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4-H Day of Service- Peanut Butter Anyone?

Did you know that the Saturday of National 4-H Week is the 4-H Day of Service?  4-H Clubs across the nation will be celebrating National 4-H Week with “hands to larger service.”  Service is a huge part of the 4-H program (one of the “H”s”) and also helps teach youth compassion for others.  Service is also a requirement in order to maintain a 4-H club charter.

Younger youth typically start out with community service.  Community service is volunteering in your community.  This is usually done through food drives, such as the Peanut Butter Challenge, or volunteering at an animal shelter, collecting coats or blankets for those in need, or a toy drive during the holidays.  If you are looking for an easy but impactful service project for your club, I would encourage you to participate in the Peanut Butter Challenge.  Each county in the panhandle is collecting jars of peanut butter to donate to local food pantries.  The Florida Peanut Producers will match the donation of the county that collects the most peanut butter.  Contact your local UF IFAS County Extension Office for more info or refer to this flyer.

Older youth are encouraged to move from community service to service learning.  What’s the difference? Service-Learning is more than a “one-shot deal.”  Instead of spending a day or few hours helping someone, youth identify a need, and develop a strategy to address it.  It also incorporates reflection and celebration.  Service-Learning projects take community service to the next level by emphasizing both service and learning and is more meaningful for older youth.


  • Community Service – Youth prepare and serve a meal at a local homeless shelter.
  • Service-Learning – Youth research homelessness in their community and contact local homeless shelters to learn about the types of services they provide.  Youth then decide together on a service project that will support this community need.  After planning and completing the service project, youth reflect upon both the Service-Learning process and the service project.

Did you know Florida 4-H has a state service project selected by our youth executive board?  Each year the State Project Committee of the Executive Board recommends activities in which 4-Her’s can participate that will carry out the state wide community service project of the Florida 4-H Council. This year, the committee decided that the theme for 2017-2019 will be “Living In Florida’s Environment (LIFE)”. This project is focused on creating a greener tomorrow by hosting beach cleanups, planting trees, and participating in citizen science activities.

Youth can receive recognition for their service efforts at 4-H University.  It is also a requirement for the District 4-H Spirit Stick Awards.  The State Project Committee encourages all youth to participate in at least one state project that is associated with LIFE.  The committee would also like to recognize the youth that do participate in these projects. Once a project is completed, please record it on the project report-back sheet found in the tool kit below. These record sheets will need to be submitted to Grace Carter by July 3, 2018. The committee would appreciate if pictures were included in these reports.

The report form can be found in the LIFE Service Project Guide.

Project Achievement

Bronze: Youth who complete 1 service project will receive a bronze certificate of completion.
Silver: Youth who complete 2 service projects will receive a silver certificate of completion.
Gold: Youth who complete 3-4 service projects will receive a gold certificate of completion
and will also receive recognition at 4-H University 2018.
Emerald: Youth who complete 5 or more service projects will receive an emerald certificate
of completion and will also receive recognition at 4-H University 2018.


Author: Heather Kent – hckent@ufl.edu

Heather Kent is the Regional Specialized 4-H Agent in the Northwest Extension District.

Heather Kent

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Florida 4-H Celebrates Global Youth Service Day

Teens from across the panhandle joined forces to take a stand against cancer by celebrating Global Youth Service Day.

This weekend, hundreds of Florida 4-H youth are taking a stand against cancer by distributing chemo kits to cancer patients.  Our 4-Hers are joining millions of others around the globe who are celebrating Global Youth Service Day during the weekend of April 21-23.

This youth-led initiative was spear-headed by Danielle Tinker, a 4-Her from Escambia County.  She and a committee of youth from across the Florida panhandle collected nearly 1,000 items for chemo kits, organized them, and packaged them with a handwritten note of encouragement.  One of the “H’s” in 4-H stands for “hands to larger service” and is a cornerstone of the 4-H positive youth development experience.  Because of programs like this, 4-Hers are 4X more likely to give back to their communities.

Regional Specialized 4-H Agent Heather Kent shares, “It has been a honor to support these youth in this project- they continue to amaze me!  I don’t know of a family that has not been touched by cancer and I can’t think of a more relevant cause to support.  This project has help our group grow compassion, and has helped the cancer patients grow courage!”

Youth collected nearly 1,000 items for the kits and organized them by age group and gender.

Each kit had a handwritten note of encouragement included.

