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Lake County Extension Office to host educational program on Nov. 16 to help local growers prepare for the winter

RELEASE DATE: November 6, 2006

TAVARES — The Lake County Cooperative Extension Office is hosting a program titled “Winter Weather School” on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.

This short but informative seminar will provide an overview for the upcoming winter months. Topics include the projections for winter frost and spring rains, making a proper cold protection system, the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) toolkit and the Weather Watch Program.

The intended audience of this free program is local growers of any type of crop production. Registration is required by Tuesday, Nov. 14, by calling Maggie Jarrell of the Lake County Cooperative Extension Office at (352) 343-4101 or e-mailing mjarrell@ufl.edu.

The tentative schedule of speakers at the program is as follows:
• Steps to Making Proper Cold Protection Systems — Chris Oswalt, Commercial Citrus Extension Agent at the Polk County Cooperative Extension Office
• Agricultural climate outlook, winter frost and spring rainfall projections — David Zierden, State Climatologist at the State Climate Center
• The FAWN Tool Kit, Minimum Temperature Guidance; Forecast Tracker; Evaporative Cooling Potential; and Wet Bulb Shut Off — John Jackson, retired Extension Agent from the Lake County Cooperative Extension Office
• Winter Weather Watch Program — Ryan Atwood, Extension Agent from the Lake County Cooperative Extension Office

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