Chemical Landmark

The discovery of the phytochrome by USDA scientists has been designated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society. (10/21)


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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Weekly Harvest, October 21, 2015

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Weekly sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet by NCAT staff for the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture website. The Weekly Harvest Newsletter is also available online.

News & Resources

  • Cover Crops Offer Low-Cost, High-Quality Grazing, Iowa Study Shows
  • Study Will Assess Risks and Benefits of Wild Birds on Organic Farms
  • Farm to School Census Reveals Program Benefits
  • Minnesota's 2015 Greenbook Tells Sustainable Agriculture Stories
  • Veggie Videos Support Farm to School Efforts
  • National Survey of Organic Farmers Results to Guide Research Agenda

Funding Opportunities

  • Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans and Grants
  • Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program
  • New York Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program

Coming Events

  • Sustaining Our Iowa Land (SOIL)
  • Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network's Regional Food and Farm Forums
  • NGFN Webinar: National Food Hub Survey 2015

News & Resources

Cover Crops Offer Low-Cost, High-Quality Grazing, Iowa Study Shows
Two research reports by Practical Farmers of Iowa show that farmers with access to cover crops have a high-quality, low-cost source of cold-weather feed that can extend the grazing season, reduce the amount of hay needed, and let pastures rest longer in the spring. Reports on the farmer-conducted projects "Grazing Cover Crops on Corn Ground" and "Grazing Cover Crops for Winter Feed" are available online.
Related ATTRA Publication: Integrating Livestock and Crops: Improving Soil, Solving Problems, Increasing Income

Study Will Assess Risks and Benefits of Wild Birds on Organic Farms
Researchers from Washington State University, University of California Riverside, and Oregon State University have received an OREI grant from USDA for a study that will assess the risks and benefits of wild birds on organic farms. This study will determine what types of insects the birds are eating, as well as the types of pathogens and parasites they carry. The research will inform the development of food safety guidelines using evidence-based information.

Farm to School Census Reveals Program Benefits
Preliminary USDA Farm to School Census data for school year 2013-2014 indicate that strong farm to school programs can offer a number of economic, educational, and nutritional benefits. Census data indicate that schools purchased nearly $600 million worth of food locally in school year 2013-2014, a 55% increase over school year 2011-2012. Nationwide, more than 42,000 schools have farm to school programs. Nearly half of respondents indicated that they plan to increase local food purchases.

Minnesota's 2015 Greenbook Tells Sustainable Agriculture Stories
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has published the 2015 Greenbook, featuring 19 stories about sustainable agriculture research and demonstration projects taking place on crop, livestock, fruit, and vegetable farms. The annual publication highlights projects funded by the state's Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant program.

Veggie Videos Support Farm to School Efforts
The UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and partners have launched a series of five culinary training videos for school cafeteria staff titled "Chop! Chop! Culinary Skills for Wisconsin-Grown Produce in School Meals." Each video includes an introduction to a crop, culinary skills needed to prepare it, suggestions for how to incorporate it into the school menu, and nutrition information.

National Survey of Organic Farmers Results to Guide Research Agenda
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) reports that more than 1,000 farmers from across the United States participated in its recently completed National Survey of Organic Farmers. Preliminary results show that research on weed control (especially field bindweed and Canada thistle), building soil health and fertility, and coping with water management during drought and flooding are major priorities for U.S. organic farmers.

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Funding Opportunities

Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans and Grants
REAP provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. Grants cover up to 25% of total eligible project costs, and combined grant and loan guarantee funding is available for up to 75% of total eligible project costs.
Applications for grants of $20,000 or less are due by November 2, 2015.

Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program
NIFA's Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program is accepting applications for three kinds of grants: (1) Community Food Projects; (2) Planning Projects; and (3) Training and Technical Assistance Projects. The maximum Community Food Project award in a single year is $125,000 and the maximum award over four years is $400,000. The maximum Planning Project award is $35,000 for the total project period of a maximum of three years.
Applications are due November 30, 2015.

New York Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program
A new $1.4 million Climate Resilient Farming grant pilot program is making funding available to New York agricultural projects that develop and implement best management practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and perform carbon sequestration. Additionally, funding is available to projects that help agricultural producers prepare for and better manage the impacts of climate change. County Soil and Water Conservation Districts will apply for the competitive grants on behalf of farmers.
Applications are due by December 14, 2015.

>> More Funding Opportunities

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Coming Events

Sustaining Our Iowa Land (SOIL)
November 19-20, 2015
Des Moines, Iowa

Drake University Agricultural Law Center and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture will host Sustaining Our Iowa Land (SOIL): Past, Present, and Future Soil and Water Conservation Policy. The conference will bring together individuals and organizations working to protect Iowa's soil and water resources to consider the roles that policy and law play in shaping stewardship efforts.

Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network's Regional Food and Farm Forums
November 17, 2015
Africatown Community, Alabama

This is the third of four Regional Food & Farm Forums convening farmers, gardeners, community leaders, and good-food advocates to "cross-pollinate" and learn from one another. Topics covered range from those specific to on-farm production to intersecting issues such as environmental justice and community economic wellbeing.

