SIGN UP FOR USDA NRCS ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM (EQIP) BY SEPTEMBER 30
Agricultural producers and landowners in Florida are encouraged to apply to participate in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) by September 30, 2022 for the program’s current funding cycle. Through this voluntary conservation program, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can provide agricultural producers and landowners with financial resources and one-on-one assistance to plan and implement improvements, or conservation practices that address resource concerns.
Common EQIP practices include forest stand improvement, tree planting, prescribed burning, prescribed grazing, cover crops, and more. For more information and to get started on the application process, contact your local NRCS office.
HURRICANE SEASON HEATING UP
Tropical storm activity is in high gear now. Keep a close eye on the forecasts and make sure you, your family, and your property are ready for the next storm headed our way. See NOAA National Hurricane Center for the latest activity.
Our recorded webinar series on Hurricane Preparation and Recovery, as well as links to all the materials, are all available at our Florida Land Steward events and webinars page – see 2021 Hurricane Preparation & Recovery Webinars..
Don’t wait until after a disaster to get your farm records filled out with USDA Farm Service Agency. Get your farm records completed with USDA ahead of time. You’ll be ahead in the queue for assistance and will receive E-notifications about recovery programs from FSA after the storm. If you already have farm records in, review them and make sure they are complete and up-to date. Find your USDA Service Center here to get started.
2022 FLSAF/SFFGS FALL SYMPOSIUM: HOT TOPICS IN PRESCRIBED FIRE, OCTOBER 11-12, 2022
Prescribed fire practitioners and enthusiasts are encouraged to join us for the 2022 Fall Symposium! The Symposium will take place October 11-12, 2022 at the UF Stern Learning Center at the Austin Cary Forest Campus. Get the latest on prescribed fire practice in Florida, fire weather and planning tools, ecosystem restoration, liability and insurance issues, Southern Fire Exchange resources, and more. This event is approved for a total of 10.0 Cat. 1 SAF CFEs! It will also satisfy the 8 hours of continuing education required every 5 years for certified prescribed burners to maintain their certification. 2022 Fall Symposium details and registration here! Note: The Oct. 12 afternoon field trip is now FULL.
CHECK OUT THE FAMILY FOREST VIRTUAL COMMUNITY
Family forest owners are invited to join the American Forest Foundation’s (AFF) brand new virtual community, The Family Forest, a home for family forest owners and the people who support them. The Family Forest is a dedicated online space where people who care for family forest land can connect with others who share the same goals and aspirations. Learn more about AFF’s Family Forest Virtual Community.
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UPCOMING EVENTS AND WEBINARS
See our Events Calendar and News page for upcoming events, webinars, and event materials.
ACCESS THE QUARTERLY FLORIDA LAND STEWARD NEWSLETTER ONLINE
Access the current and back issues of the quarterly Florida Land Steward newsletter here.
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The mission of the UF/IFAS Florida Land Steward Program is to help and encourage private landowners to actively manage their land resources for long-term environmental, economic, and social benefits. This program is largely supported by partners and donors. If this program has made a difference in your land stewardship efforts please consider a gift.