FORESTRY 411
STATE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Association lobbyist Jim Spratt reports on the state legislature's final committee week before the general session convenes March 2. Issues addressed this week include Right to Farm, COVID liability, and ag equipment repair.


2021 FLORIDA AGRICULTURAL HALL OF FAME BANQUET CANCELLED
Due COVID-related concerns, the 2021 Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet has been cancelled. The honorees, including longtime Association member Dr. Wayne Smith, will be inducted in 2022.

USDA OFFERS DISASTER ASSISTANCE TO LANDOWNERS AND AG PRODUCERS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE SALLY DEADLINE APPROACHING
Farmers and forest landowners in four Florida Panhandle counties can begin applying for additional Hurricane Sally assistance through the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Enrollment for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) and Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) runs through March 4, 2021.

HURRICANE MICHAEL EFRP APPLICATIONS DEADLINE APPROACHING
Registration for the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP), available to forest landowners who suffered damage from Hurricane Michael in October 2018, has been re-opened until March 11, 2021. To register for EFRP, contact your local Farm Service Agency.


Applications are also still being accepted for the Timber Recovery Block Grant Program as funds allow.

Register here to begin the application process. For questions about the registration or application process call the Florida Department of Emergency Management hotline at 850.270.8317.  

WANT MORE BUCKS? 
Saving money is always a good thing!

Partnering with Outdoor Underwriters, Inc., the Association offers our members special reduced rates for liability insurance for hunting leases and timberland.
 
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
FEBRUARY 27, 2021
8 AM-12 PM EST
Master Logger CLE Training
Zoom

MARCH 10, 2021
10 AM EST
Board Meeting
Zoom

MAY 5, 2021
10 AM EDT
Executive Committee Meeting
Location TBA

MAY 12, 2021
11:30 AM
Membership Meeting
Hal Y. Maines Community Center
Lake Butler, FL

MAY 13, 2021
8 AM-12 PM EDT
Master Logger CLE Training
Zoom

JULY 15, 2021
8 AM-12 PM EDT
Master Logger CLE Training
Zoom

JULY 29-30, 2021
Master Logger 2-Day Training
Lake City, FL

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 2, 2021
Annual Meeting
Panama City Beach Golf and Spa Resort
Panama City Beach, FL

SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
4-5 PM CDT
Board Meeting
Panama City Beach Golf and Spa Resort
Panama City Beach, FL
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