Friday, August 11, 2017

Public Health Pest Control Review and Exam Session

I am offering a Public Health Pest Control license review and exam session on Wednesday September 6. It has qualified for 2.0 PH CEUs and provides a review of information folks should be knowledgeable of if they plan to take the PH exam. 

 

The review and pre/post quiz will be from 8:30 am - 11:00 am with an license exam session following.

 

There are only 13 reservations left for this training due to a limited space classroom.

 

Please share this information with your mosquito control/public works departments.

 

The link for more information and registration can be found at:

 

http://www.prohort.eventbrite.com

 

 

 

Check and register for current ProHort training programs:

www.prohort.eventbrite.com

  

Respectfully,

Susan Haddock

Commercial Horticulture

Integrated Pest Management

Agent III

 

UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County 

(813)744-5519 ext. 54103

 

Solutions for Life

For Commercial Horticulture Professionals

 

Please note: 

All correspondence to or from this office is subject to Florida's Public Records laws.

 

prepare for Natural Areas Licensing Exam

https://www.morningagclips.com/weed-management-pesticide-licensing/

 

On Friday, Aug. 18, Ken Gioeli, Natural Resources Extension Agent with the University of Florida St Lucie County Extension, will be teaching a course designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Natural Areas Weed Control Pesticide Licensing Exam. Several special topics will be addressed including

Natural Areas Weed Identification
Equipment Calibration Calculations
Herbicide Selection

Pre-registration is required. Call 772-462-1660 for information.  Register online at http://stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu

Pesticide licensing exam available after training.

 

ARS Newslink: August 7- August 11, 2017

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
August 11, 2017


Controlling Weeds in a Way that Saves the Soil and Costs Less

ARS scientists are showing cotton farmers in the southeastern United States how they can control the Palmer amaranth weed, save their soil, and still generate a profit. (8/08)

https://www.ars.usda.gov/news-events/news/research-news/2017/controlling-weeds-in-a-way-that-saves-the-soil-and-costs-less/

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology Newsletter - August 2017

The August 2017 issue of the UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology Newsletter is now available- http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/news/2015-2017/August17.html     

 

We like to share news when it happens using our social media outlets- Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Follow us on these sites for daily updates! Use the #UFBugs hashtag when you post your UF insect finds or news.

When you send news we will post it on one or more of these sites and again in the monthly newsletter.

This month's news includes:

Faculty, staff, and student news

Lab news

Publications and meetings

Social media and outreach activities and more...

Issues usually are published by mid-month. Submit items for an issue by the seventh of that month.

Thank you for reading,

Jennifer

 

 

Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman, Ph.D.

UF/IFAS Entomology & Nematology Department

Rm. 3006 Bldg. 970, Natural Area Drive

PO Box 110620, Gainesville Florida 32611-0620

Phone: (352)273-3950

Email:    gillett@ufl.edu

Twitter: @JGillettKaufman  @UFEntomology and @UFNATL

 

 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Fruit/Vegetable Production News

Reminder: Lunch, CEU & NEW Production Guides Aug. 9th 

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Manatee Vegetable Industry Meeting


When: Wednesday August 9, 2017
Start Time: 12:00pm
End Time: 2:00pm

Location: Beef 'O' Brady's
8913 US-301
Parrish, FL 34219  

New Production guides available!

Core CEU pending approval.

Lunch generously sponsored by Doug Willbanks, Syngenta Crop Protection. Lunch will not be guaranteed without advanced registration.

Read that Label! Presentation will include how to read a label, different types of formulations, campatibility of chemicals and the wale method, and simple calculations. Crystal Snodgrass, UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County

Syngenta Product Update for Florida Vegetables. Doug Willbanks, Syngenta Crop Protection

To register please visit:  vegetablemeeting2017.eventbrite.com

Please call Crystal or Veronica with questions at (941)722-4524 or email crys21@ufl.edu.

