In this Issue:
  • What are the Requirements to Sell Eggs and Dressed Poultry from Florida Small Farms?
  • BMAPs, BMPs and the New Florida Water Bill
  • Florida Forest Service Releases Fire Information App
  • Private/Core Pesticide Applicator Training- February 22
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension offers Training for use of Dicamba and 2,4-D Resistant Crops
  • The Limited Poultry and Egg Farm Operation Rule Becomes Effective July 1, 2014
  • Comment Deadline November 15 for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
  • Water Use Permitting in Northwest Florida Rule Making Workshop
  • FDA Changing Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Rules
  • Food Safety for Your Farm
  • Regulations

    What are the Requirements to Sell Eggs and Dressed Poultry from Florida Small Farms?

    Many small farms have poultry as part of their operation to supply eggs and meat for their immediate and extended family.  With recent federal and state rule changes, however, it is now possible to sell both eggs and dressed poultry direct from the farm to consumers.  Eggs and whole, dressed poultry can be sold …

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    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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    Private/Core Pesticide Applicator Training- February 22

    Are you in need of CEUs for renewal of your restricted use pesticide license? If you do not have a license, are you interested in obtaining one?

    UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension will be offering restricted use pesticide applicator training on February 22nd  in two separate sessions, to accommodate the varying needs of participants.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/03/privatecore-pesticide-applicator-training-february-22/

    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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    The Limited Poultry and Egg Farm Operation Rule Becomes Effective July 1, 2014

    The long awaited Limited Poultry and Egg Farm Operation rule has been adopted. The initial efforts to change the regulations began in 2010.

    This rule establishes the regulatory parameters for a farm based food establishment. It is limited to the provision of whole shell eggs and dressed poultry products only.

    The final revised language of …

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    Comment Deadline November 15 for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

    The comment period for proposed FDA food safety regulations as mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is rapidly closing. November 15 is the deadline.

    Panhandle fruit and vegetable growers and processors both large and small need to be aware of and comment on any proposed changes. These regulations will affect small farmers, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2013/11/08/comment-deadline-november-15-for-food-safety-modernization-act-fsma/

    Water Use Permitting in Northwest Florida Rule Making Workshop

    Thursday, May 16, 2013 – 5:30 p.m. CT

    Jackson County Agricultural Conference Center
    2741 Pennsylvania Avenue Marianna, FL 32448

    Farmers and ranchers in Northwest Florida are invited to attend a workshop to discuss and comment on draft changes to permitting rules on irrigation wells.

    Staff from the Northwest Florida Water Management District …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2013/04/19/water-use-permitting-in-northwest-florida-rule-making-workshop/

    FDA Changing Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Rules

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently implementing an overhaul of the nation’s food safety system. They are proposing which fruits and vegetables would be subject to new, more restrictive standards during the rule making process.

    Vegetables usually consumed raw would be included while those usually cooked or processed would be exempt. The 2010 …

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    Food Safety for Your Farm

    The release of the new Food Safety Modernization Act proposed guidelines in January 2013 has many producers wondering, “How do I make my farm food safety compliant?”  While specific handling protocols are still coming from researchers at various University’s across the country, planning the transition for food safety compliance is relatively simple. The following …

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