Farm Bill Funding Deadline Approaching
Through the Farm Bill, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service offers assistance and incentives to growers and ranchers. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that offers financial and technical assistance to participants to install or implement structural and management practices on agricultural land. The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a program that encourages agricultural producers to maintain existing best management conservation activities and adopt additional enhancements on their operations. To be considered for 2015 funding, an application must be on file in the NRCS office by close of business on November 21, 2014. For more information on these programs, visit www.fl.nrcs.usda.gov/programs or http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/ or call 941-907-0011 Joe Mustion, USDA-NRCS Acting District Conservationist (Ext. 102), or Kayla Milburn, Soil Conservationist at the Manasota Service Center (Ext. 108).
Dine-in for Healthy Families on Dec. 3
On Decemer 3, join UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County in celebrating the first annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day. This nationwide event educates families about the importance of preparing healthy meals and “dining in” together. Commit to "Dining In" for your family on December 3. Then, take a photo of your family preparing a healthy meal and post it to Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram using #FCSday and #UFSarasotaExt.
Register Now for 4-H School Enrichment!
Teachers, register your class by December 8 to participate in the 4-H Radish Growing Contest and Tropicana Public Speaking Contest. The Radish Growing Contest introduces young people to vegetable gardening and is design to work with 3rd grade plant science programs. The Tropicana Public Speaking Contest, now in it's 29th year, provides 4th, 5th, and 6th graders the opportunity to hone their public speaking skills in a safe, fun environment. Learn more about these and other 4-H School Enrichment opportunities
What's Growing in the Garden
Over the summer, things have been heating up at the Demonstration Center! There has been a lot of work done to clean up the existing landscape and we’ve broken ground on several garden features. Special thanks to the tremendous efforts of Master Gardeners and help from County staff and crews from the Sheriff’s Offender Work Program! If you haven’t visited the garden lately, come see the provisional areas for seed starting and propagation, edibles and composting. Get involved or stop by to join us for our Down and Dirty in the Garden classes, offered the first Wednesday and following Saturday of each month. For more information, check out the Demonstration Center webpage at sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/democenter or visit us on Facebook to see the latest photos from the garden.