The Greenfield Notebook

UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

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

 

 

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

 

Water webinar series delivered to you! September 16, 2013

Would you like to attend a class about irrigation topics from the comfort of your chair?

Now, you and your peers can attend not one but several webinar on water, irrigation and agriculture. Hosted by the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI). Crop health, agricultural water security and environmental footprint are three interconnected sustainability issues of national significance. This webinar series presents the latest research data that are crucial to address these complex issues. Specifically, this series will focus on irrigation pathogens and recycled water quality.

Webinar Schedule

Time for all webinars will be 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm Eastern Time. Meeting space for all webinars will be https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/irrigation-water/.

October 10 at noon: A path to plant biosecurity, water and environmental sustainability: SCRI project overview. For all the following webinars. Click on Schedule

Connection Instructions

To attend the Irrigation Water Webinars

  1. Open a web browser and go to: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/irrigation-water/
  2. Select “Enter as a guest”
  3. Type in your name
  4. Dial the conference phone number: 1-888-619-1583
  5. Enter this participant code: 491981

For those who have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before

It is recommended that prior to the webinars you run the Adobe Connect Connection Test.

This diagnostic test will ensure your computer and network connections are properly configured to provide you with the best possible Adobe Connect meeting experience. The diagnostic test checks for the following:

  • Clear connection to Adobe Connect
  • Updated Flash Player
  • Bandwidth availability
  • Latest Adobe Connect Add-in

Regards,

Vanessa Campoverde (evcampoverde@ufl.edu)

UF/IFAS Miami-Dade Extension Agent

Commercial Horticulture Program in Miami-Dade County

 

 

 

Strong Tree Roots in the Nursery and Landscape September 4, 2013

If you work in the Green industry, you are invited to attend the 2013 Workshop hosted by The University of Florida/IFAS Extension in Miami-Dade:

 Strong Tree Roots in the Nursery and Landscape:

Improving Tree Health and Anchorage

This program is offered every 2 years and you can’t miss it.

You will learn about root problems, anchorage, grading, inspection issues and about  trees in the nursery and landscape. There will be hands-on time with more than 25 samples to work with.

CEUS: 4 FNGLA, 2 FDACS Pesticide, 3 LIAF, ISA.

Main Speaker: UF/IFAS Dr. Ed Gilman

He has assembled a unique urban tree teaching program for helping municipalities, contractors, arborists, educators, growers, landscapers, and others design and implement programs for promoting better tree health in cities. He conducts educational programs in tree selection, nursery production, and urban tree management nation-wide for a large variety of audiences. He has published more than 96 scientific peer reviewed journal articles in his 30 years in academia and working with the industry. His research emphasizes tree pruning, nursery production, anchorage, and tree establishment. He has published more than 150 technical articles in newsletters and trade magazines and annually presents research results to colleagues at professional meetings across the US and other countries. He is the author of six books and maintains a massive web site on urban trees.

For more information open the attached flyer or hurry up and go to the Registration:  Online registration HERE

Your Miami-Dade UF/IFAS Comm. Horticulture Extension Agent

Vanessa Campoverde

 

South FL Plant Disease Update-2013 August 16, 2013

Do you work with: Aglaonemas, Anthurium, Cordylines, Gardenias, Mandevillas, scheffleras, Lucky bamboos, Areca, Foxtail palms, Phoenix canaeriensis, Jamaican caper trees, Cypresses or arugula and the list continues.

Don’t miss out the latest plant diseases report affecting foliage, palms, trees, grasses and succulent plants in Miami-Dade, Broward and West Palm Beach areas.

Learn how to identify what is affecting your business and how to start controlling it. Also don’t wait until last minute to collect your free pesticide CEU’s, we are giving 2 category CEUS for this program. Read the list below. Lunch included! So what are you waiting?

Have you registered yet?

