Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
February 17-19 Wildlife and Invasive Species Education (link), REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension, 7620 SR 471, Ste 2, Bushnell, FL 33513. Topics will include: coyotes, invasive fish, invasive pigs, invasive plants; as well as important native creatures like the Florida panther, Florida black bear, reptiles, butterflies and more!
March 4 Cover Crop Tour, 10 am -1 pm ET,  USDA NRCS Brooksville Plant Material Center, 14119 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL. Provided by NRCS. Learn how cover crops and no-till are improving soil health. Updates on a four-year research project on cover crop mixtures and seeding rates. Contact Janet Grabowski at (352) 796-9600, ext. 101.
March 4-5 2016 UF Bee College, UF Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab, St. Augustine, FL. See link above for details and registration.
March 14-15 or
18-19
Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business (link), Live Oak, FL. To register online click here or for more information contact Dilcia Toro at (386) 362-1725 ext.102
March 17 Forest Stewardship / Tree Farm Tour at the Arnold Tract (link), Levy County, FL. 9 am to 2 pm ET. Join us to learn about converting old agriculture fields and pasture to pine forest, controlling invasive exotic species, wildlife habitat improvements, Best Management Practices, available assistance and more. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register online at https://fsp-tour031716.eventbrite.com/ or contact Chris Demers, (352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu to register. More details to come.
March 23 Urban Landscape Summit (link), UF/IFAS Straughn Extension Professional Development Center, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Provided by the UF Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, the event will feature presentations of applied research or extension projects pertaining to urban landscape issues in Florida. Topics include, but are not limited to, water, landscape management, urban pest issues, social issues, economics, and more.  See link for details and registration
April 28 Forest Stewardship Workshop: Use Prescribed Fire Safely and Effectively (link), 8:30 am to 4 pm, Austin Cary Forest Learning Center. This program will provide an overview of the uses of fire in natural resource management and the proper planning necessary for a successful prescribed burn. A burn demonstration will be planned and executed if conditions allow. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at
https://fsp-workshop042816.eventbrite.com/, or reserve a space by contacting Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu.
May 2-5 2016 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course, Coral Springs, FL. Join us for the largest and most inclusive training for Florida Pesticide Licensing and CEUs. Become a more qualified professional, engage with your industry, and network with your peers! See link above for details and registration.
May 18-19 44th Annual Spring Symposium: Advances in Southern Pine Silviculture (link), UF Austin Cary Forest Learning Center. Sponsored by UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Florida Society of American Foresters. Register online

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
February 16 Veterans, New, Small Farmer Workshop, 9 am - 2 pm, Jefferson County Country Club, 648 Boston Highway, Monticello, FL 32344. Free workshop about agricultural programs and services available to veterans, small and beginning farmers. Provided by Farm Credit. Register by Feb. 9 at http://www.farmcredit-fl.com/workshop.aspx or call 850-526-4910.
February 16 2016 FAMU Vineyard Management Workshop, 1 - 4 pm ET, Florida A&M University Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research, 6505 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL. Call (850) 599-3996 to register.
February 18-19 Gulf Coast Agritourism and Ecotourism Business Development Conference (link), 10 am to 5:30 pm on Feb. 18 and 8:30 am to 1 pm on Feb. 19 at 1 Energy Place, Gulf Power Building, Pensacola, FL. Click here to register online or for more information contact Carrie Stevenson at (850) 475-5230.
March 7, 14, 21 Beekeeping in the Panhandle Short Course, 6 to 8 pm at UF/IFAS County Extension Offices across the Northwest FL District. Contact your UF/IFAS County Extension Office for details.
April 1-2 5th Annual Beekeeping in the Panhandle Trade Show and Workshop, 9 am. to 2 pm at the Washington County Extension Office, Chipley. Contact the Jackson County Extension Office at (850) 482-9620 for details.
April 5 Forest Stewardship / Tree Farm Tour at the Gould Tree Farm (link), Washington County, FL. 9 am to 2 pm CT. Join us to learn about a variety of forest habitats, pine timber management, longleaf pine management, wildlife habitat improvements, Best Management Practices, available assistance and more. See link above for details. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register online at https://fsp-tour040516.eventbrite.com/ or call UF/IFAS Washington County Extension at (850) 638-6180 to register.

