The Plant Producer Newsletter Summer Edition

The latest edition of the statewide "The Plant Producer" newsletter is now out. There are articles about Q-biotype whiteflies, mosquitoes, new crapemyrtles, a brand new CEU article (Core Credit), research updates, a grower spotlight, and an online plant disease class for growers.  You can check out all the information here.  http://tiny.cc/TPPSummer2016


Tampa Chapter FNGLA Fund Raiser

The Tampa Chapter FNGLA needs member and non-member help  to generate funds for youth programs that go toward horticulture youth programming such as the Strawberry Festival Youth Plant Show and Sale, Ag-Venture, and the Nursery, Landscape, and Floriculture Career Development Event and college horticulture related scholarships.  They are looking for help installing a landscape. Anyone interested please either call me or Friedel. 

Calling all members, non-members, vendors and kind-hearted folk…
We need your help installing plants on:
 Wednesday 9/28/16 from 7:00am – 4:00pm
-        Please bring shovels & rakes
-        Please wear closed toe shoes and work clothing
-        Water, Gatorade and Publix sandwiches will be provided from 11:00am – 12:00pm
-        We need 20 able body, hard-working volunteers to dig holes, grade for sod, spread dirt/mulch, etc.
Job site:
3316 W. Paul Ave. Tampa, FL 33611 (2 blocks south of Gandy Blvd, just west of MacDill Ave.)
Please contact Friedel Scholl with questions: 813-503-9020


Tampa Chapter FNGLA Meet-Up at Trade Show

Growers and Landscapers, you are invited to a FNGLA Tampa Bay Chapter Meet Up – Friday, September 16 at 10 a.m. at The Landscape Show.

Meet your fellow FNGLA Chapter members and catch up with friends. Please join the local chapter members at The Connection Corner inside the exhibit hall (upper right corner as you walk in) on Friday at 10 a.m. for a quick get together. It’s an opportunity for chapter members to meet and catch up. 

The Landscape Show is taking place September 15-17 at the Orange County Convention Center, West Building, Halls D2 and E, Orlando, FL.  For more details visit www.thelandscapeshow.org.

UF/IFAS Online Course on Disease Management for Growers

Would you like to have a better basis for what is going on with plant diseases and how to treat them?  We have a class for that.  We are less than 3 weeks away from the start of the next class on the Greenhouse Training Online series, Disease Management. The class begins on September 26th and you can register up to October 3rd
For more about how the class works and pricing go to the direct link  at http://tinyurl.com/DiseaseMgtHills2016

This course will train you to:

Learn how plants become infected, what factors contribute to plant disease development and what are the different options available for diagnosing and controlling diseases in the greenhouse and nurseries.
Learn fungicide formulations and accurate rate calculations.
Know rules and regulations of handling fungicides.
This is an intermediate level (some experience and training, entry level university).

If you have questions about the registration process, please email greenhousetraining@ifas.ufl.edu. Also, if you are registering 5 or more students from the same company or organization then contact greenhousetraining@ifas.ufl.edu for a quicker registration process.

Private, Core and WPS Train-the-Trainer Classes In Manatee Co.

If you are looking to get a Private Pesticide License or would like to be able to train your employees on Worker Protection Standards we have classes that will help you.  The following will be offered at UF/IFAS Manatee County Extension office on Monday, September 19th :

Core Exam Prep Class:   8:30 am – 10:30 am.  This class will help to prepare you for the Standard Core Exam required for most pesticide licenses.
   If you already have a license, 2 CEUs in Core will be available.  You may take the exam, if desired, directly following the class. Class fee is $15.00.

Private Applicator Exam Prep Class:  10:45 am – 12:45 pm.  This class will help to prepare you for the Private Applicator License Exam.
  If you already have a license, 2 CEUs in Private Applicator will be available.  You may take the exam, if desired, directly following the class.  Class fee is $15.00.  I will be the instructor for this class.

WPS Train the Trainer:  10:45 am – 12:45 pm.  The class will allow you to train your employees in the Worker Protection Standards required by law.
  Ricardo Davalos, the WPS State coordinator will be teaching a section of the class.  Come and hear about the changes in the WPS program!
  2 CEUs will be available in – Aerial, AG Row, Ag Tree, O&T, Private, Forest Pest Control, and Soil and Greenhouse Fumigation.  The class fee is $20.00.

Refreshments will be available.

Please register at the following links:

Core: https://core2016.eventbrite.com
Private: https://private2016.eventbrite.com
WPS TTT: https://wpsttt2016.eventbrite.com

If you have any questions about the class, please contact Agent Martha Glenn at Manatee County Extension  (941) 722-4524 ext. 255


School Board Breakfast for Growers

All Growers:  Enjoy a Grower Breakfast provided by the Hillsborough County School System Migrant Education Program.  They would like all growers to attend the breakfast to learn about their program.  Also, Alicia Whidden (Small Fruit and Vegetable Agent) will be doing a CORE presentation for 1 CORE CEU at the end of the event.  Remember you need 4 CORE to be able to renew your pesticide license every 4 years so this is a good opportunity to get a CEU. 

What:  Grower’s Meet and Greet Breakfast
When:  September 7, 2016  from 9:00-11:00
Where:  University of Florida-Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
Welcome and Introductions
The Migrant Education Program
Recruitment Efforts
Supplemental Services 
Collaboration Efforts
All About CORE-1 CEU