September Commercial Horticulture Programs

farm irrigationThe UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Commercial Horticulture Programs for September 2019. 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.

Irrigating Wisely in Florida’s Agriculture – September 17, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Brown’s Farm (18120 N.E. State Rd. 26, Hawthorne) 

Agricultural producers are invited to this free event on the adoption of water-saving technologies, updates on how these technologies have performed in the area, and how to afford them.

Topics include water-saving technologies, resources, and options for farms. One attendee will have the chance to test a soil moisture sensor for free during the spring cropping season. The target audience is producers of horticultural and agricultural crops.

Two Continued Education Units (CEUs) will be offered in the following categories: Core, Ag Row Pest Control, Ag Tree Pest Control, and Private Applicator.

There is no registration fee, but participants must register online (those needing assistance with registering can call the Extension Office at 352-955-2402) by September 12.

Starting & Developing a Farm Business in Florida – September 30 and October 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
There will be two workshops held for the beginner farmer on starting a business and developing a strategic business plan.

Workshop 1: Starting a Farm Business in Florida

September 30, 2019

This workshop teaches about articulating a vision and goals; assess resources; evaluate the suitability and feasibility of farm enterprises; and learn about business structures, registration, and regulations.

Workshop 2: Developing Your Farm Business Plan

October 9, 2019

This workshop teaches how to conduct market research and a SWOT analysis, develop a mission statement, marketing plan, operations plan, human resource plan, financial plan, and risk management plan.
Participant can register for one or both workshops.

The registration fee for both of the workshops is $50 (primary participant) and $30 (secondary participant), or register to attend one workshop at $30.00 (primary participant) and $20.00 (secondary participant). A late fee of $10.00 will be applied to registrations after September 23, 2019. Participants must register online (those needing assistance with registering can call the Extension Office at 352-955-2402) by September 23. The registration includes printed materials (primary participant only), lunch, and refreshments. There are no refunds for the registration fees.

Those needing special accommodations should contact the organizer a week before the event.

For more information about these programs, contact Dr. Tatiana Sanchez, Commercial Horticulture Agent, at 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office website for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

An Equal Opportunity Institution. Extension Service, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Nick T. Place, Dean. Single copies of Extension publications (excluding 4-H and youth publications) are available free to Florida residents from county Extension offices. Information about alternate formats is available from IFAS Communications, University of Florida, PO Box 110810, Gainesville, FL 32611-0810.

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