If you are in need of a few CEUs (both Core and Private)  here is an online class opportunity for you.  We have available four hours on different topics with a variety of CEUs available.  You can sign up for either the Ag track of the Landscape track.  Here is the registration link   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ceus-2u-registration-156943112073  Please see program details below.

Time: Noon - 4:00pm  - Zoom webinar

CEUs Approved:

Core - 2 in Chapter 487 & 482 (pending)

Landscape Track - 2 in ROW, L&O, LLO, LCLM, O&T,  Nat Areas

Ag Track - 2 in Private, Ag Row, Ag Tree, Forest, Demo & Research 

CCA credits (IPM, crop management)

Total 4 CEUs



Noon - 1:00pm - Modes of Action - Dr. Hugh Smith, UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research & Education Center, Dr. Hugh Smith carries out research on managing insect and mite pests of horticultural crops that affect Florida. Chemical, biological, and cultural approaches to pest suppression are evaluated in collaboration with growers and green industry members.

1:00 - 2:00pm - Preventing Heat Stress - Susan Haddock, UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Service, Susan provides educational and diagnostic resources and training to Green Industry professionals regarding urban landscape horticulture, reducing non-point source pollution, integrated pest management (IPM), pesticide licensing and improving industry professionalism.

Landscape Track

2:00 - 3:00pm - Scouting in the Landscape - Michelle Atkinson, UF/IFAS Manatee County, Michelle is the Environmental Horticulture agent in Manatee County and has been serving landscape professionals teaching sustainable landscape practices for over seven years.

3:00 - 4:00pm - Nematodes in the Landscape - Dr. William Crowe, Dr. Crow is the Landscape Nematologist at the University of Florida, specializing in integrated pest management (IPM) of nematodes that damage turfgrasses and ornamental plants. The first stage in IPM is correctly identifying the pest(s) causing plant problems.

AG Track

2:00 - 3:00pm - Scouting - Dr. Lance Osborne, is a Professor of Entomology with University of Florida he specializes in IPM--biological control of insects and mites, and is located at Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka

3:00 - 4:00pm - IPM Strategies for Agriculture Crops - Lisa Hickey, UF/IFAS Manatee County, Lisa is the Sustainable Ag & Food Systems agent working with the Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Producers on Best Agricultural Practices.

You will receive a Zoom link to attend this event the day before the event starts. There will be a separate but quick Zoom registration after you receive the event link. 


Grower Wanted


Mid Florida Nurseries is a family owned and operated wholesale woody ornamental nursery located just off I-4 in Plant City and Polk City Florida.  Right in between Tampa and Orlando.  We have been in business for 28 years.  We have recently purchased 127 acres in Polk City, and will be moving the nursery to this new location.  We are currently looking for Grower/ Production Manager for our team.

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: $40,000 - $60,000 based on experience

Experience: Operations Management: 2-3 years (Preferred) Project Management: 1-2 years (Preferred)

Language: English/Spanish speaking preferred

Grower Credentials

-          Self-Starter

-          Organized

-          Knowledge of woody ornamentals

-          Develop a crop/nursery maintenance program

o   Knowledge of chemicals – When and where to use them

o   Knowledge of pests/insects – Scout regularly and know how to identify them.

o   Knowledge of fungus/bacteria

o   Knowledge of herbicides and seasonal weeds

o   Assist in conducting training programs to protect workers involved in pest/fungus/weed control. 

-          Direct all aspects of nursery production.

o   Assist in managing inventory and availability – input on when and what to pot up when inventory is getting low

o   Knowledge of planting, pruning, fertilizing, and weeding, AND having the ability to direct others in these activities.

o   Provide direction to other employees and process the ability to train or teach others along the way.

-          Assist in purchasing and receiving raw materials and step up material by communicating with us on what and when you need something for production.  This includes procurement of products such as fertilizer, chemicals, pots, soil, etc. 

-          Knowledge of human resource issues in the production area – conscience of practices that are unsafe and harmful to all employees involved

-          Ability to coordinate equipment needs/service and maintenance. 

-          Assist in daily sales, and coordinate pulling orders correctly.  This includes being able to direct other employees to help in this process.

-          Oversee all orders for delivery to ensure the right plants and quantities are pulled. 

-          Knowledge of loading trucks and how to organize multiple orders on one truck.