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SPECIAL ALERT: Due to the threat presented by COVID-19 to our communities, for the safety and well-being of our staff, residents and program participants, UF/IFAS Extension offices are rescheduling many events and programs.  This is in response to the recommendations by the Florida Department of Health,  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Health and the University of Florida. 

DUE TO THE COVID-19 HEALTH EMERGENCY, traditional classroom events have been put on hold until further notice.

Please check back here, or follow us on Facebook (@commhortbroward) for updates and notices of on line classes.

Read our Latest Newsletter for the most recent updates.

EMAIL DONNA.TORREY@UFL.EDU AND YOU WILL BE ADDED TO THE AUTOMATIC UPDATES.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

In urban Broward County, horticulture dominates commercial agricultural production. Nursery production, landscape installation, landscape maintenance, and arboriculture account for more than $200 million in annual sales. Hundreds of firms employ thousands of individuals, helping contribute to a strong Broward economy and a beautiful environment.

The commercial horticulture program provides educational classes, workshops, on-site testing, and diagnostic services to help these industries be environmentally friendly, successfully managed, and on the cutting edge of new technologies and issues.  The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) research-based knowledge informs our curriculum and recommendations.

UF/IFAS Commercial Horticulture now has a Facebook page!  Please take a moment to check it out, follow and like us:

@commhortbroward

Our Programs will be promoted there going forward, so if you are a FB user, you can access them there as well.

We look forward to helping your business become better and more environmentally sustainable.

  • Mission Statement

    To assist the nursery, landscape and pest control industries as well as property managers and stakeholders in making cost-effective and environmentally responsible decisions regarding management of natural resources related to their production operations and environmental landscape management services.

  • Tree Trimmer Licensing Ordinance Training and Testing

    Due to the COVID-19 threat, traditional classroom events have been put on hold until further notice.

    Please check back with us here, or follow us on Facebook (@commhortbroward) for updates and notices of on line classes.

    Schedule updates will be provided on this website and via our commercial horticulture e-newsletter.  To sign up for the e-newsletter, please contact Donna Torrey at donna.torrey@ufl.edu, you can also sign up on Facebook.

    TREE TRIMMER CLASSES ARE NOW ON-LINE!

    Please click on the Eventbrite link below to sign up for the next Tree Trimmer classes being offered at this time:

    Upcoming classes -Click here - Scroll through to find the class you need.

    Please be sure to read the instructions very carefully.  It is a two part process: PAYMENT through Eventbrite, and then REGISTRATION through Zoom.

    If you are having problems or questions with regard to the status of your Broward County Tree Trimmer License, please contact Broward County Code Enforcement, Licensing and Permitting.

    The Broward Tree Trimmer Licensing Ordinance: The county's tree trimmer licensing program dates back to to October 2000 when the Broward County Board of County Commissioners passed an ordinance regulating the county's tree trimming industry.  The ordinance requires sole proprietors and businesses that trim trees for hire obtain a license to trim trees.

    This action was taken to improve the quality of trimming in the county and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. One of the prerequisites for obtaining a tree trimmer license is to provide proof that at all times on a given job site, a minimum of one individual has successfully completed a tree trimming class conducted by UF/IFAS Broward County Extension.

    Licenses are issued by the Broward County Code Enforcement, Licensing and Permitting Division, are good for up two years and expire on August 31.  Each individual's training certificate is also good for two years and must be renewed at UF/IFAS Broward County Extension.  

    Tree Trimming Flyer

  • Landscape and Nursery Workshops, Seminars and Demonstrations:

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 threat, traditional classroom events have been put on hold until further notice.

    Please check back with us here, or on Facebook (@commhortbroward) for updates and list of on-line classes:

    Upcoming Classes

    Schedule updates will be provided on this website and via our commercial horticulture e-newsletter.  To sign up for our e-newsletter, please contact Donna Torrey at donna.torrey@ufl.edu or sign up on our Facebook page:

    @commhortbroward

     

    Landscape Inspector Association of Florida (LIAF) Certification 

    Note: In order to attend this class and sit for the exam, you must complete an application, be approved and pay applicable fees.

