TAVARES — The Lake County Cooperative Extension is encouraging local growers to attend a Florida Regional Workshop on “Horticulture Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Water Conservation and Treatment” on Wednesday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, Fla. (located near Tampa).
The intended audience for the workshop is greenhouse, nursery, foliage, strawberry and vegetable growers. The goal of the workshop is to encourage and enable growers to recycle irrigation water and adopt BMPs for water conservation, which will reduce water demand.
Participants will learn about:
• Using recaptured water, surface ponds and reclaimed water sources
• Managing diseases, algae and salt problems in irrigation water
• Water treatment, plant pathology and irrigation
• New information from industry, grower and university experts
• Funding opportunities for water conservation improvements
• Specialized topics for nursery, greenhouse, foliage growers or strawberry and vegetable growers
The Florida Regional Workshop on “Horticulture BMPs for Water Conservation and Treatment” features pesticide continuing education units (CEUs), free follow-up testing of water quality and a free booklet on water treatment. There is an optional tour of the Riverview Flower Farm from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at 5363 Bonita Drive, Wimauma, which will highlight new research and practical aspects of water conservation.
To register for the free tour and workshop, log on to http://hillsborough.extension.ufl.edu/Ag/AgCalendar.html#April. Registration is free until Wednesday, April 22. Late registrations will cost $15.
The workshop is hosted by Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association; Florida Strawberry Growers Association; Hillsborough County Extension; National Foliage Foundation; Riverview Flower Farm; Southwest Florida Water Management District; Tampa Bay Wholesale Growers; University of Florida IFAS; and the Water Education Alliance for Horticulture.