Farm Bill Seed Cotton and Hurricane Program Updates

Farm Bill Seed Cotton and Hurricane Program Updates

Cotton field with open white bolls

On September 7, 2018, courtesy of Clover Leaf and Sowega Cotton Gins, the Jackson County Extension Office hosted a two-hour meeting for cotton growers. Don Shurley Professor Emeritus of the University of Georgia and John VanSickle with the University of Florida shared pertinent information regarding risk management program decisions, and the upcoming deadlines for cotton growers. This meeting was also web broadcast via Zoom to participating Extension Offices across Florida’s Panhandle in order to increase the number of producers reached. The meeting was recorded live and the labelled presentations are available below for viewing along with their PDF versions.

The first hour consisted of Don Shurley giving an overview of the seed cotton program (specifically in terms of how it works and how prices and payments will be calculated) and then discussing the generic base conversion options.  The following was the recorded presentation explaining the Seed Cotton Program provided at this training.

Important date regarding the seed cotton program:
1. December 7, 2018 -enrollment deadline for seed cotton program and make base elections.

Seed Cotton Program Overview Handout used at the meeting
Printer friendly Seed Cotton Presentation
Seed Cotton Program Decision Aid spreadsheet mentioned in the presentation

Dr. Shurely also wrote an article on the Seed Cotton Program: Understanding Your Generic Base Conversion Options with the New Seed Cotton Program

After the farm bill update, Dr. Shurely also briefly covered the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and what it entails.

Market Facilitation Program (MFP) Handout

During the second hour, John VanSickle discussed the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (WHIP). This program enables the USDA’s Farm Service Agency to make disaster payments to offset losses from hurricanes and wildfires during 2017. WHIP covers both the loss of the crop, tree, bush or vine as well as the loss in production.

Important dates regarding the WHIP program:
1. November 16, 2018- enrollment deadline.

WHIP Program Factsheet
Printer friendly WHIP Presentation

Fall Cattle Seminar – September 20

Fall Cattle Seminar – September 20

Walton County Extension is once again hosting the annual Fall Cattle Seminar, on Thursday, September 20, 2018.  Registration will begin at 4:00 PM CDT, with the program starting at 4:15 and concluding around 8:00 PM.  The Fall Cattle Seminar will be held at the at the Paxton Ag Center (22036 Hwy 331 North, Paxton, FL 32567).

Topics to be discussed will include:  Ways to Reduce Cost of Cattle Production, Making Sense of Our Genetic Tools, and Herd Bull Management.

Registration for this event is $10 per person, and includes a steak dinner. RSVPs are required to reserve your seats by Monday September 17.  RSVP by calling 850-892-8172, or via email to  You can also register online, and purchase your tickets in advance with a credit or debit card:

Fall Cattle Seminar Agenda

  • 4:00 PM – 4:15 PM Registration
  • 4:15 PM – 4:30 PM Welcome, Introductions – Mike Goodchild, Walton Co. Extension Director
  • 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Sponsor Presentations– Mark Waggy & Jack Hittinger, Farm Credit of Northwest Florida, Jim & Stephanie Waite, Ronnie Hales, Southern Silage Supply, & Ken Stewart, Southern Cattle Company
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Steak Dinner with all the fixings, and time to visit with sponsors and attendees
  • 6:00 PM – 6:40 PM – Ways to Reduce Costs of Cattle Production – Ken Kelley, Regional Ext. Agent, Alabama Co-op Extension System
  • 6:45 PM – 7:15 PM – Making sense of our genetic tools – Nick Simmons, Escambia County Extension
  • 7:20 PM – 8:00 PM – Herd Bull Management – Kalyn Waters, Holmes Co. Extension
  • 8:00 PM – Door Prizes & Evaluations


2018 Florida Pecan Field Day – September 13

2018 Florida Pecan Field Day – September 13

The annual Pecan Field Day will be held in Monitcello, FL on September 13.  Photo by Eric Zamora UF/IFAS.

