The Greenfield Notebook

UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

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

 

Busy BEES in South FL Bee college! August 12, 2013

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Busy BEES in South FL Bee college!

Go to: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/honeybee/extension/SFbee_college.shtml

 

UF Small Farms Conference is around the corner! July 26, 2013

UF Small Farms Conference is around the corner!

Spread the word about the Upcoming Florida Small Farms in Kissimmee

 

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

 

Water availability in Miami and 224 urban areas in the US January 30, 2013

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Water availability in Miami and other 224 urban areas in the United Sates

Water issues are becoming more and more important to all of us. Especially in bigger cities like Miami.

Jim Jawitz, a UF soil and water science professor, and Julie Padowski, who earned her doctoral degree from UF surveyed big cities and found that 47 percent of the total U.S. population is vulnerable to water scarcity issues, however, when infrastructure was accounted for, the number dropped to just 17 percent of the population. Residents in the top 225 metropolitan areas make up the bulk of the U.S. population.

Jawitz, a faculty member with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, said they expected to find fewer areas vulnerable to water shortages than past studies had because of the different methodology, but some of their findings surprised them.

“We have people who live in the desert and they have water and it’s because of their infrastructure. If you live in a city that has a large of reservoir of water stored and there’s a drought, it doesn’t have the same effect on you as if you live in a city where there’s a drought and you don’t have a large reservoir,” he said.

 

They didn’t expect Atlanta – where legal battles over water rights with neighboring states initially prompted the researchers to tackle the survey – to fall near the middle among the 225 cities they studied for water access and vulnerability.

 

Another unusual finding: Miami, with its lush, tropical landscape, landing in the top 10 most vulnerable cities. Jawitz, a South Florida native, said although the Miami area generally enjoys an abundance of rain, it’s not stored anywhere. That means during periods of drought, the area becomes vulnerable.

Urban areas of population greater than 100,000 are ranked by fresh water availability based on liters per person per day.

“As population growth increases, we don’t have more resources to tap – we can’t just find another lake or another river to dam,” she said. “It’s going to come down to sharing, conservation and efficiency.”

For more detailed information go to:

Padowski, J. C., and J. W. Jawitz, 2012. Water availability and vulnerability of 225 large cities in the United States, Water Resources Research, 48, W12529, doi:10.1029/2012WR012335.

Or go to : UF hydrology and cities

 

 

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

UF/IFAS Extension at Miami-Dade County

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.

Good luck!

Vanessa Campoverde