Tuesday, May 31, 2016

APMS Annual Meeting Reminder

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Site of the 56th APMS annual meeting


Our room block at the Amway Grand Plaza is filling up fast.  The time is now to make your reservations for the 56th Annual Meeting of the Aquatic Plant Management Society to be held July 17-20, 2016 at the historic Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI.  Hotel reservations can be made online at:   


or by calling the Amway Grand Plaza at (800) 253-3590.  When making your reservations by phone, be sure to mention that you are part of the Aquatic Plant Management Society.  The cutoff date for reservations at the special group rate is June 23, 2016.  Our special APMS guest room rate is $134.00 for single and double occupancy per night plus applicable tax.  The meeting registration fees are $275.00 for a delegate and $130.00 for a guest (spouse, partner, child over 12 years of age) if received by June 23, 2016.  After this date, registration fees at the door will be $330.00 for a delegate and $155.00 for a guest. 


The pre-final agenda was recently uploaded to the APMS website. This will be an extraordinary meeting, so plan to attend and bring the family!  Please help us in planning for the 56th Annual Meeting by submitting the Meeting Registration Form on the APMS website by June 23, 2016



Tommy W. Bowen

Duke Energy Carolinas

Water Strategy, Hydro Licensing, and Lake Services

13339 Hagers Ferry Road (MG03A3)

Huntersville, NC 28078

Office:  (980) 875-5422




SFAPMS-C.E.U Course Announcement- June 30, 2016

For questions, e-mail: info@sfapms.org or call  954.370.0041



South Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society

General Meeting Announcement





Thursday, June 30, 2016

8:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.



Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Center

12800 Hagen Ranch Road

Boynton Beach, FL 33437





8:00 A.M. - 8:15 A.M.

Registration and Refreshments


Complimentary Breakfast Sponsored by

Vortex Granular Systems- Michael Blatt 


R&K Pump & Equipment- Ken Byrd


8:15 A.M. - 9:05 A.M.

Safety Precautions and Alternative Strategies 

for Algal Control and Muck Degradation

Patrick Simmsgeiger & Ballard Shearer- Diversified Waterscapes


9:05 A.M. - 9:55 A.M.

Proper Maintenance of Mangrove Habitat

Mark Lange- Green Space Consulting

Chad Bates- Environmental Services Unlimited


9:55 A.M. - 10:15 A.M. 


Walking tour of the Green Cay Wetlands


10:15 A.M. - 11:05 A.M.

Update on Rules and Regulations

Luna Phillips Esq. - Gunster Law


11:05 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Watershed Management and the Importance of Water Reuse

Kevin Carter - Broward County Water &

Wastewater Services


12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Complimentary Lunch

Sponsored by Aquatic Biologists/ Lonza - Harry Knight


* 4 C.E.U.'s will be available for SFAPMS Members

Guests are welcome to attend and earn C.E.U. credit at a charge of $20.00







Learn More about SFAPMS Membership: Click Here!


Sponsorship Opportunities Available!



Click Here!


South Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society

Reservation Form- June 30, 2016





Company Affiliation:






City, State, Zip Code:



Telephone: _______________________________________________





Are you planning to stay for lunch?     ______ Yes     ______ No


_______ Member (FREE)       _______ Guest ($20.00)



8930 State Road 84, No. 316

Davie, FL 33324


Online registration is available!

Click Here!


Email: info@sfapms.org


(Phone) 954.370.0041

 (Fax) 954.382.1893





SFAPMS, 8930 State Road 84, No. 316, Davie, FL 33324



Sent by linda@expertbizsolution.com in collaboration with


Chemically Speaking-Spring 2016 - PLEASE SEE PDF ATTACHMENT

We hope you enjoy reading our Chemically Speaking Spring 2016 edition.    Please download the PDF attachment.  Thank you.


MidSouth APMS Applicator Workshop (Sep 13, 2016)

On Tuesday September 13, 2016, the MidSouth Aquatic Plant Management Society will hold an aquatic applicator workshop during the 35th annual conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  This event will provide a recertification opportunity for individuals certified as aquatic pesticide applicators in the MidSouth and surrounding regions.  The morning session will include a 90 minute boat tour of Henderson Lake, which is located in the western portion of the Atchafalaya Basin.  Participants will experience first-hand invasive species, beautiful landscapes, and learn about current management efforts to control giant salvinia, hydrilla, water hyacinth, and other problematic aquatic species.  During the afternoon session, a classroom setting will utilized for several presentations focusing on plant identification, chemical control, biological control, and pesticide safety.  For more information on the workshop, please visit http://www.msapms.org/ or contact Christopher Mudge (Christopher.R.Mudge@usace.army.mil).


Thank you,




Christopher R. Mudge, PhD

Research Biologist


LSU School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences Baton Rouge, LA 70803

BlackBerry: 225-270-9661

Office: 225-578-1208       

Fax: 225-578-1403






Application Deadline Extended: Financial Assistance Helps Nursery Owners Save Water

Financial Assistance Helps Nursery Owners Save Water

Application deadline extended to June 3


GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 24, 2016 — The deadline has been extended to June 3 for nursery owners in Lake, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Volusia counties to apply for financial and technical assistance to install water conservation practices through a special sign-up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).


Financial assistance will be available for eligible nursery owners to install evaporative cooling pad recovery systems or improve existing systems.  “In Florida, assisting agricultural producers conserve water is a top priority for NRCS.  One nursery with an improved recycled water nursery cooling pad system can save around 22,000 gallons a month.  Through this special funding we plan to assist nursery operations to implement practices that will save thousands of gallons of water per month,” said Florida State Conservationist, Russell Morgan.    


Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis for all programs, funding selections are typically made once a year. 


