College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture

College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture


Hello! I hope all is well and that you are having a great start to your second semester. I will be returning to FSU on THURSDAY to host a sustainability and green building workshop about LEED for those who missed out last year. Here's the info:

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training

When: February 1, 2018 – 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Where: Florida State-- College of Engineering-- Room A105


Want to get involved in sustainability? Opportunities are plentiful and LEED is at the forefront!

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified as can people! The LEED Green Associate is the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field.

To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 8000 students pass their respective exam at a 100% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and is geared at allowing students to graduate with letters after their name!

This course meets the exam’s eligibility requirements and the USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!

Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students)

To register for the class please visit:
Alternatively you can also take the identical class online, which is located here:

You can register via PayPal or RSVP your attendance by registering at the bottom of the page

Lorne Mlotek BASc., LEED AP BD+C, O+M
President, LeadingGreen
416-824-2677 / 585-764-5423

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Get Started with NRCS | NRCS 02/08/2016

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USDA to Invest $150 Million in Conservation Stewardship Program

8 February 2016

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that $150 million in funding is available for agricultural producers through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), USDA's largest conservation program, by acres impacted, that helps producers voluntarily improve the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to add an estimated 10 million acres to the rolls of CSP during fiscal 2016.

"The Conservation Stewardship Program is one of our most popular programs with producers because it results in real change on the ground by boosting soil and air quality, conserving clean water and enhancing wildlife habitat," Vilsack said. "With this investment, we'll be able to build on the already record number of acres enrolled in USDA's conservation programs, enabling producers to achieve higher levels of conservation and adopt new and emerging conservation technologies on farms, ranches and forests."

NRCS accepts applications for CSP throughout the year, but producers should submit applications by March 31 to a USDA service centers to ensure they are considered for enrollment in 2016.

Participants with existing CSP contracts that will expire on Dec.31, 2016 have the option to renew their contracts for an additional five years if they agree to adopt additional activities to achieve higher levels of conservation on their lands. Applications to renew are also due by March 31.

NRCS also makes CSP available to producers as an additional opportunity to participate in regional landscape-level conservation efforts including the Sage Grouse Initiative, Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative, Longleaf Pine Initiative and Ogallala Aquifer Initiative.

Funding is available for more than 100 kinds of enhancements nationwide to help participants:

• Improve soil quality through use of cover crops, conservation crop rotations and other activities that increase soil productivity.

• Use water wisely and improve water quality through enhancements such as more efficient irrigation systems and weather monitoring.

• Restore habitat for wildlife and pollinators such as the greater sage-grouse, lesser prairie-chicken and monarch butterfly through the use of better grazing systems and improved plant management.

A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is compatible with their operation. As part of the application process, applicants will work with NRCS field personnel to complete a resource inventory of their land to determine the conservation performance for existing and new conservation activities. The applicant's conservation performance will be used to determine eligibility, ranking and payments.

Through CSP, USDA has provided more than $4 billion since 2009 in assistance to farmers, ranchers and forest managers to enhance conservation on more than 70 million acres. For more on technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit

Since 2009, USDA has invested more than $29 billion to help producers make conservation improvements, working with as many as 500,000 farmers, ranchers and landowners to protect over 400 million acres nationwide, boosting soil and air quality, cleaning and conserving water and enhancing wildlife habitat. For an interactive look at USDA's work in conservation and forestry over the course of this Administration, visit

Get Started with NRCS | NRCS Do you farm or ranch and want to make improvements to the land that you own or lease? NRCS offers technical and financial assistance to help farmers, ranchers and forest managers. Here’s how you can get started with NRCS:

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The BASE student club will be hosting a speaker from the Florida Board of Professional Engineers (see attached flyer). The seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in Benjamin Banneker Tech C.
For more information please contact Dr. Ivanka Anguelova at [email protected].

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Jasmine A. Hall, 2nd Place Winner in the poster competition in the category of Ecology, Environmental, and Earth Sciences, sub category Plant Sciences at the Emerging National Researchers Conference(ERN) sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), located in Washington D.C., February 21-23, 2014.

The award was for her research at the Center of Viticulture and Small Fruit Research on the, "cDNA Cloning and Characterization of Flavanone 3' Hydroxylase (F3'H) gene of the Muscadine Grape".

Rattler Report: Landmark year for cooperative extension 02/03/2014

Dr. Lawrence Carter highlights the activities planned in observance of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 sponsored by the FAMU Cooperative Extension Program.
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Rattler Report: Landmark year for cooperative extension In this week's Rattler Report, Reporter Doug Blackburn talks with Lawrence Carter about FAMU's cooperative extension.

