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Exploring Opportunities in Agritourism in North Florida – September 30

Exploring Opportunities in Agritourism in North Florida – September 30

UF IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

155 Research Road – Quincy, FL 32351

Saturday, September 30, 2017

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Eventbrite Registration

Call 850-875-7100 for more information

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Author: admin – webmaster@ifas.ufl.edu

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Walton County Beef Cattle Seminar – September 21

Walton County Beef Cattle Seminar – September 21

There are roughly 13,000 head of cattle in Walton County, making them an important part of agriculture in this part of the western Florida panhandle.  The University of Florida IFAS Extension Walton County office is offering an educational program to help livestock owners stay competitive and up-to-date on the business. It will be held at the Paxton Ag Center, 22036 Highway 331 North in Paxton, on September 21th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM Central.

Topics covered will include feed stuff selection, beef cattle management strategies, and reproduction management strategies.  This is a multi-state and multi-county program, so cattle producers from across the region are welcome to attend. Also, there will be some hay equipment and hay wrappers on site to look at. There will be a $ 10 fee to attend; steak dinner is included. For more information or to register, please contact the Walton County Extension Office at (850) 892-8172 or by email to haneyc@ufl.edu.

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Author: Michael Goodchild – mjgo@ufl.edu

Michael Goodchild County Extension Director Walton County (forestry)

Michael Goodchild

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National Grandparents Day 2017: September 10

 

For nearly 40 years, National Grandparents Day has been celebrated as an opportunity to express gratitude for all that grandparents do for families and communities.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau Profile, America Facts for Features, in 1970, Marian McQuade initiated a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents.  In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day.

Across the U.S., not only are grandparents appreciated for sharing their time, wisdom, and values, but they are currently stepping up to raise over 7.2 million children under the age of 18 whose biological parents are unable to do so, thus keeping the children out of the foster care system.  In Florida, 11% of children live in homes where householders are grandparents or other relatives.

Locally, in Leon County, there are more than 2,000 grandparent-headed families, where:

  • 13.1% of the grandparents are 60 years and older
  • 39.8% of these families live below the poverty level
  • Nearly 50% of these families have had the children for 5 or more years

The reasons as to why so many grandparents are raising grandchildren are many and varied.  Nationally, substance abuse causes more than one third of this type of placement.  Nevertheless, because of a grandparent’s selfless devotion and generosity to the needs of others, grandparents are, in fact, owed a great deal of thanks for their altruism.

As one grandmother exclaimed, “For my 50th birthday, I got a 2 year-old.  My story isn’t unique.”  In fact, grandparent roles in children’s lives are so significant that the Grandparents as Parents (GaP) Program of the Tallahassee Senior Foundation, funded by the Leon County Commission, grants, and donations, has a program and support group just for them!  According to Karen Boebinger, GaP Program Coordinator, “The GaP program provides moral support and resource assistance to these grandfamilies who are trying to navigate through their new lifestyle.”

AARP® has streamlined the gathering of relevant information pertinent to this nationwide dilemma.  The AARP® resource, Grand Families Fact Sheet, includes state-specific data and programs available, as well as information about public benefits, educational assistance, legal relationship options, and state laws.  This fact sheet also contains many other resource tools such as the National Council on Aging’s questionnaire that helps grandparent caregivers and/or the children they are raising determine if they qualify for certain programs that pay for food, an increase in income, and/or home and healthcare costs.  Once the questionnaire is completed, the website generates a list of eligible programs and contact information.  (www.aarp.org/quicklink)

Take a moment today and every day to give thanks and appreciation for the thousands of grandparents in our community and around the country for the service they do for children.  One thing is for certain:  grandparents are more valuable to their grandchildren and communities than ever.  Grandparents are indispensable and important people.

Want more information about supporting GaP or do you need support yourself?  Contact Karen Boebinger, GaP Program Coordinator, at 850-891-4027 or karen.boebinger@talgov.com.

 

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Author: Heidi Copeland – hbc@ufl.edu

Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Leon County Florida Educational Program Focus: •Food, Nutrition and Wellness •Child Development and Parenting
http:leon.ifas.edu

Heidi Copeland

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Fall Vegetable Production Workshop – Combating Insect Pests September 12, 2017

Fall Vegetable Production Workshop – Combating Insect Pests September 12, 2017

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017 UF / IFAS Extension Washington County will be providing a insect pest identification and management workshop for vegetable producers and home gardeners throughout Northwest Florida.

Entomology specialists from the University of Florida and Extension agents will be leading hands on sessions focusing on insect pest management in vegetable production. This workshop is relevant to anyone growing vegetable crops in any season, but will have a special focus on fall vegetable pests. 

Lunch will be provided and  CEUs for pesticide license holders will also be available.

Cost: $ 15.00

Address: Washington County Ag Center East Wing, 1424 Jackson Ave, Chipley FL 32428.

