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Polk Small Farms & Pesticide Training Update


Greetings from the UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Office!


Weather got you in a holding pattern?

Check out this new factsheet on correspondence CEUs and use the down time to work towards your license renewal.


Need to get your GIBMP certification?

You can earn that certification online one hour at a time! 

See more about that here. or

Order a DVD and get a group done. 
See more about that here.


Green Industries Best Management Practices (GIBMP) Train the Trainer Oct 19

Have you already been to a live GIBMP training class and passed with 90% or better?  Does your organization need someone to be a certified instructor to help keep certifications up to date?  Send your GIBMP certified employee to the Train the Trainer program and get moving in the right direction. 

Be sure to look over the detailed requirements here and see registration info below.


Not yet completed your BMP Certification?

See the Seffner class coming up soon and other training below.

 You can always check the calendar yourself here:




Sept 2016




Sept 8


Green Industries Best Management Practices
CEUS  Registration

Sept 8-10


Florida Local Food Summit

Sept 12


Pesticide exam - Testing starts promptly at 9:00am
FAQ Fact Sheet (863) 519-1049
Instructions to register to take exam on computer

Sept 15


Limited Commercial Maintenance and Limited Lawn and Ornamental Exam Prep CEUS
Flyer coming soon

Sept 22


Aquatic and Natural Areas CEU Day


October 2016




Oct 3


Pesticide exam - Testing starts promptly at 9:00am
FAQ Fact Sheet (863) 519-1049
Instructions to register to take exam on computer

Oct 5


Core and Private Applicator Exam prep
CEUS  Flyer

Oct 19


Green Industries Best Management Practices Train the Trainer
See details about qualifications here
Flyer       Application

Oct 11


Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference






Mary Beth Henry, Extension Agent II | UF/IFAS Extension Polk County | 863 519-1049 || http://polksmallfarms.com



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Florida Beekeepers Conference 2016


Hello District Reps and Association Contacts,

        The Florida State Beekeepers Association 2016 conference is Oct 20-22 at the Hilton UF Conference Center in Gainesville, Florida.  Advertising in the event program is a great opportunity to promote your business or association and support the Florida State Beekeepers Association and our efforts to build a new Honey Bee Research and Education lab at the University of Florida.  

        Conference highlights include:

    • Daniel Weaver of BeeWeaver Apiaries, Navasota, TX
    • Les Crowder, co-author of Top Bar Beekeeping Organic Practices for Honey Bee Health 
    • Dr. Frank Rinkevich, USDA Honey Bee Lab, Baton Rouge, LA
    • Florida Association of Property Appraisers - Beekeeper round-table discussion on establishing State guidelines for agricultural property tax exemptions for beekeeping operations
    • Agritourism Opportunities 
    • Marketing support from Florida Department of Agriculture
    • Honey Show
    • Honey Bee Technical Council Meeting
    • Master Beekeeper Testing
    • Beginner Instruction
    • Trade Show


        Advertising rates are

    • $75     quarter page ad
    • $125   half page ad
    • $200   full page ad


        We hope you will consider attending and promoting the conference.  Additional advertising information is attached.  For more information about the conference, visit or reply to this email.


Tony Hogg
Florida State Beekeepers Assn
904 515 3722


Panhandle Conference - Speakers Announced!




Tuesday October 11, 2016

at the Jackson County Agricultural Complex
Marianna, FL




Speakers Announced!

Early Bird Fees end on September 5



Check out our full program with all the speakers and sessions.

Conference Highlights include:

Our keynote speaker is Richard Wiswall who runs Cate Farm,
a certified organic farm in Vermont  and is author of
"The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook."  Read about him here!

  Tomato grafting demonstration by Dr. Xin Zhao. Read more here!

High Tunnel Pest Exclusion Systems and IPM sessions
by Dr. Ayanava Majumdar. Read more here!

Farm tours to a satsuma grove in Marianna. Read more here!



Early Bird Fee is $40 
Your registration includes farm tour transportation,
lunch, refreshments and educational materials

See all the conference activities and register online:



For more information please email Jose Perez or call 352-294-1692 or visit our website

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