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The Florida Master Naturalist Program Training Local AmeriCorps Volunteers

The Florida Master Naturalist Program Training Local AmeriCorps Volunteers

By: Laura Tiu and Sheila Dunning


For the second year in a row, University of Florida Extension Agents Sheila Dunning (horticulture) and Laura Tiu (marine science) taught a Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) Coastal Module to a newly recruited AmeriCorps group in Okaloosa and Walton counties. The AmeriCorps members have been recruited to work with local the non-profit Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance during the 2016-17 school year teaching Grasses in Classes and Dunes and Schools at the local elementary schools.

AmeriCorp volunteers learning about coastal environments by attending the Florida Master Naturalist class.
Photo: Laura Tiu

As part of the training, FMNP students participated in an aquatic species collection training to enable them to collect species for touch tanks used throughout the school year. At the training, we met two Fort Walton Beach High School science teachers. Teachers Marcia Holman and Ashley Daniels (an AmeriCorps 2013 member herself) were surprised to see two former students in our AmeriCorps 2016 FMNP class; Dylan and Kaitlyn.  Dylan, they reported, was a student that many teachers worried about during his freshman year.  However, he just blossomed because of his involvement in the marine classes and environmental ecology club.  They were most proud of his leadership designing and implementing a no-balloon graduation ceremony.  This prevented the release of potentially harmful balloons into our coastal waterways where they pose a hazard to marine life.


The teachers were so happy to see both students had joined AmeriCorps and were receiving FMNP training. They realized that they were making a difference in the lives of their students and the students they had trained were working to preserve and protect the environment in their communities.  When asked if they had any other students that we need to be prepared for Holman replied, “It’s hard to tell at this point in the year if we have any rising marine science stars, but we did have 20 kids show up for the first meeting of the ecology kids club.”  We can’t wait to meet them.


Author: Laura Tiu – lgtiu@ufl.edu

Sea Grant Extension Agent – Okaloosa and Walton Counties

Laura Tiu

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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 Deadline is February 6, 2017


  • 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


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

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/01/07/farm-food-safety-certification-training-february-13/

Alabama Food Safety Training November 3

The Mobile County Extension Office will be hosting a Food Safety Training Class on Thursday, November 3 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.  The Class will be held at the Gulf Coast Research & Extension Center, 8300 State Highway 104, Fairhope, AL 36532.

The class will be conducted by Produce Safety Alliance trainers and will educate growers about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and will provide details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.

fresh-everyday-produce-standThe course will allow participants to gain a basic understanding of:

  • Microorganisms
  • Microbial Risk Mitigation
  • Farm Food Safety Plan Development
  • FSMA Produce Safety Rule Requirements

Upon completion of the class, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies successful completion of the class.

For more information about the class, please see the class flyer.

Not all farms are required to be in compliance with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. The training is free to Alabama residents and costs $ 120 for out-of-state participants.  For compliance clarification or to register for the workshop please call the Mobile County Extension Office at (251)574-8445.



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

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/10/22/alabama-food-safety-training-november-3/

Big Bend Pesticide Training Series- September 6-9th

Big Bend Pesticide Training Series- September 6-9th

Farm equipment spraying the fields.Pesticide Training Series

Hosted at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research & Education Center

155 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351

The Big Bend Pesticide Training Series is a multi-county collaboration between Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, and Wakulla Extension agents. This series of workshops will rotate between the four host counties on a yearly basis. They will serve both as review classes for anyone interested in obtaining a new pesticide license, as well as provide opportunities for individuals with an existing license to obtain CEUs.

This year, the workshops will take place in Gadsden County at the NFREC in Quincy. Registration is $ 10/session and refreshments will be provided.

The time of each session refers to Eastern Standard Time.

September 6th: 7:45am-12:30pm – Core with Exam (3 487 & 2 482 CEUs)
                           1pm- 4:45pm – Private Ag with Exam (3 CEUs)
September 7th: 7:45am-1pm – Right-of-Way with Exam (4 CEUs)
September 8th: 7:45am-1pm – Row Crop with Exam (CEUs TBD)
September 9th : 7:45am-1pm – Aquatic Class with Exam (4 CEUs)

For more information and to preregister contact the Gadsden County Extension Office: 850-875-7255


Author: Ethan Carter – ethancarter@ufl.edu

Ethan Carter is the Regional Row Crop IPM Agent in Jackson County. He earned his BS in Food and Resource Economics, and his MS in Agronomy, both from the University of Florida.