    For details, please visit www.landscapeinspectors.org

  • Pesticide Applicator Training and Testing

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 threat, traditional classroom events have been put on hold until further notice, including pesticide exams. 

    Please check with us here or follow us on Facebook (@commhortbroward) for updates and notices of on line classes:

    Upcoming ClassesClick here - scroll through to find the class you need.

    Schedule updates will be provided on this website and via our commercial horticulture e-newsletter.  Please sign up for our e-newsletter by contacting Donna Torrey at donna.torrey@ufl.edu or on our Facebook page (@commhortbroward).

    PESTICIDE TESTING IS ON HOLD FOR NOW; PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK HERE OR ON FDACS WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WHEN AND HOW THEY WILL RESUME.

    You must sign up and obtain a voucher through FDACS.  After you obtain a voucher, you must bring it in to take the test.  You are responsible to buy the study manual needed to learn the material on the test PRIOR to taking the exam.   Study manuals can be purchased through the IFAS bookstore.  

    We offer a limited number of pesticide applicator training classes throughout the year.  These classes will help you prepare for exams and also earn CEUs to renew existing licenses.  Additional training and CEU opportunities in neighboring counties and throughout the state can be found here.  We also offer some classes and testing for the limited licenses described below: 

    Limited Licenses:  

    The Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance (LCLM) license is needed for all green indsutry workers who apply glyphosate (Roundup, etc.) and other caution labeled pesticides to ornamental plant beds (NOT TURF). 

    The Limited Lawn & Ornamental  (LL&O) Applicator license is designed for employees of private or governmental organizations and authorizes them to apply pesticides to the grounds at their place of employment only (no off-site for hire work). 

    If you are having problems with FDACS licensing, please contact them directly.

    Email Donna Torrey for information: donna.torrey@ufl.edu  

  • Green Industry Best Management Practices

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 threat, traditional classroom events have been put on hold until further notice

    CEU's may still be obtained for LUF (Limited Urban Fertilizer) license renewals and GI-BMP Certificates can be obtained through online classes:  GI-BMP Website.

    Please check back or follow us on Facebook (@commhortbroward) for updates and notices of on line classes:

    Upcoming Classes - Click here - Scroll through to find the class you need

    Schedule updates will be provided on this website and via our commercial horticulture e-newsletter.  To sign up for the e-newsletter, please contact Donna Torrey at donna.torrey@ufl.edu or on our Facebook page.

    GI-BMP Certification. Receive training in the Green Industry Best Management Practices required for all lawn and landscape maintenance personnel who apply fertilizer to urban landscapes.

    Sucessful completion of this training program allows you to qualify for the State of Florida Limited Urban Fertilizer (LUF) Applicator's Certificate. CEU's may be earned by those completing this class who need to renew this and other licenses.  

  • Commercial Pest & Plant Problem Identification & Diagnosis

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 threat, we are unable to accept samples in person at this time. If you need asssitance identifying an ornamental  plant or pest problem, please take one or more good photos and email them to morf@ufl.edu or donna.torrey@ufl.edu

    DISEASE ALERT:  LETHAL BRONZING BECOMING MORE PRONOUNCED... BE ON THE LOOKOUT.  Please read the document link to become informed about this new threat to our native and non-native palm trees:  Lethal Bronzing

    Sabal Palm Lethal Bronzing

Contact Us

Michael Orfanedes, Ph.D.
Extension Agent IV
morf@ufl.edu
(954) 756-8524

Donna Torrey
Program Assistant
donna.torrey@ufl.edu
(954) 756-8514

Dayana Ramirez
Administrative Support Assistant I
ramirez.zdayana@ufl.edu
(954) 756-8527