Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
March 3 Workshop Highlighting Research on Organic Strawberry Cropping Systems, 1 pm to 4:20 pm, Frog Song Organics, 4317 NE US Highway 301, Hawthorne, FL (entrance to the farm is on Sid Martin Hwy). See link for details.
March 5 Master Beekeeper Program, UF Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab, Whitney Marine Laboratory for Bioscience, 9505 N Oceanshore Blvd, Marineland, FL 32080. Registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/university-of-florida-master-beekeeper-program-spring-session-2015-registration-14024029249?aff=eac2
March 6 -7
2015 University of Florida Bee College (link), UF Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab, Whitney Marine Laboratory for Bioscience, 9505 N Oceanshore Blvd, Marineland, FL 32080. Registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-university-of-florida-bee-college-tickets-14023991135
March 13 Cover Crop Test Plot Field Tour, 10 am to 1 pm ET, NRCS Brooksville Plant Material Center, 14119 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34601. The USDA NRCS Brooksville Plant Materials Center hosts a tour of research plots where they are collecting comprehensive data on the effect of various cover crop mixtures and suitability on soil quality and local growing conditions. Contact Janet Grabowski, (352) 796-9600, ext. 101 or janet.grabowski@fl.usda.gov
March 16-17 Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business (link), Live Oak, FL. To register online click here or more information contact Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center at (386 )362-1725.
March 18-19 Florida Urban Forestry Council Symposium: The Cost of Not Maintaining Trees (link), Patel Center of Global Sustainability, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. Two full days of talks, featuring some of the world’s leading experts in the fields of arboriculture, urban forestry, and utility vegetation management. Foresters, 12 Cat 1 SAF CFEs are approved. See link above for details and registration. Event contact is Sandy Temple, (407) 872-1738, fufc@aol.com
March 20 Forest Stewardship Tour at Yulee Tree Farm, property of Bill Anderson, Volusia County, FL (pdf link). 9 am to 2 pm ET. $10 fee, lunch included.. Register online at https://fsp-tour032015.eventbrite.com/ or contact UF/IFAS Volusia County Extension, (386) 822-5778.
March 20-21 Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business (pdf link), Live Oak, FL. To register online click here or for more information contact Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center at (386) 362-1725.
March 27 Forestry Herbicide Workshop (pdf link), 9:00 AM-12:00 PM ET, UF/IFAS Columbia County Extension Office, Lake City, FL. See link above for details. To register, contact Stan Shepard, (386) 243-6236, Stanley.Shepard@freshfromflorida.com
March 31 Forest Stewardship Workshop & Tour: Klausner Lumber One, LLC (pdf link), 9 am to 3 pm ET. Meet first at Suwannee River State Park. PRE-REGISTER BY MARCH 20. Call Suwannee County Extension, (386) 362-2771. See flier linked above for program details.
March 31 - April 2 Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society 2015 Spring Meeting and Workshops, Jacksonville Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, 3130 Hartley Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257. Early registration ends 3/16. See link for details.
April 8-10 2015 Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council 2015 Conference: Invasive Plants – Knocking ‘Em Out of the Park, Crowne Plaza - Oceanfront, Melbourne, FL. Foresters - approved for a total of 12 Cat 1 CFEs! See link for details or contact Karen Brown, kpbrown@ufl.edu
April 11 AGRItunity Conference and Trade Show, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Inverness (Citrus County). Sponsored by UF/IFAS Extension Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Pasco, Marion and Sumter counties. Trade show and presentations on agricultural business, crop and animal topics.  Pre-registration appreciated. Contact UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension at (352) 527-5700 for more information. 
May 4-7 2015 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course, Fort Lauderdale Coral Springs Marriott Hotel Coral Springs, FL. Get a comprehensive update and earn 20+ CEUs! Save $50 by registering by Feb 27. See link for details.
May 13-15 64th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course: "Building on Success" (link), Alto and Patricia Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center, Gainesville, FL. See link for details or contact Rebecca Matta, UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences, (352)-392-1916, rmatta@ufl.edu             
June 16-18 Conference on Laurel Wilt Disease and Natural Ecosystems: Impacts, Mitigation and the Future (link), Coral Springs Marriott, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. Coral Springs, FL. A timely opportunity to learn the most recent state of knowledge regarding laurel wilt, its biology, impacts in native ecosystems and efforts to mitigate for its devastating effects. Foresters, SAF CFEs pending approval. See link above for details. For a brief introduction to laurel wilt, see this video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x7vgFWLHkY