Ethan Carter

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/20/big-bend-pesticide-training-series-september-6-9th/

Applying Pesticides Correctly- Core Training May 12

Applying Pesticides Correctly- Core Training May 12

A tractor spraying pesticides on rows of tomatoes. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.

A tractor spraying pesticides on rows of tomatoes. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.

FAMU Research & Extension Center

4259 Bainbridge Highway – Quincy, FL 32352


$ 10/person Registration Fee

The General Standards Core is one of two exams that must be passed to obtain an FDACS restricted use pesticide (RUP) applicator license.

Exam Preparation

This half day training will take place on (Thursday) May 12th from 8:15am-12pm eastern time at the FAMU Research & Extension Center and will cover six of nine chapters within the Applying Pesticides Correctly Manual (Core) which is commonly used to prepare for the exam.

The manual can be purchased at your local extension office, which is also where the exam can be taken at your convenience.

Continuing Education Units:

4 Core CEUs are needed to renew your RUP license, regardless of the category(s) you possess (private, row crop, etc.) and this training will allow you to get them all at once.

Download a flyer with more information, the agenda, and options for registration:

Agenda and Registration


For more information on registration, call the Gadsden County Extension Office at 850-875-7255



Author: admin – webmaster@ifas.ufl.edu


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Central Panhandle Pesticide Training Series March 14,17,18, 23

Central Panhandle Pesticide Training Series March 14,17,18, 23

Sprayer for Web

Hosted at the Washington County Ag Center

1424 Jackson Ave. Chipley, FL

The Central Panhandle Pesticide Training Series is a multi-county collaboration between Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Calhoun, and Gadsden extension agents. Occurring every March, the host county for the pesticide series will rotate each year. These trainings will serve both as review classes for anyone interested in obtaining a pesticide license, as well as provide opportunities for individuals with an existing license to obtain CEUs.

  1. March 14th – Right-of-Way with Exam (4 CEU’s)

  2. March 17thCORE with Exam (3 CEU’s both 482 & 487)

  3. March 18thPrivate Ag with Exam (3 CEU’s)

  4. March 23rdAquatic Class with Exam (4 CEU’s)

$ 10/session and refreshments will be provided

Link to registration: Right-of-Way class

Link to registration: CORE class

Link to registration: Private Applicator class

Link to registration: Aquatic class


For more information and pre-registration contact:

Matt Orwat 850-638-6180 or

Kalyn Waters 850-547-1108

Pan Ag IFAS combo logo

 An Equal Opportunity Institution UF/IFAS Extension, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension. Single copies of UF/IFAS Extension publications (excluding 4-H and youth publications) are available free to Florida residents from county UF/IFAS Extension offices.


Author: Ethan Carter – ethancarter@ufl.edu

Ethan Carter

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Preparation for Horse Training Begins in the Mouth

Equine Dentist

Hiring an experienced professional to perform routine dentistry prior to the bitting process may be one of your best training techniques. Adam Johnson, Equine Dental Care demonstrated how professionals care for teeth at the Horse Expo held in Marianna. Photo credit: Doug Mayo

Lame in the mouth

Head bob is a widely recognized indicator of lameness as a horse will lift the head in order to shift weight off a lame foreleg as it strikes the ground. A horse with a loose tooth or retained cap may show a similar behavior, raising the head in rhythm while jogging in response to pain elicited from a tooth being jarred. Though most observers would agree that the head bobbing horse is lame, few would consider that the horse might actually be lame in the mouth.

Resistance may be pain response

Similarly, when bitting a horse, excessive head tossing is often interpreted as the horse being unwilling to accept the bit. Consider, however, that the time frame when the horse is shedding baby teeth (deciduous) and permanent teeth are erupting coincides with the time we are placing a bit in the horse’s mouth, and asking the horse to submit to pressure. Head tossing might be explained as a pain response to bit pressure applied over a small, sharp tooth just below the surface of the gum.

Significance of eruption patterns

It is helpful to understand eruption patterns of consequence to the young horse going into training. Horses have both temporary and permanent incisors (6 pairs top and bottom, front) and premolars (3 on each side top and bottom, cheek). Deciduous incisors erupt around 6 days (centers), 6 weeks (intermediate), and 6 months (corners) and are successively shed around 2 ½, 3 ½, and 4 ½ years old, starting with the centers and moving outward to the corners. Premolars come in by 2 weeks of age and are replaced front to rear between 2 and 4 years of age. Molars (3 rear cheek teeth on each side, top and bottom) occur only in the permanent form and erupt at 1, 2 and 3 ½ to 4 years of age front to rear.

