Hops and Aquaponics Workshops – November 1 & 2

Hops and Aquaponics Workshops – November 1 & 2

Laura Tiu, Marine Science Extension Agent, Okaloosa and Walton Counties

Aquaponics and Hops – Two New Crops for the Panhandle

The phone rings off the hook at the UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office.  Questions run the gamut from agriculture, residential gardening, commercial horticulture, family and consumer science, to youth development and marine science.  Extension agents strive to develop programs to bring the latest research-based science from the Universities to the Counties. In November 2018, two such educational workshops will be conducted.

hops cones

Hop cones. Credit: Evan Anderson, UF/IFAS

Hop Production
There has been a growing interest in growing hops in the Panhandle, for home brewing and potentially to supply the growing number of craft breweries in the area.  Researchers and Extension Specialists from the University of Florida and Ohio State University will be available to share the latest research updates and answer questions about what you need to consider before getting started.  The Hops Workshop will be November 1, 2018 at the UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office, 30 98 Airport Rd., Crestview, FL from 9:00 – 5:00 pm.  You can register here: Hops Workshop Registration

Credit: Green Acre Aquaponics

Aquaponics is another food production method that offers an alternative to traditional soil-based culture. Aquaponics combines aquaculture and hydroponics to produce fish and produce in a water-conserving recirculating system. Join Extension Specialists from the University of Florida, Auburn University and The Ohio State University as we share the latest in aquaponic research and technology. A small scale, fully operational, hobby-scale system will be available for viewing. The Aquaponics workshop will be November 2, 2018 at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, 732 N. 9th Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL.  You can register here: Aquaponics Workshop Registration

If you have any questions, feel free to contact: Laura Tiu, lgtiu@ufl.edu, 850-6126197 for more information.

Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Agenda Now Available!

Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Agenda Now Available!

Join us for the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference on February 19 & 20 in Pensacola! Registration includes a farm tour, dinner after the tour, breakfast & lunch the next day, and excellent educational sessions. The complete agenda is now available.  Use your mouse or finger to “click” on the image below for full screen viewing.  Register online at:  Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Registration Page

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

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 technology must attend.

Last week in Panhandle Ag, two articles were posted about using this technology and managing drift hazards.  (New Herbicide Resistant Crop Varieties Offer New Tools for Weed Management in 2017 & Managing Dicamba Drift when using New Dicamba Resistant Cotton Varieties)  Though Florida farmers are still awaiting approval for use of this technology, this is a great opportunity to get trained now, to be prepared for their use.





Feb 8 Tanner 9am Calhoun Community College Aerospace Bldg, 6250 Hwy 31 N, Tanner, AL 35671
Feb 9 Town Creek 9am 1020 County Rd 274, Town Creek, AL 35672
Feb 16 Marion Junction 1pm Black Belt Research Station, Marion Junction, AL
Feb 16 Troy 4pm Cattlemen Building, Troy, AL
Feb 17 Atmore 10am Grace Fellowship. 1412 E Nashville Ave, Atmore, AL 36502
Feb 28 Cherokee Co 8am Gadsen State Community College, Cherokee Campus – Chamber Room
Mar 1 Mobile 10am Mobile county office. 1070 Schillinger Rd N, Mobile, AL 36608
Mar 1 Fairhope 4pm Gulf Coast REC. 8300 State Highway 104. Fairhope, AL 36532
Mar 2 Andalusia 4pm Covington county office. 23952 Alabama Hwy. 55, Ste 4. Andalusia, AL 36420
Mar 3 Montgomery 9am EV Smith Research Center. 4725 County Road 40. Shorter, AL 36075
Mar 3 Headland 10am Wiregrass REC. 167 E Alabama Highway 134, Headland, AL 36345
Mar 6 Harford, AL 10am Venue Restaurant, 115 E Main St, Hartford, AL 36344
Mar 9 Cullman 9am North Alabama Agriplex, 1714 Tally Ho Street SW, Cullman, AL 35055
Mar 9 Fayette 4pm Fayette Co Extension office, 650 McConnell Loop, Fayette, AL