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
March 9, 16, 21, 23 Beekeeping Short Course (link), 6-8 pm Central Time, 7-9 pm Eastern Time, with a Saturday morning bee-yard field day. To be hosted at multiple Panhandle County Extension Offices. Provided by UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension. See link above for details or contact Matthew Orwatt, mjorwat@ufl.edu, (850) 638-6180.
March 13-14
March 24-28
April 10-11
FAMU Master Farmer Program, FAMU Farm in Quincy, FL. Provided by FAMU Cooperative Extension Program. For information contact Angela Jakes, (850) 875-8552.
March 24 Ag Save$ Workshop: Preparing for Retirement and Other Goals (pdf link), 6-7:30 pm CT; 7-8:30 ET, participating UF/IFAS Extension locations. Register by March 10, 2015 online: http://bit.ly/AgSavesSeries, or contact the County Extension office where you would like to attend the series. $55 per family for all 4 classes. Extension office locations and contacts are listed on flier linked above.
April 23 Forest Stewardship Tour at Spring Canyon, property of Helen and Tom Roth, Gadsden County, FL (pdf link). 9 am to 2 pm ET. More details to be linked soon. $10 fee, lunch included. Register at https://fsp-tour042315.eventbrite.com or Contact UF/IFAS Gadsden County Extension, (850) 875-7255 to register.
May 1-2
May 15-16
FAMU Master Goat and Sheep Certification Program, FAMU Farm in Quincy, FL. Provided by FAMU Cooperative Extension Program. For information contact Angela Jakes, (850) 875-8552.
June 6 FAMU Spring Agri-Showcase, FAMU Farm in Quincy, FL. Provided by FAMU Cooperative Extension Program. For information contact Angela Jakes, (850) 875-8552.
June 23 Ag Save$ Workshop: Trimming the Fat, How to Manage and Reduce Your Debt (pdf link), 6-7:30 pm CT; 7-8:30 ET, participating UF/IFAS Extension locations. Register by March 10, 2015 online: http://bit.ly/AgSavesSeries, or contact the County Extension office where you would like to attend the series. $55 per family for all 4 classes. Extension office locations and contacts are listed on flier linked above.
July 21 Ag Save$ Workshop: Securing Your Family's and Your Farm's Future, Part 1 (pdf link), 6-7:30 pm CT; 7-8:30 ET, participating UF/IFAS Extension locations. Register by March 10, 2015 online: http://bit.ly/AgSavesSeries, or contact the County Extension office where you would like to attend the series. $55 per family for all 4 classes. Extension office locations and contacts are listed on flier linked above.
August 18 Ag Save$ Workshop: Securing Your Family's and Your Farm's Future, Part 2 (pdf link), 6-7:30 pm CT; 7-8:30 ET, participating UF/IFAS Extension locations. Register by March 10, 2015 online: http://bit.ly/AgSavesSeries, or contact the County Extension office where you would like to attend the series. $55 per family for all 4 classes. Extension office locations and contacts are listed on flier linked above.

 

REGIONAL EVENTS, WEBINARS, ONLINE TRAINING
March 2-15
and
March 17-20
Natural Areas Training Academy: S130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter Training (link), presented in a hybrid format online, Waccasassa Forestry Center, Gainesville FL and Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, Melrose FL.. $125 General Registration, $100 - Student Registration. See link for details and registration.
March 10 Understanding the Carbon Cycle in Agricultural Fields: A Case Study with Hayland (link), 2 pm ET. see link for details.
March 12 Florida State Technical Advisory Committee Meeting, 10 am - noon, Doyle Conner Building, 1911 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608. Public, ag producers, natural resource interest groups invited. Hosted by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Contact: Jeff Woods, (352) 338-9515.
March 16 -
April 15
Natural Areas Training Academy: Conservation Site Assessment & Planning (link), online: March 16 - April 10, 2015; In-person: April 14-15, 2015, Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, Melrose FL. Presented in a hybrid format, this workshop builds a foundation of skills useful in conducting site assessments and developing resource management plans. See link above for details and registration or contact the workshop coordinator, sefriedl@ufl.edu
March 19 Webinar: Southern Foresters' Climate Observations: State Comparisons and Spatial Trends (link), 12 pm ET, CFE approved. see link for details.
March 24 Webinar: Invasive Plant Best Management Practices (link), 1 pm ET, CFE approved. see link for details.
March 26 Webinar: Planning in the Face of Change, an Urban Forestry Webinar Series: Urban Interface Planning (link), 2 pm ET, CFE approved. See link for details.
March 26 Webinar: Stream Channel Repair and Restoration Following Extreme Flooding Damage, Part 2 - Design and Implementation (link) , 2 pm ET, see link for details.
April 7 Reduced Tillage in Organic Specialty Crop Systems (link), 3 pm ET. See link for details.


