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Organic Certification Cost Share Available for 2017

Organic Certification Cost Share Available for 2017

Funding Announcement

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has received funding from the 2017 National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) , which is a program of the United State Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS). These funds will be used to reimburse growers, handlers, and processors for a portion of certification costs for USDA Organic certification obtained between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Applications must be signed and postmarked by October 31, 2017. Please note that funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds have been expended. Please see the Florida Organic Growers (FOG) website for more information on the program.

Important!

“USDA Certified organic growers are now eligible to receive a 75% cost share grant, up to a maximum of $ 750.00 per scope of activity.”

Purpose

The purpose of the NOCCSP is to reduce the cost of organic certification by reimbursing producers and handlers up to 75% of costs incurred to obtain USDA Organic certification (up to a maximum of $ 750 per category of certification).

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for reimbursement through the 2017 NOCCSP, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • The operation must possess current USDA Organic certification. Operations with suspended or revoked certification are not eligible for reimbursement.
  • Certification must have been initially obtained or renewed from a USDA-accredited certifying agent between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016.
  • The certified operation must be located within the borders of Florida.
  • The operation must not already have received NOCCSP reimbursement from the State of Florida during the present funding year.

Application must include:

  • Certification costs, including proof of payment
  • A completed W9 form
  • Copy of organic certificate

Eligible Costs

  • Application fees
  • Inspection costs
  • Fees related to equivalency agreement/ arrangement requirements
  • Travel/per-Diem for inspectors
  • User fees
  • Sales assessments
  • Postage

Contact For Questions

 

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Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu

Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is the Horticulture Extension Agent for Washington County Florida. His goal is to provide educational programming to meet the diverse needs of and provide solutions for homeowners and small farmers with ornamental, turf, fruit and vegetable gardening objectives. Please feel free to contact him with any questions you may have.
http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/about/

Matthew Orwat

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Farm Food Safety Certification Training – February 13

A Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training is scheduled for Monday, February 13 at the Jackson County Extension Office in Marianna, FL.  The PSA Grower Training curriculum is approved by the FDA to meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.

Who Should Attend? – Fruit and vegetable growers with farms that have an annual value of produce sold (based on a three year average) of $ 25,000 (adjusted for inflation) or more.

Benefits to Attending – The course will cover the requirements of the FSMA produce safety rule.  It will also cover key Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that are necessary in a farm food safety plan.

Cost to Attend – The fee for the training is $ 150.  For attendees who are members of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA), a discounted rate of $ 99 is available.  (Not sure if you’re a member?  Contact Sonia Tighe at 321-214-5245 or sonia.tighe@ffva.com).  Registration fee includes the training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a Certificate of Course Attendance that complies with the training requirements of FSMA.

Registration

Registration Deadline is February 6, 2017

PSA TRAINING AGENDA

  • 8:30 Registration and Refreshments
  • 9:00 Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:15 Module 1: Introduction to Produce Safety
  • 10:00 Module 2: Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • 11:00 Break
  • 11:15 Module 3: Soil Amendments
  • 12:00 Module 4: Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  • 12:45 Lunch
  • 1:30 Module 5: Agricultural Water Part 1: Production Water
  • 2:15 Part 2: Postharvest Water
  • 3:15 Break
  • 3:30 Module 6: Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • 4:30 Module 7: How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
  • 5:00 Final Questions and Evaluations

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Author: Matt Lollar – mlollar@ufl.edu

Matt Lollar is the Jackson County Horticulture Agent. He has 5 years of experience with University of Florida/IFAS Extension and he began his career in Sanford, FL as the Seminole County Horticulture Agent. Matt is originally from Belle Fontaine, AL. He earned his MS and BS degrees in Horticulture Production from Auburn University.

Matt Lollar

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Free Online BQA Certification through April 15

Free Online BQA Certification through April 15

BQA TrainingCattle ranchers have a great training opportunity for both themselves, and their employees.  For a limited time, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc (BIVI) is covering the cost of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training.  BQA is more than just giving shots correctly.  BQA means training everyone who works in the beef industry about humane animal handling, proper drug administration, record keeping to ensure proper drug withdrawal, and many other practices that ensure the consumer gets a safe product with consistent eating quality.  It is how the Beef Industry shows the consumer that we care about the food they eat.  There is a great deal of fear in America today about foods and food production techniques.  BQA certification is how the cattle industry can make a statement that cattlemen do things the right way.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), is covering the cost of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification through April 15, 2016. Beef and dairy producers can take advantage the free BQA certification online through April 15, 2016, courtesy of BIVI and the BQA program, which is funded by the beef checkoff. Register today and complete your certification at your own convenience.

The Cow/Calf Beef Quality Assurance is a series of 17 online training modules.  The Cow/Calf package covers information specific to the needs of today’s cow/calf producers including up-to-date information on weaning and preconditioning of calves, handling and culling, herd health plans, calf management, and humane euthanasia.

