Monday, June 26, 2017

Student Scholarship Information

The attached scholarship information is for students taking classes related to the study of aquatic environmental sciences or related areas and is open to anyone.

 

Please see attached scholarship information.

 

With regards,

 

 

 

Steve W.

Florida Land Steward Update 6/23/17

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD UPDATE
June 23, 2017


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.

*- Link to the current quarterly Florida Land Steward Newsletter (Spring-Summer 2017, Vol 6, No 2) and back issues -*

 

NEWS & INFO BRIEF

 

AIR POTATO PATROL CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT
A new on-line Citizen Science project is looking for volunteers at https://airpotatobeetle.com/. This collaborative project between University of Florida IFAS Extension and Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services seeks to educate residents on how to identify and better control air potato vines, and to gather data important to current research and air potato leaf beetle tracking. The website contains educational videos and a blog to educate the participants and keep them updated. Volunteers will be asked to complete surveys to evaluate the level of air potato infestation and the presence of the air potato beetles in their test plots. For more information please visit the website or contact William Lester, UF/IFAS Extension, at wlester@ufl.edu.



2017 SOUTHERN PINE BEETLE ASSISTANCE AND PREVENTION PROGRAM
Apply by July 31, 2017

The Florida Forest Service has announced the 2017 Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program, offered to eligible non-industrial private forest landowners by the Florida Forest Service (FFS) through temporary grants from the USDA Forest Service.

The goal of this program is to minimize SPB damage in Florida by helping forest landowners conduct management practices that can make their pine stands less susceptible to this destructive insect pest. Forest management practices such as thinning, prescribed burning, other competition control, and use of less-susceptible pine species can improve the health of pine stands and decrease their likelihood of developing SPB infestations.

 The program offers partial cost reimbursement or incentive payments for first pulpwood thinning, prescribed burning, planting longleaf and/or slash pine, and mechanical underbrush treatments. All payments are made at specified per-acre or per-seedling rates.

The program is limited to 44 northern Florida counties located within the range of the southern pine beetle. Qualified landowners may apply for up to two approved practices per year. The minimum tract size requirement is 10 acres (5 acres for a First Pulpwood Thinning) and funding requests may not exceed $10,000. Only one application per landowner is permitted per year. All applications received during the sign-up period will be evaluated and ranked to determine which applications can be approved with the available grant funds. Applications that meet all of the eligibility and program requirements will be evaluated for funding. Landowners with current, active Forest Stewardship Plans or Tree Farm Certification will receive a 15-point boost in their ranking score. Those with a consultant-prepared Multi-Resource Management Plan (MRMP) on file with the County Forester will receive a 10-point increase.

More details are on the 2017 SPB Program web page.

Contact your Florida Forest Service County Forester to apply.



JUNE IS NATIONAL POLLINATOR MONTH
Bees are our most important pollinators and there are over 4,000 native bee species in North America. Many are declining. Learn how your garden can support bees and other pollinators and join a national effort to promote these important insects.

Information from UF/IFAS Extension about Florida native plants:
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_native_plants



FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR COGONGRASS CONTROL ON PRIVATE LANDS WITHIN APALACHICOLA WATERSHED
Funding is available from the US Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program for invasive species control within the Apalachicola River watershed. Cogongrass on private lands in Gadsden and Liberty counties is highest priority for treatment. This is a 60% cost share. Contact Brian Pelc, The Nature Conservancy, (727) 515-8313, bpelc@tnc.org.



SOMETHING BUGGING YOUR TREES? - CHECK OUT THE NEW DIAGNOSTICS FORUM
Hosted by a group of forest and tree health specialists with Southeastern universities and agencies, we are here to help identify pests and diseases in your forest or your backyard, and to recommend a solution, if appropriate. Join the group and report your tree health issue! Visit the new Forest Health Diagnostic forum on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SouthernTreeHealthDiagnostics/



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, cdemers@ufl.edu


More news and info at the Florida Land Steward Blog

 

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EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)

 July 14

Cover Crop Tour Helps Florida Ag Producers Build Soil Health (link), 10 am - 1 pm ET at the NRCS Brooksville Plant Material Center, 14119 Broad St, Brooksville, FL 34601. Farmers, ranchers and researchers invited. Free tour showcases performance of 17 summer cover crop species in west central Florida and tests of five summer cover crop species to improve soil health. Learn evaluation results for different cover crop seed sources and planting recommendations. Regional soil health scientist Nathan Lowder will demonstrate different infiltration rates for cropland management types. Hosted by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Contact Janet Grabowski at 352-796-9600, ext. 3831 or janet.grabowski@fl.usda.gov.

July 26-27

14th Annual Everglades Invasive Species Summit (link), Tree Tops County Park in Broward County. Presented by Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. $5 fee. See link above for details and registration.

