In this Issue:
  • Featured Video: Variable Rate Pivot Irrigation
  • Maximize Your Farm’s Energy Efficiency with Free Evaluations and FDACS Cost-Share Program
  • Cost-share Program to Grow Sales through an Export Market
  • The Mobile Irrigation Lab Team: Helping Panhandle Farmers Lower Costs and Conserve Water
  • Funding Helps Florida Ag Producers Improve Working Lands
  • Forest Service offering Cogongrass Control Cost-Share Program
  • USDA Energy Initiative Workshops
  • Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program
  • Cost Share Program

    Featured Video: Variable Rate Pivot Irrigation

    This week’s featured video was produced by Alabama Extension to share the results of a successful project installing a variable rate center pivot irrigation system on a farm.  They used a combination of advanced soil mapping and soil moisture sensors to develop the map needed to program the equipment and to guide irrigation scheduling.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/26/featured-video-variable-rate-pivot-irrigation/

    Maximize Your Farm’s Energy Efficiency with Free Evaluations and FDACS Cost-Share Program

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Office of Energy is currently offering free energy evaluations, along with cost-share funds to increase on-farm energy efficiency for agricultural producers in Florida. This includes all types of operations, such as row crop, fruit and vegetable farms, nurseries, livestock and poultry operations, dairies, and aquaculture farms.

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/12/maximize-your-farms-energy-efficiency-with-free-evaluations-and-fdacs-cost-share-program/

    Cost-share Program to Grow Sales through an Export Market

    A new program, hosted by the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC), is helping local farmers and producers maximize their growth potential through export sales!

    This program provides a scholarship to qualified recipients, which facilitates the development of a uniquely customized Agribusiness Export Marketing Plan. These plans assist “new-to-export” and “currently exporting” growers and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/13/cost-share-program-to-grow-sales-through-an-export-market/

    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/

    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/

    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/

    Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced this week that the Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program.

    “Invasive cogongrass spreads quickly and aggressively and can cause long-term problems if left untreated,” said State Forester Jim Karels. “In addition to reducing the productivity and value of forests …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/09/26/cogongrass-treatment-cost-share-program/