For more information or to apply, contact the NRCS district conservationists in the following counties:

Lake: Tavares Service Center, Suzy Daubert, 352-343-2481 X3 or 352-742-7005 x3

Seminole: Cocoa/Partnership Office, David Millard, 321-633-1702 x241

Orange & Osceola: Kissimmee Service Center, Chuck O’Rourke, 407-847-4465 x105

Polk: Bartow Service Center, Edward Sheehan, 863-533-2051 x3

Volusia: Deland Service Center, George Johnson, 386-985-4037 x3


To learn about technical and financial assistance available from NRCS, go to Getting Started with NRCS.





Thursday, May 26, 2016

FFL Program Coordinator Position is Posted! Closes June 1

Extension Advisory Leadership Committee and Extension Team, we’re so glad to have this position posted and ready for a whole lot of amazingly qualified applicants. Please help spread the word; the description and application information is at the link below. The position closes in one week, June 1. Thanks,






Nicole Walker

Extension Director and 4-H Youth/Community Development

UF/IFAS Extension Polk County

P: 863.519.1045

W: http://polkextension.com

E: naw@ufl.edu





Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Cultivator Newsletter - May 2016




Connecting farmers and food system innovators across Florida

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


Issue No. 8

May 2016




Introducing the Farm to School,

Farm to Community Team


The team works with local partners as well as state and federal agencies to improve the health of Florida citizens while benefiting farmers and the local economy.  Read More 




Keeping your leafy vegetables looking fresh
at the farmers' market

Do you struggle to keep your greens looking great at your farmers market display? We have plenty of tips for you! - Read More! 





Upcoming Regional Conference

October 11, 2016
Marianna, FL
More information here






Upcoming Events 



Northwest Florida


- 2016 Master Goat and Sheep Certification 
May 20-21, and June 3-4, Quincy
  For more information and registration here  

- Gulf Coast Farm to Table - Networking event
May 23 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm (CDT), Cantonment
  More information and registration here

- North Florida Peach Variety Meeting
  May 31 from 10:00am-12:00pm, Quincy
  More information here

- FAMU Farm Fest 2016
  June 11 from 10am-3:00pm, Quincy
  For more information and registration here

 - Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference
  October 11, 2016, Jackson County
  More information here
  Registration will be open in June

Northeast Florida


- High Tunnel Production in Northeast Florida

  May 24 from 10:00am-12:00pm, Jacksonville
  More information and registration here  

- Florida Farmers' Network
June 27 from 9:00am-5:00pm, Gainesville
  More information and free registration here

- Florida Farmers' Network
July 12 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Jacksonville
  More information and free registration here

- Soil Microbiology Short Course: Applications 

  and  Analysis of Mycorrhizal Associations.

  July 11-13, 2016, Gainesville

  Registration and more info here

Central Florida


- FSPCA Training - to become "Preventative 

 Controls Qualified Individual" for Food Safety 

  June 1 - 3, Orlando
  More information and registration  here     


Send us your events to share!!! 

South Central Florida


- How to Start a Food Business in Florida
  May 27, 2016; Immokalee
  More information and registration here

- Tampa Bay Cottage Industry Expo
  July 30, from 9:00am-3:30pm, Wesley Chapel, FL
  More information and registration here

- FSPCA Training - to become "Preventative
  Controls Qualified Individual" for Food Safety
  August 9 - 11, Wimauma
  More information and registration  here

- Canning Under the Cottage Law
  November 4 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Bartow
  More information and registration here    

South Florida

- Localecopia Meet and Greet  
  May 25 from 1:00pm-3:00pm, Palm Beach
  RSVP to info@localecopia.org

- South Florida Bee College
  August 12-13, Davie, FL
  For more information email honeybee@ifas.ufl.edu
- FSPCA Training - to become "Preventative

  Controls Qualified Individual" for Food Safety
  September 7 -9, Fort Pierce
  More information and registration here 

- Regional Small Farms Conference
  November 1-2, Fort Pierce, FL
  More information forthcoming.  



Other Events outside Florida

- Southern SARE Cover Crop Conference

  July 18-19, 2016, Mt. Olive and Goldsboro, 

  North Carolina

  More information here




News and Announcements

Relevant Publications

- Turning Florida lanws into food - Orlando.
  More here 

- UF/IFAS Extension backyard poultry seminar. More

- Loans from USDA's FSA now can support storage and post-harvest equipment for farmers who sell at local markets. More here 

- UF/IFAS Publication: Leafy Greens in
  Hydroponics and Protected Culture for Florida.
  Open here 

- UF/IFAS Publication: Management of Cucurbit
  Downy Mildew in Florida. Open here 

- UF/IFAS Publication: School Gardens? A Growing
  part of Schools. Open here

- Lowering soil pH to Optimize Nutrient
  Management and Crop Production. Open here 







About this Newsletter.

The Cultivator is an online monthly newsletter 

published by the UF/IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Team. 


The objectives of the newsletter are to share practical production and marketing information

 and build a strong network among small and medium scale farmers 

and other food system stakeholders across Florida. 




About us

is a collaboration of about 140 University State and County Faculty Extension across Florida.

The team works on supporting small and medium scale farms 

and strengthening local and regional food systems.


We hope that you find this online newsletter useful.

Please send us your events, announcements, feedback, suggestions and questions to

Call us at 352-294-1692


UF/IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Team

PO Box 110690

Gainesville, FL 32611



Follow us on: Like us on Facebook   View our videos on YouTube


Copyright © 2015 All Rights Reserved.


Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Team, PO Box 110690, Gainesville, FL 32611



Sent by smallfarmnews@ifas.ufl.edu in collaboration with