February 2018

10 – Mushroom Growing Workshop

Learn how to grow shiitake mushrooms on logs. This class is $20 and includes class materials, lunch, and you get to take home an inoculated mushroom log. Please call our office to RSVP at 850-482-9620 or email

14 - Northwest Florida Beef Conference

Cattle ranchers, employees, and their family members are invited to attend the 33rd annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show. Registration and the Trade Show open at 7:30 AM central time, the program starts at 8:15 AM, and concludes with a steak lunch. There will be a $5 per person registration fee, payable at the door.  With the U.S. beef herd still in expansion mode, cattle prices are not expected to improve in 2018.  With that in mind, the presentations at the conference will focus on Fine-Tuning Management to Maintain Profitability.  In addition to the educational program, the Beef Conference will also feature a Trade Show of businesses and agencies that offer goods and services to cattle producers.

19-20 - Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference

The conference will be held at the University of West Florida Conference Center (11000 Conference Parkway, Building 22) in Pensacola, Florida.  Come to learn about the importance of agricultural communication from Dr. Rumble directly, and to attend conference educational tracts on North Florida Citrus Production, Fruit and Nut Production, Vegetable Production, Marketing, Food Safety, and Protected Agriculture. The conference will also provide an opportunity for networking and for farmers to share practical knowledge to help each other across the region.

27 – Panhandle Satsuma Workshop

The 2018 Panhandle Satsuma Workshop will provide the latest research information for commercial growers of satsumas and other cold hardy citrus. This is a free, sponsored event but we do ask that you call our office to RSVP at 850-482-9620 or

March 2018

1 -Row Crop Short Course

Farmers from across the Florida Panhandle, as well as southern Alabama and Georgia are invited to attend the 2018 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course. The meeting will Registration and the trade show will begin at 7:15 AM (Central) with the meeting starting at 7:45 AM and concluding at 12:30 with a sponsored lunch.  The Panhandle Row Crop Short Course is an educational program provided by the UF/IFAS Panhandle Ag Extension Team. Topics to be addressed by speakers include peanut and cotton variety performance, pest management (weed, insect, nematode, and disease), fertility management, and the crop market outlook.

19-22 - Central Panhandle Pesticide Training Series

The Central Panhandle Pesticide Training Series is a multi-county collaboration between Holmes, Washington, Jackson, and Calhoun Extension agents. This year the series is March 19-22 and will take place in Marianna at the Jackson County Extension Office. Registration is $10/session and refreshments will be provided. Sessions start each day with registration at 7:45am (CST). The daily sessions serve as review for a specific exam for individuals interested in obtaining a new license or category, as well as earning CEUs in one to two categories for those with an existing license. For more information or pre-registration, you can contact Sabrina Farr at the Jackson County Extension Office: 850-482-9620.

23-24 -UF/IFAS Bee College

The Panhandle Bee College is a two-day event offering training for beekeepers of all experience levels, gardeners, naturalists, county agents, and anyone interested in honey bees!   This year, the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory will offer a mixture of multi-class training series in addition to traditional shorter lectures. The Friday and Saturday courses cover practical beekeeping skills, honey bee behavior, specialty hive products, native bees, and pollination. There will be live honey bee colonies on site for open hive demonstrations; protective gear is available for everyone.