Florida Land Steward Calendar and News

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Events

 

EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
February 24 Aquatic Plant Management Workshop, Sumter County (link), 8:15 am to 3:15 pm, Wildwood Community Center, 6500 Powell Road, Wildwood, FL 34785.Provided by UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County and Sumter County Farm Bureau, this program is for aquatic plant managers and others to educate on initiatives to protect Florida's waters, invasive plants and their control. FDACS CEUs approved. $30 fee. Register by Feb. 19. See link for details and registration.
February 25 Winter 2020 Madison County Landowner Cooperative Group Meeting, 10 am to 12 pm ET. UF/IFAS Madison County Extension Office, 184 NW College Loop, Madison, FL 32340. The focus of this meeting will be on invasive species and herbicides. We will identify common invasive species in the Madison County area; Introduce FL Exotic Pest Plant Council, Florida Invasive Species Partnership, and other resources for invasive species information; explain treatment methods that are least harmful to native vegetation; and discuss some basics of herbicide application and safety. For more information and to RSVP please contact Megan Ellis, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Megan.Ellis@MyFWC.com
February 25 Southwest Florida CISMA Annual Invasive Species Symposium (link), Florida Gulf Coast University, Cohen Center Student Union, 10501 FGCU Blvd, South Fort Myers, FL 33965. Provided by Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA). This annual event offers a full day of presentations and interaction with over 200 of Southwest Florida's land managers, contractors, consultants and landowners. See link above for details and registration. For more information contact Erin Myers: erin_myers@fws.gov; 239-657-8009
February 27 South Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society (SFPMS) General Meeting (link), 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, Sunset Community Center, 2801 SW 186 Avenue, Miramar, FL 33029. Topics include herbicide safety, prescribed fire, application demonstrations, right-of-way care, mosquito control, and more. Approved for 5.0 DACS CEUs. For more information contact SFAPMS,  info@sfapms.org, 954.370.0041.
February 27 5th Annual Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference (link), 9:00 am to 4:30 pm ET, UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center, 700 Experiment Station Road, Lake Alfred, FL 33850. Join us to examine critical policy issues facing Florida agribusiness leaders and explore valuable economic insight helpful for making informed business and policy decisions. Sessions include Managing Florida's Natural Resources; State, Federal and International Agricultural Policy; and Industrial Hemp and Medical Marijuana. $50 fee. See link above for details and registration.
February 27-28 2020 Lay of the Land Conference (link), RP Funding Center, 701 W Lime St, Lakeland, FL 33815. Provided by SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate, this is an annual gathering of landowners, policymakers, investors and other industry affiliates who want the most accurate, current data about the Florida land market. Guest speakers will share economic, market, sales and regulatory expertise. Our two-day conference features keynote speakers, breakout sessions, a social reception, and meals. $149 registration. See link above for details and registration.
February 29 Beekeeping Series: Colony Management & Swarm Control (link), 9:00 am to 12:00 pm ET, UF Honey Bee Lab, 1881 Natural Area Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611. Class is designed for beginner and intermediate beekeepers. This class will demonstrate how to perform colony splits to prevent swarming. Live bees will be used; please dress in protective clothing (closed toe shoes, long sleeves, please bring your beekeeping suit if you own one). $15 fee covers materials and refreshments. See link above for registration or contact Dr. Tatiana Sanchez, Commercial Horticulture Agent, at 352-955-2402.  
March 11 Best Management Practices for Forestry in Florida, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, St. Johns River Water Management District Office, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177. Provided by Florida Forest Service. This is a free technical workshop designed to educate forest landowners and land managers about Florida’s Silviculture BMPs for water quality and the Forestry Wildlife BMPs for State Imperiled Species. Free, BYO lunch. Must pre-register by March 9th. Call or email Robin Holland, Florida Forest Service, (352) 732-1781, Robin.Holland@FDACS.gov. Approved for 4.0 hours of SAF CAT-1 CFE’s. More about BMPs here.
March 23-26 Prescribed Fire for Wildlife Training (link), Everglades Youth Conservation Camp, 12100 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33412. Provided by South Florida Water Management District, Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This training is designed to provide land managers and wildlife stewards with basic information on wildlife habitat management opportunities associated with prescribed fires in Florida. It includes sections addressing how ignition plans can be developed and implemented to meet specific wildlife objectives while minimizing risk. Basic registration $175. For additional information about this class please contact Jim Schortemeyer 239-455-5847, Schortfire@aol.com
March 24-27 Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) 2020 Conference: Measuring Success in Invasive Plant Management (link), The Shores Resort & Spa, 2637 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118. Attend for valuable information exchange and networking opportunities. CEUs will be offered in several categories and the agenda will highlight success stories from the field. See link above for details and registration. FREE long-sleeved tshirt to those who register prior to March 1 (one per registration).
March 25-27 2020 Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society Spring Conference (link), Hilton Embassy Suites in Jacksonville Baymeadows, 9300 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256. The Meeting will include a symposium, Chapter business meeting, networking socials, student interaction activities, keynote speakers, technical sessions, poster session, banquet dinner, awards ceremony, and several field trips. See link above for details and registration.
March 28-29 Central Florida Sportsman’s Expo (link), Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Rd., Brooksville, FL 34601. FWC Landowner Assistance Program biologists will be exhibiting and available to answer landowners’ questions. $5 Entry Fee, children under 12 Free. See link for details.
April 6-9 2020 International Wild Pig Conference (link), Omni Hotel, Jacksonville, FL. Join professionals from all over the world to discuss and share management approaches, new technologies, and research ideas. It is also an excellent opportunity to showcase methods, new tools, businesses, and organizations to the many wild pig industry professionals. See link above for details and registration.
May 4-7 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course (link), Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel, 11775 Heron Bay Boulevard, Coral Springs, FL 33076. Provided by UF/IFAS Extension. Join us for the largest and most inclusive training for Florida Pesticide Licensing and CEUs. Become a more qualified professional, engage with your industry, and network with your peers! The Short Course is designed to benefit both new and experienced applicators alike. Register by February 24th to save $50. See link above for details and registration. For more information contact Dr. Lyn Gettys, 954-577-6331, lgettys@ufl.edu

