Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

To sign up for biweekly email updates, which include the latest calendar of events, news and a link to the Florida Land Steward newsletter, send an email to cdemers@ufl.edu.

If you know of an event or news brief that should be included on this page please send an email with the name of the event, date, location, and contact phone or email to cdemers@ufl.edu.

Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
February 5 Farm Bill Workshop, 2 to 4 pm, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, Gainesville, FL. Topics include Update & How to Complete Payment Yields, Crop History (reallocation), Choosing Between PLC and ARC, Generic Base (assigning "covered commodities" to Generic Base), STAX (new safety net for cotton), and the Noninsured Assistance Program (NAP). This workshop is provided jointly by University of Florida agricultural economists and the USDA Farm Service Agency. Free. Pre-register by calling (352) 955-2402 no later than February 3.
February 19 Private Applicator Pesticide School, 8:30 am to 6 pm, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, Gainesville, FL. This workshop is designed to provide training for the private applicator agricultural pest control license.  The private applicator license is required for anyone that applies restricted use pesticides to their own farm, greenhouse or nursery. 3 Core & 3 Private Applicator CEUs will be offered for applicators that already have their licenses. Full day registration fee is $15.00 (includes lunch), half day registration fee is $5.00 (no lunch).  Call (352) 955-2402 for information.
February 26 Forest Stewardship Workshop: Integrating Wildlife and Forestry (pdf link) , 9 am to 3 pm ET, Austin Cary Forest Learning Center, 10625 NE Waldo Rd, Gainesville, FL 32609. Details to come. Register online at
http://fsp-workshop022615.eventbrite.com/ or contact Chris Demers, cdemers@ufl.edu, (352) 846-2375.
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. 9 am to 2 pm ET. Details and online registration to come. $10 fee. Contact Volusia County Extension to register, (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.
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)
February 9 Future Scenarios for Row Crops in the Southeastern USA, 9 am – 4 pm, 2000 Levy Ave., Research Building A, Tallahassee, FL. For row crop growers, advisors and stakeholders interested in agriculture trajectories in the Southeastern USA. Hear from experts and contribute to discussions about future scenarios for row crop production based on past trends, potential changes in climate, competing land uses and water availability. Identify possible strategies that different stakeholder groups might use to anticipate and prepare for changes.Contact: RSVP by Feb. 2nd to Dr. Wendy-Lin Bartels at wendylin@ufl.edu or (352) 392-1864 ext.237. For more information on the Tri-state group, visit our blog http://www.siftag.org/
February 11 30th Annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show, 7:30 am CT, UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office, in the Agriculture Conference Center, 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, Marianna, FL. Program theme is Investing in the Future of Your Herd: investments worth considering, pasture mgmt, supplemental feeding, financial mgmt and more, concludes with a steak lunch. There is a $5 per person registration fee for the event, payable at the door. For more information on the Beef Conference, or exhibiting in the Trade Show, contact Doug Mayo, (850) 482-9620, demayo@ufl.edu
February 23 Aquaponics Seminar: A Food Production System in Combination with Aquaculture and Hydroponic Principles, 6:00-8:30 PM, FAMU Cooperative Extension Teleconference Center, 2010 Pinder Drive, Tallahassee, FL.For more information, please call the FAMU Cooperative Extension Program at (850) 599-3546.

 

REGIONAL EVENTS, WEBINARS, ONLINE TRAINING
February 5 Webinar: Timber Tax Update for the 2014 Tax Year (link), 2:00 pm ET, see link for details.
February 5-6 32nd Annual Georgia Farmers Conference: Cooperatives: Leading, Serving & Growing Rural Communities (link), Hilton Garden Inn, 101 S Front St, Albany, GA 31701 31701. Hosted by the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund. This conference will host over 250 farmers, ranchers, landowners and supporters from across the South and provide current information on cooperatives, USDA programs, marketing, legal, risk management, conservation, and other agricultural issues that are vital to farmers. See link above for details.
February 18–20 Timberland Investment Conference: An Asset That Has Come Of Age 30 Years of Serving Timberland Investors (link), The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, FL. Provided by University of Georgia Center for Forest Business. For more information or questions, visit the link above or contact Bob Izlar, (706) 542-6819 or bizlar@uga.edu
February 22-28 National Invasive Species Awareness Week (link), Florida events will be posted both on the FL Invasive Species Partnership calendar at www.FloridaInvasives.org and on the national map at www.nisaw.org
February 24 Webinar: Reed Canarygrass: Research and Control Methods (link), 2:00 pm ET, see link for details.
February 25 Webinar: Stream Channel Repair and Restoration Following Extreme Flooding Damage, Part 1 - Background and Planning (link), 2 pm ET, see link for details.
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 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


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 3rd Qtr 2014

News Briefs

CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE


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

 

APPLICATION FOR USDA NRCS CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM DUE FEBRUARY 27
The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) provides financial and technical assistance to conserve and enhance soil, water, air and related natural resources on their land. Producers earn higher payments for higher performance. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is funding $100 million nationally to CSP this year with up to 7.7 million acres of private lands projected to be enrolled. A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types.

While local NRCS offices accept CSP applications year round, to be eligible for this year’s enrollment, producers must have their applications submitted to NRCS by the closing date of February 27. Learn more about CSP by visiting the NRCS website or a local NRCS field office.

 

COGONGRASS TREATMENT COST-SHARE PROGRAM APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 27
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Forest Service is accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program. Cogongrass is an invasive, non-native grass, which occurs in Florida and several other southeastern states. Cogongrass infestations negatively affect tree regeneration, growth and survival, as well as wildlife habitat, native plant diversity, forage quality and property values. They also increase the risk of wildfires and alter fire behavior.

The Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program is offered for non-industrial private lands in all Florida counties. It provides reimbursement of 50 percent of the cost to treat Cogongrass infestations for two consecutive years. Applicants who wish to conduct treatments in 2015 may apply through Feb. 27, 2015. To learn more about this program and obtain an application form, contact a local Florida Forest Service office or visit http://www.FloridaForestService.com. All qualifying applications will be evaluated and ranked for approval. This program is supported through a grant from the U.S. Forest Service.

For more information about cogongrass and management see http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wg202


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.

 

LATEST ISSSUE OF FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE'S FLFORESTRY NEWS
Latest issue on the homepage:
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service

 

LATEST ISSUE OF FWC'S WILDLIFE LEGACY INITIATIVE NEWSLETTER
Latest issue here::
http://myfwc.com/conservation/special-initiatives/fwli/newsletters/winter-2015/

 

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?

 

HELP STILL NEEDED - COYOTES VS BOBCATS: WHAT ARE THEY EATING?
The University of Florida is conducting a study of coyote dietary habits in Florida and needs YOU to donate your catch! We are especially interested in how coyotes are affecting white-tailed deer, turkeys, bobwhite quail, livestock, and pets! YOUR help is needed to obtain legally acquired coyote carcasses, with or without pelts. We will also accept coyote stomachs and intestines if you cannot store the whole carcass. Carcasses or stomachs and intestines should be frozen in a suitable bag or container, and include the name of contributor, animal weight/sex, date harvested/obtained, and location harvested/obtained. Arrangements can be made to get carcasses from you at the University or combine your animals with others in your area for a pickup. We have obtained a permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for this project, and will keep information provided by you for this project anonymous to the extent possible by law. We greatly appreciate your help with this valuable study!

Lauren N. Watine & Bill Giuliano
E-mail: LNWATINE@UFL.EDU
Office: 352-846-0575


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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