August 3

First Coast Invasive Species Management Area Meeting, 10 am to 3 pm ET, UF/IFAS St. Johns County Extension Office, 3125 Agricultural Center Dr, St Augustine, FL 32092. Topics will include control methods for Johnsongrass and Old World climbing fern; Early Detection Rapid Response training, and more. For more information contact Kaitlyn Dietz, (904) 823-2291, Kaitlyn.dietz@dep.state.fl.us

August 15-18

Basic Wildland Firefighter Training, S-130/190 (link), Florida Forest Service Waccasassa Forestry Center, Gainesville, and Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, Melrose. See link above for details and registration.

September 17-19

Organic Food and Farming Summit (link), Gainesville, FL. Provided by Florida Organic Growers. See link for details.

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)

July 26

Need Pesticide CEUs? Attend The Great CEU Round-Up (link), 8:30 am – 4:00 pm EDT at participating UF/IFAS Extension Offices in the Panhandle. Presented by The Florida Turfgrass Association and UF/IFAS. Earn up to 6 CEUs across 14 license categories as this statewide program is broadcast to participating Extension Offices, in the panhandle these include Bay, Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Calhoun, Leon, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties. Until 7/21, registration is $15 for UF/IFAS employees, $30 for municipal employees, and $50 for industry professionals. Starting 7/22, prices increase to $22.50 for UF/IFAS employees, $45 for municipal employees, and $75 for industry professionals. See link above for details.

August 9

Tri-State Forest Herbicide Workshop (link), 8 am to 4 pm ET, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy, FL. This one-day workshop is appropriate for managers of forest land and natural areas and will provide 5 forestry CFEs and state pesticide license CEUs (5) applied for in AL, FL, GA. Speakers include: Dr. David Dickens, UGA, Dr. Nancy Loewenstein, AU, Dr. Stephen Enloe and Dr. Pat Minogue, UF, and representatives from industry. Registration is limited to 100 attendees and advance registration is encouraged through Eventbrite at the link above.This is filling fast so register soon.

September 28

Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop (pdf link), 9 am to 3 pm CT, UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office, Crestview, FL. Join us to learn about identifying and controlling some of the most troublesome invasive exotic plants like cogongrass, Japanese climbing fern and others. We'll also address new and established exotic insects that are causing land management problems. Earn pesticide applicator CEUs and forestry CFEs and connect with partnership and assistance opportunities! Presented by the Six Rivers Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. Register on-line at https://fsp-workshop092817.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension at (850) 689-5850. Please register by September 15 so we can plan accordingly.

October 5

Forest Stewardship Tour at David and Cindi Stewart's Sandhills Farm, Jackson County (pdf link), 9 am to 2 pm CT. Join us to learn about longleaf pine regeneration, prescribed fire, forest groundcover and habitat enhancements for a variety of wildlife species. Take this opportunity to meet your County Forester, UF/IFAS County Extension Agent, Landowner Assistance Biologists, and other resource partners that can provide management assistance, cost-share opportunities, forest certification and many other resources. $10 fee. Register at https://fsp-tour100517.eventbrite.com/ or contact UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension at (850) 482-9620. Please register by September 22 so we can plan accordingly. This will be a walking tour so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the field.

 

 WEBINARS, REGIONAL EVENTS

 

June 29

Ecosystem Services Webinar: Valuation of Ecosystem Services from Farms and Forests (link), 3-4 pm ET. Hosted by Duke University. See link for registration.

 

July 10

Forestry Webinar: Fire Prevention Education Teams: Lessons Learned from the 2016 Appalachian Wildfires (link), 11 am ET, See link for details and to join.

 

July 12

Wildlife Wednesday Webinar: Florida's Owls - Whoo Is Making That Sound? (link), 12:15 to 1 pm ET, See link for details and registration.

 

July 25

Forestry Webinar: Drought and Urban Forests (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details and to join.

 

July 25

Natural Resources Webinar: Native Thistles: Important and Misunderstood Plants for Conservation (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details and to join.

 

August 2

Science & Technology Webinar: High Tunnel Systems (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details and to join.

 

August 16

Wildlife Wednesday Webinar: Florida's Small But Significant Songbirds (link), 12:15 to 1 pm ET, See link for details and registration.

 

September 20

Wildlife Wednesday Webinar: Commonly Encountered Ducks of Florida (link), 12:15 to 1 pm ET, See link for details and registration.

 

October 18

Wildlife Wednesday Webinar: This-or-That? Florida's Birds (link), 12:15 to 1 pm ET, See link for details and registration.

 

November 15

Wildlife Wednesday Webinar: This-or-That? Florida's Wildlife (link), 12:15 to 1 pm ET, See link for details and registration.