 

WEBINARS
February 17 Southern Fire Exchange Webinar: El Nino, La Nina and the 1998 Florida Wildfires (link), 1 pm ET, See link for details and registration.
Feb 25, Mar 24, Apr 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, Aug 25, Sep 22, Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 15 Your Legacy, Your Land Monthly Webinar Series, provided by American Forest Foundation. See link for details.
March 8 Webinar: Integrating Grazing into Cropping Systems (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 4th Qtr 2015

News Briefs


CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

WINTER/SPRING 2016 ISSUE OF FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NOW AVAILABLE
In this issue: University of Florida Researchers Find Changes in Forest Management Could Increase Water Yields, Florida's Best Management Practice Implementation Survey: Confirmation of a Job Well Done, Recording and Materials from the December 10 Forest Health Update Workshop Available, Timber Price Update,Certified Forest Stewards and Tree Farmers, Events Calendar.

Current and back issues here.

FUNDING HELPS AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS IMPROVE WORKING LANDS  
Application Deadline March 31 for Conservation Stewardship Program
Agricultural producers can now sign up for funding available through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), a conservation program that helps improve the health and productivity of private and tribal working lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to add an estimated 10 million acres to the rolls of CSP during fiscal 2016.

NRCS accepts applications for CSP throughout the year, but producers should submit applications by March 31 to USDA service centers to be considered for enrollment in 2016. Participants with existing CSP contracts that will expire on Dec.31, 2016, have the option to renew their contracts for an additional five years if they agree to adopt additional activities to achieve higher levels of conservation on their lands. Applications to renew are also due by March 31. In Florida, producers can participate through CSP in the regional landscape-level Longleaf Pine Initiative.

Funding is available for more than 100 kinds of enhancements to help participants:

  • Improve soil quality through use of cover crops, conservation crop rotations and other activities that increase soil productivity.
  • Use water wisely and improve water quality through enhancements such as more efficient irrigation systems and weather monitoring.
  • Restore habitat for wildlife and pollinators such as the greater sage-grouse, lesser prairie-chicken and monarch butterfly through the use of better grazing systems and improved plant management.

For more on technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted. Learn more at your local NRCS office.

TAX TIPS FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS FOR THE 2015 TAX YEAR UPDATED
Federal income tax laws can influence a private woodland owner’s financial decisions about land management. Yet, special favorable tax provisions on timber that are intended to encourage private forest management and stewardship are commonly unknown. To help woodland owners in filing their 2015 tax returns, this publication, by Dr. Linda Wang, USDA Forest Service National Timber Tax Specialist, explains the federal income tax laws on timber. The information is not legal or accounting advice. This has been updated and includes recent tax law changes. This publication and other related resources are available at http://www.timbertax.org.

Linda's recent Timber Tax Filing for the 2015 Tax Year webinar was recorded. The recorded presentation and materials are available at:
http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/timber-tax-filing-for-the-2015-tax-year

2016 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD CALENDARS - AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST
The 2016 Florida Land Steward Calendars include beautiful photos, land management highlights, tips, partner resources and contacts. Email Chris at cdemers@ufl.edu to request your copy. Please include your mailing address when you drop a line.

RECORDING AND MATERIALS FROM THE DECEMBER 10 FOREST HEALTH UPDATE WORKSHOP AVAILABLE
Insects and diseases are natural components of the forest.  Some of these insects and diseases can become pests when they inhibit tree regeneration and growth on a large scale. In addition to native pests, invasive exotic pests are a growing challenge, with new species being introduced every year. This workshop provides an update on current forest health issues and priorities across Florida with emphasis on proactive management and available assistance. Recorded presentations, materials and related links are all here

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

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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