The Greenfield Notebook

UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

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

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An Update on this invasive snail affecting our County.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Division of 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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Insights from an Organic Certifier — Webinar Portal January 24, 2014

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Insights from an Organic Certifier — Webinar Portal.

Participate in this webinar to hear insights and stories from an organic certifier concerning inspections and common issues with a focus on conservation practices related to certification.

This webinar will briefly discuss the process of organic certification including the on-farm inspection. The presenter will describe key issues and concerns that are examined in the inspection and review process. The presentation will include a discussion of common mistakes and anecdotal stories to highlight certifier concerns. Certification requirements related to conservation, such as erosion, biodiversity, soil fertility, and pest management will be highlighted.

Information and registration: Click HERE

When:Feb 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm US/Eastern (1 hour)
Presenter:Callyn Kircher, Farm Program Manager, Oregon Tilth, Corvallis, OR

Webinar Format:AT&T Connect

This webinar is scheduled for Feb 4, 2014 3:00 pm


Chill out: South Florida temperatures to plunge this week – Miami-Dade – January 15, 2014

Chill out: South Florida temperatures to plunge this week – Miami-Dade –


Weather Update for Ag 011414 January 14, 2014

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Weather Update for Ag 011414


Job opportunity! UF/IFAS Vegetable Extension Agent (Miami-Dade County) Ends 01/09/14 January 7, 2014

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The position title is University of Florida (UF/IFAS) Vegetable Crops Extension Agent, opening in Miami-Dade County (Homestead).

Includes responsibilities of Pesticide Trainer. Employer is looking for the enthusiastic, energetic person to work with vegetable growers, collaborate with extension specialists and provide pesticide trainings.

The position is open to January 9, 2014 on the UF jobs website.

All interested applicants should go to referencing requisition # 0904532 to apply for this position.

Good luck!


Weather forecast for Miami area 01/06/14 January 6, 2014

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Weather forecast for Miami area 01/06/14

Weather Miami


Webinar on irrigation January 2, 2014

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Webinar on irrigation


Best Insect Photos of 2013 from Beetles in the Bush

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Nature is so beautiful! Great start 2014!

Entomology Today

Ted MacRae is an entomologist, a photographer, and a blogger. In 2013 he presented a webinar on macrophotography for members of the Entomological Society of America, and he regularly presents his photos and his techniques at his blog, Beetles in the Bush.

In his latest post, he lists the best photos from 2013 — some by him and some by others — along with descriptions, and there are also links to his favorite photos from previous years.

Click here for the list of best photos of 2013 from Beetles in the Bush.

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