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 4th Qtr 2014

News Briefs

CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE


SIGN UP FOR WETLAND, AGRICULTURAL LAND CONSERVATION EASEMENTS
 
Applications are being accepted for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Agricultural Conservation Easements Program (ACEP), which provides financial and technical assistance for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to establish conservation easements. 
The program funds easements for wetlands and agricultural lands. Wetland reserve easements restore, protect and enhance wetlands on privately owned and tribal land. Eligible lands include farmed or converted wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored.

NRCS provides financial assistance to partners for purchasing agricultural land easements that protect the agricultural use of cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland. Partners include Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs.

Contact your local NRCS office to find out how to apply or obtain the applications online. Applications are rated according to the easement’s potential for protecting and enhancing habitat for migratory birds, fish and other wildlife.

Contact Crenel Francis, 352-338-3508 about wetland reserve easements. For more information about agricultural land easements contact Nina Bhattacharyya, 352-338-9554.

SIGN-UP FOR USDAS EQIP CONSERVATION INITIATIVES BY MARCH 20
Agricultural producers can apply until March 20th for 2015 financial assistance to make natural resource improvements through several specific initiatives.

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida has designated funding for longleaf pine forests, seasonal high tunnels, pollinators, water quality, organic farming, on-farm energy and gopher tortoise habitat. Farmers and ranchers can apply through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE PARTNERS FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE PROGRAM
Applications for financial and technical assistance accepted until April 6

The USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife program provides financial and technical assistance to private landowners, county and local governments and NGOs for wildlife habitat management projects. The program coordinator will be accepting project proposals for 2015 funding until April 6th. For more details see http://www.fws.gov/partners/aboutus.html. Application form here. Questions can be directed to Erin Myers, USFWS Private Lands Biologist, (239) 657-8009, Erin_Myers@fws.gov

TAX TIPS FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS FOR THE 2014 TAX YEAR - UPDATED
Tax laws on timber transactions are very specialized but important to timber owners in terms of the ongoing cost of owning and managing timber, forest stewardship and compliance to the tax law. This bulletin reviews the major federal income tax laws to help forest owners in filing their 2014 income tax returns. The information presented is current as of December 2014.
2014 TAX TIPS (pdf). And don't miss the the February 5 webinar on this topic!

SOMETHING BUGGING YOUR TREES?
Do you have pests or a disease in your trees? Leaves or needles wilting, and you don’t know why? Sawdust falling out of your trees, and you don’t know how to save them? There is help: ask your question at the free Forest Health Diagnostic Forum: http://sfrc.ufl.edu/treehealth/forum/.

FOREST STEWARDSHIP VIDEOS  - VIEW AND SHARE!
All the latest videos are on the Florida Forest Stewardship Program home page:
http://sfrc.ufl.edu/forest_stewardship
TO CERTIFY OR NOT: FLORIDA TREE FARM PROGRAM NEEDS TO DECIDE

Something that sets the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) apart from all other private land stewardship programs is forest certification.  ATFS Tree Farms are currently third party certified as sustainable (or “green”) and products can be sold as such at market.  Florida, along with the other states are now being presented with a choice to make: to either stay in or opt out of ATFS Certification status depending on the importance we see in it.  The Florida Tree Farm Committee will be required to make a formal declaration by December 31, 2015 of whether or not we want to continue as a state program of “third party certified” Tree Farms.  The alternative is to revert to a “recognition” program that no longer has a “certification” status.  As Tree Farmers, The Florida Tree Farm Committee would like your opinion of whether Florida should remain in a “certified” Tree Farm program, or drop the requirement for third party certification.  Please reply with any comments you may have on this to Phil Gornicki, State Tree Farm Coordinator at 850-222-5646 or phil@forestfla.org.    

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 through UF/IFAS on the EDIS publication site:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/  Wow, there’s a publication about that?

FWC REQUESTS REPORTS OF WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS:

UF/IFAS SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION EXTENSION PROGRAMS
See http://sfrc.ufl.edu/extension

FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES WEBINARS
For a calendar of upcoming webinars in a variety of land management topics see:
http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinar-calendar/month#.T-zLkBhgZys.blogger

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA CONTINUING FORESTRY EDUCATION CLASSES
See http://conted.warnell.uga.edu/ for the latest offerings.

ALABAMA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION FORESTRY WEBINARS
See http://www.aces.edu/natural-resources/forestry/

SUPPORT FLORIDA'S FOREST STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
Your contribution will help support Forest Stewardship Program outreach events across Florida. More information


Other Events Listings

Additional UF/IFAS Extension Events

UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation Events

Florida Forest Service

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Southern Region Extension Forestry

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