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.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Florida Land Steward Update 9/1/16
Florida Land Steward Update September 1, 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.
IN HERMINE'S PATH? STAY SAFE! Getting the update out a day early due to the incoming storm. Looks like a lot of water coming our way. If you need to be out on the road, DO NOT traverse flooded roadways – it's really hard to tell how deep that water is!
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 EQIP ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR 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.
WHAT'S UP WITH MICROPLASTICS?! September is Microplastic Awareness Month.. Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic less than 5mm in size that are being found in large quantities in our local water bodies, impacting marine organisms and most likely us too. Everything we do is connected to the water. A statewide team of University of Florida IFAS Extension agents is tackling this huge issue and they need our help. Learn more about microplastics and how you can help minimize their release into water: http://stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/sea/microplastics/index.html. Facebookers, see, like and share the project at https://www.facebook.com/MicroplasticAwarenessProject
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
Orange County Ag Conservation Workgroup , 10 am – 12 pm, UF/IFAS Orange County Extension, 6021 S Conway Rd, Orlando, FL 32812. Local farmers and ranchers are invited to a workgroup with the Orange Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service identify resource concerns and the future direction of conservation efforts. Contact: Chuck O'Rourke at (407) 847-4465.Contact: Chuck O'Rourke at 407-847-4465.
Ag Conservation Workgroup for Hillsborough, Pinellas Counties, 3 pm ET at Florida Strawberry Grower Association, 13138 Lewis Gallagher Road, Dover, FL 33527. Local farmers and ranchers are invited to a workgroup with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to identify and prioritize conservation efforts in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties Sept. 7, Contact Lisa Harper, (813) 752-1474 Ext.-3.
Grass Identification Workshop (link), UF/IFAS Range Cattle REC, 3401 Experiment Station, Ona, FL 33865. Provided by the FL Wildlife Society. Cost is $25 for FLWS members, $50 for nonmembers. See link for details and registration or contact Erin Myers, firstname.lastname@example.org, (239) 370-6302.
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.
East Florida CISMA Fall Meeting (link), 10 am to 3 pm ET, Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, 444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville, FL. 1.5 Natural Areas and 1.5 Aquatic CEUs approved. See link above for details and registration.
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.
Forest Stewardship / Tree Farm Tour: Forest Management at the Landscape Level, Clay County, 9 am to 2 pm at Bear Bay Timber Company, off Sharron Road in Clay County. Mark your calendar, more details to be posted soon.
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.
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.
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
Fall Cattle Seminar, Walton County (link), 4:00 to 7:30 pm CT, Paxton Ag Center, 22036 Hwy 331 North, Paxton, FL 32567. Provided by UF/IFAS Walton County Extension. $5 fee covers steak dinner and program. Please RSVP by Sept. 12th by calling (850) 892-8172 or emailing email@example.com to reserve your seat. For more information about the workshop see link above or contact Mike Goodchild.
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. More details to be posted soon. Reserve a space by calling Whitney at the Florida Forestry Association, (850) 222-5646.
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.
Monthly Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) Webinar, 1:30 to 2:30 pm ET, every 4th Wednesday. Join the webinar for CISMA updates, news and the latest on invasive species in Florida. Connect at https://ufifas.adobeconnect.com/fisp/
Forest inSight Conference East (link), Oconee Civic Center, Watkinsville, GA. The conference will present and demonstrate how genetic and silviculture decisions can optimize production efficiency and profits. See link above for details and registration.
11th Biennial Longleaf Conference - Growing a Legacy: A Working Forest for the Long Run, Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel, Savannah, GA. For details about the conference and to register go to www.ncsu-feop.org/LLA/.