Baby teeth are pushed out by the erupting permanent teeth. Some baby teeth are slow to fall out and are referred to as retained caps. It is not uncommon to see lumps develop on the lower jaw of 3 year olds because pressure from retained premolar caps causes bone remodeling. When the caps are lost and the permanent tooth breaks through the gum, the lumps typically go away. A retained but loose cap can cause significant irritation to the surrounding gum which can be exaggerated as the horse is asked to work. In addition, inflamed gums can lead to secondary sinus inflammation that could be mistaken for an infectious respiratory disease. Like small children cutting teeth, a young horse with teeth erupting may simply not feel well.

Another concern is wolf teeth, which are technically the first premolars. Wolf teeth are typically quite small, occurring on the upper jaw of some horses and more rarely on the lower jaw between 6 months and 3 years of age. Wolf teeth can cause a number of problems for the horse that is beginning to carry a bit.

What should be done?

Before putting a horse into training, it is wise to prepare the mouth with some fundamental dentistry practices. If the horse has wolf teeth, they should be extracted. This is a fairly simple process in young horses, even if the tooth is still below the gum. After removing the wolf teeth, a “bit seat” should be created on the front edge of the first cheek teeth. A bit seat is simply a rounding or contouring of the edge of the tooth to prevent pinching of the cheek or tongue by the bit. Retained caps should be taken off so that the permanent teeth can come in unimpeded. Because the upper jaw is wider than the lower jaw, sharp edges often develop on the outer edge of upper teeth and the inner edge of lower teeth. These should be filed so that they do not cut the tongue or cheeks and so the horse can chew more efficiently. Filing the teeth is referred to as floating, because the traditional hand tool used is called a float. Horses that receive dental care early on are much less likely to develop dental problems like wave mouth later in life. The equine dentist is much like a skilled farrier who balances a horse’s foot, allowing for more even weight distribution and wear.

Who can do the work?

Some confusion exists over who is allowed to perform dentistry. Because human dentistry requires a professional degree, many would assume equine dentistry would require the same. Though equine dental schools do exist, they differ from human dental schools in that they are trade schools, not professional schools. Certainly dentistry is taught in the curriculum of veterinary schools but the broad scope of veterinary training does not afford students time to perfect the skills necessary to be proficient right out of school. Most veterinarians who specialize in dentistry seek additional training in certification programs or intern with veterinarians who specialize.

There are people who perform basic dentistry practices called Lay Dentists. They are not licensed veterinarians so they cannot sedate horses, use controlled substances nor diagnose diseases and/or prescribe antibiotics. Some work under the direct supervision of veterinarians and some work as independent contractors.

In understanding what is legal, it is good to look at current Florida Statutes. The Veterinary Practices Act provides some clarity:

474.202 Definitions

(13) “Veterinary medicine” includes, with respect to animals, surgery, acupuncture, obstetrics, dentistry, physical therapy, radiology, theriogenology, and other branches or specialties of veterinary medicine.

474.203. Exemptions

(b) A person hired on a part-time or temporary basis, or as an independent contractor, by an owner to assist with herd management and animal husbandry tasks for herd and flock animals, including castration, dehorning, parasite control, and debeaking, or a person hired on a part-time or temporary basis, or as an independent contractor, by an owner to provide farriery and manual hand floating of teeth on equines.

Services available

Historically, the floating of teeth was done exclusively with hand tools, many of which were fabricated by the dentist himself. Using hand tools is extremely physically demanding and time consuming. Excellent horsemanship skills, strength and stamina as well as being ambidextrous are hallmarks of the person using hand tools. Most veterinarians were happy to have lay dentists perform routine dental care, when hand tools were the only option. Today, with the advent of power tools, more veterinarians are working in this specialty field. In order to use power tools, the horse must be sedated and fitted with a mouth speculum so the dentist can view the teeth and file with an electric dremel. On the positive side, the process is more rapid and the mouth is easier to view. On the negative side, sedation is required, heat generation from the tool could damage the pulp of the tooth and over- zealous practitioners could take off more tooth than necessary.

Bottom Line

For the young horse, performing routine dentistry prior to the bitting process may be one of your best training techniques. Hiring an experienced professional is crucial. As in so many aspects of the business world, let the buyer beware. Price and value are not synonymous. The lowest price may not be the best value and the highest price does not assure the best quality.



