Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
November 28 - December 2 FireVision 20/20: A 20 Year Reflection and Look into the Future: 7th International Fire Ecology & Management Congress (link), Buena Vista Palace Resort, Orlando, FL. This event will offer an exciting blend of learning opportunities for fire managers, natural resource professionals, policy and administrative leaders, and the academic and research community. Presentations will feature the latest in research results and applications. See link above for details and registration.
November 30 Ground Floor Farm Tour and Agritourism Workshop (link), 10 am - 3 pm, Ground Floor Farm, 100 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Stuart, FL 34994. Provided by Florida Organic Growers. Free tour. See link above for details and registration.
December 5-6 2017 Florida Protected Ag and Hyrdroponics Conference (link), UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Balm, FL. 2 days of presentations, tours and demonstrations. See link above for details and registration or contact Bob Hochmuth at (386) 362-1725 ext 103, bobhoch@ufl.edu; or Christine Cooley, (813) 419-6670, ccooley@ufl.edu
December 13 Cold Tolerant Citrus Production for the Southeastern Coastal Plain (pdf link), UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, Live Oak, FL. To register online click here or for more information contact us at (386) 362-1725.
February 9, 2018 Small Scale Mushroom Production (link), UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, Live Oak, FL. To register online click here or for more information contact SVAEC at (386) 362-1725.

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
November 16 Florida Pecan Field Day (link), 9 am to 2 pm ET, UF/IFAS Jefferson County Extension Office, Monticello, FL. If you’re a pecan grower, or just considering it, this will be a great opportunity to learn more about the pecan business. The event features guest speakers from the University of Florida and the University of Georgia. Free for Florida Pecan Growers’ Association members, $10 for non-members. You can join the Association during the event registration. Please contatct the Jackson County Extension Office to RSVP at (850) 482-9620 or email Sabrina Farr at s.farr@ufl.edu, so we know how many to expect for lunch.

 

WEBINARS
November 28 Science & Technology Webinar: Working with Producers to Apply Intensive Grazing Management (link), 2 pm ET, see link for details and to join.
December 4 Climate Science Webinar: Nutrient Management and Precision Application Technology (link), 11am ET, see link for details and to join.
December 7 Climate Science Webinar: The CONSERVE Program: Transdisciplinary Research, Extension, and Education at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food and Health (link), 3 pm ET, see link for details and to join.
December 12 Science & Technology Webinar: Soil Microbes Every Agronomist Should Know (link), 2 pm ET, see link for details and to join.


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 3rd Qtr 2017

News Briefs


CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD EMAIL UPDATE 11/17/17 (PDF)

NEW ISSUE OF SOUTHERN FIRE EXCHANGE'S FIRE LINES NEWSLETTER
This issue's features: Snags and Prescribed Fire- Are They Related?, Do You Have Ideas about How to Make Wildland Firefighting Safer?, Scientists and Managers Learn More About Duff Fire Management at Recent SFE Workshop, Threats from Forest Pests and Wildland Fire- In Top 7 Forest Sector Challenges in Recent Report , New JFSP Factsheet Highlights Fuel Treatment Research Results, Share your Successes, New and Updated Resources

Current and back issues of Fire Lines available at:
http://southernfireexchange.org/SFE_Publications/Newsletter.html

FALL-WINTER 2017 ISSUE OF QUARTERLY FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE
In this issue: The Gopher Tortoise Council and its Role in Conserving an Ancient Reptile, Florida Tree Farmers: Time for a 5-year Inspection?, 'Tis the Season for Disking for our Northern Bobwhite Quail, ACF Consultant Corner: Prescribed Burn Associations in Florida?, Certified Forest Stewards and Tree Farmers.

Access this and back issues at Florida Land Steward Newsletter

ASSISTANCE HELPS FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND FOREST OWNERS TO CONSERVE NATURAL RESOURCES
Application deadline for financial assistance November 17
Florida farmers, ranchers and forest owners can apply until Nov. 17 for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for fiscal year 2018 funding. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis for all programs, funding selections are typically made once a year.

Through EQIP, agricultural landowners may receive financial and technical assistance to improve soil, water, air, plants, animals and related resources. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, private non-industrial forestland and other farm or ranch lands. The application deadline also applies to the following EQIP-funded initiatives: Organic Producer Initiative, Seasonal High Tunnels, Energy Initiative, Pollinator Initiative, Everglades Initiative, Longleaf Pine Initiative, National Water Quality Initiative, Working Lands for Wildlife, Gulf of Mexico Initiative, and Strikeforce.