The annual Florida Pecan Field Day and Florida Pecan Growers Association Annual Meeting will be held on September 13, 2018 at the Jefferson County Extension Office, 2729 W. Washington Hwy, Monticello, FL. Registration begins at 8:30 AM EDT and the program will begin at 9:00. Topics to be discussed include: insect and disease management, herbicide use, crop production, fertility, and variety updates. Florida and Georgia pesticide CEUs will be available at registration.

This event is free for Florida Pecan Growers Association members, and $10 for non-members. Everyone is asked to register so we have an accurate count for lunch. You can do so by calling the Jefferson County Extension Office at 850-342-0187 or by emailing Danielle Sprague.

Download the printer friendly flyer to serve as a reminder or to share with other growers: 2018 Pecan Field Day Flyer

Schedule (Eastern Time)
  • 8:30 – Registration & CEU Sign-in
  • 9:00 – Welcome – Danielle Sprague, UF/IFAS Extension, Jefferson County
  • 9:05 – Best Management Practices and Cost-Share Opportunities  – Dr. Andrea Albertin, UF/IFAS North Florida REC
  • 9:30 – Weed Management in Pecan Orchards – Dr. Peter Dittmar, UF/IFAS Weed Specialist
  • 9:55 – Pecan Nutrition and Fertilization– Dr. Lenny Wells, UGA Pecan Extension Specialist
  • 10:25  – Break, refreshments
  • 10:35 – Pecan Scab Management – Dr. Clive Bock, USDA ARS Plant Pathologist
  • 11:00 – Management of Common and Occasional Pests of Pecan – Dr. Ted Cottrell, USDA ARS Pecan Entomologist
  • 11:25 – Managing Pecan Disease with Variety Selection – Dr. Patrick Conner, UGA
  • 12:00 – Sponsored Lunch
  • 12:45 – Annual Meeting, Florida Pecan Growers Association


Northwest Florida Grazing School – September 14

Northwest Florida Grazing School – September 14

There are key skills for grazing management that every livestock producer needs to get the most from their pastures. Photo credit: Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS

The Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team will be hosting the Northwest Florida Grazing School on Friday, September 14, 2019, from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM central time.  This Grazing School will all be taught in the field with demonstrations.  There will be no PowerPoint lectures in a classroom, but instead will consist solely of field demonstrations and small group discussions with participants.

Every livestock producer that relies on grazing as the primary means of feeding their herd needs a set of skills that are challenging to learn from text books, YouTube videos, or webpages.  This Grazing School will provide participants the opportunity to learn directly from state specialists and county agents who assist livestock producers every day who make key grazing management decisions.  What are the best forage varieties that are adapted well for this area?  What are the best methods to use to establish pastures?  Should I fertilize?  If so what should I order?  Do I have enough pasture to feed my animals for 8-10 months of the year?  What should I be feeding when there is not enough forage to graze? How can I control grazing to make the most of the annual forages I plant?  How do I calibrate my planter and sprayer to apply the correct amount of seed or chemicals when I use them?  These are the types of questions that will be discussed during the Grazing Management School.  Whether you raise cattle, horses, sheep or goats, if you depend on pastures as the primary means to feed your herd, these are key skills you need to hone to improve your grazing management.


8:00 – 8:45 am Registration

Field Demonstration and Discussion Topics

  1. Pasture Establishment: Seeding Rate, Depth, Timing, and Varieties
  2. Pasture Fertility: Fertilizer Management & Economics
  3. How much forage do we have? How many animals can we stock?
  4. Supplementing Grazing Animals with Hay and Feed-stuff Options
  5. Temporary Fencing Tools & Technologies
  6. Calibration of Pasture Equipment

3:30 pm Adjourn

Every livestock producer that relies on grazing as the primary means of feeding their herd needs a set of skills that are challenging to learn from text books, YouTube videos or webpages. Photo credit: Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS

Registration through Eventbrite is required for participate in the Grazing School.  The cost or registration is $20 per participant and includes lunch and handout materials.

