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.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Florida Land Steward Update 8/12/16
Florida Land Steward Update August 12, 2016
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.
SUMMER / FALL ISSUE OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE In this issue: Restoring Longleaf at Little Creek Woods, A New Approach to an Old Problem, Connect and Receive Conservation Help from the USDA Online, Southern Pine Beetle Activity Increases in Florida, Timber Price Update, Certified Forest Stewards and Tree Farmers. Current and back issues of FLS here.
JULY / AUGUST ISSUE OF FIRE LINES NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE In the this issue: Climate Change and Southeastern Fire Potential Revisited, DEET Reduces Flame Resistance of Nomex, Save the Date for Your State's Prescribed Fire Councils' Meetings. Current and back issues of Fire Lines here.
SOUTHERN PINE BEETLE ACTIVITY UPDATE As of the last update from the Forest Health Section of the Florida Forest Service, Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Activity in Florida has slowed down and no new active spots have been reported in the past couple weeks, but landowners and foresters should still be on the lookout for new activity. As of August 10, there are 171 reported SPB infestations covering at total of 919 acres. Of that, 526 acres are active and 393 acres are controlled. See the August 10 SPB map here.
FLORIDA PRESCRIBED FIRE COUNCIL MEETINGS SCHEDULED Central Florida Prescribed Fire Council Meeting: September 23, 2016, Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Ln., Kissimmee, FL 34744. Registration link
North Florida Prescribed Fire Council Meeting: October 12, 2016, Theatre Tallahassee, 1861 Thomasville Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32303. Registration info to be posted.
USDA NRCS ASSISTANCE HELPS FLORIDA FARMERS, RANCHERS CONSERVE NATURAL RESOURCES Application deadline for financial assistance October 21, 2016 Florida farmers, ranchers and forest owners can apply until Oct. 21 for financial and technical assistance from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for fiscal year 2017 funding. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis for all programs, funding selections are typically made once a year.
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.
NORTHWEST FLORIDA LANDOWNERS INITIATE NEW FACEBOOK GROUP FOR FLORIDA LAND STEWARDS OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA By Marcia Booth, Gadsden County Land Steward As landowners in Gadsden County who have been restoring twenty acres of land to their original natural longleaf pine and wiregrass habitat for the past few years, my husband and I appreciate how difficult and overwhelming land management can be. Maintaining the lifelong health of the land that can be enjoyed by future generations, whether it is restoring a healthy ecosystem for the benefit of wildlife and plants, growing longleaf pines commercially, or creating habitat that attracts wildlife for hunting, is a common goal for landowners.
I am inviting you to join a newly formed Facebook Page and Group for landowners in Northwest Florida who are interested in managing their property responsibly. This independent forum is directed by landowners. I hope you will:
Check here to see what's up with land stewardship. We'll be posting information and comments about land stewardship, press releases, and resource information to people interested in available programs and resources. No Facebook account is required.
Interact directly with other landowners in Northwest Florida to discuss and share your successes and failures with your land restoration, longleaf planting, pollinator habitat, and other conservation practices. Share what has worked for you or what you would have done differently. Ask for advice about federal and state programs, how to get forestry assistance with a burn, safe herbicide use, tree selection, habitat questions, best chainsaw for cutting trees, recommended sources for trees and seeds, or planting crew recommendations. And best of all, you can post before and after photos of your property in a photo album to showcase your success! I know it inspires me to see what other landowners have accomplished. This group does require a Facebook account.
·Share this information with anyone who may be interested.
We need your support and participation in the Northwest FL Stewards group to succeed.
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
South Florida & Caribbean Bee College (link), UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Davie, FL. Calling all beekeepers, new and experienced, growers, gardeners, and anyone interested in learning about bees and beekeeping. See link above for details and registration.
Sarasota County Ag Conservation Workgroup, 6:30 pm ET, Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Ken Clark Auditorium, 3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL. Local farmers, ranchers and other landowners are invited to participate in a workgroup with Sarasota Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to identify and prioritize county conservation efforts. Contact Israel Vega or Janie Besselman at (941) 907-0011.
Ag Conservation Workgroup for Hardee and DeSoto Counties, 2 pm ET at UF/IFAS Hardee County Extension Service Building, 507 Civic Center Drive, Wauchula, FL 33873. Local farmers and ranchers are invited to a workgroup with the Hardee County and the Peace River Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to identify and prioritize county conservation efforts. Contact Dan Schabilion or Marty Rowan at (863) 773-4764 Ext.3
Feral Swine Workshop, 9:30 am ET, UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Office, 2242 N.E. Jacksonville RD, Ocala, FL. Local farmers, ranchers and forestland owners are invited. Guest speaker Cailey Thomas, USDA/APHIS and Mark Cunningham, DVM. Hosted by FAMU Cooperative Extension and The Florida Black Farmers and Agriculturalist Association. Contact FAMU Extension, (850) 599-3546. Workshop is free and lunch is provided.
Polk County Ag Conservation Workgroup, 2-3 pm ET, UF/IFAS Polk County Cooperative Extension Service Office, Brenneman Auditorium, 1702 Hwy 17 South (Spessard Holland Parkway) Bartow, FL 33830. Local farmers, ranchers and forestland owners are invited to participate in a workgroup with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to identify resource concerns in Polk County. Contact Ed Sheehan, ( 863) 533-2015 Ext 3.
Florida Local Food Summit (link), East End Market, Orlando, FL. Provided by Florida Organic Growers, East End Market and Local Roots Distribution. See link above for details.
Private Lands Partners Day: The Northern Everglades - The Land, Water and People (link), Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center, Sebring, FL. Hosted by The Partners for Conservation, this event brings together landowners and partners from across the nation to interact with conservation agency leadership from across the country, share stories of partnership, and visit ranches that are models for successful public-private partnerships. See link above for more information.
Principles of Pasture Productivity Workshop Series (link), 6:30 pm CT, UF/IFAS Calhoun County Extension Office, Blountstown, FL. Provided by UF/IFAS, this series will help livestock producers gain a better understanding of pasture productivity. There is a $25 registration fee for the entire series or $10 per session. Light refreshments and printed program materials will be provided. See link above for details and registration or contact Calhoun County Extension Office at (850) 674-8323.
Principles of Pasture Productivity Workshop Series (link), 6:30 pm CT, UF/IFAS Washington County Extension Office, Chipley, FL. Provided by UF/IFAS, this series will help livestock producers gain a better understanding of pasture productivity. There is a $25 registration fee for the entire series or $10 per session. Light refreshments and printed program materials will be provided. See link above for details and registration or contact Washington County Extension Office at (850) 638-6180.
FAMU Grape Harvest Festival, 8 am - 4 pm ET, FAMU Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research, 6505 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32317.
Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop (link), 9 am to 3 pm ET, Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Training Center, 108 Island Drive Eastpoint, FL 32328. Provided by Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. $10 fee covers materials and lunch. FDACS Pesticide applicator CEUs approved: 2.0 General Standards/Core 487, 2.0 General Standards Core 482, 3.0 Private Applicator, 2.0 Ag Row Crop, 3.0 Forestry, 3.0 Natural Areas Weed Mgmt, 3.0 ROW, 1.0 Limited Wildlife Trapper. SAF CFEs also approved: 2.0 Cat 1 and 2.0 Cat 2.. Please register on-line at http://www.gulfalliancetraining.org/detail.aspx?Id=118 or you can reserve a space by contacting Anita Grove at the Reserve at (850) 670-7708, Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us
Florida Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Tour and Awards Ceremony, Leon County, at the Register Family Partnership Tree Farm near Woodville, FL, just south of Tallahassee. Mark your calendar. More details to come.
Prescribed Fire for Wildlife (link), Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL. Provided by the Florida Wildlife Society, Tall Timbers, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Details to be posted at link above or contact Jim Schortemeyer, firstname.lastname@example.org, (239) 455-5847.
Forest inSight Conference East (link), Oconee Civic Center, Watkinsville, GA. The purposed of the conference is to present and demonstrate how genetic and silviculture decisions can optimize production efficiency and profits. See link above for details and registration.