It all starts with a plan. Call or visit your local NRCS field office and request help in developing a conservation plan. To learn about technical and financial assistance available from NRCS, go to Getting Started with NRCS.

TAX TIPS FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS FOR THE 2017 TAX YEAR
Specific federal income tax laws and rules apply to timber related income and expenses. Dr. Linda Wang's annual tax tips bulletin is intended to assist timber owners, foresters, loggers and their tax preparers in filing the 2017 tax returns. This bulletin, information on timber casualty loss from storm damage and more is available at https://timbertax.org/

FLORIDA TREE FARMERS: TIME FOR A FIVE-YEAR INSPECTION?
The Florida Tree Farm Program requests that certified Tree farmers, who have been certified in the American Tree Farm System for five years, contact a Tree Farm inspector to have their Tree Farm reinspected. All Tree Farms must be inspected every five years in order to verify activity and maintain the credibility of the Program. We very much appreciate your help with the five-year inspection process and everything you do for forest stewardship in Florida..

Find your Tree Farm District Representative at https://www.treefarmsystem.org/about-fl

Your Florida Forest Service County Forester can help with the inspection as well. Find your County Forester at http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/For-Landowners/County-Foresters   

NEED A LOAN TO FUND CONSERVATION PROJECTS? CHECK OUT THE USDA FARM SERVICE AGENCY'S GUARANTEED CONSERVATION LOAN PROGRAM
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) guarantees loans to promote conservation practices on farms and ranches that help protect natural resources. The goal of FSA’s Conservation Loan (CL) program is to provide access to credit for farmers who need and want to implement conservation measures on their land, but do not have the “up front” funds available to implement these practices. For more information see this Conservation Loan Program Fact Sheet. Also see this table summarizing FSA farm loan opportunities.

The Conservation Contract Program is a program for eligible landowners that protects important natural resources and other sensitive areas while providing a debt management tool. A conservation contract is available to people with Farm Service Agency (FSA) direct loans secured by real estate. These individuals may qualify for a reduction of their FSA indebtedness in exchange for a conservation contract with a term of 50, 30 or 10 years. The conservation contract is a voluntary legal agreement that restricts the type and amount of development that may take place on portions of the landowner’s property. Contracts may be established on marginal cropland and other environmentally sensitive lands for conservation, recreation and wildlife purposes. For more information see this Conservation Contract Program Fact Sheet.

The FSA provides several types of farm loans. For more information on these opportunities, see the Florida FSA Website or contact your local FSA office to speak with a local representative

AIR POTATO PATROL CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT
A new on-line Citizen Science project is looking for volunteers at https://airpotatobeetle.com/. This collaborative project between University of Florida IFAS Extension and Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services seeks to educate residents on how to identify and better control air potato vines, and to gather data important to current research and air potato leaf beetle tracking. The website contains educational videos and a blog to educate the participants and keep them updated. Volunteers will be asked to complete surveys to evaluate the level of air potato infestation and the presence of the air potato beetles in their test plots. For more information please visit the website or contact William Lester, UF/IFAS Extension, at wlester@ufl.edu.

SOMETHING BUGGING YOUR TREES? - CHECK OUT THE NEW DIAGNOSTICS FORUM
Hosted by a group of forest and tree health specialists with Southeastern universities and agencies, we are here to help identify pests and diseases in your forest or your backyard, and to recommend a solution, if appropriate. Join the group and report your tree health issue!

Visit the new Forest Health Diagnostic forum on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SouthernTreeHealthDiagnostics/

FOREST STEWARDSHIP VIDEOS - VIEW AND SHARE!
All the latest videos are on the Florida Forest Stewardship Program home page:
http://sfrc.ufl.edu/forest_stewardship

GOT AN INVASIVE SPECIES PROBLEM?
Go to floridainvasives.org for information, assistance and partnership opportunities.

LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON A PARTICULAR TOPIC?
Check the vast array of extension publications available through UF/IFAS on the EDIS publication site:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/  Wow, there’s a publication about that?

FWC REQUESTS REPORTS OF WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS:

UF/IFAS SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION EXTENSION PROGRAMS
See http://sfrc.ufl.edu/extension

FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES WEBINARS
For a calendar of upcoming webinars in a variety of land management topics see:
http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinar-calendar/month#.T-zLkBhgZys.blogger

SOUTHERN REGION EXTENSION FORESTRY
See http://sref.info/ for the latest news, tools and offerings.

SUPPORT FLORIDA'S FOREST STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
Your contribution will help support Forest Stewardship Program outreach events across Florida. More information


Other Events Listings

Additional UF/IFAS Extension Events

UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation Events

Florida Forest Service

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Southern Region Extension Forestry

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