The Grazing School will be held at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Unit, north of Marianna, Florida.  (4925 Highway 162, Greenwood, FL)


Beef Cattle Basics Session 4 – Pasture Management July 12

Beef Cattle Basics Session 4 – Pasture Management July 12

Get a solid educational foundation for your cattle operation by attending Beef Cattle Basics.
Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

[important]Missed the first three sessions – no worries. Join us for session four.[/important]

Session 4 of Beef Cattle Basics – Pasture Management will be Thursday, July 12. Beef Cattle Basics is an educational series provided by UF/IFAS Extension, designed to give new or beginning producers a solid educational foundation for their beef cattle enterprises.

Beef Cattle Basics will address six topics that are essential to beef operations of any size:

  1. Forages (4/12) – Variety Selection and Establishment Procedures
  2. Reproduction (5/8) – Defining a Calving Season and Breeding Decisions  
  3. Herd Health (6/14) – Vaccinations, Parasite Control, Addressing Calving Problems
  4. Pasture Management (7/12) – Soil fertility, Grazing Strategies, Weed Control

  5. Marketing (8/9) – Product Options, Evaluating Your Product, Maximizing the Value of Your Product
  6. Nutrition (9/13)– Understanding Nutritional Demands, Forage Evaluation, Supplementation Strategies

The classroom sessions will be taught at the Washington County Agricultural Center in Chipley and broadcasted to the Walton County Extension Office. Classroom sessions will begin at 6:30pm central. Presentations will conclude by 8:00 pm, Q&A will follow for as long as needed. The field practicum for session 4 will be the morning of Saturday, July 14.

There is a $15/person registration fee for this session. The fee covers course materials and the field practicum on July 14. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. To register call the Washington County Extension Office at 850-638-6180. For questions, contact Mark Mauldin, or 850-638-6180.

If you are interested in viewing the live broadcast of Session 4 on your own computer or tablet, contact Mark Mauldin before July 12.


Perennial Peanut Field Day – May 31

Perennial Peanut Field Day – May 31

The annual Perennial Peanut Field Day will be held in Quincy on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

The annual Perennial Peanut Field Day will be held Thursday May 31, 2018 at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy, Florida.  (155 Research Road, Quincy, Florida 32351)  There will be five presentations related to perennial peanut production, and a field tour of research plots at the station.  There will be a $10 per person registration fee, payable at the event.  This event is sponsored by the Perennial Peanut Producers Association and University of Florida/IFAS Extension.


  • 9:30 EST – Registration begins
  • 10:00 – 10:05 – Welcome – Glen Aiken, NFREC Center Director
  • 10:05 – 10:20 – Business Meeting – David Caruthers – President PPPA
  • 10:20 – 10:40 – Perennial Peanut Roots: Getting to Know Your Neighbors -Victor Guerra
  • 10:40 – 11:00 – Digging Deep, Perennial Peanut Below Ground – Katie Cooley
  • Walk to Perennial Peanut Research Plots
  • 11:10 – 12:00 – Field tours of ornamental varieties, diseases, and weed ID – Sunny Liao, Ian Small, Gary Knox, Cheryl Mackowiak, Brent Sellers, Doug Mayo, Jose Dubeux, and Ann Blount, UF/IFAS NFREC
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45 – 1:05 – Landscapes with Perennial Peanut – Gary Knox, Clay Olson, Jerry Stageman
  • 1:05 – 1:30 – Soil Type and Grass Influences on Perennial Peanut – Cheryl Mackowiak
  • 1:30 – 2:15 Weed and Herbicide Update – Brent Sellers
  • 2:15 – 3:00 – Producer Panel discussion, wrap up and evaluation – moderated by Doug Mayo, Jackson County Extension Director

For a printer friendly version of the event agenda, use the following link:  2018 Perennial Peanut Field Day Flyer

For more information about this event, contact:

Ann Blount
Forage Breeding and Genetics
University of Florida, North Florida Research & Education Center

Sponsored by: