September Commercial Horticulture Programs


The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Commercial Horticulture Programs for September 2017. 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.

Pesticide Training for Private Applicator in Ag & Horticultural Industries – A Review – September 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This workshop is designed to provide training for the private applicator and agricultural row crops pest control licenses. The private applicator license is required for anyone that applies restricted use pesticides to their own farm, greenhouse or nursery. Topics include pesticide labeling, regulations, equipment calibration, pesticide arithmetic, pesticide safety, and principles of pest control.

This program offers up to 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in 2-Ag Row Crop Pest Control, 2-General Standards/Core, and 2-Private Applicator Ag Pest Control.

Participants must register by September 1. The registration fee is $18.00 per person (includes lunch). Late registration fee at the door is $20.00. Participants can register online. There are no refunds for registration costs.

View the program flyer.

Building Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Manual – September 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 the UF/IFAS Straughn Center (2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville)

This workshop is designed for fruit and/or vegetable farming operations. This is a one-day workshop to help growers actually develop their own food safety manuals. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will have built the main parts of their own food safety manual and will understand what is needed to complete their plan.

The class will be done on a computer (one laptop provided per farm upon request if needed, and will be limited to 20 farms), using a web-based food safety manual development program. Those farmers needing assistance on the computer can bring a computer-savvy helper.

Participants must register by September 21st. The registration fee is $38.00 for the first person representing a farm and $17.00 for an additional attendee from that farm (includes refreshments and lunch for the day). Participants can register online. Check-in, computer assignment, and set-up begins at 8:15 a.m. There are no refunds for registration costs.

Do It Yourself Hydroponic Class - September 29, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Hydroponics is a growing alternative to produce high quality and profitable specialty crops. Hydroponic technologies also have the advantage of increasing production per square foot in comparison with traditional agriculture. This interactive class teaches how to put together a hydroponic system. A local hydroponic grower will answer questions regarding hydroponic production from a commercial perspective.

The registration is $20.00, or $25.00 for those registering after September 21st. Participants can register online or $25.00 if you register after September 22nd. There are no refunds for registration costs.

View the program flyer.

For more information about these programs call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office Calendar 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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