 

 

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Employment opportunities-Ft Myers and WPB FL

We are currently looking for an Aquatic Spray Technician for our Ft. Myers and West Palm Beach locations.  If you love to work outdoors on your own, then you should be interested in this position (see attached for details and application instructions).  A successful applicant will be a self-motivated individual, but also a team player.  The technician will be required to work from Monday-Friday.  We provide our technicians with Kawasaki Mules with spray systems, Carolina Skiffs with spray systems, backpack sprayers, and training in weed identification, spray techniques, chemical mixing techniques and safety standards. Occasionally we use other specialized equipment, such as air boats and Weedoo boats.  We also provide our technicians with a recent, 4 wheel drive vehicle, telephones, uniform shirts and company benefits.  Company benefits include health insurance coverage, a matching 401(k) plan, paid holidays, sick days and vacation days.  Dental plans are also available. 

 

Bill Kurth, Vice President of Operations

Lake Masters Aquatic Weed Control LLC

 

bill.kurth@lakemasters.com

239-707 4899  Cell

239-466-0403  Office

 

Friday, August 4, 2017

2017 Beef/Forage Field Day - Marianna

 

Charlene Cupp Kinch

Events Coordinator/Information Specialist

UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

155 Research Road

Quincy, FL 32351

850-875-7101

http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu

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Agritourism Conference Registration Open!

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Check Out Upcoming Small Farms and Pesticide Training Programs!

 

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Polk Small Farms & Pesticide Training Update

 

Hello out there!

 

Registration for the Central Florida Agritourism Conference coming up September 26 and 27 is now open!

I can't wait to hear about the Sonoma County Farm Trail and see what you all want to do to move agritourism forward here in our state!

See what else is coming up below!  Happy Friday!

 

 

 

August 2017

Date

Location

Event

Aug 7

Bartow
Map

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

Aug 8

Sarasota

Best Practices at Farmers' Markets and Farm Produce Stand

Aug 22

Seffner

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

Aug 30

Lake Alfred

FSMA Produce Safety Training - Growers 
Details and registration coming soon

 

September 2017

Date

Location

Event

Sept 6

Bartow
Map

Core and Private Applicator Exam prep
CEUS 
Details and registration

Sept 7

Bartow
Map

Worker Protection Standards Train the Trainer
CEUS 
Details and registration

Sept 11

Bartow
Map

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

Sept 17-19

Gainesville

Organic Food and Farming Summit 
Details and registration

Sept 26-27

Bartow
Map

Central Florida Agritourism Conference
Details and registration
(863) 519-1049

 

 

 

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ARS Newslink: July 31 - August 4

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August 4, 2017


"Good-Guy" Fungus to Take on Killer of Oaks and Ornamental Crops

ARS scientists are testing the potential of a beneficial soil fungus to control the plant pathogen behind sudden oak death—a disease of oak and other hardwood trees. (8/2)

https://www.ars.usda.gov/news-events/news/research-news/2017/good-guy-fungus-to-take-on-killer-of-oaks-and-ornamental-crops/

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Florida State Technical Advisory Committee Meeting Aug. 15

Florida State Technical Advisory Committee Meeting

Public, ag producers, natural resource interest groups invited. Hosted by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Doyle Conner Bldg., 1911 SW 34th ST, Gainesville, FL. Contact: Jeff Woods, 352-338-9515.

 

 

Renee Bodine

NRCS

Public Affairs Florida

Desk 352.338.9565

Cell 352.514.8292

 



Weekly Harvest, August 2, 2017

ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture

Weekly Harvest Newsletter
Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - August 2, 2017

Weekly sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet by NCAT staff for the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture website. The Weekly Harvest Newsletter is also available online.

News & Resources

  • NCAT Accepting Applications for Armed to Farm Training in October in Montana
  • Washington Farm Internship Project Expands
  • USDA Offers Apiculture Insurance in 48 States
  • Pennsylvania Food Shed Initiative Obtains Funding
  • Wildflowers Draw Pollinators to Increase Apple Orchard Yields
  • Biochar Could Help Reduce Nitric Oxide in Air

Funding Opportunities

  • Western SARE Farmer-Rancher Grants
  • Acer Access and Development Program
  • New York Industrial Hemp Processing Grant

Coming Events

  • National Heirloom Expo
  • Conservation in Action Tour
  • Farm-Based Food Safety Training in Montana

News & Resources

NCAT Accepting Applications for Armed to Farm Training in October in Montana
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is accepting applications for its week-long sustainable agriculture training program for military veterans, Armed to Farm (ATF). This training will take place October 9-13, 2017, in Charlo, Montana. ATF allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore agriculture as a viable career through farm tours, hands-on experience, and interactive classroom instruction. The event is free for those chosen to attend. Applications are due by August 18, 2017.

