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Drama in the Garden with Amazon Dianthus Series

We may shy away from drama in our lives but drama in the garden is always welcome. One plant series that will be a prominent feature in any garden bed is the Amazon Dianthus series.

Amazon Dianthus series is showy in the garden or in a container. Photo by Beth Bolles, UF IFAS Extension Escambia County

Although we normally consider Fall the time to plant dianthus, the Amazon Series developed by PanAmerican Seed company can be planted in Spring for blooms that extend into Summer. This is the combination of two dianthus and the results are plants with striking colors and longer blooming cycles.

The Amazon series comes in a few bright colors including Amazon Neon Cherry, Amazon Neon Pink, and Amazon Rose Magic. Flowers are held on stems about 1.5-2′ tall and foliage is an attractive dark green. Plants are generally low maintenance but be sure to deadhead flowers as they fade. Plants will need rich, well drained soil and full sun.

Neon Cherry. Photo by Beth Bolles, UF IFAS Extension Escambia County

Neon Pink. Photo by Beth Bolles, UF IFAS Extension Escambia County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you don’t have room for the Amazon dianthus series in your landscape, plants will also grow well in containers to brighten a patio or deck.

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Author: Beth Bolles – bbolles@ufl.edu

Horticulture Agent, Escambia County

Beth Bolles

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So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series

So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series

Are you an avid gardener and looking to step it up a notch? Are your gardening eyes bigger than your dinner plate? If you have ever considered selling your bounty for market, you will certainly need to do your homework! One such step you can take is to attend the UF/IFAS Panhandle Extension Team’s So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series.

There’s a lot to know if you want to get into this business! This series aims to introduce new or potential farmers to innovative and environmentally safe production practices, concepts of soil and water management, integrated pest management, how to grow for a farmers’ market, and farm financial management.

Agricultural professionals are actually in high demand. There is an estimated 60,000 highly skilled jobs in agriculture available annually, but only about half of these positions are being filled by graduates in agricultural fields. Additionally, Florida’s farmers are an aging group, and there was an 8% decrease in the number of farms and 26% decrease in acres of cropland from 2002 to 2012.

Fortunately, demand has greatly increased in recent years for locally produced specialty crops, meats, and dairy. There has also been an increase in the number of direct marketing opportunities and small farmers have been able to adopt new technologies, such as season extension techniques and local online marketing, to generate more revenue on small acreages.

The UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Team is hosting the So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series to assist beginning or novice farmers as they navigate the many challenges of getting started.

If you are interested in attending, please register on the So You Want to be a Farmer? Eventbrite page. The cost is $ 10 per session, with sessions at multiple locations within the east Florida Panhandle.

Please see workshop dates and further details below:

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Author: Molly Jameson – mjameson@ufl.edu

Molly Jameson

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So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series – February 7

So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series  – February 7

Did you know that Florida’s farmers are an aging group, averaging 57 years in 2002 and 59.8 years in 2012? Also, in Florida, there was an 8% decrease in the number of farms and a 26% decrease in acres of cropland from 2002 to 2012.

Additionally, agriculture professionals are actually in high demand. There is an estimated 60,000 highly skilled jobs in agriculture available annually, but only about half of these positions are being filled by graduates with agriculture related degrees. These statistics highlight the importance of recruiting a younger farmer workforce and assisting new farmers with the many challenges they will face.

This is why the UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team is hosting a So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series on topics designed for beginning or novice farmers.

There’s a lot to know if you want to get into this business! This series aims to introduce new farmers to innovative and environmentally safe production practices, concepts of soil and water management, integrated pest management, how to grow for a farmers’ market, and financial management.

If you are interested in attending, please register and pay for the series on the So You Want to be a Farmer? Eventbrite page.

You can attend any number of the sessions you would like – please note the various session locations.

Further details below:

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Author: Molly Jameson – mjameson@ufl.edu

Molly Jameson

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Pro Hort Series: Tree Pruning

 

Thursday, November 3, 8am-12pm. ProHort Series: Tree Pruning. Escambia County Central

Office Complex 3363 West Park Place Pensacola, FL 32505

 

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Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu

Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is the Horticulture Extension Agent for Washington County Florida. His goal is to provide educational programming to meet the diverse needs of and provide solutions for homeowners and small farmers with ornamental, turf, fruit and vegetable gardening objectives. Please feel free to contact him with any questions you may have.
http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/about/

Matthew Orwat

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Big Bend Pesticide Training Series- September 6-9th

Big Bend Pesticide Training Series- September 6-9th

Farm equipment spraying the fields.Pesticide Training Series

Hosted at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research & Education Center

155 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351

The Big Bend Pesticide Training Series is a multi-county collaboration between Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, and Wakulla Extension agents. This series of workshops will rotate between the four host counties on a yearly basis. They will serve both as review classes for anyone interested in obtaining a new pesticide license, as well as provide opportunities for individuals with an existing license to obtain CEUs.

