2015 Florida Department of Agriculture magazine October 13, 2015
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:
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.
UF Small Farms Conference is around the corner! July 26, 2013
New Job opportunity in Miami-Dade County December 10, 2012
Do you want to work with the University of Florida (UF) in South Florida? Do you know anyone who is perfect for this position?
Please read the job description to this very interesting position here in the beautiful Miami!
Tropical Fruit Crops Extension Agent
Homestead, FL (South Extension District)
Application deadline: 5 January 2013
Apply through the online UF application system at Online application
Please complete an online application and attach your Resume or CV, as well as a cover letter that describes how your experience and qualifications have prepared you for this position.
You must apply online no later than 11:00 PM on the position closing date.
Do you know The University of Florida is celebrating 150 years of Land Grant System? November 7, 2012
Did you know what a land grant university is? University of Florida is one!
The Morrill Act established the land-grant university system and essentially initiated what could be defined as “The Education Revolution” that thrives to this day.
In 1862: The Morrill Act is passed and signed by President Abraham Lincoln, donating public lands to support colleges and providing citizens greater access to higher education. (Watch this video of President Lincoln testing a UF student about The Morrill Act)
The purpose of the land-grant colleges:
“without excluding other scientific and classical studies and including military tactic, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts, in such manner as the legislatures of the States may respectively prescribe, in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions in life”
OK, OK, but how The University Extension offices fit in this land grant university system???
The Smith–Lever Act of 1914 is a United States federal law that established a system of cooperative extension services or just Extension offices connected to the land-grant universities, in order to inform people about current developments in agriculture, home economics, public policy/government, leadership, 4-H, economic development, coastal issues (National Sea Grant College Program), and many other related subjects. It helped farmers learn new agricultural techniques by the introduction of home instruction.
There, now you know what The University of Florida is so important for the State of Florida and among other land grant universities is devoted to provide non biased research based information to every county in Florida. Look for your local Extension office in your own county.
Please go to http://landgrant.ufl.edu/ for more information!
Happy 150 anniversary to Land grand system and to the University of Florida that is part of it!
1st Redland GrowFest-organic farming- (October 13-14) October 5, 2012
GrowFest, is supported by the Florida Organic Growers and Consumers Association and several other organizations.
Come to see us on October 13-14 at the the Fruit & Spice Park (24801 S.W. 187th Avenue, Homestead, Florida 33031)
UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension will be present there with displays, workshops and hands-on activities.
Our Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program staff will also conduct an exchange of old light bulbs for energy saving CFL bulbs and water-wasting showerheads for water-efficient models during this event.
Click GrowFest event for more info about this event!
Your local agent,Vanessa