Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises conference starts April 1

The UF/IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Team

is proud to present the
Regional Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference
Strengthening Local Food Systems with Diversity

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Alabama Vegetable IPM program receives funding to help underserved farmers

From the Alabama IPM Communicator

By Ayanava Majumdar, Extension Specialist, Alabama Cooperative Extension

Without a consistent commercial vegetable production education program for many years, Alabama was ranked at the bottom when it came to production levels in sustainable agriculture and organic small farms. Alabama small producers needed up-to-date pest management information and constant training for preventing significant yield losses. Early grants (since 2009) from the Organic Agriculture Research and Education Initiative, Extension IPM, and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program helped specialists create an IPM educational campaign that they delivered to the entire state. Regional Extension Agents and County Extension Coordinators worked hard to organize training events, distribute training materials, and spread the word. With this solid start, Alabama is now on the path to increasing fruit and vegetable production on small farms. Impacts of the first five years of the IPM project have been tremendous. Continue reading

Workshop: Mind Your Business, Hydroponics for Profit

Thursday, September 17, 2015 – 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center

8202 CR 417, Live Oak, FL 32060

Creating budgets for your hydroponic operation

Evaluating the profitability of alternative systems

Assessing your farm’s food safety policies

Marketing ideas to increase your operation’s bottom line

Registration is $75 for Primary Participant & $50 for one additional participant

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Small Farm Integrated Pest Management Workshop June 15-16

Alcorn State University, Lorman MS agriculture research and extension program is hosting a workshop on small farm IPM. Continue reading

2014 Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference is August 1-2

The annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference has been successful from its inaugural year. Florida’s small farmers find that, in this forum, their diverse experiences, coupled with their shared challenges (risk management, business planning, regulatory compliance, and so forth), create a unique opportunity for collaborative problem solving and resource sharing.

This year’s conference will take place August 1-2, 2014, in Kissimmee, FL. More information about the conference can be found from this link.

Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Slated for February

Producers should make plans now to attend the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Tradeshow.  The Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be Friday, Feb. 7 at the Ham Wilson Arena and Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center in Opelika, Ala.  Organized by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Association, this conference is the premier educational conference for the state’s fruit and vegetable growers.

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