Youth sewed fabric drawstring bags to contain the kit items.

This project would not have been possible without the support of Youth Service America, State Farm and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida.  Farm Credit of Northwest Florida not only supported this project monetarily, but their employees also collected and donated items for the chemo kits.  This weekend marks the culmination of this project during Global Youth Service Day.  Global Youth Service Day recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. GYSD is celebrated in more than 135 countries with youth-led service projects and community events and is the largest service event in the world.

“We know that young people are uniquely suited to help solve problems – if given the opportunity,” said Steven A. Culbertson, CEO and president of YSA (Youth Service America), the leader of GYSD. “Today’s social and environmental problems are immense; we need youth in Florida to be leaders and problem solvers today, not just the leaders of a distant tomorrow.”

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. Over 230,000 members in the State of Florida help to make up the community of more than 6.5 million young people across America. 4-H is a non-formal, practical educational program for youth and is the youth development program of Florida Extension, a part of the University of Florida IFAS.  To find out more information, or how to get involved, visit http://florida4h.org or contact your local UF IFAS County Extension Office.

Learn more and browse GYSD activities around the world on the GYSD Map at www.GYSD.org.

Connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/youthserviceamerica and on Twitter @YouthService and #GYSD.



Author: Heather Kent – hckent@ufl.edu

Heather Kent is the Regional Specialized 4-H Agent in the Northwest Extension District.

Heather Kent

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Forest Service offering Cogongrass Control Cost-Share Program

Photo credit: C. Evans, UGA

Cogongrass infestations negatively affect tree growth, wildlife habitat, and property values. Photo credit: C. Evans, UGA

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced on April 20, 2016 that the Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program. Applications for the program will be accepted through July 29, 2016.

“Cogongrass is one of the most aggressive weeds in Florida and is capable of rapidly choking out and displacing our native plant species,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “Through the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program, landowners can help stop the spread of this harmful pest in Florida.”

Cogongrass is an invasive, non-native grass that occurs in Florida and several other southeastern states. Cogongrass infestations negatively affect tree regeneration, growth and survival, as well as wildlife habitat, native plant diversity, forage quality and property values. They also increase the risk of wildfires and alter fire behavior.

“Left untreated, invasive cogongrass can spread quickly, causing long-term problems,” said State Forester Jim Karels. “In addition to reducing the productivity and value of forests and rangelands, it can greatly increase the risk and severity of wildfire.”

The Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program, which is supported through a grant from the USDA Forest Service, is offered for non-industrial private lands in all Florida counties. It provides reimbursement of 50 percent of the cost to treat cogongrass infestations with herbicide for two consecutive years.

To obtain an application form or to learn more about program requirements, contact your local Florida Forest Service County Forester or visit the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program web page. All qualifying applications will be evaluated and ranked for approval.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of public forest land while protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more about the Florida Forest Service.

Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program

FFS Cost-Share Application



Author: admin – webmaster@ifas.ufl.edu


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4-H Meets Community Needs through Service


Clear evidence of mastering a skill is being able to employ it in one’s everyday life. Knowledge is only as good as how we are able to use it. 4-H dedicates itself to educating youth with research based curriculum not only for their own benefit but also so they can share that knowledge with others. When we “pledge our hands to larger service”, this can take on many forms. It may look like teaching youth in a community center about robotics or gardening, making meals for the military and first responders, or cleaning up trash in local parks. In all our service, it is important that regardless of what this looks like that we focus on meeting a need in our community. Identifying these needs is sometimes difficult if they are not part of what we see around us regularly. Talking to people who do not have the same life experiences we do is a good way to start seeing the world in a different way and thinking about ways you can help others who haven’t had the same opportunities. In Escambia County, around 30% of our youth population lives in poverty (US Census). Outcomes of living in poverty are hunger, poor housing, poor health, and lower educational scores, just to name a few. Our 4-Hers are learning to use the skills they have gained in 4-H in creative ways to help address some of these issues. One club has received a grant to raise a hog that a youth will show and have processed so the meat can be included in food boxes for local families. Another club raised funds to help support the Council on Aging to provide air conditioning units to the elderly, who are more likely to be impoverished, during the hot summer months.


Escambia County 4-Hers assemble food boxes for local families at this year’s Farm to City event.