 

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
February 23-25 Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting: Recovering From the Storm: Where We Have Been, and Where We Are Going (link). Edgewater Resort, Panama City Beach, FL. While Hurricane Michael impacts and recovery topics will be on the agenda, the meeting will provide information to help us through future catastrophic forest losses, including floods, fire, and insect and disease outbreaks. Foresters, this is approved for a total of 8.0 Cat 1 CFEs. See link above for details and registration.
February 25 Northwest Florida Ecotourism Summit (link), 8 am CT, 4750 Collegiate Dr, Panama City, FL, 32405. Florida State University and Panama City are teaming up with the Explore Northwest Florida organization to host this event. It will bring together industry leaders, educators, students, potential new businesses, and eco-friendly enthusiasts to enhance our ecotourism communities in the Florida Panhandle. See link above for details and registration.
February 26 Forest Health Updates - Training (link), 8:00 am to 3:30 pm CT, West Florida Research and Education Center 5988 U.S. 90 Milton, FL 32583. Provided by UF/IFAS in collaboration with ProForest, Florida Forest Service, Clemson University, Alabama Extension, and the University of Illinois. Topics include proactive invasive plant management and new technology, hurricanes and bark and ambrosia beetles, forest management post-disturbance, invasive insect and fungi ID and management and single tree management after the storm. There is travel assistance available for attendees. Lunch is included in the $20 registration fee. There are CEUs available for SAF and ISA. Pesticide applicator CEUs are pending. Register now online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/forest-health-updates-tickets-86734710855. Registration can also be paid by check - contact tobing@ufl.edu for more information.   
March 21 2020 FAMU High Tunnel Workshop, 9 am to 1 pm ET. FAMU Research & Extension Center, 4259 Bainbridge Hwy, Quincy, FL 32352. This workshop is for those who are interested in growing fruits and vegetables in high tunnels. High tunnels are protective crop structures used to enhance the growth, yield, and quality of selective horticultural crops, extend the growing season, and for overwintering tender
perennial crops. To register or get more information, contact Ms. Kenda Woodburn, UF/IFAS Gadsden County Extension Office, 850-875-7255.

