Ag BMPs: Implementation Verification Rulemaking Becomes Effective Today

a tractor plowing a field

The 2016 Florida Water Bill established that agricultural best management practices (BMPs) are enforceable and that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) shall verify implementation of BMPs by enrolled producers and landowners. In short, simply… Read More

Wildland Fire training offered through Natural Areas Training Academy

The UF/IFAS Extension Natural Areas Training Academy (aka “NATA”) is currently offering 2 National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) training courses taught by experienced Florida prescribed fire managers. The benefit of taking these courses with NATA? We have great instructors!… Read More

Teaching Agriculture Awareness Through Summer Day Camps

Situation: Sumter County is a unique county. With over 1,300 farms, most would consider it a rural county, but Sumter County also has the fastest growing town in the United States (The Villages). With these two distinct populations,… Read More

“Seed Scholarships” and Orange County Head Start Project

Situation: Head Start is a national school readiness program created as part of a “war on poverty”. Specifically, it is designed to promote healthy development and assist children from low-income families overcome the disadvantages of poverty before they… Read More