Last Chance for Integrated Pest Management Update Seats

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to get the latest information on Integrated Pest Management on weed control and find out what is going on with the chemical manufacturers.  They will give you thier latest updates and changes that will help you stay productive.  Join us on September 5th at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm.  We will have CEUs and lunch.  You can see the agenda and join us by registering on-line by clicking this link.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/integrated-pest-management-update-tickets-12274388025

New Businesses Marketing on the Internet

Can internet marketing help you increase your business revenues?  This was a question that some Extension researchers asked and then proceeded to find out the answer.  Yes you can!  The researchers surveyed Mississippi small businesses and found a significant result.  The results from their survey showed that by using the internet you can in fact, increase your business.  The longer businesses used the internet, the older the businesses were, the more employees they had, and the higher the revenue generated.  This might be a compelling reason, especially for start-up nurseries to join the digital age and start selling more plants.  For more information here is a link to the Journal of Extension article by Gallardo and Jacobs.  http://www.joe.org/joe/2014august/rb6.php

Here are a few publications if you are a small grower and looking for a start on the internet
that might help you out.  "Increasing Sales on Small Farms Using Web Based Classifieds,"  http://hillsborough.ifas.ufl.edu/documents/pdf/agriculture/A-Z_pubs/WebBasedClassifieds.pdf
and this one, "How Small Farms can Use Blogs to Increase Businesses."  http://hillsborough.ifas.ufl.edu/documents/pdf/agriculture/A-Z_pubs/BusinessBlogs.pdf


Nursery Equipment for Sale

A nursery owner has the following equipment for sale...Please send ststeed@ufl.edu an email if you are intrested.

 2000 International 24’ box low profile delivery truck. Removable shelves, Diesel, Cruise Control, GPS.
 Jatco 400 3 pt blower cannon sprayer with 100 mph wind.   Sprayer is mounted on a Massy 265. Can sell sprayer without tractor.

Private and Core Pesticide Applicator Exam Prep Class at Hillsborough County Extension

If you are in need of a Private Applicator License we are offering exam training classes on August 14 ,2014.  These classes are for those wishing to pass the Core and/or Private Pesticide Applicator License Exam (Restricted Use Pesticide License) from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. You also may receive Pesticide CEUs if you already have a license. We will offer 4.5 CEUs for the trainings. You may register for either training alone or for both. We will offer the Core and Private Exams after each training session. Please contact Shawn Steed for any questions or special needs regarding this event 813-744-5519 ext. 54147.  To register please click on the link below.  

Cami McAvoy - Multi-County Agricultural Production Extension Agent, Sumter & Pasco Counties
Shawn Steed- Multi-county Ornamental Horticulture Extension Agent, Polk & Hillsborough Counties

Exam Preparation
CORE - 8:30 am to 10:35 am
Topics to be Covered: Pesticide Law, Principles of Pest Control, Pesticide Labels, Environmental Hazards, Harmful Effects and Personal Protection Equipment; Mixing, Loading, and Application, Transportation, Disposal, and Spill Cleanup, and Pesticide Application Procedures.

Break 10:35 am to 11:35 am - Lunch on Your Own

Private Applicator - 11:45 am to 1:50 pm
Topics to be Covered: Licensing Private Applicators, Pests & Pest Control, Fumigants, The Worker Protection Standard, Application Equipment & Calibration, Dilution & Site Sizes, Pesticide Labels, and Calibration & Dilution Mathematics.