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, March 6, 2017
Florida Land Steward Update 3/3/17
FLORIDA LAND STEWARD UPDATE March 3, 2017
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News, information and upcoming events below. Please share this update with your neighbors, colleagues and others that may be interested.
NATIONAL INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK (NISAW) February 27 - March 3, 2017 It's a good time to remind landowners and managers to be vigilant in monitoring your property or the land you manage for invasive species. The greatest risk of invasive plant introduction is when treatments take place with heavy equipment and soil disturbance. After thinning, harvests, discing, tree planting and other treatments closely monitor those areas for invasive plants like cogongrass and many others.
TIMBER TAX WEBINAR TODAY Timber Tax Webinar, March 3, 2017: Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, USDA Forest Service, will present a webinar providing the latest tax info, filing season updates, practical tax tips on how to report timber sale, what timber-related expenses and losses can be deducted, who is responsible for filing 1099 on timber sales, and the IRS rules on record keeping and substantiating expenses. See link below for details:
Dr. Linda Wang's annual Timber Tax Tips publication and other related resources are available at the National Timber Tax website: http://www.timbertax.org/.
SOMETHING BUGGING YOUR TREES? Do you have pests or a disease in your trees? Leaves or needles wilting? Sawdust falling and you don't know why? 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?
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Forest Stewardship Tour at Lloyd Adams' NuView Properties in Columbia County (pdf link) , 9 am to 2 pm ET. Join us to learn about longleaf pine regeneration, prescribed fire and habitat enhancements for a variety of wildlife species. Take this opportunity to meet your County Forester, 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 covers lunch and materials. Register at https://fsp-tour030917.eventbrite.com/ or call Columbia County Extension at (386) 758-1030 to reserve a space.
University of Florida 2017 Bee College (link), Whitney Marine Laboratory for Bioscience, 9505 N Oceanshore Blvd, Marineland, FL 32137. Provided by the UF Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab. See link above for details and registration.
Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop (pdf link), 9 am to 3 pm, UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Auditorium, Ocala, FL. Join us to learn about identifying and controlling some of the most troublesome invasive exotic plants like cogongrass, Japanese climbing fern, Old World climbing fern, Chinese tallowtree and others. We'll also address exotic animals, such as feral hogs, that are causing big headaches for forestry and agricultural producers. Earn pesticide applicator CEUs and forestry CFEs and connect with partnership and assistance opportunities! Presented by the Big Scrub Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. Register at https://fsp-workshop042117.eventbrite.com/ or call Marion County Extension at (352) 671-8400 to reserve a space.
2017 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course (link), Coral Springs, FL. Join us for the largest and most inclusive training for Florida Pesticide Licensing and CEUs. Become a more qualified professional, engage with your industry, and network with your peers! The Short Course is designed to benefit both new and experienced applicators alike. Register by February 27 at the early rate of $245, and save $50! See link above for details and registration. Questions? Call Mandy Stage, Short Course Coordinator, (352) 392-5930, email@example.com
37th Annual Florida Native Plant Society Conference (link), Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, 3200 River Ranch Boulevard, River Ranch, FL 33867. The conference will address the biological and ecological connections important to the Kissimmee River Basin and beyond. See link for details and registration.
WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
ForestHERWorkshop (link), Coffee County Extension Office, 1055 E Mckinnon St, New Brockton, AL 36351. This hands-on workshop will help women learn about forests and forest resource management in a relaxed, fun setting. Learn to read maps and measure and market timber and non-timber forest products including wildlife. Presented by Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. $70 fee. See link above for workshop times and registration or contact Bence Carter, (334) 894-5596, firstname.lastname@example.org
Living Shorelines in the Florida Panhandle, 8:30 am-4:00 pm ET, Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32320. Join us to collaborate and advance the science of living shorelines along the bays and bayous of the Florida Panhandle. Sessions on the science and monitoring, lessons learned, resources and funding opportunities, plus emerging approaches and materials. For more information email Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us. Register at http://www.gulfalliancetraining.org/detail.aspx?Id=144
Quail Management Workshop, 9 am to 1 pm CT, Piney Woods Plantation, Walton County, FL. Join us to learn about quail habitat from wildlife biologists, how to help Southeastern American Kestrels, use prescribed burns and available cost share assistance. Presented by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Florida Forest Service. Lunch provided by Farm Credit of Northwest Florida. Free workshop includes lunch, preregister by March 17. Contact Billie Clayton, (850) 767-3634. Directions: From DeFuniak Springs, travel north on Hwy 331 approximately 12.2 miles and turn east on Hwy 2A about 2.6 miles to Gus Andrews Road on the left.