 

WEBINARS / REGIONAL EVENTS
March 10-11 Forest Economic Contributions Summit (link), New Orleans, LA. This summit will connect forestry economic contribution analysts, economic development specialists, and advocates to learn from each other. Improve the understanding, usage and communication of forestry economic contribution data to promote forestry and the forest products industry. See link above for details, registration, related reports, and economic news. Contact Leslie Boby, Southern Region Forestry Extension, lboby@sref.info if you have any questions.
March 25 Forestry & Natural Resources Webinar: Soil Management for Community Trees (link), 10:00 am ET. See link above for details and to join the webinar.
Upcoming Southern Fire Exchange Webinars (link)


Timber Price Update


Timber Price Update, 4th Qtr 2019

 

News Briefs


CURRENT AND BACK ISSUES OF THE FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE

LATEST FLORIDA LAND STEWARD UPDATE BLOG POST


NATIONAL INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK (NISAW) - FEBRUARY 24-28
NISAW is an important time to remember and learn about invasive species that impact our properties and beloved natural areas. Invasive species originate from other continents and have adverse impacts on our native habitats and species. Many of these problem invasives have nothing to keep them in check since there’s nothing that eats or preys on them in their “new world”. This year NISAW is recognized February 24 – 28. It is the largest invasive species awareness effort in the U.S.

Florida NISAW information and events will be posted at https://www.floridainvasives.org/flisaw.cfm.

You can learn more about national efforts at https://www.nisaw.org/nisaw-2020/ or on Facebook at @invasivespeciesweek. Search other social media outlets using #NISAW or #invasivespecies.

MAKE SURE YOUR GOPHER TORTOISES AND HABITAT COUNT
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting a Species Status Assessment of the gopher tortoise throughout its entire range. At the end of this process, the Service will decide whether the gopher tortoise warrants listing as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act in its eastern range. It will also decide whether the species will continue to be listed as threatened in its western range. The USFWS makes listing decisions based on the best available data. Landowners, please complete this online form to help the USFWS gain a more complete picture of the gopher tortoise's habitat and population.

ROBERT JENKINS, 2020 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD OF THE YEAR, HONORED AT FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19
At its meeting Wednesday, February 19 in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) honored Bob Jenkins as the 2020 Florida Land Steward Landowner of the Year. See the Outdoor Wire news release here.

Mr. Jenkins has made great strides and continues working hard to restore his family’s Escambia County property to a productive longleaf pine forest maintained with periodic prescribed fire. Bob is also controlling invasive species like cogongrass and Chinese tallowtree, and has hosted public events where he shares the benefits of longleaf pine and active forest management. Mr. Jenkins will host a tour of the property on May 15. 2020. Details and registration will be posted in these updates as they are available. Learn more about Robert Jenkins and Jenkins Millview Trace here.

TAX TIPS FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS FOR THE 2019 TAX YEAR
It's that time of year again. The Federal income tax laws contain forestry-specific provisions that are important for those managing and conserving timber. This publication provides forest owners, foresters, loggers, and timber businesses a guide to the applicable Federal income tax laws, including the latest tax law changes, for filing 2019 tax returns. The information is not intended to render legal or accounting advice and is current as of September 30, 2019. Access the 2019 timber tax tips and more related information at https://www.timbertax.org/

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2020 ISSUE OF SOUTHERN FIRE EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE
In this issue: The impacts of prescribed fire on wild turkey behavior, Upcoming SFE Workshops, Upcoming SFE Webinars, Recent Webinar Recordings, Recent SFE Fact Sheet: Terrestrial Invasive Plants and Fire, SFE and Partners Participate in Spring Fire Fests, Managing Drought in Forest Ecosystems, Wildfire Smoke, Once Considered Sterile, Teems with Life, Wildfire May Help Bats Adapt to Climate Change and White-Nose Syndrome, Assessing the Health of U.S. Forests, Rating Fire Danger from the Ground Up, Ticks, Fire, and Public Opinion, Fluid Dynamics of Wildfires, FSU Researchers Use Mechanical Engineering, Scientific Computing, and Forestry to Better Understand Prescribed Burns, and more.

