The Greenfield Notebook

UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

APHIS Establishes Two Additional Regulated Area in Florida for Giant African Snail December 16, 2014

APHIS Establishes Two Additional Regulated Area in Florida for Giant African Snail (Lissachatina fulica, formerly Achatina fulica)

To: State and Territory Agricultural Regulatory Officials

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is notifying stakeholders of one new regulated area (Zone W) for giant African snail (GAS) in Miami-Dade County, Florida and one new regulated area (Zone X) in Broward County, Florida. Program personnel recently detected GAS in these areas that were outside of existing regulated areas in Miami. The revised map and description of the new regulated areas are posted at:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/gas-quarantine

In September 2011, APHIS confirmed the detection of GAS in a residential area of Miami, Florida. GAS is one of the most damaging snails in the world because it is known to consume at least 500 different plants including vegetables, fruits, and ornamental crops. Since the initial detection, APHIS has worked with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to conduct survey, regulatory, control, and outreach activities within the affected areas.

For further information, please call:

National Operations Manager Anthony Man-Son-Hing at 919-855-7331 or
National Policy Manager Charles Brown at 301-851-2119.

 

South Florida Agricultural Leaders Summit August 6, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 3:17 pm

meeting in progress
Happening right now in the Agricultural area of Miami-Dade County.

The University of Florida Extension agents were present.

 

 

 

Job in nursery/Trabajo en vivero Miami-Dade July 21, 2014

Filed under: Job opportunity/ trabajos — Vanessa @ 2:46 pm
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Job Description (Trabajo) in Homestead, FL

Position Type: Part-Time in Homestead (Miami-Dade)

The applicant will assist the Nursery Owner of a 10 acre tropical fruit grove with sugar apple, mamey & sapodilla and a very small nursery of mostly rare palms. (El trabajador apoyará en un vivero de 10 acres de frutas tropicales y palmeras)

You will work from 2 to 3 days per week/8 hours per day. (3 dias por semana/8 horas por día) You will take care of propagation, weeding and general management of nursery plants. (Mantiene las plantas en buen estado sin mala hierbas y replantando cuando se necesite)

You will evaluate the irrigation, light and wind problems and report them. You will pick up fruits and place them ready to sell plants both at the Nursery.

Ayuda al dueño a recoger las frutas y las pone en cajas para venta. Assists the Nursery with facility concerns as they arise so as to maintain the nursery in good repair at all times. Apoya al dueño con problemas que observen en el cuidado del vivero.

Skills / Requirements – Requerimientos • No previous horticultural/nursery experience required. No necesita experiencia previa • Ability to follow instructions and be self-motivated. Que siga ordenes y entusiasta • Ability to work outdoors . Va a trabajar en el vivero (afuera) • Ability to work a flexible schedule. Horario flexible.

Payment: • Starts @ 8.50/hr with increases as they gain experience. Pago es $8.50 por hora a comenzar

Contact information: • Fernando at 786 521 6622.

 

Overview of the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Proposed Changes May 12, 2014

Please join us on the WPS presentation and questions regarding the proposed changes of this federal law for agricultural workers and handlers.

This time will be offered for farm work community groups and public in general.

You are required to register via Online Registration

The following meeting will be held in Apopka, Fl, but the University of Florida Miami-Dade Extension office will facilitate a polycom/HD video conferencing (live video streaming) of this meeting in Maimi-Dade County. Contact the UF/IFAS Commercial Ornamental Extension agent and WPS Train the trainerfor more information: Vanessa Campoverde (evcampoverde@ufl.edu) for more information.

Agenda:

09:45 AM-10:05 AM      Check-in/Registration at front door of UF/IFAS Extension office

10:00 AM- 10:10 AM     Introduction: Kelly Friend, Chief, Bureau Compliance Monitoring

10:10 AM- 10:40 AM    WPS Changes Presentatio:Richard Pont, U.S. EPA, Pesticide Programs

10:40 AM- 10:50 AM    Break

10:50 AM- 11:20 AM    Question & Answer Regarding the WPS Rule Proposals

11:20 AM- 11:45 AM    Comment Submission Process

  • Regulations.gov and other options
  • How to provide effective comments that are more likely to have impact

Richard Pont, U.S. EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs

11:45 AM- 12:00 PM    Wrap-Up

No CEUS will be provided forthis video conference

Vanessa Campoverde

 

Florida Statewide Horticulture Newsletter February 27, 2014

UF/IFAS Plant Producer Newsletter team is pleased to announced the first issue of this quarterly newsletter designed and produced by statewide Commercial Horticulture Extension agents:

Winter 2014. issue 1. Content:Winter 2014 Plant Producer Newsletter

  1. CEU Article: An IntegratedApproach to ControllingProduction PestsClick on the image to read
  2. Pest Update:  Xanthomonas on Ficus Trees
  3. Producer Highlight
  4. Research Highlights
  5. General Interest Articles
  6. Business and Tech
  7. Local Interest Article

Please Click on the image to access the first issue

Until next time,

Vanessa

 

Spring 2014 Ornamental Plant Disease Update & Management Workshop February 25, 2014

To update nursery growers, landscapers interested individuals on the latest and best management practices for tackling current ornamental fungal and bacterial plant diseases and to prevent some new ones for this next season.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday March 18, 2014, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 m., in the University of Florida TREC classroom and shadehouses, located in Homestead, Florida. Refreshments and CEUs will be provided for your license renewal.

More info and Online Registration is required: Register Online HERE
More info in the Online flyer: Click Here FLYER
Limited to 30 participants. (Specific location will be sent to you after your register)

For additional information, go to Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension website Calendar: http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu/

WHO:             UF/IFAS Miami-Dade Extension

WHAT:          Spring 2014 Ornamental Plant Disease Update &Management

WHEN:           Tuesday, March 18 of 2014, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00.m

WHERE:          UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) 18905 S.W. 280 Street, Homestead, FL 33031

 

 

DPI Diary: A Summary of Social Media Activity at FDACS/DPI January 30, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 7:51 pm

Vanessa:

An Update on this invasive snail affecting our County.

Originally posted on Fresh from Florida Plant Industry:

This is our first diary entry of 2014. We hope everyone is enjoying a good beginning to the year.

Giant African land snails still top DPI’s agenda in Miami-Dade

SnailFind19Mar13Inspectors from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services continue to look for and collect snails in 25 core areas of Miami-Dade County. This week we pointed up the importance of rapid and sustained, coordinated action by government agencies like FDACS and USDA when invasive pests are discovered within our state’s borders. We examined the plight of residents of Kerata, a state in India where there are now 59 pockets of giant African land snails. People there are finding the snails in homes and gardens (even in the walls of homes and on the plumbing!) and hearing them crunch under their feet as they walk outside at night. In contrast, our FDACS/DPI teams are making steady progress toward the eradication…

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