  1. Animal Abuse
  2. The Care and Handling of Non-Ambulatory Cattle
  3. Humane Euthanasia of Cattle
  4. BQA Goals
  5. Beef Quality Assurance Herd Health Plan Guidelines
  6. Best Management Practices – Feed Additives and Medication
  7. Best Management Practices- Animal Treatments and Health Maintenance
  8. Residue Avoidance
  9. Parasite Control
  10. Best Management Practices – Record Keeping and Inventory Control
  11. Animal Handling
  12. Weaning and Preconditioning
  13. Calf Management Practices
  14. Handling and Culling
  15. Best Management Practices – Foreign Object Avoidance
  16. Vaccinology
  17. The Cattle Industry’s Guidelines for the Care and Handling of Cattle

Use the following link to access the online BQA Certification modules.  Use the coupon code BIVIBQA during checkout for free BQA training.

Online BQA Certification

 

Why should you be BQA Certified?

BQA does more than just help beef producers capture more value from their market cattle: BQA also reflects a positive public image and instills consumer confidence in the beef industry. When producers implement the best management practices of a BQA program, they assure their market steers, heifers, cows, and bulls are the best they can be. Today, the stakes are even higher because of increased public attention on animal welfare. BQA is valuable to all beef and dairy producers because it:

  • Demonstrates commitment to food safety and quality.
  • Safeguards the public image of the dairy industry.
  • Upholds consumer confidence in valuable beef products.
  • Protects the beef industry from additional and burdensome government regulation.
  • Improves sale value of marketed beef cattle.
  • Enhances herd profitability through better management.

 

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Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Lead Editor for Panhandle Ag e-news – Jackson County Extension Director – Livestock & Forages Agent. My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.
http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu

Doug Mayo

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Forest Certification Workshops January 9 & 23

Forest Certification Workshops  January 9 & 23

UF IFAS Ext 2013School of Forestry logoForest Certification: Forests, Labels, Mills, & More

2 dates and 2 locations:

  1. January 9, 2014 – 9:00am to 3:00pm
    UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office, Marianna, FL

  2. January, 23 2014 (RESCHEDULED) – 9:00am to 3:00pm
    UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, DeFuniak Springs, FL

Consumers are increasingly concerned about the origins of the products they buy and the standards by which those products are processed. This concern has increased demands for certified wood products from certified forests. The Southeastern United States has become a key source region where this demand can be fulfilled.

Voluntary participation in forest certification programs is growing in Southeastern United States.  The Florida Forest Service and the University of Florida have collaborated to organize education opportunities for anyone interested in forest certification. Do you want to know about the different types of forest certification?  Do you want to know how forest certification can benefit you? Do you want to know the process to get your forest certified? This workshop is for you.

The morning session will focus on the current status of the major certification systems in North America and the group certification process for each of the systems. The afternoon session will cover chain of custody and certified forest product labeling.  There are also 3.5 Society of American Forester (SAF) Continuing Forestry Education (CFE’s) credits approved for these workshops.

Agenda for Workshops
Forest Certification: Forests, Labels, Mills, & More

Morning Session (all times Central)

  • 9:00 am Registration ($ 15.00)
  • 9:15 Welcome and Introductions Rose Godfrey, University of Florida, Extension Outreach Coordinator
  • 9:30 Forest Certification Overview
    Chris Demers, University of Florida, Forest Stewardship Coordinator
  • 10:00 American Tree Farm System – Group Certification
    Shawn Cook, American Tree Farm System
  • 10:30 Moring Break
  • 10:45 Sustainable Forestry Initiative – Group Certification
    Scott Berg, President, R.S. Berg & Associates Inc.
  • 11:15 Forest Stewardship Council – Group Certification
    Darrel Pendris, US Southeast Regional Manager
  • 12:00 Lunch (provided)

Afternoon Session

  • 1:00 Chain of Custody 101 Dr. Jeff Stringer, University of Kentucky
  • 1:30 Afternoon Break
  • 1:45 Sustainable Forestry Initiative – Labels for Forest Products
    Scott Berg, Pres. R.S. Berg & Associates
  • 2:15 Forest Stewardship Council – Labels for Forest Products
    Darrel Pendris, US SE Regional Manager
  • 2:45 Final Questions, Closing Remarks, CFEs, Evaluations
  • 3:00 Adjourn

Register or RSVP Now:  Cost is $ 15, materials, lunch and breaks included. You can register on Eventbrite or RSVP and pay at the door.  Minimum 10 participants per location.

