Friday, August 18, 2017

ARS Newslink: August 14 - August 18

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August 18, 2017


A Faster, Less Costly Way to Process Walnuts

ARS scientists are using infrared technology to improve the walnut drying process to reduce energy and obtain high-quality walnut products. (8/14)

https://www.ars.usda.gov/news-events/news/research-news/2017/a-faster-less-costly-way-to-process-walnuts/

Detecting Defects Hidden in Hides

ARS scientists found that ultrasound can reveal hidden defects--and predict leather quality--in animal hides used in leather goods. (8/17)

https://www.ars.usda.gov/news-events/news/research-news/2017/detecting-defects-hidden-in-hides/

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Florida Land Steward Update 8/18/17

 

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD UPDATE
August 18, 2017


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News, information and upcoming events below.  
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*- Link to the current quarterly Florida Land Steward Newsletter (Summer-Fall 2017, Vol 6, No 3) and back issues -*

 

NEWS & INFO BRIEF

*new events or additional information added since last updateà


AUGUST IS TREE CHECK MONTH - LOOK FOR ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLE
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) wants to remind the public that August is Tree Check Month. This is the best time to spot the round, drill-like holes made by the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), a highly destructive, invasive pest that destroys trees. It has not yet been confirmed in Florida but we are on the lookout for it. 

Asian longhorned beetle has the potential to destroy millions of acres of America's treasured hardwoods, including maple, birch, elm, willow, ash and poplar trees. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure to save infested trees. Infected trees will need to be removed to keep the beetle from spreading to nearby trees, as well as to protect homes and other personal property, since infested trees will die and can drop branches.

The beetle is slow to spread on its own during the early stages of an infestation, so early detection and reporting is critical to containing it. People can also help by not moving firewood from areas quarantined because of the ALB, which can transport the beetle hidden inside to new locations.

The beetle has distinctive markings that are easy to recognize:

• Long antennae with black and white bands, longer than the insect's body.
• A shiny, jet-black body, about 1" to 1 ½" long, with white spots.
• Six legs with possible bluish-colored feet.

Signs of infestation:

• Round exit holes, about the size of a dime or smaller, in tree trunks and branches.
• Shallow oval or round scars in the bark, where the adult beetle has chewed an egg site.
• Sawdust-like material, called frass, on the ground around the tree or in the branches.
• Dead branches or limbs falling from an otherwise healthy-looking tree.

After seeing signs of the beetle:

• Make note of what was found and where. Take a photo, if possible.
• Try to capture the insect by placing it in a container and freezing it. Doing so will preserve it for easier identification.
• Report findings by calling 1-866-702-9938 or see http://www.hungrypests.com/the-threat/asian-longhorned-beetle.php

For more information about the Asian longhorned beetle, ways to keep it from spreading and eradication program activities, visit http://www.hungrypests.com/the-threat/asian-longhorned-beetle.php. For local inquiries or to be forwarded to your State Plant Health Director, call 1-866-702-9938.



COGONGRASS PROBLEM?  SIGN UP NOW FOR THE 2017 COGONGRASS TREATMENT COST-SHARE PROGRAM
Apply by August 30, 2017
A Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program is again offered to eligible non-industrial private landowners by the Florida Forest Service (FFS) through temporary grants from the USDA Forest Service. The primary objective of this program is to reduce the spread of cogongrass to new areas by helping private landowners control or eradicate existing infestations. Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica L.) is a non-native, invasive grass that is established in Florida and several other southeastern states. In addition to being regulated as a state and federal noxious weed, cogongrass is a pest plant in 73 countries, and has been recognized as one of the "Top 10 Worst Weeds in the World." Cogongrass infestations negatively affect tree regeneration, growth and survival, as well as wildlife habitat, native plant diversity, forage quality and property values. They also increase the risk of wildfires and alter fire behavior. See http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wg202 for more information about this pest.

The Cost-Share Program offers reimbursement of up to 50% of the cost of herbicide treatment of cogongrass infestations on non-industrial private land for two consecutive years. The maximum reimbursement is $100 per year for treatment of up to one acre, and $75/acre per year for any additional area. There is no minimum size, and qualified applicants may apply to treat up to a maximum of 133 acres of infested area. Applications must be submitted through the County Forester where the property is located. For more information see the Program website at: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Cogongrass-Program or contact your Florida Forest Service County Forester.

