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EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
February 11-13 Wildlife and Invasive Species Education (WISE) Workshop (link), UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension, 7620 SR 471, Bushnell, FL 33513.Topics include Living with Panthers, The Florida Back Bear, Invasive Plants. Goliath Grouper, Gopher Tortoises, Horseshoe crabs, Pollinators, Dealing with Nuisance Wildlife, Venomous Snakes, Invasive Fish, and Landscaping for Wildlife. Registration is $45.00 per person for both days, includes lunch, snacks, drinks, and educational materials. Single day registration is $25.00 per person, See link above for details and registration. This event fills up fast, so register soon.
February 13 Cool-Season Forage Field Day (link), 9:00 am to 3:00 pm ET, Blitch Plantation, 13200 NW 110th Ave, Reddick, FL 32686. Provided by UF/IFAS Extension Marion County. Join us to learn about forage selection, planting, fertilization and more. Free, lunch included, pre-registration required.. See link above for details and registration.
February 13 Organic Strawberry Field Day, 1 pm - 3 pm ET, Plant Science Research & Education Unit in Citra, FL. Provided by University of Florida IFAS. Topics include identification of strawberry seeds bugs, injury to strawberries and management tools. Please RSVP to Alia DeLong, delonga@ufl.edu, 352-273-3509
February 18 Florida’s 2020 Dicamba Stewardship Training (link), 9 am -11 am CST, 10 am - 12 pm EST, at UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension Offices in Northwest and Northeast Florida. Attendance required for those interested in Engenia, FeXapan, Tavium, and XtendiMax, for over-the-top use in cotton or soybean crops. See link for details and locations. For more information on the meeting location in your county, please contact your Extension Office (most will host at their county offices, some will be at an alternative location). For additional questions, contact Ethan Carter, Regional Crop IPM Agent, located in Jackson County at 850-482-9620.
February 24 Aquatic Plant Management Workshop, Sumter County (link), 8:15 am to 3:15 pm, Wildwood Community Center, 6500 Powell Road, Wildwood, FL 34785.Provided by UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County and Sumter County Farm Bureau, this program is for aquatic plant managers and others to educate on initiatives to protect Florida's waters, invasive plants and their control. FDACS CEUs approved. $30 fee. Register by Feb. 19. See link for details and registration.
February 25 Winter 2020 Madison County Landowner Cooperative Group Meeting, 10 am to 12 pm ET. UF/IFAS Madison County Extension Office, 184 NW College Loop, Madison, FL 32340. The focus of this meeting will be on invasive species and herbicides. We will identify common invasive species in the Madison County area; Introduce FL Exotic Pest Plant Council, Florida Invasive Species Partnership, and other resources for invasive species information; explain treatment methods that are least harmful to native vegetation; and discuss some basics of herbicide application and safety. For more information and to RSVP please contact Megan Ellis, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Megan.Ellis@MyFWC.com
February 25 Southwest Florida CISMA Annual Invasive Species Symposium (link), Florida Gulf Coast University, Cohen Center Student Union, 10501 FGCU Blvd, South Fort Myers, FL 33965. Provided by Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA). This anual event offers a full day of presentations and interaction with over 200 of Southwest Florida's land managers, contractors, consultants and landowners. See link above for details and registration. For more information contact Erin Myers: erin_myers@fws.gov; 239-657-8009
February 27 South Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society (SFPMS) General Meeting (link), 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, Sunset Community Center, 2801 SW 186 Avenue, Miramar, FL 33029. Topics include herbicide safety, prescribed fire, application demonstrations, right-of-way care, mosquito conrol, and more. Approved for 5.0 DACS CEUs. For more information contact SFAPMS,  info@sfapms.org, 954.370.0041.
February 27 5th Annual Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference (link), 9:00 am to 4:30 pm ET, UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center, 700 Experiment Station Road, Lake Alfred, FL 33850. Join us to examine critical policy issues facing Florida agribusiness leaders and explore valuable economic insight helpful for making informed business and policy decisions. Sessions include Managing Florida's Natural Resources; State, Federal and International Agricultural Policy; and Industrial Hemp and Medical Marijuana. $50 fee. See link above for details and registration.
