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.
HAPPY 2016! If you're ready to hit the ground running in the new year, the University of Florida IFAS and partners have many opportunities on the calendar to explore new ideas and enterprises for your farm, get the latest knowledge and technology for your operation, and much more. More spring events will be posted soon.
TAX TIPS FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS FOR THE 2015 TAX YEAR Federal income tax laws can influence a private woodland owner's financial decisions about land management. Yet, special favorable tax provisions on timber that are intended to encourage private forest management and stewardship are commonly unknown. To help woodland owners in filing their 2015 tax returns, this publication, by Dr. Linda Wang, USDA Forest Service National Timber Tax Specialist, explains the federal income tax laws on timber. The information is not legal or accounting advice. It is current as of September 30, 2015. This publication and other related resources are available at http://www.timbertax.org.
RECORDING OF DECEMBER 10 FOREST HEALTH UPDATE WORKSHOP AVAILABLE Insects and diseases are natural components of the forest. Some of these insects and diseases can become pests when they inhibit tree regeneration and/or growth on a large scale. In addition to native pests, invasive exotic pests are a growing challenge, with new species being introduced every year. This workshop provides an update on current forest health issues and priorities across Florida with emphasis on proactive management and available assistance. Recorded presentations, materials and related links are all here.
2016 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD CALENDARS ARE HERE! The 2016 Florida Land Steward Calendars include beautiful photos, land management highlights, tips, partner resources and contacts. First come, first serve for Forest Stewards, Tree Farmers, farmers, landowners, and private land managers while supplies last. Email Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org to request your copy. Please include your mailing address when you drop a line.
FOREST STEWARDSHIP VIDEOS - VIEW AND SHARE! Enjoy and share these videos about a variety of stewardship topics: the Forest Stewardship Program, forests and water, thinning your pine stand, invasive species, greenbelt property tax assessment. All these videos are on the Florida Forest Stewardship Program home page – check them out: http://sfrc.ufl.edu/forest_stewardship
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 at the University of Florida 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
Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference (link), 10 am to 4 pm, UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka, FL. The conference will address some of the critical policy issues facing agribusiness in Florida currently and over the long run, such as land development, water resources, sea level rise and healthcare for the agricultural workforce. See link above for details and registration.
2016 Tree and Landscape Short Course (link), 8 am to 3:30 pm ET, Trinkle Center, Hillsborough Community College, 1206 North Park Road, Plant City, FL 33563. $35 fee includes lunch. See link above for details and registration.
Wildlife and Invasive Species Education (link), 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension, 7620 SR 471, Ste 2, Bushnell, FL 33513. Topics will include: Coyotes, Invasive Fish, Invasive Pigs, Invasive Plants, Florida Panther, Florida Black Bear, Reptiles, Butterflies and much More! Visit the link above to view the full agenda register.
2016 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course, Coral Springs, FL. Join us for the largest and most inclusive training for Florida Pesticide Licensing and CEUs. Become a more qualified professional, engage with your industry, and network with your peers! See link above for details and registration.
WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
USDA Panel Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities facing Women, Minority and Veteran Farmers, 9 am - 10:30 am EST, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL. Congresswoman Gwen Graham and USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden host a panel discussion. Ag producers, natural resource managers and Ag industry invited to participate. RSVP to Tristin Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 891-8610. Registration is free. Coffee and pastries will be served.
Beekeeping in the Panhandle Short Course, 6 to 8 pm at UF/IFAS County Extension Offices across the Northwest FL District. Contact your UF/IFAS County Extension Office for details.
5th Annual Beekeeping in the Panhandle Trade Show and Workshop, 9 am. to 2 pm at the Washington County Extension Office, Chipley. Contact the Jackson County Extension Office at (850) 482-9620 for details.