NGFN Webinar: National Food Hub Survey 2015
November 19, 2015

Join the National Good Food Network to learn the latest from an in-depth survey of a significant number of U.S. food hubs. This survey, designed by Michigan State University's Center for Regional Food Systems, in cooperation with the NGFN Food Hub Collaboration, is the definitive word on food hubs in the United States.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

The Cultivator Newsletter - October 2015




The Cultivator

Connecting farmers and food system innovators across Florida

Published Monthly by the UF/IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Team


Issue No. 2

October 2015


IPM Experts to Speak at Mid-Florida Conference - Feature Article

Internationally renowned experts on Integrated Pest Management and Biological Control to speak at the Mid-Florida Specialty Crops Conference on November 6.  -- Continue Reading





PhotoStory: Banker Plants in Integrated Pest Management - See more




Upcoming Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Events



Northwest Florida

- FAMU Fall Crop Field Day

  October 24 from 8:00am-3:00pm, Quincy

  Register online here

- New Leaf Annual Farm Tour

  October 24 & 25 in the Tallahassee region

  More information here

- Seven Days of Local Delights

  Plenty of workshops and learning opportunities

  October 26 - November 1

  More information here

- Intro to Urban Farming Workshop

  October 31 from 2:00pm-3:00pm, Tallahassee

  More information here

- Veterans, New, Small Farmer Workshop

  November 6 from 9:00am-2:00pm, Marianna

  Register online here



Northeast Florida

Basic Goat Production Workshop

  October 17 from 9:00am-2:00pm, Gainesville   

  RSVP calling 352-955-2402

- Master Herdsman Series

  October 15, 22 & 29 and November 5 & 12

  Clay county Extension Office

  Register online here

- Permaculture Design Intensive Course

  October 23 from 1:00pm-5:00pm

  At the UNF Ogier Gardens, Jacksonville

  More information here

- Tour De Farm - Slow Food First Coast

   November 5 around the Northeast Florida

   More information here

- Best Practices at Farmers' Markets

  November 9, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, 

  Gainesville. Register online here

- Growing Gourmet Mushrooms: Shiitake & 


  November 13, 9:30am-3:00pm, Gainesville

  Register by calling 352-337-6209

- Drip Irrigation School

  Novermber 19 & 20, Live Oak

  Register online here

- AGRItunity

  January 22 & 23, 2016, Citrus County

  More information forthcoming

Central Florida

- Mid-Florida Specialty Crops Conference

  Friday November 6, from 9:00 to 4:00 pm, 

  Apopka.  Register here or call 352-294-1692

- Small Ruminant Production Conference

  November 20, 9:00am-5:00pm, Ocala

  Register online here

South Central Florida

- Thrips Management in Strawberry

  October 20 from 12:00pm-3:00 pm, Dover

  RSVP by calling 813-744-5519 ext 54134

- Florida Pomegranate Association Annual 


  October 23, 9:00am-3:30pm, Lake Alfred

  Register online here

- Food Safety: What is My Risk?

  October 28 from 9:00am-4:00pm, Wimauma

  Register online here

- Organic 101 Workshop

  November 1, at Sweetwater Community Farm

  Tampa. More information here

- Florida Ag Expo

  November 4, 7:30am-3:45pm, Balm

  More information here

South Florida

- Redland Growfest

  October 17 & 18, Homestead

  More information here

- Localecopia Meet & Greet

  November 17 from 1:00pm-3:00pm, West Palm 

  Beach. RSVP to




News and Announcements


  - Guava can be a profitable crop. More here

  - Farmer Op-ed: Opportunities abound for Marion 

    County farms, yet go untapped. More here

  - More agritourism for education and farm-time fun.     More here
 - James Olmstead, Nex generation of researchers.  

    More here

  - NRCS Conservation Cost Share deadline for      

    assistance is December 18. - More here

  - The impact of Women Farmers in Florida. 

    More here

 -  New Florida Farm to School, Farm to Community 

    Newsletter. Sign up by emailing:

 -  Sumter County Extension Helps Implement 

    SNAP/EBT at Farmer's Market - More here

-  Organic certification available. Deadline for your 

   application is October 31. More here

-  University of Florida receives USDA grant to 

   establish regional center for food safety training

   More here

-  Three new blueberry varieties could expand 

   growing range in Florida. More here

  - Lettuce Production Systems and Cultivars used 

     in Hydroponics and Protected Culture Open 


  - Planning for a Farm Tour - Open here

  - Getting the most out of Social Media - Open here

  - Value-Added Products for Fresh Highbush 

    Blueberries - Open here

  - Specialty Melon Production for Small and 

    Direct-Market Growers - Open here

  - Economic Contributions of Agriculture, Natural 

    Resources, and Food Industries in Florida in 2013

    Open here

  - Using Turnip as a trap crops for 

    Yellowmargined  Leaf Bettle - Open here

  - Loss of crop diversity in U.S. farms shows study 

    over the last 34 years - More here

  - Municipal Zoning for Local Foods in Iowa -

    More here





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