This year, the workshops will take place in Gadsden County at the NFREC in Quincy. Registration is $ 10/session and refreshments will be provided.

The time of each session refers to Eastern Standard Time.

September 6th: 7:45am-12:30pm – Core with Exam (3 487 & 2 482 CEUs)
                           1pm- 4:45pm – Private Ag with Exam (3 CEUs)
September 7th: 7:45am-1pm – Right-of-Way with Exam (4 CEUs)
September 8th: 7:45am-1pm – Row Crop with Exam (CEUs TBD)
September 9th : 7:45am-1pm – Aquatic Class with Exam (4 CEUs)

For more information and to preregister contact the Gadsden County Extension Office: 850-875-7255

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Author: Ethan Carter – ethancarter@ufl.edu

Ethan Carter is the Regional Row Crop IPM Agent in Jackson County. He earned his BS in Food and Resource Economics, and his MS in Agronomy, both from the University of Florida.

Ethan Carter

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Upcoming Fall Gardening Program Series

Upcoming Fall Gardening Program Series

fall gardening 2016

Click below for more info

Upcoming Fall Gardening Workshop Series August 25th – September 22

 

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Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu

Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is the Horticulture Extension Agent for Washington County Florida. His goal is to provide educational programming to meet the diverse needs of and provide solutions for homeowners and small farmers with ornamental, turf, fruit and vegetable gardening objectives. Please feel free to contact him with any questions you may have.
http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/about/

Matthew Orwat

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Principles of Pasture Productivity Workshop Series June 9 or 14

Principles of Pasture Productivity Workshop Series June 9 or 14

Beef Cattle Winter Feeding Considerations will address how to make the most of many winter feeding systems, including cool season forages like the cows above are enjoying. Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

Making the grass grow is not as simple or easy as many of us would like it to be. Even so, it is essential to successful livestock operations. Anyone who has grazing livestock needs to understand the fundamental principles of forage production. Whether you are providing forage for one horse or 1,000 cows the fundamental principles are the same. In an effort to help livestock producers gain a better understanding of these principles UF/IFAS Extension is presenting a four part series entitled Principles of Pasture Productivity. This series will examine some of the key principles of pasture management including;

  • Session 1 – Pasture Fertility

Focus – Soil testing, Fertilizer Selection & Application, Balancing Forage Quality, Quantity & Nutrient Demands

  • Session 2 – Grazing Management

Focus – Causes of Pasture Decline, Rotational Grazing Systems, Integration of Multiple Forage Species

  • Session 3 – Weed Control

FocusIntegrated Pest Management System, Basics of Pasture Herbicides, Efficient Herbicide Application

  • Session 4 – Forage Establishment & Variety Selection

Focus – Timing and techniques for establishing annual and perennial forages, Characteristics and site selection forage varieties

These topics will be presented in a practical, “how-to” style with consideration given to the varying sizes and management goals of local livestock operations.

Principles of Pasture Productivity will be held in two locations; The Washington County Agricultural Center in Chipley and the Calhoun County Public Library in Blountstown. Each session will begin at 6:30pm central time. Registration for the series includes any/all of the sessions at both locations. There is a $ 25 registration fee for the entire series or $ 10 per session. Light refreshments and printed program materials will be provided.

To register online use the following link:  

Register Online with Eventbrite

Or contact the location of choice for this series:

Washington County Extension Office 850-638-6180

Calhoun County Extension Office 850-674-8323

Chipley Dates

  • Session 1 – Tuesday, June 14th
  • Session 2 – Tuesday, July 12th
  • Session 3 – Tuesday, August 9th
  • Session 4 – Tuesday, September 13th

Washington County Agricultural Center, 1424 Jackson Ave. Chipley FL

Blountstown Dates

  • Session 1 – Thursday, June 9th
  • Session 2 – Thursday, July 21st
  • Session 3 – Thursday, August 25th
  • Session 4 – Thursday, September 15th

Calhoun County Public Library, 17731 N Pear St. Blountstown, FL

 