If you need pesticide CEUs, the following categories will be given:

  •  Private Applicator-Ag,
  • Demo & Research
  • Ornamental & Turf
  • Limited Landscape Maintenance
  • Limited Lawn& Ornamental and
  • Commercial Lawn & Ornamental

The University of Florida Extension in Miami-Dade County and TREC Plant Diagnostic Clinic are pleased to announce the upcoming:

                                       South FL Ornamental Disease Update & management!

  • We will share some interesting facts of the latest pests affecting the economy of the green industry in South FL environment.
  • Also, Dr. Palmateer (Head of the Plant Diagnostic Clinic) will share with us, the predominant pest (fungal and or bacterial) affecting our plants in nursery and landscape. With live samples and management options for those diseases you found in your Hibiscus, Mandevilla or in your Ficus perhaps.
  • We will work on an informal forum with growers attending this program to record what other issues we need to start paying attention and create a prevention workshop in advance.
  • Please share this information with your peers. CEU and lunch available for you.

Late Registration:        Click here or type: http://soflpestupdate13.eventbrite.com

When:                          Thursday, August 22nd. From 9 am to 1 pm

Where:                         UF/IFAS Extension office in Miami-Dade

 

Consumptive Use Permitting (CUP) Consistency Workshop August 14, 2013

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is leading a statewide effort to improve consistency in the Consumptive/Water Use Permitting Programs implemented by the Water Management Districts.

The DEP and the Water Management Districts have been reviewing the comments on the draft rules that were received in June 2013. They are making changes where appropriate and the Water Management Districts will be posting, on their websites, revised rules on or about August 1, 2013. For this reason public workshops will be given at several locations. In South Florida the upcoming workshop is in the office of the University of Florida/IFAS Cooperative Service Auditorium.

WHEN:      August 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:    University of Florida Extension office. (Agricultural Center)

18710 SW 288 Street. Homestead, FL 33030

COST:       Free

AGENDA:

  1. Presentation Of Consumptive Use Permitting (CUP) Consistency
  2. Overview
  3. Summary of public comments (Your comments)
  4. Update since May workshops

The completion of the CUPcon rulemaking will be done by the Water Management Districts and is expected to be completed during Fall 2013.

More information about this and other workshop locations please click here:

Consumptive Use Permitting Consistency comments:

If you can’t make it but still wish to comment; please write your comments to be submitted to Cupcon@dep.state.fl.us by September 6, 2013. Please note that emails sent to this address are received by the Department and automatically forwarded to the five Water Management Districts.

Thanks

Your University of Florida Extension agent in Miami-Dade County!

Vanessa Campoverde

 

1st annual South Florida-UF Bee workshop! July 19, 2013

Dear green thumb:

The upcoming beekeeping extension event hosted by the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory at the University of Florida, will offer the 1st South Florida Bee College (SFBC) to educate anyone interested in honey bees or beekeeping about the subject.

A novice will learn new skills and a newbie can walk away knowing how to start beekeeping.

Beekeeping and the pollination services it provides support the vitally important agriculture community Florida is known for.

SFBC will be held August 16-17 at the Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie. We are hosting Florida’s first Spanish-language beekeeping course track and have a 22-class honey show open to all registrants.

For registration: Click here

Agenda: 2 day schedule here

Thanks

Miami-Dade Comm. Horticulture Agent

Vanessa Campoverde

 

2012/2013 IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Program Survey July 15, 2013

Filed under: Events,Extension Agent & Horticulture,Nursery Pest — Vanessa @ 8:32 pm
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Speak up Miami-Dade growers!

So you think nobody listens to your problems at your nursery. Now you can be heard. This is an anonymous survey for you!

The IR-4 Project’s Ornamental Horticulture Program helps provide safe and effective pest management solutions for greenhouse, nursery, landscape, Christmas tree and forestry producers. Working with growers, researchers, registrants and regulatory agencies to facilitate new product registrations. Placing new diseases, insects, and weeds as well as new crops on already registered ornamental horticulture product labels. Every other year, we prioritize the next two-year research plan at our Ornamental Horticulture Workshop.

Please, answer few questions about the diseases, insects, and weeds which impact your business.

Start Survey