Sunbelt Ag Expo – 10/13/14 – Setup Day LIVE Feed

Local county agents are working hard to set up at the Sunbelt Ag Expo. You can watch our live feed below! Author: John Wells – johnrwells@ufl.edu John Wells is the IT Expert for the NW District. Panhandle Outdoors

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Fall Season Can Mean More Snake Encounters

In the last few weeks we have received an increase in calls about snake encounters. Most of these have dealt with small juvenile snakes folks are finding on their property, or in their homes, but we are also hearing about large ones. Corn snakes are excellent climbers and consume a lot of rodents.Photo: Nick Baldwin …

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The Majestic Longleaf: One of the South’s Distinguished Trees

Longleaf pine’s desirable characteristics have motivated restoration efforts on timber-lands, agricultural lands, private lands, and public lands. Photo by Judy Ludlow Steeped in history, the majestic longleaf (Pinus palustris) is an economically and ecologically important tree species of the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains. Its species name “palustris” means “of the marsh,” and although it …

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Franklin County Youth enjoyed 4-H Ag Adventures!

Students of the First Baptist Christian School in Apalachicola, FL attended the 4-H Ag Adventures Day on Tuesday September 23, 2014 at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy. This annual event involves many hands-on learning activities to educate students in third through sixth grade about agriculture in Northwest Florida. The day started with an …

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Estuaries Day Event Draws Crowds to Eastpoint

Estuaries Day 2014 was celebrated at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve in Eastpoint this year with hundreds of local residents and visitors to the area. The annual event highlights the importance of estuaries nationwide with a focus on our own Apalachicola Bay estuary. A range of fun and educational activities helped participants learn about …

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Earthworms aren’t the only beneficial composters!

I started a little vermiculture bin year before last with one cup of red wigglers from the local bait shop. I carefully sorted my garbage so there was no grease or animal protein in the bin and counted the worms every Saturday. Yes, I was a little obsessive about it. Sixth instar larvae of the …

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Gulf Coast Agritourism and Ecotourism Business Development Conference Announced for November

The UF/IFAS Extension Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and Naturally EscaRosa would like to invite agritour and ecotour providers to the 2014 Agri/Eco-tourism Business Development Conference on November 5-6, 2014. The conference is geared for businesses wishing to enhance and develop their offerings. Owners, operators and employees of u-pick operations, fresh produce markets, corn mazes, …

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UF Oyster Recovery Team sets Oct. 1 public meeting in Apalachicola

SEPT. 19, 2014 UPDATE:  The time-frame for the Oct. 1 workshop in Apalachicola has been adjusted.  The workshop will start with sign-in and discussion at 2:00 p.m. and last until 4 p.m.   SEPT. 18, 2014 UPDATE:  The format for the Oct. 1 workshop in Apalachicola has been updated to accommodate a two-step process that …

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California Seeking to Ease Restrictions on Gulf Oyster Rule

Oyster Boats on Apalachicola Bay: Photo by Erik Lovestrand, UF/IFAS Franklin County Extension Director   A notice has been issued by the California Dept. of Public Health dated June 27 that is seeking public comment on a proposed rule change regarding the allowable level of microbial Vibrio vulnificus in post-harvest processed Gulf oysters. Post-harvest processed …

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Cool Season Wildlife Food Plots

Exclusion cages help us determine how much forage is being produced and consumed. (photo by Jennifer Bearden) It’s time to start planning your cool season wildlife food plots. Cool season food plots do a great job attracting deer and other wildlife to your property as well as providing a little nutrition. The first step is …

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