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Indian River County Extension Updates: May 26, 2020

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Indian River County Cooperative Extension office is open for telephone chats and e-mail.  We will be accepting face to face appointments only for those who do not have access to e-mail or smart phone with proper masks worn.  The Extension office is still closed to walk-ins.   We will have a table in the upstairs lobby where you may drop off soil, plant, and insect samples.  Please be sure all plastic baggies are labeled with your name and telephone number.

All Extension events are postponed or rescheduled as virtual activities.  We will continue to assist via phones and email, though it may be more than 24 hours for a return call/message. See below for Indian River County Extension program updates and contact information.

Extension office is only accepting face-to-face meetings by appointment for those without e-mail or smart phone.  Call (772) 226-4330 to connect with the proper department and to set an appointment if necessary.

4-H Youth Development – All 4-H meetings and group events are postponed.  There will be virtual summer camp. Check 4honline for details or contact Darren if you have questions regarding this or any other 4-H events.  Darren Cole via e-mail at dc32@ufl.edu or call (772) 226-4315. If you are a club leader with receipts or financial requests, email Violet at violetk@ufl.edu. If you would like to update your 4-H online profile, please visit 4honline.

Agriculture Issues – For help with commercial horticulture, livestock and pasture management, email Christine Kelly-Begazo at ckellybe@ufl.edu.

Pesticide Exams – Exam will be administered in person in the extension office every Thursday till we get caught up.  NO WALK-INS, you MUST have a voucher number and appointment scheduled.  If you have a voucher number you have not used, that is still valid.  However, you must schedule your exam(s) as there is limited seating.  ONLY COMPUTER exams will be given to keep everyone safe.  For all expiring pesticide licenses, Agriculture Commissioner Fried has signed Emergency Order 2020-002 providing a 60-day extension for any pesticide license that is expiring.  You may call Christine Kelly-Begazo at (772) 226-4330 x 3 or e-mail questions to ckellybe@ufl.edu.  To schedule your exam and reserve a seat online, please visit https://pesticideexam.ifas.ufl.edu.  This must be completed or the Extension office will not have your exam ready.

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephoneEnvironmental Horticulture – All speaking events, site visits and Master Gardener Volunteer Training classes are postponed or virtual. Contact Nickie Munroe at Lnmunroe@ufl.edu, while emails are preferred, you can also reach her by telephone at (772) 226-4330 x 4.

Master Gardeners –  All Master Gardener plant clinics, programs and events are being rescheduled.  If you wish help with a home gardening question, you may e-mail the MG desk with your questions and photos at ircmg1@gmail.com or call and leave a message at (772) 226-4330 x 1.  The clinic is being monitored by our Environmental Horticulture Agent, Nickie Munroe, Lnmunroe@ufl.edu.

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Thank you for your patience as we all try to get through this trying time safely and healthy. At UF/IFAS Extension, we are committed to bring you timely and vetted research-based information. For general information go to the UF COVID-19 Update website: https://ifas.ufl.edu/covid19-updates/  For Indian River County information go to the IRC homepage and click on the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources link: https://www.ircgov.com/