Access the current and back issues of Fire Lines here.

WINTER-SPRING 2020 ISSUE OF THE QUARTERLY FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE
In this issue: Forest Restoration and Management at Jenkins Millview Trace, The Coyote and Deer Management Conundrum, Timber Price Update, Certified Landowner Recognition, Events Calendar

Access the current and back issues of the quarterly Florida Land Steward Newsletter here.

USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS) ANNOUNCES EQIP ASSISTANCE TO HELP FARMERS, RANCHERS, FOREST OWNERS CONSERVE NATURAL RESOURCES
Florida farmers, ranchers and forest owners can apply until March 6 for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for fiscal year 2020 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, On-farm Energy Initiative, Longleaf Pine Initiative, and Working Lands for Wildlife

Visit your local NRCS field office to learn more.

2020 AG LAND CONSERVATION EASEMENT SIGNUP ANNOUNCED
Applications to fund agricultural easements in Florida are now being accepted until April 6 (deadline extended). USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance to conserve working lands and wetlands through two programs: Agricultural Land Easements and Wetland Reserve Easements. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis, funding selections are typically made once a year. Agricultural landowners and Indian tribes can apply for a Wetland Reserve Easement to restore wetlands, protect wildlife habitat and recharge groundwater on their property. Eligible landowners can enroll in a permanent or 30-year easement. NRCS provides financial assistance to conservation partners to purchase an Agricultural Land Easement that protects the agricultural use of cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland.

Contact Crenel Francis at 352-338-9508 for questions and submissions.

USDA OPENS CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM GENERAL SIGNUP
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is now open through February 28. This is the first general enrollment since 2016. Due to expiring contracts and a 5 million acre increase in the 2018 Farm Bill (from 22 million acres to 27 million acres), there is an opportunity to enroll about 7 million acres in the program during this 2020 signup. Originally intended to help control soil erosion and potentially stabilize commodity prices by taking marginal lands out of production, CRP has become one of the largest private lands conservation programs in the country. See the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) site for more information about the signups and benefits.

To enroll in CRP, contact your local USDA FSA county office or visit fsa.usda.gov/crp. Find your local office with the USDA Service Center Finder.

HURRICANE RECOVERY UPDATE
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Florida Farm Service Agency State Committee authorized an extension to the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) late filing period. This will allow timber producers impacted by Hurricane Michael to apply for assistance under EFRP if the application is received by the new deadline of April 30, 2020. Find your USDA Service Center here.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OPEN FOR AMERICAN TREE FARM SYSTEM CERTIFICATION STANDARDS
The American Tree Farm System (ATFS), a program of the American Forest Foundation (AFF), launched a 60-day public comment period on AFF’s current Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification. The Standards are the benchmark for all ATFS forest certification, which are third party audited. During this first of 2 public comment periods in 2020, interested members of the public are invited to participate in the public comment through March 2, by submitting comments and suggestions here: http://www.tfaforms.com/330231

ANY INTEREST IN A NATURE-FOCUSED PODCAST FROM UF/IFAS EXTENSION?
Two UF/IFAS Extension Agents are considering starting a nature-focused podcast and want to know your thoughts on this idea. They have created a very short survey to help them determine interest. Please consider providing them with your feedback. You can do so anonymously through this link through the end of February: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3EoqzuMCSJAR0Lb -Thank you!

2020 FLORIDA LAND STEWARD WALL CALENDARS
Get your 2020 Florida Land Steward calendar while supplies last. The annual Florida Land Steward calendar features beautiful photography, habitat management tips, landowner and management highlights, resource contacts and more. These make a great gift and have become a regular part of homes and offices across Florida. First come, first serve to Florida Forest Stewards, Tree Farmers, and other interested landowners. Request your calendar by sending an email to cdemers@ufl.edu with your mailing address.

