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UPW TRAININGS

Using Pesticides Wisley training will be held on March 27 at 8:30 am at the Lowndes County 4-H Camp, 6048 4-H Club Rd. Lake Park. Call 333-5185 if you plan on attending.                                                                                                                                            Training Agenda: Using Pesticide Wisely (UPW) will last about 2 hrs and 15
minutes. Immediately afterwards, there will be a 45 minute training for those
individuals wanting to obtain a 2 year certified pesticide applicators license to
apply Engenia, XtendiMax or FeXapan (see next page for more details).
Who must attend UPW: Anyone applying Engenia, XtendiMax or FeXapan!
Also, any person in charge of Enlist One and Enlist Duo in-crop applications must attend.

UGA BEEF CATTLE SHORT COURSE

A beef cattle short course will be held on March 5 at Irwinville                    8:30-9:30 a.m. Registration and Visit with Sponsors

9:30 a.m.      Welcome & Introductions
    Dr. Jacob Segers, Extension Beef Specialist, UGA

9:45 a.m.      Georgia Cattlemen’s Update
    Ms. Katelyn Malia, Director of Public Relations and Industry Information, GCA

10:00 a.m.      Using Organic Minerals in Southeastern Cow/Calf Production
    Dr. Matt Hersom, Extension Beef Specialist, UF

10:30 a.m.    Break

10:45 a.m.    Integrating Crop and Livestock Production Systems
    Dr. Marcello Wallau, Extension Forage Specialist, UF

11:30 a.m.    Technology in the Herd: Now and Down the Road
Mr. Jason Duggin, Extension Beef Specialist, UGA

12:00 p.m.     Lunch – Provided by UGA Tifton’s FFA Club (included with registration)

1:00 p.m.      The Value of Genetic Testing
Dr. Ashby Green, Neogen

1:30 p.m.      Emerging Vaccine Technology
    Dr. Clay Reynolds, Boehringher Ingelheim.

2:00 p.m.      Advantages of a Modern Breeding Soundness Exam
    Dr. Lee Jones, Food Animal Health Field Investigator, UGA

2:30 p.m.    Wrap up, Evaluations and Door Prizes

Wildlife/Pond Management meeting

The Wildlife/Pond Management meeting is next Thursday, February 21, 6:00 pm at the Lowndes County Extension office address: 2102 East Hill Ave Valdosta Georgia. 

Below are the speakers/presenters and topics:

Stephen Spradley- Georgia Forestry Commission-

Hurricane damage to timber, Effects/benefits of Prescribed Fire with Wildlife Management


Dallas Ingram-GA DNR

Quail management and funding options


Dr. Gary Burtle -UGA

Aquatic weed control, Pond liming and fertilizing program, When and how to use chemical treatments, Grass carp stocking, Effects of shallow water on weed growth, And long term aquatic plant management.

Please call the office at (229) 333-5185 or email me a few days ahead if you plan to attend to register. Pesticide credit will be given for those who attend the class (Category: 21, 23, 26&10). Please let me know if you have any questions.

Joshua Dawson,

Joshua Dawson

Fort Valley State University 

Ag and Natural Resources agent

Lowndes County Extension

Email: dawsonj01@fvsu.edu

Office: (229) 333-5185

Training for Farmers and Growers on Produce Safety Rule

Training for Farmers and Growers on Produce Safety Rule
March 15, 2019

WHAT: This one-day workshop is being offered to produce growers. The training will cover the
standardized curriculum designed by the Produce Safety Alliance, which meets the regulatory
requirements of the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act). The course
will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA
Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.
Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

• Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them successfully;
• Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm;
• How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing
produce safety practices on the farm; and
• Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one.

WHEN: Friday, March 15th, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
**Please bring $20 in exact change or check**

WHERE: Lowndes County Extension Office
2102 East Hill Avenue
Valdosta, Georgia 31601

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Any produce grower who grows, packs, harvests, and/or holds covered produce,
makes over $25,000 in annual produce sales (on average, based on the past three years of sales),
and does not qualify for a Produce Safety Rule exemption is required to attend this training under
new federal regulations. As of January 2018, larger grower operations (with more than
$500,000 in annual sales) must comply with the Produce Safety Rule.

WHY: This PSA Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined
in §112.22(c), which requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have
successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized
curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

REGISTRATION: To register, please follow the link: http://bit.ly/Lowndespsagt

Registration deadline: March 12th

XtendiMax, Engenia, and FeXapan New Regulations for 2019

1) A pesticide license is required to purchase or apply these products.

2) All applicators must be trained through UGA’s Using Pesticides Wisely (UPW).

3) Can only apply through 60 days after planting cotton or 45 days after planting soybeans.

4) Can only make up to 2 POST applications in cotton and soybeans.

5) Can only apply between 1 hour after sunrise and 2 hours before sunset (wind still has to be between 3 and 10 mph).

6) Updated record keeping within 72 hours and add planting date.

7) Labels suggest to test for spray solution pH and add a buffering agent if solution pH is less than 5.

8) Do not apply when wind is blowing in direction of sensitive crops and/or residential areas.

9) If there are no sensitive crops or residential areas downwind, then downwind buffers remain. 110 ft but there is a new 57 ft omni-directional (all sides) buffer required in certain counties where endangered terrestrial dicot plants grow (visit www.epa.gov/espp/ to understand if you have endangered species near you.

10) Do not apply if expected rainfall within 24 hours of application could exceed soil field capacity.

Enlist One and Enlist Duo

1) All persons in charge of application must be trained.

Watermelon Research Field Day

2018 UGA Watermelon Research Field Day in Cordele

 

The demonstration trial evaluates the effects of fumigation and fungicide for management of Fusarium wilt in watermelon.

 

Details for the Field Day:

UGA Field Trial Site at Cordele, GA

Address. 1176 US Highway 280 W; Cordele, Georgia

Date: Thursday June 28th, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m.

 

The Final “Using Pesticides Wisely” Classroom Training Opportunity for 2018!

All Georgia corn, cotton and soybean growers planning to use the new dicamba and 2,4-D herbicides, in-crop, must complete the required “Using Pesticides Wisely” training before applying Engenia, Enlist Duo, Enlist One, Fexapan or Xtendimax.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting the final “Using Pesticides Wisely” training on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. See location details below:

Atlanta Farmers Market
Georgia Grown Welcome Center
16 Forest Parkway

Forest Park, GA 30297

If you are a corn, cotton or soybean producer and you have not completed the “Using Pesticides Wisely” training, this will be your final opportunity to fulfill this mandatory requirement for the 2018 growing season.

For more information, please contact the Ag Inputs Section of the Georgia Department of Agriculture at 404-656-4958, your local UGA Cooperative Extension office or visit www.agr.georgia.gov\24c.aspx.

FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act ) On-Farm Readiness Review Voluntary Registration

 

http://agr.georgia.gov/farm-safety-program.aspx

 

Farm Safety Program – Ga Dept of Agriculture

agr.georgia.gov

Sign-up to receive the latest information: The best way to protect Georgia’s produce is by working together. Please assist us by identifying your farm and providing your contact information in order to receive important tips and updates regarding the implementation of the Produce Safety Rule.

 

What is an On-Farm Readiness Review?

 

An On-Farm Readiness Review, or OFRR, is a voluntary program offered by the Georgia Department of Agriculture Farm Safety Program. An OFRR consists of a non-regulatory, pre-inspectional visit to farms growing covered produce. An OFRR is NOT an inspection but is about educating before regulating. The goal of an OFRR is to provide farmers with useful information so they can comply with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Georgia Department of Agriculture Farm Safety Program at (229)-386-3488.