Upcoming Events

October 2017

5 – Building Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Manual Training

The University of Florida/IFAS Extension – Okaloosa County is hosting a one day workshop to help growers develop their own food safety manuals. When you complete this one day workshop, you will have built the main parts of your own food safety manual. The classes will be done on a computer (one laptop provided per farm if needed), using a web-based food safety manual development program. Those farmers needing assistance on the computer can bring a computer savvy helper. The registration fee is $35.00 for the first person representing a farm and $15.00 for one additional attendee. The registration fee includes a notebook, refreshments, and lunch for the day. We do ask that you call to RSVP at 850-482-9620 or email Sabrina Farr at s.farr@ufl.edu. For more information, please click on the flyer link in the above title.

7- My Florida Home: A Class for First-time Home Buyers

Completion of this course fulfills the home ownership requirements for the SHIP and Rural Development programs. This 6 hour course is designed to educate participants regarding the home buying process, the financial responsibilities, and basic home care and maintenance techniques to maintain the home’s value and avoiding costly repairs. Topics include personal finances and credit situation, determining home much home you can afford, working with housing professionals, choosing a mortgage, and preventing foreclosure. Pre-registration is required. Class time is 9 am to 3 pm. Please call the Jackson County Extension Office at 850-482-9620 to register.

10 – A Healthy Table Cooking School

A Healthy Table Cooking School, ‘Takes on the South’ in this year’s event! Join us for dinner and culinary presentation performed by Marianna High School culinary arts students. Celebrity Chef, Billy Austin of Rutabaga Café in Chattahoochee and a Marianna High School graduate will be our celebrity chef capping the nights events. Tickets are $15 per person in advance and are available from Susie Barber, Marianna High School– 482-9605 or Marie Arick, Jackson County Extension office. The event will be held at the Agricultural Complex on Penn Avenue, with the doors opening at 5:30 pm and the program beginning at 6 pm. Thank you to our major sponsors, Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida.

11-14 – Panhandle Youth Expo

The Panhandle Youth Expo is an educational event to promote youth livestock education. Livestock Shows are open to all youth enrolled in public, private and home schools, and who are current, bonafide members of 4-H and FFA. These youth will compete in different contests, including Livestock and Poultry Judging, Beef Showmanship, Swine Showmanship, Goat Showmanship and, of course, the beef, poultry, goat and swine shows.

13 – Vegetable Crops Field Day – Quincy

The 2017 Vegetable Crops Field Day will provide the latest research information for commercial growers of watermelons, squash, and tomatoes. This is a free event but we do ask that you RSVP by calling 850-482-9620 or emailing s.farr@ufl.edu.

26 – Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training (FSMA Food Safety Rule Approved Training)

The PSA Grower Training will cover the requirements of the FSMA produce safety rule. It will also cover key Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that are necessary in a farm food safety plan. You will go home with a FSMA produce safety rule reference notebook and a Certificate of Course Attendance compliant with FSMA requirements. The fee for the PSA Grower Training is $95. For attendees who are members of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA), a discounted rate of $80 is available. (Not sure if you’re a member? Contact Sonia Tighe at 321-214-5245 or sonia.tighe@ffva.com). Registration fee includes the training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a Certificate of Course Attendance that complies with the training requirements of FSMA. Register online at Online Registration or download the training brochure to see how to register by mail.

November 2017

3 & 4 – Jackson County Farm City Festival

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will once again host the Jackson County Farm City Festival. The Festival will feature two days of activities designed to honor the heritage and bounty of Jackson County agriculture. On Friday there will be an awards breakfast, anitque tractor drive through downtown Marianna, and a suped-up lawn mower pull. On Saturday there will be an antique tractor pull and agricultural festival with food and craft vendors, and all sorts of activites and demonstrations for the whole family.

14 – Certified Pile Burner Course

The Certified Pile Burners course that was originally scheduled for September 13 in Marianna was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. The course has been rescheduled for November 14. The 33 participants who were already registered will be contacted by phone. If the new date is not acceptable, registration fees will be refunded. There is still room for 17 more participants.

16 – Florida Pecan Field Day

The year’s event features guest speakers from the University of Florida and the University of Georgia. This is free event for Florida Pecan Growers’ Association members and $10 for non-members. You will be able to become a member during event registration. Please contact Sabrina Farr to register at 850-482-9620 or s.farr@ufl.edu.

December 2017

2- My Florida Home: A Class for First-time Home Buyers

Completion of this course fulfills the home ownership requirements for the SHIP and Rural Development programs. This 6 hour course is designed to educate participants regarding the home buying process, the financial responsibilities, and basic home care and maintenance techniques to maintain the home’s value and avoiding costly repairs. Topics include personal finances and credit situation, determining home much home you can afford, working with housing professionals, choosing a mortgage, and preventing foreclosure. Pre-registration is required. Class time is 9 am to 3 pm. Please call the Jackson County Extension Office at 850-482-9620 to register.

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Posted: September 9, 2016


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