In this Issue:
  • The Mobile Irrigation Lab Team: Helping Panhandle Farmers Lower Costs and Conserve Water
  • Organic Certification Cost Share Available for 2017
  • Apply for the Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program through July 31
  • Managing Forests and Farms for Fish and Wildlife Workshop – January 12
  • Funding Helps Florida Ag Producers Improve Working Lands
  • NRCS: 2017 EQIP Application Deadline October 21
  • Okaloosa Veteran & Small Farmer Workshop July 21
  • Forest Service offering Cogongrass Control Cost-Share Program
  • USDA Energy Initiative Workshops
  • EQIP Application Deadline November 21
  • Cost Share Program

    The Mobile Irrigation Lab Team: Helping Panhandle Farmers Lower Costs and Conserve Water

    The Northwest Florida Mobile Irrigation Lab

    Northwest Florida’s Mobile Irrigation Lab (MIL), run by Mark Miles, Rex Patterson, and Robert Patterson, is working hard to help farmers increase crop yields and lower costs through improved irrigation efficiency. By increasing efficiency, farmers can reduce operating costs and increase yields. The MIL has been providing free irrigation …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/the-mobile-irrigation-lab-team-helping-panhandle-farmers-lower-costs-and-conserve-water/

    Organic Certification Cost Share Available for 2017

    Funding Announcement

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has received funding from the 2017 National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) , which is a program of the United State Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS). These funds will be used to reimburse growers, handlers, and processors for a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/07/organic-certification-cost-share-available-for-2017/

    Apply for the Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program through July 31

    The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, announced on June 15, 2017 that the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program will accept applications from non-industrial, private forest landowners through July 31.

    The southern pine beetle (SPB) is one of the most economically devastating forest pests …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/23/apply-for-the-southern-pine-beetle-prevention-program-by-july-31/

    Managing Forests and Farms for Fish and Wildlife Workshop – January 12

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) along with the Florida Forest Service, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Office of Ag Water Policy, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Credit of Northwest Florida, and University of Florida IFAS Extension will hold a public workshop on Thursday, January 12, 2017 in Marianna to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/06/managing-forests-and-farms-for-fish-and-wildlife-workshop-january-12/

    Funding Helps Florida Ag Producers Improve Working Lands

    Conservation Stewardship Program – Application Deadline February 3, 2017

    Agricultural producers can sign up for available funding through February 3, 2017  through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

    Agricultural producers and forest landowners can earn incentive payments from CSP for expanding conservation activities

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/11/18/funding-helps-florida-ag-producers-improve-working-lands/

    NRCS: 2017 EQIP Application Deadline October 21

    Assistance Helps Florida Farmers, Ranchers Conserve Natural Resources Application deadline for 2017 financial assistance:
    Friday, October 21, 2016

    Florida farmers, ranchers, and forest owners can apply until October 21st  for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for fiscal year 2017 …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/09/09/nrcs-2017-eqip-application-deadline-october-21/

    Okaloosa Veteran & Small Farmer Workshop July 21

    Launching and sustaining a successful business takes a wealth of resources.  Farm Credit of Northwest Florida and Okaloosa Extension are teaming up to provide a local workshop for veterans interested in starting a farm business, beginning farmers, or small farmers looking for help to expand existing operations!   Participants will meet local resource people that …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/06/24/okaloosa-veteran-small-farmer-workshop-july-21/

    Forest Service offering Cogongrass Control Cost-Share Program

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced on April 20, 2016 that the Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program. Applications for the program will be accepted through July 29, 2016.

    “Cogongrass is one of the most aggressive weeds in Florida and is capable of rapidly choking …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/04/29/forest-service-offering-cogongrass-control-cost-share-program/

    USDA Energy Initiative Workshops

    Invest in Efficiency with our Community & Economic Development Team — Business & Energy Programs

    USDA Rural Development will be hosting two informational workshops in November to explain the Agency’s programs available under its Northwest Florida Regional Energy Initiative. The Initiative is being designed to provide technical and financial assistance to small businesses and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/10/31/usda-energy-intiative-workshops/

    EQIP Application Deadline November 21

     

    The National Farm Bill provides conservation funding for America’s farms and ranches through USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).  One of the most popular program is the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which provides financial and technical help to install or implement structural and management practices to conserve natural resources on agricultural land.  The EQIP …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/10/03/eqip-application-deadline-november-21/

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