NURSERY BMP LAB PROGRAM
Donald Grimsley, Team Leader
What is the South Dade Soil & Water Conservation District’s Nursery BMP Lab Program?
The development of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for container plant producers is a cooperative effort between the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Agricultural Water Policy (OAWP); and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-/IFAS).
The Container Nursery BMP Manual is the result of cooperation between government personnel, plant producers, and UF/IFAS researchers to:
- address all potential environmental concerns
- provide benefits to producers
- highlight the many innovative and unique production strategies embraced and practiced by Florida’s container plant industry.
Call us to hear more on the benefits of a NURSERY BMP LAB PROGAM to your agricultural nursery!!!
Serving Miami-Dade County Nursery Growers
Land use is changing in our area. Traditional agriculture of row crops and groves is being replaced by container nurseries and housing. More housing requires more landscaping, and our local growers have become a major source of landscape plants in the U.S. It is important for every container nursery grower to learn how to survive in today’s market!
As the population grows, so does the need for water, for people and for their plants.
The Nursery Irrigation Lab Program has been created to help the primary agricultural sector to better utilize existing resources, and preclude the need for government regulation.
Those participants who sign up early on to be evaluated by our nursery lab team will not only be presumed compliant for subsequent state water quality/quantity standards but will also be at the top of the list to receive future cost-share benefits geared to the nursery industry as they become available.
Benefits to Nurseries from participation in program:
- FREE evaluation of existing irrigation systems
- Savings on pumping costs
- Savings on fertilizer costs by maximizing applications
- Improved production
- Presumption of best management practices compliance
- Assistance with nutrient management concerns
- Funding to implement desired changes in management priorities
- Funding to make structural improvements
Call Don today for a free site visit and evaluation.
Telephone: (305) 281-3956 or (305) 242-1288