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AC_Beyond2012E  ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Extension Office is pleased to announce the following Commercial Horticulture Programs, for February 2012. These programs are offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville).

Integrated Pest Management Update – Feb. 8, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This statewide video conference is designed to provide training in Pest Management Updates for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas.  FNGLA and FDACS Pesticide Continuing Education Units will be awarded.

Cost to attend this class is $20 (lunch is included). Pre-register by Feb. 7.

Living on a Few Acres (12 part series) – Feb. 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is a new program for 2012, and will be held on the third Thursday of each month. This class is entitled "Alternative Enterprises."

This monthly program is designed as an introduction to basic production techniques on a wide variety of topics from pasture management and livestock production to growing vegetables and alternative enterprises. The program is designed to provide information to individuals interested in beginning or improving a small scale agricultural operation.

Cost $10 for individuals and $15 for couples for entire series (notebook and materials provided). Pre-register by February 13.

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Workshop – Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

This class includes six hours of the required training for LCLM license applicants.  Participants needing recertification begin can attend the first four hours of class, but are encouraged to take the Advanced Landscape Training Workshop instead. The LCLM license exam will be given the same day as the class.  You must have all of your license application paperwork completed to sit for the exam.

Continuing Education Units will be offered in the following categories: 3 General Standard/Core, 3 Ornamental & Turf, 3 Private Applicator Ag, 3 Limited Lawn & Ornamental, 3 Limited Landscape Maintenance, 3 Commercial Lawn & Ornamental.

The registration fee is $30 includes program materials, refreshments, and lunch for the day. Pre-register at least three working days prior to the event.

For more information or to register for any of these programs, visit http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml or call 352-337-6209 (voicemail) or 352-955-2402.