 

2017 LONGLEAF PINE PRIVATE LANDOWNER INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Deadline Extended
The Florida Forest Service is still accepting applications for the Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentives Program. The objective of this Program is to increase the acreage of healthy longleaf pine ecosystems in Florida by helping non-industrial private forest (NIPF) landowners to make the long-term investment required to establish and maintain this valuable ecosystem. Toward this end, the program offers NIPF landowners technical guidance and incentive payments for conducting certain approved forest management practices that help establish or improve longleaf pine stands.

The program offers incentive payments for: longleaf pine seedling establishment, timber stand improvement, prescribed burning, native plant understory establishment, mechanical underbrush treatments, invasive exotic plant treatment. All payments are made at specified per-acre or per-seedling rates.

The program is limited to the Florida counties located west of the Aucilla River, as well as Alachua, Bradford, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Lake, Levy, Marion, Orange, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia Counties. Qualified landowners may apply for up to four approved practices per year. The minimum tract size requirement is 10 acres, and funding requests may not exceed $10,000. Only one application per landowner is permitted per year.

Contact your Florida Forest Service County Forester to apply.



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.

 

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


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EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)

August 23

USDA Farm Bill Programs Meeting for Lake and Sumter Counties, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., UF/IFAS Extension Service- Ag Center, 1951 Woodlea Rd Tavares, FL 32778. Give your input for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service programs. Local Ag producers, livestock managers, agencies, and others with interest in conservation are invited. Contact: Suzy Daubert at 352-742-7005 x3

*September 13

Certified Pile Burner Course (link), 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, UF/IFAS Madison County Extension Office, 184 NW College Loop, Madison, FL 32340. This course allows landowners and producers to burn piles legally, safely and efficiently.  When the weather is dry, certified pile burners will receive priority for authorization to burn.  In addition, certified pile burners can burn up to two hours longer per day and get multiple authorizations. $50 fee includes lunch and materials. Please register ASAP as this class fills quickly. See link above to register or contact Dan Fenneman, dfenneman@ufl.edu, 850-973-4138

*September 15

UF/IFAS Extension Workshop: Is a Conservation Easement Right for Your Land? (link), 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, UF/IFAS Osceola County Extension Office, Kissimmee, FL. This workshop will explain how conservation easements work, and the potential benefits to landowners. Conservation easements allow landowners to protect the agricultural and/or conservation uses of their property into the future. Easements can also reduce the amount of estate or inheritance tax that their heirs must pay. They are voluntary agreements that keep land as rangeland, agricultural land, open space or natural habitat. Register at https://conservationeasement.eventbrite.com/ or call Jessica Sullivan at (321) 697-3040. 

September 17-19

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

*September 23

Watermelon Pond Bioblitz (link), Watermelon Pond Wildlife and Environmental Area, Watermelon Pond, 10700 SW 250 St, Newberry, FL 32669. Bioblitz = trying to find as many wildlife species as possible in a given amount of time. This will take place from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, with an early bird experience from 7:00 am – 8:30 am to view burrowing owls and, possibly, Bachman's sparrows. See link above for details and registration.

September 25- October 25

Natural Areas Training Academy: Collaborating to Manage Ecosystems (link), online and at Wekiva Springs State Park, Apopka, FL. This workshop will enhance skills in collaborating, demonstrate how and when to use working groups, and showcase successful examples of managing natural areas as part of the larger ecosystems surrounding them. Learn to work effectively in coordination with neighboring land owners, land managers, and other outside influences. See link above for details and registration. contact nata@ifas.ufl.edu for details.

September 26-27

Central Florida Agritourism Conference (link), UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service, 1702 Hwy 17 S., Bartow, FL 33831. Join us for a Regional Agritourism conference, including informational presentations and farm tours! This event is for farmers considering or already pursuing agritourism, policy-makers, and businesses interested in developing cooperative efforts with agritourism operators. See link above for details and registration.

*September 27

Certified Pile Burner Course (link), 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, UF/IFAS West Central Agricultural Center, 7620 SR 471, Bushnell, FL 33513. This course allows landowners and producers to burn piles legally, safely and efficiently. When the weather is dry, certified pile burners will receive priority for authorization to burn. In addition, certified pile burners can burn up to two hours longer per day and get multiple authorizations. $50 fee includes lunch and materials. Please register ASAP as this class usually is to capacity by mid-August. All attendees must pre-register by September 15, 2017 in order to reserve your spot. See link above to register or call DarLinda Duteau of the UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County Office, 352-569-6865.