Washington Farm Internship Project Expands
Washington's Farm Internship Project, overseen by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, has added three more counties and been extended until December 31, 2019. Farms with annual sales of less than $250,000 per year may participate in the project. Under the project, interns have workers' compensation protection along with the opportunity for a valuable education and hands-on experience in farming activities. Applications and curriculum resources are available online.
Related ATTRA Publication: Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships

USDA Offers Apiculture Insurance in 48 States
USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced changes to the Apiculture Pilot Insurance plan, ensuring greater protection for producers' honey, pollen collection, wax, and breeding stock, and extending coverage to include 19 additional states. Coverage is now available throughout the 48 contiguous states.

Pennsylvania Food Shed Initiative Obtains Funding
The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded $1.75 million to Fayette County Community Action Agency, Inc. and the Republic Food Enterprise Center to develop the Southwestern Pennsylvania Local Food Shed. The project will include development of new and diverse economic opportunities through food production and export. The investment will support expanded development of four existing agriculture-industry clusters: sheep, lamb, and goats; poultry; specialty crops; and value-added processing.

Wildflowers Draw Pollinators to Increase Apple Orchard Yields
A Southern SARE report on the 2016 grant-funded project Measuring the Benefits of Wildflower Plots to Boost Fruit Yield and Pollinator Abundance in Georgia Apple Orchards says that bees attracted by the wildflowers increased apple yields by 30%. Researchers from Georgia Gwinnett College found more than 100 native bee species at the orchard during the study.
Related ATTRA Publication: Alternative Pollinators: Native Bees

Biochar Could Help Reduce Nitric Oxide in Air
A Rice University study showed that using biochar in agriculture can not only increase crop yields, but also cut emissions of nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide by storing nitrogen in the soil. This could lower ozone and particulate-matter levels in urban areas near farmland, according to the study published in Environmental Science and Technology.
Related ATTRA Publication: Biochar and Sustainable Agriculture

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Western SARE Farmer-Rancher Grants
These grants support projects conducted by agricultural producers with guidance from a technical advisor. Individual farmers or ranchers may apply for up to $20,000, and a group of three or more producers may apply for up to $25,000. Producers typically use their grants to conduct on-site experiments that can improve their operations and the environment and can be shared with other producers. Grant recipients may also focus on marketing and organic production.
Proposals are due by December 6, 2017.

Acer Access and Development Program
The Acer Access and Development Program administered by USDA-AMS offers grants to support the efforts of States, tribal governments, and research institutions to promote the domestic maple syrup industry. Supported activities include the following: promotion of research and education related to maple syrup production; promotion of natural resource sustainability in the maple syrup industry; market promotion for maple syrup and maple-sap products; encouragement of owners and operators of privately held land to initiate or expand maple-sugaring activities; or to voluntarily make the land available for access by the public for maple-sugaring activities. The maximum award is $350,000.
Applications are due August 25, 2017.

New York Industrial Hemp Processing Grant
New York State has allocated $5 million for the New York State Industrial Hemp Processing Grant Fund. The program provides grants for machinery and equipment required to process industrial hemp for commercialization in New York. Grants provide $50,000 to $500,000 for up to 50% of total project costs supporting capital investments. The remaining 50% must be matched by the recipient.
Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

>>More Funding Opportunities

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Coming Events

National Heirloom Expo
September 5-7, 2017
Santa Rosa, California

This event features more than 100 speakers on gardening, food, and farming. There will also be demonstrations, exhibits, and vendors.

Conservation in Action Tour
September 5-6, 2017
West Lafayette, Indiana

The Conservation Technology Information Center hosts this annual tour highlighting soil health and nutrient and water management.

Farm-Based Food Safety Training in Montana
August 22, 2017
Kalispell, Montana

Fresh-produce farmers will be able to see and experience practical on-farm solutions to developing their food safety plans at this free, farm-based food safety training.

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