The Greenfield Notebook

UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

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!

Vanessa Campoverde

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Leaf spots on your Ficus plants? October 9, 2012

Leaf spots on Ficus plants
 

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)

FOGUF/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

 

 

New Pest alert: Lizards in South Florida September 26, 2012

Do you have a lizard invading your grove or nursery in Miami-Dade County?

Check this out! And share it with your friends.

In 3 languages (English, Spanish and Creole) thanks to collaboration between The University of Florida Extension and Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. Check their website: ECISMA

Tienes una lagartija invadiendo tu cultivo o vivero en el condado de Miami Dade?

Informate aqui en 3 idiomas gracias a un esfuerzo por la Universidad de Florida Extension y la Cooperación de los Everglades en el manejo de especies invasoras.

Click here for each language:

English/ Ingles

Spanish/ Español

Creole/Haitiano

Until next post.

Your UF Extension agent!

Vanessa Campoverde

 

Giant African Land Snails (GALS) One year later! September 17, 2012

WOW! I was able to scout for Giant African snails and here is a proof of it!

Please click: Giant African Snail: A year later! to read the article I wrote for the Miami-Dade Chapter of Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) about Giant African Land Snail status in Miami-Dade County.

Giant African Land Snail (GALS) in Miami

For more information/ Para mas información.

Go to: http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu/

Your UF-Extension agent

Vanessa
 

How farmers perceive soil testing survey! September 14, 2012

Dear growers:

Please help a graduate student to get anonymous data on how you perceive the process of soil testing! I took it and is very straightforward!

Title of the project: Perceived Soil Testing Attributes and Their Differing Effects on Adoption Between Small and Large Farmers

“Corey Hanlon is a graduate student at the University of Florida who is conducting research on how farmers perceive soil testing. The method is a 10-minute, anonymous online survey. The sample of respondents that Corey is searching for includes any farmers that produce horticultural goods, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, nursery stock, sod, trees and more. Corey’s goal is to reach 200 respondents, and is nearly halfway there.

Are you able to help her out?”

Click here:  SOIL TESTING SURVEY

The survey is completely anonymous and there will be no way for any response to be associated with any particular respondent, especially because I will never ask for a farmer’s name or any contact information. If you have any further questions about the survey, I can be reached at selah789@ufl.edu, or UF’s IRB can be reached at irb2@ufl.edu (Reference IRB protocol # 2012-U-0803).

Thanks for helping a UF graduate student!
Your agent:

Vanessa Campoverde, M.S

Commercial Ornamental Extension Agent

UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County

 

SARE Producer Grants available! September 5, 2012

Attention: You must follow the rules and instructions found in the Call for Proposals

The Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program recognizes the value and importance of on the farm, producer experience in developing solutions to agricultural production challenges

Who can apply?           Any producer or producer organization in the Southern region

What activities are eligible?On the farm research and marketing projects that promote sustainable agriculture

How much will the grants fund?Up to $10,000 for an individual producer or $15,000 for a producer organization.

Successful proposals include:

  • Cooperators.  They can be other farmers, researchers, Extension agents or specialists, governmental or nongovernmental organizations.
  • An outreach plan for providing other producers, researchers, and Extension personnel with an opportunity to learn from project results. Outreach plans may include workshops, field days, fact sheets, or brochures.
  • Clear goals.  Clear and simple goals help ensure a successful project.

Ready to apply?

When you are ready to apply for a Producer Grant, download the Call for Proposals and carefully follow the instructions.

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

1. A farmer or rancher or farmer/rancher organization may submit only ONE proposal to the S-SARE Producer Grant program in any grant year. If you have several good ideas, pick the best one and develop it into a great Producer Grant proposal.

2. Successful projects MUST include project cooperators. They can be other farmers, researchers, extension agents, governmental or non-governmental organizations or others who cooperate in project planning, data collection and outreach of results.

3. All projects MUST have an outreach plan for providing other producers, researchers and extension personnel with an opportunity to learn from project results. The outreach plan is very important; sustainable agriculture will only be promoted if other growers learn what you are doing. Outreach may be accomplished through workshops, field days, fact sheets, brochures or other outreach activities.

4. Projects may be funded up to TWO years for a maximum of $10,000 for an individual producer or $15,000 for a producer organization.

5.  You can submit your proposal only on the Southern SARE Proposal Submission System.  Full instructions are found in the Call for Proposals.

Southern SARE administers several grant opportunities. The Producer Grants call for proposals is released each fall.

Go to http://www.southernsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants/Producer-Grants

Good luck with your grant and remember to contact your local UF-Extension agent in the county you are presenting the grant proposal!!!

Your favorite Extension agent!

Vanessa Campoverde