Archive for July, 2012

Save the Date! Right Tree, Right Place Seminar: September 25th

On September 25th, UF / IFAS Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension and the Florida Urban Forestry Council will present a Right Tree, Right Place Seminar.  This workshop will apply the Florida-Friendly Landscaping  principle of Right Plant, Right Place to trees in the urban environment.

Right Tree, Right Place?

Topics to Include:

  • Right Tree, Right Place: Using Florida-Friendly Landscaping Principles to Understand the Planting Site
  • Planting Trees in an Urban Area – Knowing Your Landscape and Tree Codes
  • Power Lines and Tree Planting
  • Tree Selection for South Florida
  • Mounts Botanical Gardens Tour

CEUs have been approved for ISA, FNGLA, and LIAF.  Mark this date on your calendar and download the Right Tree Right Place Seminar brochure for more details!!

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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in Florida Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration for Drought

UF / IFAS Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension received the attached SBA Economic Injury notice relative to the 2012 drought.   Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of the drought. With the exception of aquacultural enterprises, agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers are not eligible to apply to SBA.  Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.

Federal economic injury disaster loans are available to qualified small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Florida as a result of the drought that began on January 1, 2012.  Businesses who wish to pursue this opportunity are advised to apply in accordance with the instructions contained in the release.

UF/IFAS CEU Day! August 21st, 2012

Do you need CEUs?  Earn up to 6 on August 21st, at the UF / IFAS CEU day, held via video conference at the Palm Beach County Emergency Operation Center: 20 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415.  

 CEUs are available for licensed restricted use pesticide applicators as follows:

  • Aerial 2.0
  • Ag Row Crop Pest Control 5.0
  • Ag Tree Crop Pest Control 3.5
  • Aquatic Pest Control 5.0
  • Demonstration and Research 6.0
  • Forest Pest Control 6.0
  • Natural Areas Weed Management 6.0
  • Ornamental and Turf Pest Control 3.5
  • Private Applicator Ag Pest Control 6.0
  • Right-of-Way Pest Control 6.0
  • Commercial Lawn and Ornamental 3.5
  • Limited Certification Commercial Landscape Maint. 3.5
  • Limited Certification Lawn and Ornamental 3.5
Up to 6.0 Total CEUs Can Be Earned.  The cost is $15.00, which includes lunch. Further information and registration can be found on the UF / IFAS CEU Day brochure.

Celebrating 150 Years of the Morrill Act!!

The signing of the Morrill Act happened on this day in 1862.  We are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Act, which created the land‐grant university system, of which the University of Florida is a part. This public investment in higher education has made a significant difference in the quality of life for Floridians. Not only did it allow for access to higher education by all, but it created a mechanism through which the public in all parts of the state can access research-based knowledge and discoveries from university faculty and researchers.

For a century and a half, in thousands of ways, big and small, the University of Florida has helped make Florida a great place to live, work and play through its core mission of teaching, research, and outreach, and it has played  a vital role in helping the United States produce the safest and most plentiful food supply on earth.  That’s something to celebrate!