Discovering Florida’s Panhandle – Our Barrier Islands – January

Beginning this month we will be posting a series of natural resource articles high lighting Florida’s Panhandle. The photographs and hikes presented in this series are from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties but the same natural places can be found anywhere between the Perdido and Apalachicola Rivers. We hope our readers will visit these places …

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Dirt is just dirt, or is it?

Soil Profile in Gadsden County. Photo by Jennifer Bearden Many of us walk around daily and give no thought to what is under our feet. We do not consider soil a vital natural resource, but it is. And as with water and air, soil quality is very important to our society. Soils perform 6 functions in …

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Financial Management Webinars Available

Three important financial management topics will be discussed on the following dates: January 29, 2015- Personal Income Tax Preparation and Filing; February 25, 2015- Where to Turn for Financial Advice; February 26, 2015- Personal Finance Questions, Realities and Myths

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Thank you from the UF/IFAS Extension Northwest District

Thank You for a Wonderful Year! As we come to the end of our 100th year of serving the citizens of Florida, the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Faculty located in the 16 county offices of the Florida Panhandle thank you for making 2014 another great year! Extension has come a long way assisting farmers and …

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Underperforming Food Plots? 3 Possible Reasons Why

Deer grazing test plots at the NFREC in Quincy. Quality food plots take effort and planning. Deer hunting season has begun in Northwest Florida. As hunters venture into the woods and sit for hours on end they have plenty – sometimes too much – time to contemplate what they could have done or should do …

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Oystermen Take Note: New Small Vessel Discharge Permit Affecting All Commercial Vessels Under 79 Foot Length

December 15, 2014 UPDATE: On December 10 Senate bill 2444 passed the House of Representatives with no objections and is being sent to the President for his signature.  This bill is actually the Coast Guard Authorization Bill but lawmakers concerned about the impact of the EPA’s small vessel general permit described below were able to …

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Harvesting Safer Oysters – “From Bay to Table”

Oysters on the half shell ready to eat! Photo Courtesy of Florida Sea Grant Making oysters a healthy and sustainable seafood choice is the goal of oystermen and seafood dealers across the nation and the state of Florida. New education programs for the oyster industry went into effect January 1, 2014 and were implemented by …

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Lions in the Gulf… Tigers in the Bay

This catchy phrase coined by Robert Turpin (Escambia County Marine Resources Division) describes the new invader to our marine waters. Many coastal residents are aware of the invasive lionfish that has invaded our local reefs but few have probably heard of the Asian Tiger Shrimp. This member of the penaid shrimp family, the same family …

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Dr. Jack Payne’s Personal Comment: A land-grant president for UF

By Jack Payne The selection of Dr. W. Kent Fuchs (pronounced “Fox”) as the next president of the University of Florida should be cause for celebration for anyone who cares about Florida agriculture and natural resources. I’ll confess, I had some initial apprehension about whether an electrical engineer would be properly attuned to the importance …

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Bamboo: Attractive Ornamental or Invasive Nightmare?

Golden bamboo quickly establishes in an areas and pushes out all other plants. Bamboo, the tallest grass in north Florida, can be an attractive landscape specimen or an invasive nightmare. There are more than 700 species of bamboo worldwide, ranging in height from 12 inches to 100 feet or more in ideal growing conditions. In …

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