Time: 8:30am-3:00pm

Pre Registration required for count: Contact Nikki or Cynthia at 850-638-6180 or email Matthew Orwat at mjorwat@ufl.edu

or register online at eventbrite HERE !

Agenda

  • Welcome and Introduction  8:30am-8:35 Matthew Orwat, Washington County Cooperative Extension,  Amanda Hodges, University of Florida

  • True bugs in Fall Vegetables-Identification and Management                      9:00am-10:15am

  • Cowpea Curculio                                                                                           10:15am-10:30pm

  • Break                                                                                                             10:30am-10:45am

  • Whitefly Management                                                                                    10:45am-11:10am

  • Invasive Species problems in North Florida Vegetable Production        11:10am-11:30am

  • Invasive Stink Bugs and Related True Bugs                                                  11:30am-11:50pm

  • Lunch    11:50pm-12:30pm

  • Tomato leafminer Tuta absoltua                                                                     12:30m-12:45pm

  • Old World bollworm and Exotic Spodoptera Pests                                         12:45pm-1:05pm

  • Common Vegetable Plant Diseases in the Florida Panhandle                       1:05pm-1:35pm

  • Pest and Pathogen Walk                                                                                 1:35pm-2:05pm

  • CAPS Exotic Corn Diseases of Concern                                                         2:05pm-2:35pm

  • Sample Submission, Arthropod and Disease samples                                    2:35pm-2:50p

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Florida-Alabama Irrigation Technologies Field Day – September 5

Florida-Alabama Irrigation Technologies Field Day – September 5

Pivot irrigation watering fields. UF/IFAS Photo: Josh Wickham

Join us on September 5, 2017 at Sam and Scott Walker’s Farm (1950 Hwy 99 Walnut Hill, FL 32568) to learn more about new technologies for soil moisture sensing.  The short field day will start at 8:00 am central.

Topics will include Testing the Sentek Soil Moisture Probe on-Farm, Comparing soil moisture sensors, and the FDACS BMP Program. If you need more information or directions, contact Libbie Johnson (850) 475-5230, libbiej@ufl.edu or Kimberly Wilkins, (251) 937-7176, wilkikj@aces.edu.

Pivot irrigation. UF/IFAS Photo: Josh Wickham

 

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Author: Libbie Johnson – libbiej@ufl.edu

Agriculture agent at UF IFAS Escambia County Extension.
http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/

Libbie Johnson

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Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop – September 28

Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop – September 28

The Six Rivers Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) group and the Florida Forest Stewardship Program will offer an Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop on September 28, 2017; 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Central. This one day workshop will be held at the UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office, 3098 Airport Rd, Crestview, Florida 32539.  You are invited to learn about identifying and controlling some of the most troublesome invasive exotic plants like cogongrass, Japanese climbing fern, privet and others. We’ll also address exotic insects that are causing, or will cause big headaches for forestry and natural resource professionals. Earn pesticide applicator CEUs and forestry CFEs and connect with partnership and assistance opportunities!

Cost is $ 10 per person, lunch and materials included. You can register online through the Eventbrite Registration site. You can also reserve a space by contacting UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension at (850) 689-5850 and pay at the event with cash or check, made  payable to the University of Florida. Approved for 4.0 Category 1 SAF CFEs. FDACS pesticide CEUs are still pending approval.

Cogongrass will take over native or cultivated vegetation, as can bee seen in this hay field. Photo credit: Doug Mayo

 

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Author: Libbie Johnson – libbiej@ufl.edu

Agriculture agent at UF IFAS Escambia County Extension.
http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/

Libbie Johnson

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Northwest Florida Rose Symposium Saturday September 16, 2017

Northwest Florida Rose Symposium Saturday September 16, 2017

On Saturday, September 16th, 2017, from 9AM to 12PM, UF / IFAS Extension Washington County will be providing a rose gardening workshop for gardeners across the Panhandle. Many roses are hard to grow in the Florida Panhandle without investing considerable time and energy into spraying for insect and disease problems. This workshop will teach attendees how to select and sustainably grow roses adapted to the hot-humid conditions of the Southern Gulf Coast. There will be opportunities for outdoor learning and hands-on activities. 

Topics include:

  • Selection of disease resistant rose cultivars adapted to the lower South
  • Resources to obtain hard to find easy care rose cultivars
  • Soil and Nutrient Management
  • Disease and insect management
  • Irrigation
  • Rose Propagation

Participants will be given the opportunity to propagate their own rose and take home their own propagation assembly to grow their own roses from scratch.

Refreshments will be provided and a door prize will be available.

Address: Washington County Ag Center Auditorium, 1424 Jackson Ave, Chipley FL 32428.

Pre Registration required for count: Contact Nikki or Cynthia at 850-638-6180 or email Matthew Orwat at mjorwat@ufl.edu

or register online at eventbrite HERE !