To view and print the program flyers select the link with the location of choice:   

 

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Author: Mark Mauldin – mdm83@ufl.edu

I am the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Washington County. My program areas include livestock and forage, row crops, and pond management.
http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu

Mark Mauldin

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Central Panhandle Pesticide Training Series March 14,17,18, 23

Central Panhandle Pesticide Training Series March 14,17,18, 23

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Hosted at the Washington County Ag Center

1424 Jackson Ave. Chipley, FL

The Central Panhandle Pesticide Training Series is a multi-county collaboration between Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Calhoun, and Gadsden extension agents. Occurring every March, the host county for the pesticide series will rotate each year. These trainings will serve both as review classes for anyone interested in obtaining a pesticide license, as well as provide opportunities for individuals with an existing license to obtain CEUs.

  1. March 14th – Right-of-Way with Exam (4 CEU’s)

  2. March 17thCORE with Exam (3 CEU’s both 482 & 487)

  3. March 18thPrivate Ag with Exam (3 CEU’s)

  4. March 23rdAquatic Class with Exam (4 CEU’s)

$ 10/session and refreshments will be provided

Link to registration: Right-of-Way class

Link to registration: CORE class

Link to registration: Private Applicator class

Link to registration: Aquatic class

 

For more information and pre-registration contact:

Matt Orwat 850-638-6180 or

Kalyn Waters 850-547-1108

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 An Equal Opportunity Institution UF/IFAS Extension, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension. Single copies of UF/IFAS Extension publications (excluding 4-H and youth publications) are available free to Florida residents from county UF/IFAS Extension offices.

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Author: Ethan Carter – ethancarter@ufl.edu

Ethan Carter

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Leon County’s 2016 Backyard Gardening Series

Leon County’s 2016 Backyard Gardening Series

Please join UF/IFAS Leon County Agricultural and Horticultural Extension Agents as they present the:

 

BY Gardening Series 2016 title

 

The series will run from 6:00-8:00 PM on March 24 and March 31, 2016 at the Leon County Extension Office, located at 615 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32301.

The two-day series will feature Extension Agents Mark Tancig, Molly Jameson, and Trevor Hylton as they discuss:

Garden site selection

Soil and fertilization

Spring planting and gardening techniques

Gardening in small spaces

Spring vegetable varieties

Common pests

Extension Demonstration Garden tour

Question and answer session

Light refreshments will be provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes on March 31, as we will tour the Leon County Extension Office Demonstration Garden, located on site.

The cost is $ 20 per person or $ 30 per couple, by cash or check at the door or by mail.

Please register by calling Genice at 850-606-5218.

For more information, contact Molly Jameson at mjameson@ufl.edu or by phone at 850-606-5219.

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Author: Molly Jameson – mjameson@ufl.edu

Molly Jameson

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UF/IFAS Beef Cattle Economics Webinar Series

Chris Prevatt, UF/IFAS Beef and Forage Economics Regional Specialized Agent
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Chris PrevattSoutheast beef cattle producers are encouraged to tune-in to the upcoming UF/IFAS Beef Cattle Economics Webinar Series. The event is hosted by the Range Cattle Research and Education Center and the South Florida Beef-Forage Program. The webinar series is being conducted to discuss ways to increase your herd’s production, performance, and profitability. Cattle producers saw record feeder calf prices and profits in 2014 that changed the dynamics of the cow-calf industry. The goal of this webinar series is to provide timely production and economic information that can help producers operate in this volatile marketplace.
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This series of presentations will take place on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:00 pm ET (5:30-6:00 CT) during June and July. The following lists all the scheduled webinars:
  1. June 24th, 2015 – Beef Cattle Market Outlook

  2. July 1st, 2015 –  Marketing Opportunities for Feeder Calves

  3. July 15th, 2015 – UF 2015 Cow-Calf Budget

  4. July 22nd, 2015 – Projecting 2015 Cow-Calf Profitability

  5. July 29th, 2015 – Replacement Heifer Economics

 

Ona CowsParticipants will be able to interact with the presenter by submitting questions and comments, and will be able to make recommendations for topics at future webinar sessions. Each program can be viewed on your individual personal computer with access to the internet. Registration is open and free to all, but is limited to the first 100 participants.

To register, please visit:

Beef Economic Webinar Series Registration


If you incur problems registering please contact:
Chris Prevatt
863-735-1314 ext 215
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Author: admin – webmaster@ifas.ufl.edu

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