The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Commercial Horticulture Programs for March 2018. These programs are being offered by Dr. Tatiana Sanchez, Commercial Horticulture Agent at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 N.E. 39th Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.
Review for Private Applicator and Ag Row Crop Licenses – March 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (with Dr. Kevin Korus, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent)
This workshop is designed to provide training for the private applicator agricultural pest control license. The private applicator license is required for anyone that applies restricted use pesticides to their own farm, greenhouse or nursery. Topics include private applicator and regulations, equipment calibration and pesticide arithmetic, pesticide safety, and principles of pest control.
Up to four Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered for applicators that already have their licenses. Those who plan on taking an exam at this workshop will need to obtain a voucher number through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website.
Registration cost is $18.00 until March 5 (includes lunch). Late registration online or at the door is $20.00. Participants can register online. There are no refunds for registration costs.
View the Review for Private Applicator and Ag Row Crop Licenses flyer.
Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business – March 12 through March 13, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (day 1) and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (day 2), at the UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Research Extension Center (8202 CR 417, Live Oak)
This program features demonstrations and hands-on activities inside three greenhouses, a shade house, and an outdoor production area at the facility for two days and an optional grower tour on second day of the workshop (March 13). The topics to be covered include planning the business and developing a marketing strategy, growing transplants, selecting hydroponic systems, soilless media choices, irrigation and fertilizer, managing pests, and the production of several crops from microgreens to herbs to cut flowers to tomatoes.
Registration cost is $295 (with a $17.22 fee) for the primary participant, and $210 (with a $12.54 fee) for a secondary participant before February 24. After February 24, the registration cost is $325 (with 18.87 fee) for the primary participant, and $240 (with 14.19 fee) for a secondary participant. There is an optional tour from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the second day for $30 (with a $2.64 fee).
Participants must register online. There are no refunds for registration costs
For more information about these programs contact Dr. Tatiana Sanchez, Commercial Horticulture Agent, at 352-955-2402. Visit the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County website for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.
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