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Farm Food Safety Workshops – October 5 & 26

Farm Food Safety Workshops – October 5 & 26

Photo by Judy Biss

Two Farm Food Safety Workshops are scheduled for October in the Panhandle.  A Building Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Manual Workshop is scheduled for October 5th in Crestview and a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training is scheduled for October 26 in Marianna.  The PSA Grower Training curriculum is approved by the FDA to meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.

Which Training Should Growers Attend?

  • All fruit and vegetable farms should have a food safety manual.  If you haven’t created a manual yet, then you will learn what needs to go in your manual and develop your own manual at the Building Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Manual Workshop in Crestview.
  • Fruit and vegetable farms that have an annual value of produce sold (based on a three year average) of $ 25,000 (adjusted for inflation) or more are required to attend an FDA approved FSMA training such as the PSA Grower Training offered in Marianna.
  • If both of the above criteria apply to you, then you should attend both trainings.

Benefits of Attending Each Workshop

  • The Building Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Manual Workshop will not only allow you to develop your own Food Safety Manual, but it will also help you prepare for a Food Safety Audit.  You will go home with an electronic copy of you personalized food safety manual, food safety training materials for you employees, and a food safety reference notebook.  This workshop also provides CEUs for pesticide applicators.
  • The PSA Grower Training 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.  You will go home with a FSMA produce safety rule reference notebook and a Certificate of Course Attendance compliant with FSMA requirements.

Cost to Attend Each Workshop and Registration Information

  • The fee for the Building Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Manual Workshop is $ 35 for the first person representing a farm and $ 15 for one additional attendee.  Registration fee includes the training materials, an electronic copy of your personalized manual, lunch, refreshments, and a Certificate of Course Attendance.  Register by calling the Jackson County Extension Office at (850)482-9620 or emailing Sabrina at s.farr@ufl.edu.  (Note: This workshop will be held at the Okaloosa County Extension Office, 3098 Airport Rd., Crestview, FL.)
  • The fee for the PSA Grower Training is $ 95.  For attendees who are members of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA), a discounted rate of $ 80 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.  Register online at Online Registration or download the training brochure to register by mail.

If you have any questions pertaining to which training is right for you or other general food safety questions, please feel free to contact Matt Lollar with the Jackson County Extension Office at (850)482-9620 or mlollar@ufl.edu.

 

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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 “Brace for the Storm” Workshops Help Homeowners Prepare for Disasters

Free “Brace for the Storm” Workshops Help Homeowners Prepare for Disasters

Aluminum shutters help protect windows from flying debris during windstorms.

Aluminum shutters help protect windows from flying debris during windstorms.

Here in the latter half of June, temperatures have heated up and summer thunderstorms have swept through on a regular basis. As we are reminded often,  hurricane season has begun. While we haven’t had a major storm in 11 years, northwest Florida is still a prime target.

Be Ready Florida is a statewide program dedicated to helping citizens and visitors to the state prepare their homes, businesses, and families for the onslaught of a major windstorm. In order to teach individuals how to best prepare, three free, two-hour online BRACE for the Storm workshops are scheduled for June 29. The workshops will be held from 10 am-noon, 2-4 pm, and 7-9 pm. Registration is online here.

According to their website, “During each workshop participants will gain valuable insight on how homeowners can undertake one or more windstorm mitigation projects on their homes to strengthen it against Florida’s next wind disaster. The importance of mitigating homes against the damage caused by a flood or wildfire will also introduced.” The workshops also discuss how mitigation techniques can save money on homeowner’s insurance.

Be Ready Florida also offers an online directory of contractors, suppliers, funding sources and inspectors that homeowners can access to find help with home projects. In Escambia and Santa Rosa County, homeowners can also contact Rebuild Northwest Florida, a nonprofit organization that uses FEMA funds to offset the cost of home wind mitigation.

To see examples of common wind mitigation building materials and techniques, such as storm shutters, insulated concrete forms, a wind-rated garage door and a tornado shelter, you can visit the Escambia County Extension office at 3740 Stefani Road in Cantonment. To schedule a tour or receive more information about the demonstrations found there, contact me at ctsteven@ufl.edu

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Author: Carrie Stevenson – ctsteven@ufl.edu

Coastal Sustainability Agent, Escambia County Extension

Carrie Stevenson

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Pond Management Workshops May 31 and June 7

Pond Management Workshops May 31 and June 7

Managing a pond can be both rewarding and challenging. Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

Managing a pond can be both rewarding and challenging.
Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

Ponds can be a source of great enjoyment. However, properly managing them to meet your desired goals can be challenging. Panhandle Pond Management, a two part series being offered by UF/IFAS Extension, is designed to help pond owners/managers become more successful in reaching their goals. Specialists from campus will be onsite to share their expertise. Dr. Chuck Cichra, UF Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, will lead session 1 and Dr. Stephen Enloe, UF Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, will lead session 2.

Session 1 – May 31st Fish Management will focus on decisions that the pond owner can make that directly relate to the success and productivity of the fish population in a pond. Stocking, harvesting, feeding, aeration and other topics will be covered.

Session 2 – June 7th Aquatic Weed Management will involve weed identification, control options, and herbicide application techniques. If you have problem weeds bring samples for identification and control recommendations.