YOU CAN HELP us to report impacts and continue this wall calendar project
. If you have received and used the calendar in recent years, we would like to know how it has been helpful. This will also help us to justify this project in coming years. Please help us by filling out this quick 2-minute questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6HKR82F

FUNDING AVAILABLE TO COVER CONSULTANT FOREST STEWARDSHIP MANAGEMENT PLAN PREPARATION
The Florida Forest Service has received funding to help cover the costs for private natural resource consultants to write Forest Stewardship plans covering hurricane resiliency and/or longleaf pine management. Eligible Stewardship plans must include information and recommendations related to: forest resilience and recovery following hurricanes, forest and landowner preparedness for hurricanes, and/or resources available to assist private forest landowners following hurricanes and/or longleaf pine establishment, restoration, improvement, and management for landowners with longleaf stands or those who want to establish longleaf pine on appropriate sites.

Compensation rates and additional information are provided in the Forest Stewardship Program Consultant Plan Preparation Agreement available at: https://forms.freshfromflorida.com/11268.pdf. This form also serves as the application for reimbursement. All applications that meet requirements as described above will be considered in the order in which they are received. Please contact Jennifer Tucker-Jenks at Jennifer.Tucker-Jenks@FreshFromFlorida.com or your county forester for more information. Find your county forester at https://www.freshfromflorida.com/CountyForester

PRESCRIBED BURN ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FROM ATTACK-ONE FIRE MANAGEMENT SERVICES, TALL TIMBERS RESEARCH STATION, AND ALACHUA CONSERVATION TRUST
These organizations are available to meet onsite with landowners to discuss their goals and assist with prescribed burn prescription and implementation.

Attack-One Fire Management Services is grant-funded to assist landowners with current NRCS contracts with prescribed fire planning and implementation throughout Florida and Georgia. We can also assist landowners who have former NRCS contracts with prescribed fire consultation, planning and implementation with active Gopher Tortoise habitat present. For more information email Kevin Carter, kevin@attack-one.com or John McGuire, jmcguire@attack-one.com or call (850) 926-6534

Tall Timbers Research Station is now funded by a Longleaf Legacy Landscape project to provide fire consultation, planning, and implementation to private landowners in the Florida Panhandle from Pensacola to Lake City and in west Georgia as far north as the Chattahoochee Fall Line (Columbus, GA). Contact Jeremiah Cates, jcates@talltimbers.org, (850) 381-8707

Alachua Conservation Trust has a prescribed fire specialist available to assist private landowners with burn planning in Alachua, Putnam, Marion, Levy, Bradford, Clay and portions of Flagler, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, and Citrus Counties. Contact Barry Coulliette at act.barryc@gmail.com

$380 MILLION IN BLOCK GRANTS FOR TIMBER RECOVERY APPROVED
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $380.7 million in federal block grant funding for Florida farmers devastated by Hurricane Michael, including direct relief for timber producers. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will administer the USDA block grants alongside the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

The funds will compensate timber producers for lost value of their crops damaged by Hurricane Michael, helping them clear downed trees and replant. About $10 million of the funding will also help agricultural producers repair and replace irrigation infrastructure damage from Hurricane Michael. The application process for timber producers to receive the grant funding will be finalized in the next several weeks. More on this from FDACS

 

-ONGOING INITIATIVES AND PROGRAMS-

FLORIDA LAND STEWARD PARTNERS WEB MAP TOOL
Use this web tool to identify resources at a local watershed scale. The map is at this link: http://viewer.apps.pflcc.databasin.org/v1/index.html. More about this effort and how to use the tool here.

SOMETHING BUGGING YOUR TREES? - CHECK OUT THE FOREST HEALTH 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/

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

FAMILY FORESTS BOOK AVAILABLE AT THE UF/IFAS BOOKSTORE
Get your copy of Family Forests – Portraits of Private Land Stewardship in Florida by Chris Demers, UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation. This full-color publication puts a face on private forest stewardship in our great state, and provides ample references and resources that can assist with land management efforts. 

Now available at the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore online at:
http://ifasbooks.ifas.ufl.edu/p-1433-family-forests.aspx

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

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?

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

REPORT QUAIL AND OTHER WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS
To help restore the state’s northern bobwhite quail populations, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking private landowners to report sightings of bobwhite quail on their land. Report northern bobwhite quail sightings at MyFWC.com/QuailSighting

The FWC also seeks reports of these species:

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.


Other Events Listings

Additional UF/IFAS Extension Events

Florida Forest Service

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Southern Region Extension Forestry

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