In this Issue:
  • August Cattle & Forage Management Reminders
  • Do the New Food Safety Standards Apply to Your Farm?
  • Field Crop Nematode Management Publications Updated
  • 2017 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course Presentations and Highlights
  • 2017 Beef Conference Presentations and Highlights
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension offers Training for use of Dicamba and 2,4-D Resistant Crops
  • November Cattle & Forage Management Reminders
  • Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Highlights
  • Hosting a Farm Tour is an Excellent Marketing Tool
  • The Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida: The Go-to-Guide for Vegetable Farmers
  • Educational Training

    August Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

    UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle worked to develop a basic management calendar for cattle producers.  The purpose of this calendar is to provide reminders for management techniques with similar timing to those used at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Unit, near Marianna, Florida.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/04/august-cattle-forage-management-reminders/

    Do the New Food Safety Standards Apply to Your Farm?

    If you are a produce farmer, you should have heard about the Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, by now. This act, which was passed in 2011, is considered the largest update to food safety regulation in over 80 years.

    The proposed produce safety rule under the FSMA is very robust, establishing the minimum …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/31/do-the-new-food-safety-standards-apply-to-your-farm/

    Field Crop Nematode Management Publications Updated

    One of my goals since starting as field crop nematologist at the University of Florida last June was to update the nematode management guides for Florida field crops, so that extension agents and growers have access to active copies of these documents.  I’m happy to announce that guides for field corn, soybeans, and cotton have …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/31/field-crop-nematode-management-publications-updated/

    2017 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course Presentations and Highlights

    The annual Panhandle Row Crop Short Course was hosted by Jackson County Extension on Thursday, March 2, 2017.  Extension Specialists from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama spoke to attendees providing production recommendations and various management tips for row crops farmers. Continuing education units (CEUs) were offered at the event for those with a restricted use pesticide license (Florida, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/10/2017-panhandle-row-crop-short-course-presentations-and-highlights/

    2017 Beef Conference Presentations and Highlights

    The 32nd annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference & Trade Show was held on February 8, 2017 in Marianna, at the Jackson County Extension Office.  Five speakers provided information to help beef cattle ranchers focus on “Crucial Management in Challenging Times.”  In addition to the presentations, there were 28 companies and organizations that provide products, equipment, …

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    Alabama Cooperative Extension offers Training for use of Dicamba and 2,4-D Resistant Crops

    Alabama Cooperative Extension will offer training for anyone who will be applying auxin herbicides to dicamba or 2,4-D tolerant crops. While mandatory for Alabama farmers, Florida farmers can also attend these educational classes.  See the table below for the date, time, and location closest to you.  All Alabama producers that are planning on using this …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/03/alabama-cooperative-extension-offers-training-for-use-of-dicamba-and-24-d-resistant-crops/

    November Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

    UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle worked to develop a basic management calendar for cattle producers.  The purpose of this calendar is to provide reminders for management techniques with similar timing to those used at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Unit, near Marianna, Florida.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/28/november-cattle-forage-management-reminders/

    Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Highlights

    The Panhandle Ag Extension Team hosted the inaugural Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference on Tuesday, October 11.  The conference featured three concurrent session tracks for participants to choose from, a keynote address on whole farm business profitability, and a locally sourced lunch cooked by the Jackson County Master Gardeners.  More than 120 people attended the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/21/panhandle-fruit-vegetable-conference-highlights/

    Hosting a Farm Tour is an Excellent Marketing Tool

    One excellent way to increase farm sales is to host a farm tour. In 2013 the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 1106, protecting farmers and ranchers from liability as long as activities are directly related to agriculture. This has opened up many opportunities for Florida farmers and has given citizens access to local farms …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/09/02/hosting-a-farm-tour-is-an-excellent-marketing-tool/

    The Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida: The Go-to-Guide for Vegetable Farmers

    The recently updated Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida (VPH) is the go-to-source of information on vegetable production.  So you need to know how to control leafminers in sweet potato? It is in there! Maybe you have a problem with Cercospora leaf spot in okra? Need some weed management options in tomato? That is in …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/08/26/the-vegetable-production-handbook-of-florida-the-go-to-guide-for-vegetable-farmers/

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