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Regional Turf Seminar

The Florida Turf Grass Association will be holding a Regional Turf Seminar on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the UF/IFAS Brevard County Extension office located at 3695 Lake Drive, Cocoa, FL 32926. This training will have a Golf Session and a Landscape Session. These seminars provide local educational programs on topics such as pests and diseases, weeds, BMPs, regulatory issues, safety and pesticide usage. Attendees will be able to receive CEU’s in the following areas:

  • Core
  • Private Appl. Ag.
  • Ornamental & Turf
  • Limited Landscape Maintenance
  • Limited Lawn & Ornamental
  • Commercial Lawn & Ornamental

CEUs: .50 GCSAA. FNGLA and CCLA are in pending status at this time.

Lunch will be provided with registration. Register.

LMA CEU Six Pack Program A/B & Test Seminar

  • Friday March 4, 2016
  • 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Certification Test 3:15 – 5:15 pm

This Seminar will provide the 6-hour class training, AND the examination, all at the same time. The registration fee covers study materials, lunch and refreshments.

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No Horsing Around!

Join us for the 2016 Open Pleasure Horse Show sponsored by Brevard County 4-H!

Heart Healthy Dietary Guidelines for the New Year

Heart Health

By Elizabeth Shephard, Family and Consumer Science Agent

The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans makes recommendations to help promote health and prevent chronic disease, including heart disease which is the theme for February. While there is a great amount of additional information, healthy eating patterns are the main focus of the Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020 released this January. Here are some of the points covered:

  • Nutrient needs should be met primarily through consuming foods rather than through dietary supplements.
  • Eating patterns include both food and beverages and they are not merely a per-meal issue, but are a larger part of an individual’s habitual eating and drinking behaviors.
  • All foods and food groups matter and all fit within broad healthy eating patterns.
  • Make nutrient-dense choices, choosing foods that contain vitamins, mineral, fiber, and other healthful nutrients at the proper calorie level.
  • Be inclusive choosing all forms of foods (canned, frozen, and fresh).
  • Tailor food choices to accommodate personal, cultural, and traditional preferences as well as the budget.
  • One size does not fit all! Individuals have different needs that may change throughout life.
  • Include physical activity.

Prioritizing Expenses and Debt

When money is tight, many families and individuals have to make tough decisions regarding rssepayment of debt. When facing such decisions, how do you know which to pay first and which to delay? After all, everyone you owe wants and expects to be paid. Click here to learn some strategies to help guide you through the process of prioritizing and making those decisions.

Be Plastic Aware!

Small plastics (less than 5 mm in size) are becoming an increasing concern in the marine environment. The Florida Microplastic Awareness Project (FMAP) is a citizen science project to raise awareness about the sources of and threats posed by microplastics in the coastal environment. Volunteers are collecting and analyzing water samples from around the state, documenting the presence of microplastics.

This training will give you the information you need to become part of this project. You'll learn more about:

  1. What microplastics are and where they come from
  2. The types of volunteer opportunities available for the project
  3. How to collect water samples, filter water, and check for microplastics
  4. What you can do to help spread the word about microplastics

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Abeels at habeels@ufl.edu or 321-633-1702 x235.

http://www.plasticaware.org

Eventbrite - Brevard County Florida Microplastic Awareness Project Training


http://m.ifas.ufl.edu/init/

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Learn How to Start a 4-H Gardening Club

Starting a garden is a great way to get youth involved, engaged, and excited about eating and trying new vegetables. Plus youth learn valuable STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) skills. Add another bonus that we live in Florida so that sites can have three growing seasons (fall, winter, summer). So where do you start? Learn More.

My Brevard Yard Workshops

My Brevard YardSign up for the My Brevard Yard Workshop and learn how you can have a healthy lawn and protect our waterways!

One or three-hour workshops are available. Longer workshops are great for municipalities, homeowner associations, and other large groups. Call 321.633.1702 x 222 or Email to schedule a group workshop.

Soil Testing Information

Call a Master Gardener

You can do your part to protect water quality by following a few simple steps toward making your yard Florida Friendly. For help with your lawn and landscape, call or email a Master Gardener at 321.633.1702.

Soil and Water Conservation District

The Brevard Soil and Water Conservation District assists farmers and ranchers with applying Best Management Practices to their operations.

Contact Dave Millard at 633-1702 x241 or email Dave Millard for assistance.

Brevard County Farmers Market

The Brevard County Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 3-6pm and is located at the Equestrian Center in Wickham Park. More info...

Brevard Botanical Garden

We are developing a teaching and demonstration garden right here at the UF/IFAS Extension office. Learn how you can help.