Food Safety and Quality Program

Provides training which enables food managers and staff to offer Florida consumers food that is prepared in a clean and safe environment.  More…

Brochure

Permanent link to this article: http://bay.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2014/04/15/food-safety-and-quality-program/

Save the Date Webinar

Farmers and Ranchers:  Making a Smart Choice for Health Insurance

Date: January 28, 2015
Time:  1:00 – 2:30 pm MT

Participants will learn how the Affordable Care Act affects farm/ranch families as individuals (consumers), as business operators, and their farmworkers.

Webinar Link: https://hrsaseminar.adobeconnect.com/acafarmers/

Call-in Number: 888-469-1349/ Participant Passcode: 5724564

Save the Date – ACA Farmers Webinar – Jan 28 2015

Permanent link to this article: http://bay.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2015/01/13/save-the-date-webinar/

Financial Management Webinars

Free, live, interactive online seminars

January 29,  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CST – Personal Income Tax Preparation and Filing – Register at http://bit.ly/taxprep1.

February 25, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CST  – Where to Turn for Financial Advice – Register at http://bit.ly/finpro2015.

February 26, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CST  – Personal Finance Questions, Realities & Myths – Register at http://bit.ly/faq2015.

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Permanent link to this article: http://bay.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2015/01/08/financial-management-webinars/

2014 Farm Bill News

Deadline to sign up for Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) buy up program is January 14, 2015.

Greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance:  vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, and energy crops.  Read more about coverage options and how to enroll.

Permanent link to this article: http://bay.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2015/01/08/2014-farm-bill-news/

On-line Training Options for end of Year CEUs

After the presents, great food and quality time spent with family, some time devoted toward training can help you build professional skills necessary to maintain pesticide licenses. Busy schedules often slow during the holiday season.  Pesticide License CEUs and training are now available through UF/IFAS on-line. The training website is always available and fits your schedule anytime you have opportunity to devote to learning. Access the website at http://pested.ifas.ufl.edu/onlinepesticideceus/ceu_modules.html

Once you are on the website select the type of CEUs you are interested in obtaining. For Landscape Professionals and Structural Pesticide license holders choose the “Structural Pest Control Categories” as highlighted in the screenshot below.

Structure CEUs

 

For agricultural and restricted use licenses choose the “Agricultural Pest Control Categories” as highlighted in the screenshot below.

AG CEUs
For more information about CEU requirements visit the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Pesticide Certification Section website at:

http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Agricultural-Environmental-Services/Business-Services/Pesticide/Pesticide-Applicator-Certification/CEU-Program-Requirements

or visit UF/IFAS Pesticide Information Office website at: http://pested.ifas.ufl.edu

 

Permanent link to this article: http://bay.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2014/12/23/on-line-training-options-for-end-of-year-ceus/

Super Saturday Seminars

DSC_0594_jpgEach 4-H District in Northwest Florida will be hosting a Super Saturday Seminar for club, project, and afterschool volunteers.  Saturday seminars will focus on a popular or “trending” 4-H project area to help both new and experienced volunteers increase their confidence and competence in working with youth enrolled in a specific project area.  These one-day seminars will allow volunteers to network with specialists, other volunteers, and walk away with ready-to use resources and materials.  Some seminars will also offer CEUs for teachers and childcare workers who use 4-H curriculum as part of their lesson plans.  Questions?  Contact your local 4-H Extension office or Heather Kent at hckent@ufl.edu.

Permanent link to this article: http://bay.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2014/11/20/super-saturday-seminars/

Cold Protection for Landscape Plants

Temperatures are falling quickly and predicted to continue to drop over the next 48 hours.  This type of weather pattern (significant drop in temperature over a short period of time) can damage landscape plants that have not had a chance to acclimate to the approaching cold weather.