*October 13

Turpentining in Florida: Past, Present, Future? (link), 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Austin Cary Forest, Gainesville, FL. The Association of Consulting Foresters, University of Florida, and Society of American Foresters are pleased to host a program on this important part of Florida's past, present, and future. Includes tour of the new A. Chester Skinner Jr. Turpentine Education Site at the Forest. SAF CFEs approved. $15 fee covers program and lunch. Register at https://tinyurl.com/y9u2d9ze

*October 15-18

Master Gardner Volunteer Training Conference (link), St. Johns County Convention Center at Renaissance World Golf Village, St. Augustine, FL. There will be 20 concurrent sessions to choose from in four different tracks covering general horticulture, gardening, diagnostics and Florida-Friendly Landscaping. See link above for details and registration.

October 19

Forest Stewardship Field Day: Forest Plant Identificaation (link), 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, ET Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641. Join us to learn some strategies to help you identify trees, shrubs and herbaceous species. We will cover some basic skills and put them to work in the woods, identifying a sample of sandhill, flatwoods and swamp species in the field. See link above for details. $10 fee includes lunch and materials. Register on-line at https://fsp-workshop101917.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting Chris Demers, cdemers@ufl.edu, (352) 846-2375.

*October 20

2017 Florida Tree Farm of the Year Tour at Osceola Pines, property of John and Allison Nash, Levy County (link), 9 am ET, adjourn after lunch. Join us for a tour, lunch and awards ceremony John and Allison Nash's Osceola Pines property in Levy County. Learn about sustainable forest and wildlife habitat management and connect with the local and statewide professionals and resources that are available to assist in your land management. Most of the tour will involve riding in vans or open trailers with several discussion stops and a short walk or two. Contact Florida Forestry Association, (850) 222-5646, to sign up.

 WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)

August 24 and
September 7

2017 Beekeeping in the Panhandle Summer Series (link), 7:00 to 8:30 ET (6:00 to 7:30 pm CT), via interactive web-conferencing at UF/IFAS Extension Offices across north Florida. Topics include pest and disease management, working with pollination contracts, and minimizing bee exposure to pesticides. Registration for all three classes is $15 per person, or $25 for a family up to four, and covers course materials and refreshments. See link above for details or contact your County UF/IFAS Extension office.

August 29-31

2017 Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting & Trade Show (link), Sandestin Grand at Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, FL. Approved for SAF CFEs. See link for details and registration.

*August 30

Certified Pile Burner Course, Santa Rosa County (link), 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension Office, 6263 Dogwood Drive Milton, FL 32570. This course allows landowners and producers to burn piles legally, safely and efficiently. When the weather is dry, certified pile burners will receive priority for authorization to burn. In addition, certified pile burners can burn up to two hours longer per day and get multiple authorizations. $50 fee includes lunch and materials. Please register ASAP as this class fills quickly. See link above to register or contact Bethany Diamond, 850-675-6654 or bethanydiamond@ufl.edu

*September 13

Certified Pile Burner Course, Jackson County (link), 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension Office, 6263 Dogwood Drive Milton, FL 32570. This course allows landowners and producers to burn piles legally, safely and efficiently. When the weather is dry, certified pile burners will receive priority for authorization to burn. In addition, certified pile burners can burn up to two hours longer per day and get multiple authorizations. $50 fee includes lunch and materials. Please register ASAP as this class fills quickly. See link above to register or contact Doug Mayo, demayo@ufl.edu, 850-482-9620

September 15

Beef & Forage Field Day, 8:00 am CT, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center Marianna Beef Unit Pavilion, one mile west of Greenwood on Hwy 162. $10 fee. For more information contact Tina Gwin, tpgwin@ufl.edu (850) 526-1614. 

September 18-22

Big Bend Pesticide Training Series (link), UF/IFAS Leon County Extension Office. Registration is $10/session and refreshments will be provided. The different sessions serve as a review for the exam or are used to obtain CEUs. See link above for more information or pre-registration, or you can contact Mark Tancig at the Leon County Extension Office at (850) 606-5200.

*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. Now approved for 4.0 Cat. 1 SAF CFEs. DOACS Pesticide CEUs pending approval.

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 relatively short but scenic walking tour so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the field.

 

 WEBINARS

 

 

August 23

Science & Technology Webinar: The Use of the National Hierarchical Framework of Ecological Units for Seed Zone Demarcation (link), 11 am ET, See link for details and to join.

 

 

August 31

Forestry Webinar: Privet Biology and Management in Southeastern Forests (link), 1 pm ET, See link for details and to join.

