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.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Florida Land Steward Update 10/11/16
Florida Land Steward Update October 11, 2016
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News, information and upcoming events below. Please share this update with your neighbors, colleagues and others that may be interested.
WORKING FORESTS WEEK COMING UP, NEW EVENTS ON THE CALENDAR à Working Forests Week is October 16-23 and there are several events going on that week and into November that fit that theme! Registration has been extended for the 10/19 Workshop on Managing Forests for Timber and Wildlife in Bryceville so sign up for that now. Please note the date change on the Tree Farm / Forest Stewardship Tour at Bear Bay Timber Co. in Clay County. That takes place October 26. Registration is now open for a November 2 Tree Farm / Forest Stewardship Tour in Lake County. See the event calendar for details on these and many other events.
ANYONE PARTICIPATING IN THE TREE FARM PROGRAM'S "YOUR LEGACY, YOUR LAND" MONTHLY WEBINARS ON SUCCESSION PLANNING? The Forest Stewardship Program was planning a Polycom workshop on this topic in December but this may be redundant if many of you are participating in the Tree Farm webinars. Please share your feedback on this to Chris Demers, firstname.lastname@example.org so we can plan accordingly.
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.
SIGN UP FOR WETLAND RESERVE EASEMENTS Application deadline is November 15 Agricultural landowners and Indian tribes can apply for a Wetland Reserve Easement until Nov. 15 for fiscal year 2017 funding. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance for landowners to purchase and restore wetlands, protect wildlife habitat and recharge groundwater on their property. Eligible landowners can enroll in a permanent or 30-year easement. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis, funding selections are typically made once a year. Applications are available online. Contact Roney Gutierrez, 352-338-9502 for questions and submissions.
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
International Tropical Botany & Pine Rockland Conference (link), Miami, FL. See link for full itinerary and lodging details. Florida International University, International Center for Tropical Botany, Hainan University, The Nature Conservancy, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami Dade County. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Everglades National Park, Tropical Audubon Society, The Kampong, USDA Agricultural Research Station at Chapman Field, Montgomery Botanical Center, The Institute for Regional Conservation. Includes 2 days of scientific presentations and 3 days of field tours. General questions can directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Certified Pile Burner Class, Bradford County (link), 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, West Central Florida Agriculture Education Center, 7620 SR 471, Bushnell, FL 32091. Provided by Florida Forest Service and UF/IFAS Bradford County Extension. $50 fee covers program and lunch. See link above for details and registration or call the Extension office at (904) 966-6299.
Certified Pile Burner Class, Sumter County (link), 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Sumter County Extension Office, 2266 North Temple Avenue, Starke, FL 32091. Provided by Florida Forest Service and UF/IFAS Bradford County Extension. $50 fee covers program and lunch. See link above for details and registration or call DarLinda Duteau at email@example.com, (352) 569-6862.
Florida Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Tour and Awards Ceremony (link), Leon County, FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED.
Managing Your Forests and Farms for Fish and Wildlife Workshop (link), 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Service Office, 3098 Airport road, Crestview , FL 32539. Provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Florida IFAS, and Farm Credit of Northwest FL. Workshop and lunch are provided free of charge but you must pre-register by October 15. To pre-register contact Billie Clayton at (850) 767-3634.
Working Forests Week Open House at Pine Log State Forest, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. CT, Pine Log State Forest, 5583-A Longleaf Road, Ebro, Florida 32437. Join us for educational exhibits, hay ride tours, tree identification hike, FWC exhibits, food sold to benefit Operation Outdoor Freedom. Day use fees waived the entire day! Contact Mike Mathis, (850) 625-6635, John.Mathis@FreshFromFlorida.com
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 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/.