In this Issue:
  • BMAPs, BMPs and the New Florida Water Bill
  • Florida Forest Service Releases Fire Information App
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension offers Training for use of Dicamba and 2,4-D Resistant Crops
  • Escambia – Santa Rosa Pesticide Applicator Class – February 24
  • Farm Worker Protection Standard Updates take Effect in 2017
  • What is the USDA Survey You Got in the Mail in December?
  • Gulf Coast Small Farms Field Day – November 17
  • Income Tax Workshop for Farmers, Accountants, and Attorneys – October 3
  • New Rules for Medicated Feed Go Into Effect in January
  • New Website for Interstate Cattle Transportation Rules
  • Regulations

    BMAPs, BMPs and the New Florida Water Bill

    The 2016 Florida Water Bill authorized regulations that will affect everyone in Florida.  Farmers and ranchers have implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) that maintain or improve water quality on their lands for many years on a voluntary basis. But, for those who farm within an area with a Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP), things have …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/17/bmaps-bmps-and-the-new-florida-water-bill/

    Florida Forest Service Releases Fire Information App

    On February 20, 2017 Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service announced the release of “FLBurnTools,” a new mobile app to inform the public about drought, wildfire danger and wildfire activity. Prescribed burn practitioners can also use the app to plan and submit authorization requests. The “FLBurnTools” app …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/17/florida-forest-service-releases-fire-information-app/

    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/

    Escambia – Santa Rosa Pesticide Applicator Class – February 24

    Are you in need of a private pesticide applicator’s license?  Lacking a few CEUs for license renewal?  

    Please join us at the annual Escambia-Santa Rosa Pesticide Applicator class on February 24, 2017.  This year, our meeting will be held at the Walnut Hill Community Center (Ruritan), located at 7850 Highway 97 in Walnut …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/20/escambia-santa-rosa-pesticide-applicator-class-february-24/

    Farm Worker Protection Standard Updates take Effect in 2017

    Beverly James, UF/IFAS Communications Service

    The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is getting the word out on updates to the federal Worker Protection Standard. Changes take effect January 2017.

    The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a regulation originally issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992, but was most …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/20/farm-worker-protection-standard-updates-take-effect-in-2017/

    What is the USDA Survey You Got in the Mail in December?

    In addition to Christmas cards, farmers and ranchers in Florida received the National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) in December 2016’s mail.  This questionnaire will assist the U.S. Department of Agriculture to identify active farms and ranches in the United States, in preparation for the upcoming Ag Census.

    The result of the NACS will …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/13/what-is-the-usda-survey-you-got-in-the-mail-in-december/

    Gulf Coast Small Farms Field Day – November 17

     

    Join us on Thursday, November 17th at the West Florida Research and Education Center (4253 Experiment Drive, Jay) for the Fall Gulf Coast Small Farms Field Day. Registration starts at 7:45, with informational sessions and tours starting at 8:00 am.

    The following topics will be covered include:

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/28/gulf-coast-small-farms-field-day-november-17/

    Income Tax Workshop for Farmers, Accountants, and Attorneys – October 3

     

    On October 3rd at the ALFA building in Robertsdale, AL the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is offering a workshop on income tax for agricultural operations from 6:00-8:30.  The ALFA building is located at 21332 Highway 59, Robertsdale, AL 36567.

    Topics will include the following:

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/09/23/income-tax-workshop-for-farmers-accountants-and-attorneys-october-3/

    New Rules for Medicated Feed Go Into Effect in January

    On January 1, 2017 medicated feeds for livestock will no longer be sold “over-the-counter” (OTC) through feed dealers. Under the direction of the US Food and Drug Administration, feeds that include antimicrobial drugs will be transitioning to Veterinary Feed Directive Status (VFD). VFD drugs will be “limited to use under the professional supervision …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/08/05/new-rules-for-medicated-feed-go-into-effect-in-january/

    New Website for Interstate Cattle Transportation Rules

    Interstate Movement of Cattle

    The National Institute of Animal Agriculture (NIAA) and the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) have partnered together to create a website, InterstateLivestock.com,  which provides current rules and regulations for anyone shipping cattle across state lines.

    It is a one-stop resource for finding requirements to move cattle across state …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/08/05/new-website-for-interstate-cattle-transportation-rules/

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