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Barbara Hughes
Seminole County Extension Services Manager
250 West County Home Road
Sanford, FL  32773
(407) 665-5560

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Commercial Horticulture


About Seminole County Agriculture
With an annual impact of $465 million, agriculture is vital to Seminole County.  We provide relevant and timely resources to agricultural producers and others who need information about Seminole County agriculture.  The Seminole County Commercial Horticulture/Agriculture Program provides education and training based on the latest research from the University of Florida.  The Commercial Horticulture/Agriculture agent is available for consultation, to provide CEUs, and improve the quality of life for all citizens. 

Upcoming Events:

Irrigation & Fertilizer Management - March 25
Learn efficiency through Nursery BMPs.  Learn how irrigation, pH and fertilizer can be measured to optimize plant growth and profit.  The above link provides more information about this free program, as well as registration information.

Small Farms
Are you interested in growing food for a local market, diversifying your existing Agricultural Operation, or just want to buy food locally?  Check out this page for Alternative Enterprise ideas, Marketing information, as well as a list of local farms and farmers markets.

Agriculture Agents Serving Seminole County
For questions on ornamental production, turfgrass production, vegetable production, or commercial landscape maintenance contact (407) 665-5560.  For livestock and pasture questions, please contact Dennis Mudge (407) 254-9200.  For commercial citrus and fruit tree crop questions, please contact Gary England (352) 343-4101.

Pesticide Applicator Training and Testing
The above link provides information on training and testing dates in your area, study materials for a particular license, and will help you determine which license you need.

Green Industries Best Management Practices
Beginning January 1, 2014, any person applying fertilizers "for-hire" to an urban landscape must be certified under Chapter 482.1562, Florida Statutes. This includes all commercial fertilizer applicators making any type of fertilizer application to commercial turf or ornamental areas; and/or the turf or ornamental areas of parks or fields (other than agricultural areas) and/or turf or ornamental area of any residential property.  The above link provides information on training and testing in your area.

Outside Resources
Below is a collection of links that may be useful to you. These websites are not managed by Seminole County and problems experienced with these sites should be addressed to those websites themselves.

Commercial growers of ornamentals, fruits, and vegetables as well as livestock producers can access up-to-date production and marketing information from the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. For publications, go to EDIS.

For the latest on marketing, see the USDA marketing reports at the Market Information System site. What was the temperature at 5am this morning -- go to the FAWN site. 

Ag Commodity Market Price Information
Commodity Market Price Information

Central Florida Extension on the Web
Seminole, Orange, and Lake County Extension Service’s websites.

Florida Agriculture Newsletters
Get up-to-date information about Central Florida agriculture.

CEUs Online
Do you need to renew your license but don't have the time to come to a class?  You can receive CEUs online at your convenience at the Florida Grower website.

More CEUs Online
Go to the Hillsborough County Extension Website for additional online CEUs.

University of Florida’s publications database for agriculture and horticulture.

Florida Automated Weather Network

Real-time and historical weather data from the University of Florida

Florida MarketMaker
Find locally grown produce, farmers markets, and restaurants serving local produce or register your business.

IPM Monitoring Network

Receive accurate information about Central Florida pest populations on specific ornamental plants.

North Florida Research & Education Center
Information on greenhouse and field vegetable production and agronomic crops.

Pesticide Licensing
The State of Florida
requires that most professionals who apply pesticides as part of their job be certified to legally apply ANY pesticides (even Round-Up).  Who must be certified and the type of certification required depends on the type of chemicals used, the site of application, and the role of the applicator.  (Site walks you through which pesticide license you need, CEU renewal, and study guide(s) order information.) 

Small Farms/Alternative Enterprises
Small farms represent over 90% of all farms in Florida, based on the USDA definition of up to $250,000 in sales. These farms represent about 15% of all farm product sales in Florida. Input from counties throughout Florida identified the need for small farm educational programs to be developed. Small farmers and allied organizations have identified critical issues facing small farm. The issues include: access to profitable markets, business skills development, accessible technical information and alternative crops and enterprises. Farmers using this site can select topics on enterprises of special interest to them. Each topic includes information on production, marketing, and economics as well as other appropriate links.