February 27-28 2020 Lay of the Land Conference (link), RP Funding Center, 701 W Lime St, Lakeland, FL 33815. Provided by SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate, this is an annual gathering of landowners, policymakers, investors and other industry affiliates who want the most accurate, current data about the Florida land market. Guest speakers will share economic, market, sales and regulatory expertise. Our two-day conference features keynote speakers, breakout sessions, a social reception, and meals. $149 registration. See link above for details and registration.
February 29 Beekeeping Series: Colony Management & Swarm Control (link), 9:00 am to 12:00 pm ET, UF Honey Bee Lab, 1881 Natural Area Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611. Class is designed for beginner and intermediate beekeepers. This class will demonstrate how to perform colony splits to prevent swarming. Live bees will be used; please dress in protective clothing (closed toe shoes, long sleeves, please bring your beekeeping suit if you own one). $15 fee covers materials and refreshments. See link above for registration or contact Dr. Tatiana Sanchez, Commercial Horticulture Agent, at 352-955-2402.  
March 11 Best Management Practices for Forestry in Florida, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, St. Johns River Water Management District Office, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177. Provided by Florida Forest Service. This is a free technical workshop designed to educate forest landowners and land managers about Florida’s Silviculture BMPs for water quality and the Forestry Wildlife BMPs for State Imperiled Species. Free, BYO lunch. Must pre-register by March 9th. Call or email Robin Holland, Florida Forest Service, (352) 732-1781, Robin.Holland@FDACS.gov. Approved for 4.0 hours of SAF CAT-1 CFE’s. More about BMPs here.
March 23-26 Prescribed Fire for Wildlife Training (link), Everglades Youth Conservation Camp, 12100 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33412. Provided by South Florida Water Management District,Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This training is designed to provide land managers and wildlife stewards with basic information on wildlife habitat management opportunities associated with prescribed fires in Florida. It includes sections addressing how ignition plans can be developed and implemented to meet specific wildlife objectives while minimizing risk. Basic registration $175. For additional information about this class please contact Jim Schortemeyer 239-455-5847, Schortfire@aol.com
March 24-27 Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) 2020 Conference: Measuring Success in Invasive Plant Management (link), The Shores Resort & Spa, 2637 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118. Attend for valuable information exchange and networking opportunities. CEUs will be offered in several categories and the agenda will highlight success stories from the field. See link above for details and registration. FREE long-sleeved tshirt to those who register prior to March 1 (one per registration).
March 25-27 2020 Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society Spring Conference (link), Hilton Embassy Suites in Jacksonville Baymeadows, 9300 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256. The Meeting will include a symposium, Chapter business meeting, networking socials, student interaction activities, keynote speakers, technical sessions, poster session, banquet dinner, awards ceremony, and several field trips. See link above for details and registration.
March 28-29 Central Florida Sportsman’s Expo (link), Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Rd., Brooksville, FL 34601. FWC Landowner Assistance Program biologists will be exhibiting and available to answer landowners’ questions. $5 Entry Fee, children under 12 Free. See link for details.
April 6-9 2020 International Wild Pig Conference (link), Omni Hotel, Jacksonville, FL. Join professionals from all over the world to discuss and share management approaches, new technologies, and research ideas. It is also an excellent opportunity to showcase methods, new tools, businesses, and organizations to the many wild pig industry professionals. See link above for details and registration.


WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
February 12 35th Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show (link), 7:30 am - 1:30 pm CT. UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension, 2741 Penn Avenue, Marianna, FL. Provided by the UF/IFAS Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team. The focus of the 2020 program will be Enhancing Ranch Resiliency, with speakers providing ideas on improving efficiency and a more flexible management plan for weather disasters. See link above for details. For more information on the Beef Conference, contact Doug Mayo, 850-482-9620.
