Lake Region FNGLA Christmas Party Meeting

The meeting and festivities will begin at 6:30 P.M, then after dinner there will be a White Elephant Game. Come Join the Fun!  For the White Elephant Game bring something new under $20. Wrap the gift so it will be a surprise.  No plants please.

The meeting will be held at Ling Chinese Buffet in Lakeland.

Monday, December 7th, IF YOU CAN COME.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


As in years past, they will be collecting money and gift donations for Florida Baptist Children's Home.  Gifts and gift cards should be suitable for teenagers.  Bring donated gifts for children unwrapped please.

Worker Protection Standard Train the Trainer Class

What:  WPS Train-The-Trainer (TTT) Class
When:  December 15, 2015 at 9:30am-12:30pm
Where:  Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
Why:  Need CEUs or need to be WPS certified to train agricultural workers?

The WPS TTT workshop provides CEUs in several categories. Even if you don’t need to be WPS certified, don’t miss this opportunity for CEUs. CEUs available: 2 in the following categories: Aerial, Ag. Row, Ag. Tree, O&T, Private, Forest Pest Control, and Soil and Greenhouse Fumigation.

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a federal program designed to protect agricultural farm workers in the production of agricultural plants. A person is qualified to teach WPS to farm workers if he/she holds a restricted use pesticide license or if he/she has completed the WPS Train the trainer course.
There is a $20 class fee. You may pay at the door with cash or check made out to “Manatee County Friends of Extension”

Special Presenter** This program will also feature Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services WPS state coordinator, Ricardo Devalos. Ricardo will be covering changes to the WPS program and requirements for growers. Ricardo’s presentation will be in addition to the program above. Additional CEUs Pending.

To register please visit: www.commercialveg.eventbrite.com or contact Veronica at veronica1303@ufl.edu


UF Poinsettia Field Day 2015

I took the opportunity to attend this event last year and it was well worth it to see the latest and greatest poinsettias hitting the hort. industry.  I would count this event as a "must-attend" if you grow any quantity of poinsettias for the market place.  Here are the details...

Note the expanded format and different location from previous years – this is becoming our floriculture short course extension day. If you are a member of FNGLA, you can enter the code FNGLA15 at the online registration website (http://www.cvent.com/d/1fqjzr) for a 10% discount.
The student poinsettia plant sale is a separate event on Dec 10 (8 am to 5 pm) and Dec 11 (8 am to 3 pm).

Title: Poinsettia Trials Industry Field Day

When: Tues, December 8, 9:30am – 4:00pm

Where: Hilton University of Florida Conference Center (1714 SW 34th St., Gainesville, FL 32607) and UF Environmental Horticulture Dept. Greenhouses, Gainesville (Fifield Hall, Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611)

This workshop is designed for commercial greenhouse plant producers. No plant sales will be available at this event.
Morning sessions at the University of Florida Hilton Hotel include Dr. Roger Styer, Styer's Horticultural Consulting, and Dr. Raymond Cloyd, Kansas State University, on the latest growth strategies and pest management/control techniques for greenhouse ornamental crops.
Lunch at the Hilton will be followed by a greenhouse presentation of the National Poinsettia Trials at University of Florida with Dr. Jim Barrett, along with the latest greenhouse research taking place at the University of Florida with Dr. Paul Fisher and Dr. Carrie Harmon on such topics as practical disease diagnosis, growing container edibles and training your staff how to water.
Pesticide CEUs will be provided in the ornamentals and turf category for pesticide license holders. For CEUs, have your form signed before you leave.
Cost $60.00 per person Early Bird, or $75.00 after November 23, 2015. Includes materials and lunch.
More details and registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/1fqjzr