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Indian River County Extension Updates: March 23, 2020

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Due to Covid-19 health initiatives, Indian River County Cooperative Extension office is closed to walk-ins.  All 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 –  “Effective immediately, ALL UF/IFAS Extension programs and activities, including pesticide testing/training, must be postponed or cancelled through April 30th (date subject to change).”   This is as of Friday, March 20, 2020 memo from Nick Place, Dean for Extension & Director, Florida Cooperative.

4-H Youth Development – All 4-H meetings and group events are postponed, but County Events will be happening VIRTUALLY.  If you have questions regarding this or any other 4-H events, contact Darren 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 – If you are scheduled to take a pesticide exam, all exams have been postponed until after April 30, 2020.  Your voucher number should still be good till then.  For all expiring pesticide licenses, Agriculture “Commissioner Fried has signed Emergency Order 2020-002 providing a 30-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.

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephoneEnvironmental Horticulture – All speaking events, site visits and Master Gardener Volunteer Training classes are postponed. 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/