In this Issue:
  • Escambia – Santa Rosa Pesticide Applicator Class – February 24
  • Farm Worker Protection Standard Updates take Effect in 2017
  • Evaluation of ESN Controlled Release Fertilizer for Florida Corn Production
  • Cover Crop Mixture Considerations for 2017
  • Funding Helps Florida Ag Producers Improve Working Lands
  • Gulf Coast Small Farms Field Day – November 17
  • BMP Pasture Walk October 21
  • Gardening for Pollinator Conservation Workshop – October 13
  • NRCS: 2017 EQIP Application Deadline October 21
  • Using the Linear Bed Foot System for Vegetable Fertilization
  • Natural Resources

    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/

    Evaluation of ESN Controlled Release Fertilizer for Florida Corn Production

    Dr. Michael J. Mulvaney, Cropping Systems Specialist, WFREC, Jay, FL

    Now is the time to start thinking about nitrogen (N) management strategies for corn production in the Panhandle.  This is a follow-up to the March 2016 article: 

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/13/evaluation-of-esn-controlled-release-fertilizer-for-florida-corn-production/

    Cover Crop Mixture Considerations for 2017

     

    As dry as this Fall has been, planting cover crops has not been a priority or an option for many producers in the Florida Panhandle. One Escambia County grower planted an interesting cover crop mixture that has garnered a lot of attention locally this summer. Following his corn crop, he planted a mixture of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/11/18/cover-crop-mixture-considerations-for-2017/

    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/

    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/

    BMP Pasture Walk October 21

    Make plans to attend an on-farm and research center pasture walk, Friday October 21st from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm Central Time. The tour group will meet at the Beef Research Unit Pavilion north of Marianna and west of Greenwood on Highway 162 (4925 Highway 162, Greenwood, FL).

    This half-day, Best Management Practices (BMP) on-farm …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/14/bmp-pasture-walk-october-21/

    Gardening for Pollinator Conservation Workshop – October 13

    A “Gardening for Pollinator Conservation” Workshop will take place Thursday, October 13, at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy. Pollinators are important in conserving native plants, ensuring a plentiful food supply, encouraging biodiversity and helping maintain a healthier ecological environment – the so-called “balance of nature.” Come learn how …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/07/gardening-for-pollinator-conservation-workshop-october-13/

    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/

    Using the Linear Bed Foot System for Vegetable Fertilization

    Some production systems, particularly vegetables, utilize wide row spacing (anywhere from 4 to 8 foot wide). In these systems it is of economic and environmental importance to fertilize the crop root zones evenly, and not fertilize the row middles, where nutrients will go to waste or could even become a pollutant. The linear bed foot …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/08/26/using-the-linear-bed-foot-system-for-vegetable-fertilization/

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