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More events on these sites and web calendars:

UF/IFAS Web Calendar

Florida Forest Stewardship Calendar

http://smallfarms.ifas.ufl.edu/events_calendar.html

http://www.floridainvasives.org/

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Florida Native Plant Society Chapters:  http://www.fnps.org/chapters/chapters

Brooker Creek Preserve Events, Pinellas County

Florida Forest Service Training Opportunities

Forestry and Natural Resources Webinars

Check with your UF/IFAS County Extension Office for more events
and information relevant to your county:

http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/map/

On Facebook? Visit and Like   Florida Land Steward on Facebook

 

 

Florida Land Steward Partners:

 

UF/IFAS SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES & CONSERVATION
UF/IFAS DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE ECOLOGY & CONSERVATION

FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION

USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE
US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE PARTNERS PROGRAM

THE LONGLEAF ALLIANCE
PENINSULAR FLORIDA LANDSCAPE COOPERATIVE

FLORIDA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION / SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE

FLORIDA TREE FARM PROGRAM

 

http://floridalandsteward.org

 

 

To be added or removed from this service, simply email a request to cdemers@ufl.edu

 

 

 

Friday, June 23, 2017

ARS Newslink: June 19 - June 23

ARS NEWSLINK:
Web links to stories issued June 19 - June 23


ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
June 23, 2017


If It Smells Like a Petunia or Shampoo, It Might Be a Pesticide

ARS scientists found that methyl benzoate could be an environmentally friendly pesticide. (6/19)

https://www.ars.usda.gov/news-events/news/research-news/2017/if-it-smells-like-a-petunia-or-shampoo-it-might-be-a-pesticide/

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Update to compliance dates for Ag water standards since you’ve attended the PSA Grower Training

We want to let you know that today the FDA announced its intention to extend the compliance dates for the agricultural water standards in the produce safety rule. They are in the process of developing this extension, which will give them time to consider the best approach for addressing concerns raised by our stakeholders. While more details about the extension are forthcoming, the welcome your thoughts about how they can most appropriately and effectively work together to address concerns that you may have about the agricultural water standards. Please let them know what you would find helpful, and what questions you may have.

 

More information can be found here:

 

https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm561844.htm

 

We'll be in touch in the future as we have more information related to the FDA guidance documents, movement on the agricultural water requirements, and a one-on-one in person On-Farm Readiness Review Programs to assess your readiness for an inspection. 

 

Thanks again for attending a PSA Grower Safety Training,

 

Travis Chapin and Michelle Danyluk

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Travis Chapin
State Specialized Extension Agent, Food Safety
University of Florida IFAS Extension
Citrus Research and Education Center
700 Experiment Station Road
Lake Alfred, FL 33850

office 863-956-8642
cell 817-403-1621

tkchapin@ufl.edu 

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Michelle D. Danyluk, PhD |Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Food Microbiology |

UF IFAS CREC | 700 Experiment Station Rd, Lake Alfred, FL 33803 |

Phone: 863-956-8654 | Fax: 863-956-4631 | Email: mddanyluk@ufl.edu |

 

Hydroponics June 29 DIY

Please share with your contacts. This is next Thursday June 29. This workshop is for people interest in hydroponics and start a commercial operation. I attached the flyer. 

 

Thanks!

 

Francisco P. Rivera

Small Farm Agent 

Hillsborough County

friveramelendez@ufl.edu

riverafr@hillsboroughcounty.org

 

 

Looking for farmers to join a CSA in Tampa

I spoke to you at your Farm to Landfill event about your friend who was looking to start a CSA but needed more farmers on board-- I spoke to my friend about this and coincidentally he is looking to start one this fall. Here is his contact info in case your friend is still looking for business partners and farmers: waldenponics@gmail.com 

 

Enjoy your day!
Ami Faust

Limited, Aquatics, BMPs, Hydroponics Oh my!

egister today!

 

Check Out Upcoming Small Farms and Pesticide Training Programs!

 

UF IFAS Extension logo

 

Polk Small Farms & Pesticide Training Update

 

Hello out there!

 

Lots of training coming up next week!  Look for food safety training dates to be posted soon. :)

Take a look below....

 

 

 

 

June 2017

Date

Location

Event

June 20

Seffner

Limited Commercial Maintenance and Limited Lawn and Ornamental Exam Prep
CEUS 
Details and registration

June 21

Bartow
Map

Aquatics and Natural Areas Exam Preps CEUs  
(863) 519-1042
Details and Registration

June 22

Seffner

Green Industries Best Management Practices
CEUS 
Details and Registration

June 29

Seffner

DIY Hydroponics
Flyer
Registration

 

July 2017

Date

Location

Event

July 3

Bartow
Map

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

July 17

Sarasota

Small Farms BMPs for Veggies and Row Crops Flyer  Registration

July 25

Palmetto

Core and Private Applicator Exam prep
CEUS 
Core- Details and registration  
Private- Details and registration

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Beth Henry, Extension Agent II | UF/IFAS Extension Polk County | 863 519-1049 | mbhenry@ufl.edu| http://polksmallfarms.comhttp://smallfarms.ifas.ufl.edu/

 

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