IFAS / PB County Environmental Horticulture

** Please note, this blog is no longer being updated, but will remain active for informational purposes.**

For more information about IFAS / Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension, please visit http://www.pbcgov.com/coextension/.

This page was developed by Laura Sanagorski, past Environmental Horticulture Extension Faculty, UF / IFAS Palm Beach County Extension, to provide green industry professionals with the latest research in the horticulture field: pests, diseases, landscape issues, as well as educational and CEU opportunities.

GI-BMP Training in Belle Glade: June 18, 2013

UF / IFAS Palm Beach County Extension will conduct GI-BMP training in Belle Glade on June 18th to serve our clients to the west. 

GI-BMPs teach safe landscaping practices that protect the environment, including our ground and surface waters.  This program is the prerequisite of  the Limited Certification for Urban Fertilizer Applicators .  

To register for this opportunity or learn more, download the Belle Glade GI-BMP flyer.  GI-BMP training is also available online.  More information is  available on the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ website. 

Call 561.233.1759 with any questions you may have.

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Your Extension Agents are Serving up Coffee and Thursday Morning CEUs: May 30th

Potassium deficiencyYou’re invited to attend:

Fertilizing the Florida Landscape to Minimize Impact on Ground and Surface Waters….

… to enjoy breakfast and time to socialize with other green industry professionals. University of Florida fertilizer recommendations will be presented, with an emphasis on applying appropriate amounts and formulations of fertilizer. This program will include a discussion of the effect of turf fertilizers and reclaimed water on the landscape. An activity will prepare participants to convert water quality data into the amount of fertilizer applied, and consequently adjust fertilizer as needed.  View the flyer.

Two Category CEUs offered in: Private Applicator Ag., O&T, Limited Landscape, Limited L&O, or COmmercial L&O

Frequently Asked Questions: Understanding and Obtaining the GI-BMP Certification and Fertilizer License

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the GI-BMP training and application for fertilizer license 

I’m not sure if I or my employee(s) passed my GI-BMP post-test.  How can I find out?

  • Visit http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/professionals/certification_lists/cert_county_name.shtml.  Click on “Palm Beach” to view all professionals who have successfully completed this training.  Note: this is not proof of Urban Fertilizer License (required of all professionals who apply fertilizer commercially as of 2014), but proof that the prerequisite was earned.
  • Additionally, you can call 561.233.1759 a minimum of 4 weeks after your GI-BMP class (if you took the class through Palm Beach County Extension), with the date you took it, and we can look it up for you.

I passed my GI-BMP post-test, but I need to request a replacement certification card.  How do I order a replacement?

My information on file with the state GI-BMP office needs to be changed.  How do I change my address?

I have my GI-BMP certificate of completion.  What do I need to do to obtain my Limited Certification for Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer?

Florida LMA ‘s Newest Chapter to Hold Social Gathering April 4th

UF / IFAS Palm Beach County Extension is home to the newest chapter of the Landscape Maintenance Association (LMA).  The LMA Atlantic Coast Chapter meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00pm.  The next meeting is a social gathering at Duffy’s Restaurant in Royal Palm Beach.  Duffy’s will donate 10% of the proceeds to the LMA.  Come out to meet other LMA members and the board and share industry stories.  Bring family and guests. 

Where: Duffy’s Restaurant, 11935 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach, FL, 33411 [Map: http://goo.gl/maps/cVsHz]

When: April 4th, 7:00pm -

More details & RSVP: earthly_designs@comcast.net

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Since 1988, The non-profit organization Landscape Management Association has served Florida.  The LMA’s principal objective is to promote sound landscaping and horticultural practices by providing knowledge, education and an extensive network of suppliers and support professionals to the landscape management industry.  Visit the LMA at www.floridalma.org  and Get Knowledge, Get Power, Get Mowing!

 

GI-BMP Training in Belle Glade: March 28, 2013

UF / IFAS Palm Beach County Extension will conduct GI-BMP training in Belle Glade on March 28th to serve our clients to the west. 

GI-BMPs teach safe landscaping practices that protect the environment, including our ground and surface waters.  This program is the prerequisite of  the Limited Certification for Urban Fertilizer Applicators .  

To register for this opportunity or learn more, see the Belle Glade GI-BMP Brochure.  GI-BMP training is also available online.  More information is  available on the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ website. 

Call 561.233.1759 with any questions you may have.

What License do I Need? ~ Guidance for Seeking Green Industry Credentials

What license do I need? How can I stand out as a qualified, licensed professional? These are common questions received from individuals who want to enter or excel in the green industry in Palm Beach County.   A new county fact sheet, What License do I Need? ~ Guidance for Seeking Green Industry Credentials is now available to address questions about some of the credentials that you may want or need. A table of links that will assist in locating licensing and credential information is located at the end of this publication.

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