5/20/20

Pesticide Exam Testing Resumes at Hillsborough County Extension Office


Pesticide Exams are Back

After a three month hiatus due to COVID 19 precautions UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County will resume pesticide exams beginning Wednesday May 20.

Scheduled exam dates and times are Wednesday May 20, Friday May 29 and Thursday June 4. Exam times are 8 am, 10 am and 12 noon. Beginning Wednesday June 10 exams dates will return to the once per month schedule.

There are extra precautions in place to keep everyone safe:
  1. Bring in only your valid ID, no cell phones or other materials.
  2. Masks are provided and must be worn while in our facility.
  3. Hand sanitizer is available and we encourage you to use it.
  4. Six feet social distancing must be maintained while in the facility.
  5. Computer equipment and surfaces will be disinfected between sessions and users.
Although you must enter and leave through the main front entrance, exams will be administered in the conference center so that we can maintain social distancing guidelines.

To apply to take an exam and schedule an exam click on the link below:

https://pesticideexam.ifas.ufl.edu/

For questions about licenses and exams contact me at:
Phone:  813-553-3560
Email:   szcrmchz@ufl.edu

4/28/20

District Declares Phase I Water Shortage in Central and Southern Regions



The Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Governing Board voted today to declare a Phase I Water Shortage for the District’s central and southern regions, which include Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.
The primary purpose for a Phase I water shortage is to alert the public that watering restrictions could be forthcoming. The order also requires local utilities to review and implement procedures for enforcing year-round water conservation measures and water shortage restrictions, including reporting enforcement activity to the District.
A Phase I water shortage order does not change allowable watering schedules, however it does prohibit “wasteful and unnecessary” water use.
The District considers both natural water resource conditions and the viability of public water supplies when deciding to declare a water shortage order – that means, restricting the amount of water the public can use.
The District has worked diligently with our partners to implement water conservation programs and develop alternative water supplies. Even though we are experiencing drought conditions, there is still an adequate water supply available to the public.
Florida’s dry season runs October through May and April is historically one of the driest months of the year. The District encourages water conservation year-round, and offers many tips to reduce water use and additional information on our website at WaterMatters.org/Conservation.