Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Monday, February 10, 2014

CEU Variety Pack

CEU Variety Pack

Thursday, March 13, 2014

UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County –
12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774

9:3010:00 Checkin

Morning session: right of way and natural areas
10:0010:50     Control of invasive grasses in right-of-way and natural areas
Dr. Brent Sellers

10:5011:40     Use patterns for aminocyclopyrachlor in right-of-way and natural areas
Dr. Sarah Lancaster

Morning CEU request: ROW (2), NA (2), Demo & Research (2), Private (2)

11:401:00      Lunch on own

12:30-1:00       Check-in

Afternoon session: Aquatics and natural areas
1:001:50         Weed control in aquatic and natural areas
Jane Morse

1:502:40         Herbicides mode of action and resistance
Dr. Greg MacDonald

2:40-3:30         IPM in aquatic and natural areas
Dr. Lyn Gettys

Afternoon CEU request: Aquatic (3), Demo & Research (3), Natural Areas (3), Private (3)

3:30                 Adjourn; turn in survey, hand out record of attendance forms

Be sure to register now and write it on your calendar!

To register go to this link:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ceu-variety-pack-march-13-2014-tickets-10438282183?aff=eorg

You can either choose the morning session, the afternoon session, or both sessions.  The CEUs vary depending on the session.  You can choose both at the same time (you don't have to submit twice).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Landscaping for Life Series

Earn CEUs (FNGLA) and learn how to work with nature in your landscape.   

Conventional landscapes often work against nature. They can damage the environment's ability to clean air and water, reduce flooding, combat climate change, and provide all the other natural benefits that support life on earth-including us. The good news is that even one home landscape can begin to repair the web of life. It's possible to create a great–looking garden that's healthier for you, your family, your pets, and the environment-and that saves you time and money."  

This class is offered in the evening from 6 to 8:30 PM and starts on Tuesday, February 4th. This is a series of 6 classes.   To learn more and to register visit this link:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/landscape-for-life-a-series-of-6-classes-february-4-1118-25-march-4-18-2014-tickets-9911641988

Friday, January 17, 2014

Rose Rosette Virus (RRV)- Confirmed in Florida!

Rose rosette (witches’ broom) symptoms were first observed in 1940 in Canada on wild roses. Subsequently symptomatic plants were discovered in California in 1941 and many other states in the U.S. In 2011, the disease was confirmed to be caused by an Emaravirus. The virus was named Rose Rosette Virus (RRV).

RRV is vectored by an Eriophyid mite (Phyllocoptes fructiphilus). Rose multiflora (multiflora rose) is the most susceptible host for RRV. 

The disease and the presence of RRV was confirmed for the first time in Florida in November 2013 by the Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab, NFREC, Quincy.  This was subsequently confirmed by the Division of Plant Industry-FDACS lab in Gainesville. All the infected plants belonged to the Knock Out® series.  Three counties have confirmed cases of RRV as of Jan 15th, 2014.

ABOVE: Severe thorn proliferation is characteristic to rose rosette disease.
Learn more about symptoms and  how to respond with this UF/IFAS Pest Alert document.
If suspected plants are noted, send close-up pictures to Dr. Paret (paret@ufl.edu). Upon instructions submit a sample for diagnosis.

This Pest Alert document developed by:
Mathews Paret, Binoy Babu, Hank Dankers, UF/IFAS Plant Pathology Lab, NFREC – Quincy
Tim Schubert and Carlye Baker, Division of Plant Industry – FDACS, Gainesville
Carrie Harmon, UF/IFAS Dept. of Plant Pathology, Gainesville
Marjorie Hoy and Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology, Gainesville

Gary Knox, UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture, NFREC – Quincy

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Roots to Shoots Tree Program

We have a very interesting day planned for you on Friday, January 24, 2014.  We will be covering sticky wickets such as "Who's tree is it when it is hanging over the fence line?" and "What do ANSI standards and best management practices actually mean when fulfilling a tree work assignment?" Learn about the new ISA tree hazard assessment training and more. Several ISA CEUs are offered and the cost is only $20.00

For more information and to register visit this link:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/roots-to-shoots-fourth-annual-tree-program-tickets-9047237531?aff=eorg

Monday, November 4, 2013

Right Plant, Right Place for 2 CEUs

When:  Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 2 PM to 4 PM

Want to have fun and earn CEUs for your pesticide or fertilizer license?  There will be a training section on how to choose plants for the right place to ensure their survival and health in the landscape. You can reduce the need for water, fertilizer, pesticides and pruning if you plant Florida-friendly plants.  This section will be followed by a hands-on exercise where you get to pick the right plant for the right spot depending on the site conditions.  Join Extension Agents Jane Morse and Theresa Badurek to learn about planting the right plant in the right place, right from the start.

To register go here: http://rightplantrightplace-eorg.eventbrite.com/

2 CEUs Max:  Commercial Lawn and Ornamental (L & O); Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance (LCLM); Limited Lawn and Ornamental (LLO); Limited Urban Fertilizer (LUF); Ornamental and Turf O & T).  Cost $20.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Hydroponic Workshops for Small Farms and Homeowners

Have a green thumb and want to learn more about hydroponic gardening? The Pinellas County Extension is offering two workshops to highlight hydroponic gardening techniques and other advantages of water culture.
On Friday, Nov. 1, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Bob Hochmuth, a multi-county extension agent, will present “Starting a Hydroponic Small Farm.” The program will address the state of hydroponics in Florida and introduce the group to the advantages and disadvantages of various hydroponic production systems. The class will cover how to select crops for hydroponics, crop culture for common vegetables and herb crops, and the use of irrigation systems with nutrient solutions. The workshop will also detail marketing and business strategies, as well as regulations. The cost of the workshop is $15; it is free for county government employees, school board employees, and master gardeners. For more information, contact Jane Morse at (727) 582-2562 or email jmorse@pinellascounty.org.  Register online at: www.smallfarmhydroponics-eorg.eventbrite.com

On Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bob Hochmuth will present “ABC’s of Hydroponics for the Home Garden.” The program will introduce the group to the advantages of various hydroponic production systems. The class will cover selecting crops for hydroponics, starting your own transplants, and irrigation systems. The cost of the workshop is $15; it is free for county government employees, school board employees, and master gardeners. For more information, contact Theresa Badurek at (727) 453-6966 or email tbadurek@pinellascounty.org.  To register, visit www.hydroponics-eorg.eventbrite.com

The Pinellas County Extension is located at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. For more information call (727) 582-2562 or email: jmorse@pinellascounty.org