 

 

September 14

Climate Webinar: Drought and Invasive Species (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details and to join.

 

 

September 20

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

 

 

*September 28

ProNR Forest Management Series Webinar: Green Value, A Tool for Simplified Financial Analysis of Forest-based Initiatives (link), 1 pm ET, See link for details and to join.

 

 

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:

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

What's New with Florida Ag Expo 2017


This Year at the Florida Ag ExpoSM
Exchange New Ideas and Market Updates 

Whats New:

  • Flexible field tours which enable you to choose your own stops and allot more time to tours that benefit your business the most. 
  • Special feature: breakout session on the future of automation in specialty crop production to help growers deal with a lack of labor and become more efficient and profitable in the process. 

Dedicated to helping growers improve productivity and profitability, the Florida Ag ExpoSM is a can't-miss opportunity combining networking opportunities, in-depth education sessions, previews of the latest products, equipment, and services, and more. 

And did we mention: registration is FREE for growers. Register by August 31st and receive a free downloadable, ''2017 Florida Fall Planting Pest and Disease Watchlist' from UF/IFAS Vegetable Extension Agent Gene McAvoy.


#FloridaAgExpo

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SFWMD Scientist 4 position open

Scientist 4
West Palm Beach Administrative Headquarters (B1) 1958BR

Job Description

A mid-level professional position responsible for coordinating vegetation management activities within the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control Project. This position serves as the resident expert on aquatic vegetation management control issues and is responsible for ensuring District compliance with various aquatic plant management permits, including the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit (NPDES). Requires a strong background in botany, herbicide application technologies, and integrated pest management practices.

This position will provide technical support to District field stations and will oversee support contracts for canal/levee management, aquatic and some upland invasive species control. This includes pre- and post-treatment inspections, developing work plans, statements of work and contractual work orders, on-site ground and aerial herbicide application contractor coordination and monitoring. Will appropriately plan projects and collaborate with aquatic plant management researchers on aquatic plant management evaluations. May also assists Land Stewardship and Stormwater Treatment Area Vegetation Management staff as needed.

In addition, this position also serves as the primary point of contact to the Army Corps of Engineers & FWC for coordination of aquatic plant management activities on Lake Okeechobee, the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and the Kissimmee River. As the contract manager for the FWC Aquatic Plant Management Program, this position is responsible for oversight of aquatic plant management expenditures, attending/participating in Interagency and public meetings and coordinating monthly interagency flights.
The incumbent shall work independently under general supervision and is routinely exposed to a variety of challenging technical and non-technical problems that involves uncertainties, resource constraints, tight schedules and budget, policy and financial implications. The ideal candidate will have good verbal and written communication skills, ability to plan and manage heavy workloads, enthusiasm, a temperament for dealing with harsh field conditions, and a willingness and commitment to actively contribute to a collaborative team work effort.

Employment Guidelines
Typically has a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (Agronomy, Weed Science, Botany, Plant Ecology, Conservation Biology, Natural Resource Management). Masters preferred. A minimum of four (4) years of vegetation management experience is required. Experience with aquatic and terrestrial invasive species identification, monitoring, control, and management is preferred and proficiency working with complex databases is preferred.

Licenses
A valid State of Florida Driver's License is required.

Possession or ability to acquire within 180 days State of Florida restricted pesticide applicators license.

Airboat experience preferred. District airboat certification will be required within 180 days.

Physical Requirements/Working Environment

This position reports to the Vegetation Management Section's Supervising Scientist in the Canal/Levee and Aquatic Plant Management Unit. The work environment is a combination of office and field work, with regular exposure to a hot and humid environment in remote and heavy vegetative areas, with exposure to stinging/biting insects, snakes, and alligators. May be required to lift up to 40 lbs.

Due to the District's response role and in the total scope of emergency management, this position may at times, be required to provide support before, during and after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies, depending on assigned emergency response role.

Salary Minimum: $54,371.20

Salary Midpoint: $64,625.60

Organization: OM5205231 Canal/Levee Aquatic Plant Management

To apply, go to: https://www.sfwmd.gov/careers


François Brave Laroche
Section Administrator
Vegetation Management Section
South Florida Water Management District
3301 Gun Club Rd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
flaroche@sfwmd.gov
https://www.sfwmd.gov/

Phone: Office (561) 682-6193; Cell (561) 310-9102; Fax (561) 682-5125










Florida enjoys a broad public records law. Any emails sent to or from this address will be subject to review by the public unless exempt by law.

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

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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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