  1. Register for the Jackson County Workshop (1/9/14):
    https://fcp-workshopmarianna3.eventbrite.com
    .  If you would prefer to RSVP by phone and then pay at the event, you can reserve a space by contacting the UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office at (850) 482-9620. Payment can be made on-site with cash or a check, payable to University of Florida.
    Download the printer friendly flyer:   Forest Certification Workshop Jackson Co Jan 9
  2. Walton County Workshop (RESCHEDULED:  1/23/14):  http://forestcertificationdefuniaksprings.eventbrite.com.  If you would prefer to RSVP by phone and then pay at the event, you can reserve a space by contacting the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office at (850) 892-8172. Payment can be made on-site with cash or a check, payable to University of Florida.  Download the printer friendly flyer:  Forest Certification Workshop Walton Co Jan 23

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact:
Rose Godfrey or (352) 219-8717

 

Florida Forest Service LogoFunding for this workshop is provided by the USDA Forest Service through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Forest Service

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: admin – webmaster@ifas.ufl.edu

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Forest Certification Workshops December 11 & January 9

UF IFAS Ext 2013School of Forestry logo

Forest Certification: Forests, Labels, Mills & More

2 dates and locations:

December 11, 2013

9:00am to 3:00pm UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, DeFuniak Springs, FL

January 9, 2014

9:00am to 3:00pm UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office, Marianna, FL

Voluntary participation in forest certification programs is growing in Southeastern United States. The University of Florida IFAS is organizing and hosting a one-day workshop for landowners, policy makers and anyone interested in forest certification in Florida. This workshop will be held in DeFuniak Springs, FL on December 11 at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Center, and at the Jackson County Extension Center in Marianna, FL on January 9, 2014.

The morning session will focus on the current status of the major certification systems in North America and the group certification process for each of the systems. The afternoon session will cover chain of custody and certified forest product labeling. SAF Continuing Forestry Education credits for these workshops are pending.

Register Now:  Cost is $ 15, materials, lunch and breaks included. You can register on Eventbrite:

  1. Walton County Workshop (12/11/13): http://fcp-workshopdefuniak2.eventbrite.com/
  2. Jackson County Workshop (1/9/14): http://fcp-workshopmarianna3.eventbrite.com/

 

If you have any question or for more information, please contact:
Rose Godfrey or (352) 219-8717

 

Florida Forest Service LogoFunding for this workshop is provided by the USDA Forest Service through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Forest Service

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: admin – webmaster@ifas.ufl.edu

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Forest Certification Workshop October 17

UF IFAS 2013School of Forestry logo
Forestry and Natural Resource Professionals,

Voluntary participation in forest certification programs is growing in Southeastern United States. Forest managers and forest industry representatives need access to current information on these programs. To meet this need, the University of Florida IFAS is organizing and hosting a one-day workshop for foresters, managers of wood using mills, wood buyers and dealers, loggers and others involved in the management, procurement and utilization of forest resources in Florida. This workshop will be held in Quincy, Florida on October 17 at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center and hosted at UF/IFAS Walton and Jackson County Extension facilities via Video Conference.

The morning session will focus on the current status of the major certification systems in North America and the group certification process for each of the systems. The afternoon session will cover chain of custody and certified forest product labeling. SAF Continuing Forestry Education credits for this workshop are pending.

Agenda:  Forest Certification: Forests, Labels, Mills, & More

Morning Session (all times Eastern)

  • 8:00 am Registration ($ 15.00)
  • 8:45 Welcome and Introductions Rose Godfrey, University of Florida, Extension Outreach Coordinator
  • 9:00 Forest Certification Status and Overview Chris Demers, University of Florida, Forest Stewardship Coordinator
  • 10:00 American Tree Farm System – Group Certification Sarah Crow, Certification Manager, American Tree Farm System
  • 10:40 Morning Break
  • 11:00 Sustainable Forestry Initiative – Group Certification Paul Trianosky, Senior Director of Conservation Partnerships
  • 11:40 Forest Stewardship Council – Group Certification Darrel Pendris, US Southeast Regional Manager
  • 12:20 Lunch (provided)

Afternoon Session

  • 1:30 Chain of Custody 101 Dr. Jeff Stringer, University of Kentucky
  • 3:30 Afternoon Break
  • 3:50 Sustainable Forestry Initiative – Labels for Forest Products Paul Trianosky, Senior Director of Conservation Partnerships
  • 4:20 Forest Stewardship Council – Labels for Forest Products Darrel Pendris, US Southeast Regional Manager
  • 4:50 Final Questions, Closing Remarks, CFEs

 

Please register by Monday, October 7, 2013. Cost is $ 15, materials, lunch and breaks included.  You can register on Eventbrite at: https://fcp-workshopquincy1.eventbrite.com

Download the printer friendly flyer:  Forest_Certification_Workshop_10-17-13

For more information, contact the event coordinator:  Rose Godfrey, UF/ IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation
rosa23@ufl.edu or (352) 219-8717.

Host Location (Instructors on site):

North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy
155 Research Rd Quincy, FL 32351-5677
(850) 875-7100

Interactive Video Conference Locations (live video feed):

Walton County UF/IFAS Extension Office
732 N. 9th Street DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433-3804
(850) 892-8172.

Jackson County UF/IFAS Extension Office
2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 3, Marianna, FL 32448
(850) 482-9620

 

Florida Forest Service LogoFunding for this workshop is provided by the USDA Forest Service through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Forest Service

 

 

 

 

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Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Jackson County Extension Director, & Livestock & Forages Agent

My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.
http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu

Doug Mayo

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