Panhandle Pond Management will be held at the Washington County Agricultural Center, 1424 Jackson Ave, Chipley FL. Each session will begin at 6:00pm; a meal will be served. To ensure we have enough food advanced registration is strongly encouraged. There is a $ 10 registration fee per session. To register call the Washington County Extension Office (850-638-6180) or use the links below for online registration. Session 2 attendees will receive a copy of Weed Control in Ponds a bound book sold through the IFAS bookstore.

Online Registration

Session 1 – https://goo.gl/Rwn9dk

Session 2 – https://goo.gl/zj58o6

 

Pond Mgmt Flyer current

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Author: Mark Mauldin – mdm83@ufl.edu

I am the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Washington County. My program areas include livestock and forage, row crops, and pond management.
http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu

Mark Mauldin

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Panhandle Pond Management Workshops May 31 & June 7

Panhandle Pond Management Workshops May 31 & June 7

As water temperatures increase aquatic weed growth increases. Be sure to monitor ponds closely and control weeds before the problem gets too large. Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

Ponds can be a source of great enjoyment. However, properly managing them to meet your desired goals can be challenging. Panhandle Pond Management, a two part series being offered by UF/IFAS Extension, is designed to help pond owners/managers become more successful in reaching their goals. Specialists from campus will be onsite to share their expertise. Dr. Chuck Cichra, UF Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, will lead Session one, and Dr. Stephen Enloe, UF Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, will lead session two.

Session 1 – May 31st Fish Management

  • Focus – decisions the pond owner can make that directly relate to the success and productivity of the fish population in a pond. Stocking, harvesting, feeding, aeration, and other topics will be covered.

Session 2 – June 7th Aquatic Weed Management

  • Focus – weed identification, control options, and herbicide application techniques.

    Important!

    If you have problem weeds, bring samples to Session 2 for identification and control recommendations.

Panhandle Pond Management will be held at the Washington County Agricultural Center, 1424 Jackson Ave, Chipley FL. Each session will begin at 6:00pm central time and a meal will be served. To ensure we have enough food, advanced registration is strongly encouraged.

There is a $ 10 registration fee per session. To register, call the Washington County Extension Office (850-638-6180) or use the links below for online registration. Session 2 attendees will receive a copy of Weed Control in Ponds a bound book sold through the IFAS bookstore.

Online Registration

Download and print the program flyer:

Panhandle Pond Management Workshop Series Flyer

 

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Author: Mark Mauldin – mdm83@ufl.edu

I am the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Washington County. My program areas include livestock and forage, row crops, and pond management.
http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu

Mark Mauldin

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Got Compost? Leon County Offering Hands-on Workshops

Got Compost? Leon County Offering Hands-on Workshops

Got Compost?

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Please join UF/IFAS Leon County Agricultural and Horticultural Extension Agents for a hands-on composting workshop.

Extension Agents Mark Tancig and Molly Jameson will lead participants through:

  • An in-class presentation on composting science and research based composting methods

  • A hands-on demonstration on building and maintaining compost piles

  • Participants will help turn an existing compost pile and build a new pile

There are three chances to catch the workshop:

April 9, 10 am – 12 pm

April 19, 9 am – 11 am

April 25, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

General Admission: $ 10.00

Students: $ 5.00

Couples or Families: $ 15.00

 

The workshops will be held at the Leon County Extension Office, located at 615 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32301.

 

Register now at http://bit.ly/1M8DS1t or call us at 850-606-5202

 

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Author: Molly Jameson – mjameson@ufl.edu

Molly Jameson

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USDA Energy Initiative Workshops

Energy Intiative graphicInvest in Efficiency with our Community & Economic Development Team — Business & Energy Programs

USDA Rural Development will be hosting two informational workshops in November to explain the Agency’s programs available under its Northwest Florida Regional Energy Initiative. The Initiative is being designed to provide technical and financial assistance to small businesses and agricultural producers.

Our funding team members will present business and energy programs that will provide new opportunities for future investments. This opportunity to learn from our state and regional experts will benefit anyone connected to business, community or economic development. Please make plans to attend our workshop and put our partners to work for you. This is a sponsored program with no registration fee.

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides loan guarantees and grants to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy-efficiency improvements.

  • Renewable energy systems include those that generate energy from wind, solar, biomass, or that produce hydrogen from biomass or water using renewable energy.
  • Energy-efficiency projects typically involve installing or upgrading equipment to significantly reduce energy use.

We are inviting you to attend a workshop that will provide valuable information on the cost share and loan programs available to assist you and your business. The workshops will be held:

November 18, 2014              November 19, 2014

Jay Community Center                    Jackson County Agricultural Center
5259 Booker Lane                                3631 Highway 90
Jay, Florida 32565                                Marianna, Florida 32446
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.                         9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
A free lunch will be provided            A continental breakfast will be provided.

Escambia River Electric Cooperative, West Florida Electric Cooperative, and Talquin Electric Cooperative are assisting in and sponsoring the workshops.

RSVP by November 14.  To register, complete the appropriate form for the location you plan to attend:

RSVP Jay:
Invest in Efficiency Programs Registration Form Jay 2014
sabrina@erec.com or call 800-235-3848 x 7433

RSVP Marianna:
Invest in Efficiency Registration Form Marianna 2014

Dewanna.Smith@fl.usda.gov or call 850-526-2610 ext 110

 

For more information on the REAP Program, go to the USDA site: 

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

 

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Author: admin – webmaster@ifas.ufl.edu

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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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