Author: Saundra TenBroeck – sht@ufl.edu

Saundra TenBroeck

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Africanized Honey Bee First Responder Training May 8

first responderThe UF/IFAS Beekeeping in the Panhandle team is offering an Africanized Honey Bee Emergency Response Training on May 8, 2015 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Central, at the UF/IFAS Extension Washington County office, 1424 Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428.

This training is important not only because of the potential for accidents involving Africanized bees, but also for accidents involving trucks hauling 1000s of hives through the Florida Panhandle each year. Please spread the word to your local First Responder community.


• UF/IFAS Beekeeping Expert, Dr. Bill Kern has trained first responders throughout the southeast.
• Africanized bees are moving our way from south Florida
• Beekeeping is booming – thousands of hives are routinely transported through our area.

Who Should Attend:

• Fire/Rescue, Law Enforcement
• Volunteer Fire Department Personnel
• 911 Operators and Dispatchers
• Park Rangers, Brushland Firefighters, DOT
• County Emergency Management Officials
• Military Emergency Management Officials

What Will Be Taught:

• Africanized Honeybee Biology and Behavior
• Threat Triage, Personal Protective Equipment
• Rescue Tactics and Situation Outcomes.
• Field Demonstrations Using PPE and Foam-Equipped Engines

Download the printable flyer for this event: 

First Responder Training Flyer

This event is free, but please call to register:

UF/IFAS Extension Calhoun County – 850-674-8323, or
UF/IFAS Extension Washington County – 850-638-6180




Author: Judy Ludlow – judy.ludlow@ufl.edu

Judy Ludlow is the Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent in Calhoun County, Florida

Judy Ludlow

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/04/18/africanized-honey-bee-first-responder-training-may-8/

Escambia and Santa Rosa Offer Pesticide Training February 25

top of page for trainingAttendees will learn the basics of applying pesticides correctly and will be able to take the exams (Private Applicator and Core) necessary to become certified private applicators by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).

WHO NEEDS A LICENSE? Anyone using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides on agricultural or related sites in Florida needs a restricted use pesticide license. Agricultural and related sites include but are not limited to the following areas: farms, plant nurseries, livestock, forests, ornamentals and turf not associated with structures A “private applicator” is an individual who has reached the age of maturity (generally 18 years old), and is licensed by FDACS to use or supervise the use of any restricted use pesticide for purposes of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by the licensed person, or that person’s employer. This license is for farm, ranch, grove, nursery, sod farm applications, etc.

Attendees must pre-register to ensure the correct number of exams will be available. For those who need to take exams in other categories, please let Libbie or Lynn know when registering.  To pre-register, contact: Libbie Johnson at (850) 475-5230, libbiej@ufl.edu  or Lynn Moore at (850) 623-3868, lynnmo@santarosa.fl.gov


For more information about pesticide licenses, see this site:




Author: Libbie Johnson – libbiej@ufl.edu

Agriculture agent at UF IFAS Escambia County Extension.

Libbie Johnson

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/31/escambia-and-santa-rosa-offer-pesticide-training-february-25/

GAPs Food Safety Training January 30th

GAPs Food Safety Training  January 30th


Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training:
Food Safety and the USDA Audit

January 30, 2014, 9:00am-2:00pm CST

Washington County Ag Center

Fresh produce farmers can learn how to develop a Food Safety Record Book to help pass a USDA Farm Audit so they can sell to WalMart and other retailers which require Food Safety Certification.  Attendees will receive a packet of materials from the UF/IFAS Small Farms Academy including signage & a GAPs training certificate.

Training Topics:

  • Introduction To Food Safety & Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)
  • Update on new proposed FDA Food Safety Rules
  • How to implement and document food safety on the farm
  • Passing a USDA Audit
  • Maintaining a Food Safety Program Season to Season 

The workshop will be held in the East Wing Conference Room at the Washington County Agriculture Center, 1424 Jackson Avenue, Suite A, Chipley, FL 32428.  Registration begins at 8:30 am at the door, with a $ 10.00 fee to cover materials and refreshments.

Please contact Matthew Orwat or Cynthia Jackley at the UF/IFAS Washington County Extension Office at 850-638-6180 for more information, or to register for the event.

Download the GAPs Training flyer



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.

Matthew Orwat

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/01/25/gaps-food-safety-training-january-30th/

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