There are a few things you can do to offer protection with short notice:

    • Water plants that are dry.  Be sure to water roots, not foliage!  If a soaking rain precedes the cold front, this may not be necessary.
    • Move tender tropical plants indoors if practical
    • If container plants cannot be moved indoors, group them close together in an area protected from cold winds

For more information about freeze protection and what to do after a freeze, see Cold Protection of Landscape Plants EDIS

Permanent link to this article: http://bay.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2014/11/17/cold-protection-for-landscape-plants/

2015 Small Farm Series: Organic Vegetable Production

Interested in organic vegetable production but don’t know where to start?

Cucumbers grown in organic garden.  Photo: Thomas Wright, UF/IFAS

Cucumbers grown in organic garden. Photo: Thomas Wright, UF/IFAS

Join us for this 3 week interactive video program January 15, 22, and 29th from 6-7:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension Bay County Office in Panama City.

Specialists with UF/IFAS will teach the program which is delivered through interactive video equipment at participating local extension offices.

Students will receive educational material and questions can be submitted to speakers through your host.  Flyer with topic details and other participating locations is available here OrganicVeggieFlyerPrint with Alabama locations.

Space is limited and pre-registration and payments are required by January 7th.

Registration fee is $30/person or $45/couple.  If paying the couple fee only one set of educational materials will be provided.

Payments should be made to “UF/IFAS Bay County”  memo “Organic Production” and delivered to:

UF/IFAS Extension Bay County
2728 E. 14th Street
Panama City, FL 32401
850-784-6105

Permanent link to this article: http://bay.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2014/10/27/2015-small-farm-series-organic-vegetable-production/

Become a VITA Volunteer

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is looking for volunteers to help prepare tax returns for those with low-to-moderate income who cannot prepare their own tax returns.  If you are interested in becoming a VITA Volunteer, please send an email to: development@unitedwaynwfl.org or wi.spec.bhampartners@irs.gov with your name and contact information. Tax Preparer Recruitment Flyer

Permanent link to this article: http://bay.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2014/09/18/become-a-vita-volunteer/

New Reefs for Bay County – Pre-Deployment Coordinates

This is one of two F101s deployed June 27 2014 3nm South of the MB Miller fishing pier in the Gulf of Mexico.

This is one of two F101s deployed June 27 2014 3nm South of the MB Miller fishing pier in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Valerie Sale
Public Information Officer
Phone: (850) 248-8170
Cell: (850) 814-6122
vsale@baycountyfl.gov

UPDATE:
Bay County deployment of jets rescheduled for Friday

F101 Voodoos, prefabricated modules to be placed along PCB
JUNE 26, 2014
PANAMA CITY -

Due to time constraints Thursday in the deployment of a series of artificial reef material along the coast of Panama City Beach, the two retired F101 Voodoo Air Force fighter jets will be delivered to their respective reef sites on Friday, June 26.

The Bay County Board of County Commissioners’ Planning and Zoning Department is overseeing the effort to create the new reefs, along with assistance from several area government and private organizations.

“It’s very exciting to have a piece of Bay County history available to the public in perpetuity,” Bay County Commissioner Bill Dozier said. “Residents and tourists from all over the world will be able to come to Bay County to enjoy fishing and diving on the reef created by the aircraft.”

The Voodoos were piloted by former Bay County Commissioner Rick Seltzer and Carleton “Sonny” Vail and will be located three nautical miles south of the M.B. Miller County Pier.

Past deployment of ex-fighter jets have made excellent reefs. Prized reef fish, including red snapper, were observed in a recent monitoring trip to survey F106 aircraft deployed off the shore of Bay County in the 1990s. It is anticipated that the F101s will provide similar quality fishing and diving opportunities.

The Bay County Tourist Development Council provided $30,000 toward the deployment cost.

In addition to the two aircraft, a series of artificial reefs consisting of 34 pre-fabricated concrete reef modules will be placed over two permit locations on Thursday at a cost of $60,000 funded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – Marine Fisheries Artificial Reef Program (FWC). The grant funds will deploy a total of 18 modules to complete the reef where the jets are located. An additional 16 artificial reef modules will be deployed three nautical miles south of the city pier at Pier Park. This permitted area will receive additional reef material in the future.