Timeline photos 01/15/2014

This event will officially launch our year-long observance of the legislation that created the Cooperative Extension Program at Florida A&M University, an 1890 land-grant institution.
Mark your calendars and join the celebration!

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Timeline photos 12/12/2013

CAFS Announcement


Cover photo - Students in the Ag Tech 21 Summer Program 2013 sponsored by the FAMU Cooperative Extension Program - College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (Formerly CESTA).

Timeline photos 12/05/2013

CAFS Welcome to Local Farm Producers & Vendors participating in the newly opened MID-TOWN FARMER'S MARKET AT Lake Ella!

Timeline photos 12/03/2013

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Margaret Gitau, one of four FAMU faculty members, who received 2013-14 Faculty Research Awards Program (FRAP) awards. Title: An Assessment of Urban Land Use Trends in the Caloosahatchee River Watershed.
Dr. Gitau is a Professor/Program Leader in the Biological and Agricultural Systems Engineering (BASE) program, which is an academic area in the FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS). Contact: [email protected].

Timeline photos 12/03/2013

The AGRIBUSINESS industry plays a very significant part in bringing holiday joy into the homes of families everywhere. One specific agribusiness industry that thrives during this season is the production of Christmas trees. Please read the article below for more details.

WHAT IS AGRIBUSINESS? In agriculture, "agribusiness" is the business of agricultural production. It includes crop production (farming and contract farming), seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, distribution, processing, marketing, and retail sales. Within the agriculture industry, "agribusiness" simply refers to a broad range of activities and disciplines encompassed by modern food production.

FAMU-CAFS offers excellent programs of study in AGRIBUSINESS for students interested in pursuing an undergraduate and/or a graduate college degree in agriculture and food sciences. For more information contact: Dr. Michael Thomas, Agribusiness Program Leader; Email: [email protected]; Telephone: (850) 412-7603;-- or contact the CAFS Office of Recruitment, Ms. Taquasha Freeman, Director; Email: [email protected]; Telephone: (850) 412-5652.

Looking for that perfect Christmas tree? Try a beautiful Fresh From Florida tree!

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Schedule: Every Friday, Noon till dusk
Location: Beautiful Lake Ella, in Mid-town Tallahassee

Just in time for the holidays!

The Mid-town Farmer’s Market, located at Lake Ella, is a vibrant convenient gathering place where the entire community can now also enjoy access to fresh local organic and sustainably grown produce including:
*veggies and fruit
*meat and eggs
*gourmet breads
*falafel sandwiches and
*prepared foods

There will also be great local music/entertainment and unique hand-made gifts from local artists. Come and enjoy!

The Market, which opened officially on November 15, will also integrate sustainable living workshops, info-training cooking demonstrations to encourage public awareness and healthy living. The schedule of events will be announced in the near future.

Local farmers, growers, and vendors interested in participating in the Mid-town Farmers’ Market should contact Dr. Jennifer Taylor, Coordinator, FAMU Statewide Small Farm Programs; Email: [email protected].

The FAMU Statewide Small Farm Program is outreach area of the Cooperative Extension Program/ College of Agriculture and Food Sciences at Florida A&M University.

CAFS Homecoming Alumni Roundup 2013 10/22/2013

Each year during FAMU's Homecoming, the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences sponsors its annual Alumni Roundup as a time to welcome graduates, retirees, and former faculty and staff back to celebrate the many success stories are taking place among our group. Following are some scenes that highlight our gathering this year. Photos by Marian Bellamy Gibbons, Director, CAFS Office of Communications.

2013 Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference 09/17/2013

2013 Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference POWER & SOVEREIGNTY! The 3rd Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference will be held, from November 8 - 10 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. The conference is organized by Black Urban Growers (BUGs), an organization committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rur...

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10 am.

Quest Speaker: Anita Hill, Pres./CEO, Hill Petro Products

FAMU Research and Extension Center
4259 Bainbridge Highway
Quincy, FL 32352

Sponsored by the FAMU Cooperative Extension Program
Contact: Faith Clarke, Coordinator, USDA 2501 Program at
(850) 599-3546.

Timeline photos 08/16/2013

ANNOUNCEMENT - FAMU-CAFS faculty and staff are invited to register to attend the 2013 National Goat Conference, September 15-18, 2013. Please click on the following link for details.

ANNOUNCEMENT - FAMU-CAFS faculty and staff are invited to register to attend the 2013 National Goat Conference, September 15-18, 2013. Please click on the following link for details.

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