In this Issue:
  • Where to Start with Marketing Fresh Produce?
  • XtendiMax, Engenia, and Enlist Duo Now Registered for Use in Florida
  • Do the New Food Safety Standards Apply to Your Farm?
  • 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
  • Regulations

    Where to Start with Marketing Fresh Produce?

    The local food movement has grown tremendously over the past several years. People have become more interested in how their food is produced and where it comes from. New farms have popped up to try to satisfy this demand. You might be one of these new farmers and you probably chose to take this endeavor …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/28/where-to-start-with-marketing-fresh-produce/

    XtendiMax, Engenia, and Enlist Duo Now Registered for Use in Florida

    Ethan Carter, Regional Crop IPM Agent, Jay Ferrell, and Ramon Leon, UF/IFAS Weed Specialists

    Late last week, after much anticipation, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provided the final approval for use of 2,4-D and dicamba in resistant cotton and soybean cultivars. At time of publication, Florida has approved one …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/07/xtendimax-engenia-and-enlist-duo-now-registered-for-use-in-florida/

    Do the New Food Safety Standards Apply to Your Farm?

    If you are a produce farmer, you should have heard about the Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, by now. This act, which was passed in 2011, is considered the largest update to food safety regulation in over 80 years.

    The proposed produce safety rule under the FSMA is very robust, establishing the minimum …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/31/do-the-new-food-safety-standards-apply-to-your-farm/

    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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    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/

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