Bay County also received a $12,000 grant from FWC to locate and monitor 35 reefs previously deployed under the LORAN coordinate system. Completion of this project helps residents and visitors easily locate existing reefs using GPS technology. Florida State University – Panama City (FSU-PC) provided technical expertise and equipment to complete this project.

The FSU-PC Sea Nole provided support for essential pre-deployment activities for Thursday. University of Florida/IFAS Extension Bay County Florida Sea Grant Program, Tyndall Dive Club, City of Panama City, Bay County Artificial Reef Association, and local Fishing/Diving Community have also provided volunteer hours, expertise, resources, and support to complete the reef projects

New Reefs for Bay County    Pre-deployment coordinates for June 26 – 27 Artificial Reef Deployments


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DEPLOYDATE REEFNAME MATERIAL TONS LON DDMM.MM LAT DDMM.MM
6/26/2014 Seltzer Reef Module 1 1 Pyramid and 1 Grouper / Ecosystem Combo 12 -8551.725 3008.675
6/26/2014 Seltzer Reef Module 2 1 Pyramid and 1 Grouper / Ecosystem Combo 12 -8551.725 3008.590
6/26/2014 Seltzer Reef Module 3 1 Pyramid and 1 Grouper / Ecosystem Combo 12 -8551.725 3008.508
6/26/2014 Seltzer Reef Module 4 1 Pyramid and 1 Grouper / Ecosystem Combo 12 -8551.825 3008.675
6/26/2014 Seltzer Reef Module 5 1 Pyramid and 1 Grouper / Ecosystem Combo 12 -8551.825 3008.508
6/26/2014 Seltzer Reef Module 6 1 Pyramid and 1 Grouper / Ecosystem Combo 12 -8551.925 3008.675
6/26/2014 Seltzer Reef Module 7 1 Pyramid and 1 Grouper / Ecosystem Combo 12 -8551.925 3008.590
6/26/2014 Seltzer Reef Module 8 1 Pyramid and 1 Grouper / Ecosystem Combo 12 -8551.925 3008.508
6/27/2014  Seltzer Reef F101 Jet 1 F101 Fighter Jet 12 -8551.825 3008.591
6/28/2014 Seltzer Reef F101 Jet 2 F101 Fighter Jet 12 -8551.825 3008.591
6/26/2014 City Pier Reef Module 1 1 Pyramid and 1 Grouper / Ecosystem Combo 12 -8554.525 3010.275
6/26/2014 City Pier Reef Module 2 1 Pyramid and 1 Grouper / Ecosystem Combo 12 -8554.525 3010.191
6/26/2014 City Pier Reef Module 3 1 Pyramid and 1 Grouper / Ecosystem Combo 12 -8554.525 3010.108
6/26/2014 City Pier Reef Module 4 1 Pyramid and 1 Grouper / Ecosystem Combo 12 -8554.625 3010.275
6/26/2014 City Pier Reef Module 5 1 Pyramid and 1 Grouper / Ecosystem Combo 12 -8554.625 3010.108
6/26/2014 City Pier Reef Module 6 1 Pyramid and 1 Grouper / Ecosystem Combo 12 -8554.725 3010.275
6/26/2014 City Pier Reef Module 7 1 Pyramid and 1 Grouper / Ecosystem Combo 12 -8554.725 3010.191
6/26/2014 City Pier Reef Module 8 1 Pyramid and 1 Grouper / Ecosystem Combo 12 -8554.725 3010.108

Permanent link to this article: http://bay.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2014/06/27/newreefs/

Hurricane Preparedness for Families

Hurricane season is here! Don’t wait for the first storm; plan ahead to protect yourself and your loved ones. More…

UF IFAS Hurricane Prep Poster

Permanent link to this article: http://bay.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2014/06/11/hurricane-preparation-for-families/

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