UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Calendar

For persons requiring special accommodations, please contact the respective Extension Agent at (352) 955-2402 (voice) or 711 - Florida Relay Service (Hearing Impaired), or at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville FL 32609. Please contact the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office at least five working days prior to the program so that proper consideration may be given to the request.

For more information about the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office's programs and to register, please contact the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office at 352/955-2402 (Voice), 711 - Florida Relay Service (Hearing Impaired), 352/334-0122 (FAX) or e-mail at Alachua@ifas.ufl.edu.

Unless otherwise noted, programs are held at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office.

June 2017

Pesticide Training for Private Applicator in Ag & Horticultural Industries -
A Review

June 20, 2017; 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58 Drive, Gainesville, FL 32608

This workshop is designed to provide training for the private applicator agricultural pest control license. The private applicator license is required for anyone that applies restricted use pesticides to their own farm, greenhouse or nursery. Topics include: private applicator and regulations, equipment calibration and pesticide arithmetic, pesticide safety, and principles of pest control.

CEU’s available (maximum of 4 CEU’s earned): 1 General Standard/Core, 2 Private Applicator, 1 Aerial Application, 1 Ag Row Crop, 1 Ag Tree Crop, 1 Forestry, 2 Ornamental & Turf, 1 Right of Way, 1 Soil & Greenhouse Fumigation. CEUs will be offered for applicators that already have their licenses.

Please pre-register by June 15. The registration fee is $18.00 per person (includes lunch). Late registration or at the door is $20. Registration is available through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/lml6akr. No refunds.

See flyer for more information.

This program is being offered by offered by Dr. Tatiana Sanchez, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Organic Blueberry Farm Tour - SOLD OUT

June 21, 2017; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Melrose Organic Cornucopia, LLC
2911 CR 219-A, Melrose, FL 32666

Learn about organic blueberry practices from Master Gardener and u-pick grower, Jeff Popowski. Practices such as mulches, fertilization, pruning, and growth will be covered. If time permits, other vegetables currently growing will also be covered. You will have an opportunity to pick blueberries after the tour.

Registration is $5.00 for class. No refunds. You can pre-register through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/ktfkd5p . Limited to 30 participants.

This program is being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent.

July 2017

Livestock & Forages Field Day

July 27, 2017; 8:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)
Santa Fe River Ranch
29220 NW 122 Street, Alachua, FL 32615

The Northeast Florida Livestock Agents Group is hosting the UF/IFAS Extension Livestock & Forages Field Day. The field day will provide updates on various topics related to hay production along with field demonstrations. Topics include: Smutgrass demonstration, chute-side handling, cattle body condition scoring, sprayer calibration, soil fertility, forage varieties, and toxic weeds.

The registration fee is $10.00 in advanced or $15.00 day of event (lunch will be served by Farm Credit). On-line registration is available through Eventbrite with an additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/yd3cxkpm.

See flyer for more information.

For additional information or questions, contact Dr. Cindy Sanders, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Livestock Agent, at (352)955-2402.

Is Organic Certification for You?

July 31, 2017; 1:00-4:30 p.m.

This program is for new growers to offer organic produce to their clients or an experienced grower looking into transitioning some acreage to organic farming. Topics include: main requirements for certification, working with a certification agency, how to prepare your operation for application, complying with record keeping requirements, learning how to identify inputs acceptable for organic production, advice, tips and lessons learned form an experienced certified organic grower and cost-sharing.

This event will not focus on specific organic farming techniques. If there is sufficient interest, follow up trainings will be designed for this purpose.

Pre-registration is $18.00 through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/ya86ls5h ($20.00 after July 26). No refunds.

See flyer for more information.

This program is being offered by Dr. Tatiana Sanchez, Commercial Horticulture Agent.