 

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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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2017 Agritourism Conference – September 26-27

2017 Agritourism Conference – September 26-27

If you are a new or existing agritourism operation looking for ideas, please consider joining us on September 26-27 at the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Office, 1702 Hwy 17 South, Bartow, Florida.   The program will include some excellent presenters (both state and nationally recognized) as well as tours of some popular agritourism destinations in and near Polk county.

For more information, agenda, and registration, use the following link:

Central Florida Agritourism Conference

 

 

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Author: Libbie Johnson – libbiej@ufl.edu

Agriculture agent at UF IFAS Escambia County Extension.
http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/

Libbie Johnson

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2017 NFREC Beef & Forage Day – September 15

2017 NFREC Beef & Forage Day – September 15

Friday, September 15, 2017

UF/IFAS NFREC Beef Research Unit
(One mile west of Greenwood, FL on Hwy 162)

Cattle producers are invited to visit the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, near Marianna, for a Beef and Forage Field Day to be held at the beef Research Unit on Friday, September 15.  The festivities get started at 8:00 AM central with registration and time to visit with sponsoring exhibitors.  At 9:00 AM, a tour rotation will begin on covered trailers to visit seven demonstration sites.  The registration fee for the event is $ 10 per person and includes lunch and water that will be provided on each trailer.

Schedule of events (CDT):

8:00AM    Exhibitors and Registration (Registration fee – $ 10)

9:00AM   Tour Starts

  • Integrating rhizoma peanut into grazing systems
    Jose Dubeux, UF/IFAS Forage Specialist
  • Brunswick Grass Overview
    Ann Blount, UF Forage Breeder
  • Improving Nitrogen Efficiency in Soil Systems
    Cheryl Mackowiak, UF/IFAS Soils Specialist & Sunny Liao, UF Soil Microbial Ecology Specialist
  • Weed Walk: Identification and Control
    Brent Sellers, UF/IFAS Specialist & Mark Mauldin, UF/IFAS Extension Washington County Agent
  • Balancing Hay Diets with Commodities
    Nicolas DiLorenzo, UF/IFAS Beef Specialist & Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS Jackson Co Extension Director
  • Integrating EPDs with Visual Appraisal for Bull Selection
    Kalyn Waters, UF/IFAS Extension Holmes County Director
  • Carcass Evaluation for Todays Beef Producers
    Dr. Chad Carr, UF/IFAS Meat Extension Specialist

12:30PM Lunch (Lunch and refreshments will be provided)

1:30PM   Optional Forage Variety Demonstration Tour
Ann Blount, UF/IFAS Forage Breeder and Jose Dubeux, UF/IFAS Forage Specialist, Cheryl Mackowiak, UF/IFAS Soils Specialist

2:30PM   Adjourn

For more information call 850-526-1613 or visit the UF/IFAS NFREC website

Download the printer friendly flyer to share with a friend, or to hang up as a reminder:

NFREC Beef & Forage Field Day 2017

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Author: ndilorenzo – ndilorenzo@ufl.edu

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Pecan Field Day – September 12 – Monticello

Pecan Field Day – September 12 – Monticello

Harvest time is just around the corner for Florida pecan growers. Producers will meet in Monticello on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 for the annual field day and Pecan Growers’ Association meeting. If you’re a pecan grower, or just considering it, the morning’s topics and speakers will be a great opportunity to learn more about the pecan business. The year’s event features guest speakers from the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, and special guest Randy Hudson from Hudson Pecan Company in Ocilla, GA. Randy will give a first-hand look of the future of the pecan industry from an international perspective.

This is free event for Florida Pecan Growers’ Association members, and $ 10 for non-members. You will be able to become a member during event registration. We do ask that you call the Jackson County Extension Office to RSVP at 850-482-9620 or email Matt Lollar at mlollar@ufl.edu, so we know how many to expect for lunch.

Pecan tree grove in North Florida. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright.

Schedule (Eastern Time)

9:00 – Registration Opens

9:15 – Welcome – Matt Lollar, UF/IFAS Extension, Jackson County

9:20 – Tree Spacing & Orchard Layout – Matt Lollar, UF/IFAS Extension, Jackson County

9:50 – Stink Bug Management – Russ Mizell, UF/IFAS Entomologist

10:20 – Pecan Scab – We’re winning the battle, but will we win the war? – Tim Brenneman, UGA Plant Pathology

10:50 – New Pecan Cultivars – Patrick Conner, UGA Plant Breeding

11:20 – Future of the Pecan Industry – Randy Hudson, CEO Hudson Pecan Company, Ocilla, GA

11:50 – Travel to Simpson Nurseries – 52 Nacoosa Rd, Monticello, FL

12:10 – Tour of Simpson Nurseries & Lunch (Included with registration or membership.)

1:00 – Annual Meeting, Florida Pecan Growers’ Association  

Pesticide Applicator CEUs will be available for field day participants.

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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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