January 7, 2010

FAWN to host winter weather school for Florida farmers

The Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) will be hosting a free winter weather seminar on Jan. 12 at the Polk County Extension Office in Bartow, Fla.

The free seminar, which will last from 9 a.m. to noon, will cover the basics of freeze protection for various crops (including an emphasis on citrus) as well as use of the FAWN Cold Protection Toolkit and other technology to better evaluate cold protection needs.

FAWN is a program of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences that provides weather data and weather-related services to a wide variety of users in the Sunshine State. The seminar is funded by the Alafia River, Coastal Rivers, Hillsborough River, Manasota, Northwest Hillsborough, Peace River, Pinellas-Anclote River and Withlacoochee River Basin Boards, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

To register, contact Gail Crawford at 863-519-8677, ext. 111, or at dorothyc@ufl.edu.

For more information on the seminar, contact Rick Lusher at 352-392-0429, or at rlusher@ufl.edu.

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