Springs of the Western Panhandle

The Panhandle Outdoors LIVE team, with Extension Agents from eight counties, hosted an outdoor field day on August 26, 2015. Twenty-three participants from over eight counties in Florida attended the event and traveled to three local springs: Vortex, Ponce de Leon, and Morrison Springs. The goal of the day was to learn about spring characteristics, …

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It’s Thanksgiving… That Means Time for “Turkeyfish”

Everyone knows there are “sea horses”, “sea cows”, “catfish”, and “dogfish” but a ”turkeyfish”? Is there such a thing as a “turkey fish”? Well yes there is!… its scientific name is Pterois volitans but most know it as the LIONFISH. Yep, our old friend the lionfish. Lionfish, Photo Credit: Rebekah D. Wallace, UGA, Bugwood.org Some …

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Cogon Grass Program

A program about the negative impacts of invasive cogon grass will be conducted at the Wakulla County Extension office on November 24, 6-7:30 p.m.  Treatment options and a state-funded cost-share program will be discussed.  Cogon grass is now considered one of the top 10 worst weeds worldwide and it is spreading dramatically in Florida.   …

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2015 Peanut Butter Challenge

Next time you are the grocery store, consider purchasing an extra jar or two of peanut butter and donating it to your local Extension office as part of the annual Peanut Butter Challenge.  The Challenge is a food collection drive of peanut butter from within each of the 16 UF/IFAS Extension Northwest District Counties.  UF/IFAS Extension …

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Panhandle Outdoors LIVE! Hikes the Aucilla Sinks Trail

Hernando de Soto and his party crossed the Aucilla River sometime in October of 1539 and celebrated Christmas in what is now Tallahassee. Many things in Florida have changed since de Soto passed this way, but when the 2015 Panhandle Outdoors LIVE! tour hiked the Aucilla Sinks portion of the Florida Trail this September, many …

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National Seafood Month – the future of seafood

So what now? What lies ahead for the seafood industry in the Florida Panhandle?   Well I will start by saying I do not have a crystal ball… so I truly do not know, but most people plan for the future and many have looked at what COULD happen for Florida seafood.   Shrimping.Photo: NOAA …

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It’s Happening … Red Tide

 Many coastal Panhandlers woke up this week to the sight and smell of dead fish. Thousands of them washed ashore from Panama City to Pensacola. This mass die off included a variety of species including whiting, sheepshead, hake, cusk eels, and even lionfish; there were also reports of dead bass from the Dune Lakes in …

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Oyster Check Stations Reinstated for Apalachicola Bay Harvesters

Beginning in November, Apalachicola Bay oystermen will be required to have their daily catch certified and tagged at a check station before they can sell it to a local dealer. The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will establish two stations on floating vessels. One will be located at the Eastpoint boat ramp on Patton Drive …

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Wild about Deer: Game Processing Workshop

Deer in velvet. Photo by Jennifer Bearden When hunting, food safety begins in the field.  The goal is to have safe meat for you and your family to eat.  Here are a few ways to keep your food safe: Shot placement – that’s right. Food safety begins with an accurate shot. Your goal should be …

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Has the Air Potato met its Match?

The air potato vine (Dioscorea bulbifera) is native to Asia and Africa and has been in Florida since around 1905 when it was imported to assess its value for horticultural purposes. Now, millions of dollars are spent each year on trying to control its spread and return impacted habitats to their natural state. Many people …

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