February 18 Learn & Burn Workshop, Okaloosa County, 8:00 am - 4 pm CT, Gum Creek Lodge located at 5741 Gum Creek Lodge Rd, Baker, FL 32531. FWC, Florida Forest Service, and Tall Timbers Research Station staff, in cooperation with USDA-NRCS, the NWTF and Farm Credit, are providing an opportunity for private landowners to walk through the planning and burn prescription process for the burn that will be conducted that day. Landowners will be assigned a mentor for the burn as they experience everything from writing the prescription to completing the burn on the property. Cotton jeans / pants, long-sleeved cotton shirt, safety glasses, all leather hiking/work boots with heavy soles (Vibram, leather etc.), and leather gloves are required to participate in the burn. Due to the need for good weather conditions to conduct the burn alternative dates 19th through 22th may be used for this event. Participants will be notified of any changes due to weather. A signed release form will also be required to participate in the burn. Farm Credit will be providing lunch free of charge, but you must pre-register by February 07, 2020. Contact: Don Buchanan by email  Don.buchanan@myfwc or call 850-381-3522.
February 18 Florida’s 2020 Dicamba Stewardship Training (link), 9 am -11 am CST, 10 am - 12 pm EST, at UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension Offices in Northwest and Northeast Florida. Attendance required for those interested in Engenia, FeXapan, Tavium, and XtendiMax, for over-the-top use in cotton or soybean crops. See link for details and locations. For more information on the meeting location in your county, please contact your Extension Office (most will host at their county offices, some will be at an alternative location). For additional questions, contact Ethan Carter, Regional Crop IPM Agent, located in Jackson County at 850-482-9620.
February 23-25 Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting: Recovering From the Storm: Where We Have Been, and Where We Are Going (link). Edgewater Resort, Panama City Beach, FL. While Hurricane Michael impacts and recovery topics will be on the agenda, the meeting will provide information to help us through future catastrophic forest losses, including floods, fire, and insect and disease outbreaks. Foresters, this is approved for a total of 8.0 Cat 1 CFEs. See link above for details and registration.
February 25 Northwest Florida Ecotourism Summit (link), 8 am CT, 4750 Collegiate Dr, Panama City, FL, 32405. Florida State University and Panama City are teaming up with the Explore Northwest Florida organization to host this event. It will bring together industry leaders, educators, students, potential new businesses, and eco-friendly enthusiasts to enhance our ecotourism communities in the Florida Panhandle. See link above for details and registration.
February 26 Forest Health Updates - Training (link), 8:00 am to 3:30 pm CT, West Florida Research and Education Center 5988 U.S. 90 Milton, FL 32583. Provided by UF/IFAS in collaboration with ProForest, Florida Forest Service, Clemson University, Alabama Extension, and the University of Illinois. Topics include proactive invasive plant management and new technology, hurricanes and bark and ambrosia beetles, forest management post-disturbance, invasive insect and fungi ID and management and single tree management after the storm. There is travel assistance available for attendees. Lunch is included in the $20 registration fee. There are CEUs available for SAF and ISA. Pesticide applicator CEUs are pending. Register now online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/forest-health-updates-tickets-86734710855. Registration can also be paid by check - contact tobing@ufl.edu for more information.   
March 21 2020 FAMU High Tunnel Workshop, 9 am to 1 pm ET. FAMU Research & Extension Center, 4259 Bainbridge Hwy, Quincy, FL 32352. This workshop is for those who are interested in growing fruits and vegetables in high tunnels. High tunnels are protective crop structures used to enhance the growth, yield, and quality of selective horticultural crops, extend the growing season, and for overwintering tender perennial crops. To register or get more information, contact Ms. Kenda Woodburn, UF/IFAS Gadsden County Extension Office, 850-875-7255.


March 10-11 Forest Economic Contributions Summit (link), New Orleans, LA. This summit will connect forestry economic contribution analysts, economic development specialists, and advocates to learn from each other. Improve the understanding, usage and communication of forestry economic contribution data to promote forestry and the forest products industry. See link above for details, registration, related reports, and economic news. Contact Leslie Boby, Southern Region Forestry Extension, lboby@sref.info if you have any questions.
March 25 Forestry & Natural Resources Webinar: Soil Management for Community Trees (link), 10:00 am ET. See link above for details and to join the webinar.
Upcoming Southern Fire Exchange Webinars (link)



Last updated 2/12/20