Whether poverty, pollution, safety, education, healthcare, or another issue is one that effects your community, the skills youth learn through 4-H can help address it. Not only does this help those around us live healthier and more productive lives, but it helps those who serve connect to their community and learn to give back. As with all 4-H projects, our goal is to help youth become more engaged and knowledgeable citizens that contribute to their world in positive ways. We encourage our youth to embody the spirit of generosity all year long, but during this season, be sure to explore the needs in your community you can help to change, even in the smallest way. If you need help thinking of how to best give back, contact your local 4-H Agent, local non-profits, or look up your county’s information in a database such as the US Census’ QuickFacts (http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/12000.html) and think about what kinds of problems might arise from the information you find there.

4-H also offers many Leadership and Citizenship projects that can help youth navigate assessing the needs of their community and putting their skills to use. You can find a few such project guides at the following links:

If you are interested in helping guide the next generation to be compassionate, active citizens for tomorrow, consider becoming a 4-H Volunteer.  4-H offers a wide variety of roles to fit your interests and schedule.  Visit http://florida4h.org or contact your local UF IFAS Extension Office.

US Census. 2015. American Community Survey 2009-2013 five-year estimates, Children Characteristics: Escambia County, FL. Accessed November 18, 2015.


Author: Jenny Savely – jsavely@ufl.edu


Jenny Savely

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4-H Grows Generosity: “I Pledge my Hands to Larger Service”

Leon County 4-Hers grow gratitude and compassion through service-learning

Leon County 4-Hers grow gratitude and compassion through service-learning

Developing a heart for giving back and helping others is one of the most important personal benefits youth can obtain through active involvement in a 4-H program. During this season of thanks , 4-H members all over the United States will put the third sentence of the 4-H pledge into action as they “pledge their hands to larger service” by planning and carrying out a multitude of community service activities to help families that are in need. Since its inception in the early 1900’s the 4-H program has place an emphasis on improving the community in which they live through the guidance and care of adult volunteers.

As we pause this week to celebrate the season of “Thanks” we must also remember to emphasize to our youth that the focus should not be on who can consume the most food, but instead to use the meal as a vehicle to connect with family and friends while enjoying their company. Adults and youth alike should take a pledge during the meal time that no one will post, text, or make a call during family time…but instead exercise some of the great communication skills they have learned in 4-H and get to know each other better. It’s amazing how much our families and friends don’t know about us even though we see them almost every day. Youth should also be encouraged to think of those that are less fortunate and seek out ways they can help those in need as a club, family or as an individual project. A great club or family game can be initiated that requires youth, friends and family members to write a list of all the things they are thankful for and provide fun prizes for the winners… which should be everyone that participates.

As a 4-H Youth Development Professional I am also grateful that the largest serving youth program in the world continues to make a positive impact on the lives of young people. Using the 4-H pledge as a guide I have shared just a few impacts below.

I pledge my head to clearer learning…”I’m thankful that through active participation in a variety of programs and activities youth are learning decision making skills that will help them in school and later in life as they develop into responsible adults”.

I pledge my heart to greater loyalty…” I’m grateful that continual 4-H club involvement provides youth an opportunity to build caring relationships with members of the club as well as the adult volunteer leaders.

I pledge my hands to larger service…I’m thankful that the community service projects that are carried out in each club entitles you to make someone’s life a little brighter.

I pledge my health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world….I’m thankful that through their participation and completion of projects youth are learning what to put in their bodies to keep them healthy as well as what not to put in them.

ThanksLet’s continue to use 4-H as a vehicle to make our world better by taking time to invest in your future leaders of tomorrow…..our 4-H members of today.  Help 4-H continue to grow by joining as a member or volunteer.  Florida 4-H offers a wide variety of programs and volunteer roles to fit your skills, interests, and schedule.  Contact your local UF IFAS County Extension Office, or visit http://florida4h.org.


Author: Marcus Boston Jr. – marcusb@ufl.edu

Marcus serves as a 4-H Extension Agent for Leon County and places empahasis in programs in the areas of science, leadership development, and civic engagement..

Marcus Boston Jr.

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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the US Extension Service

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the US Extension Service

Extension Agent educating a young 4-H Corn Club member about proper row spacing.  Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/36694

4-H Corn Club youth showing a County Extension Agent that he had properly cultivated his corn. 1919. Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/36694

Truly amazing things can happen in the span of 100 years.  In this day and age, however, where everything is expected to be “bigger-better-faster,” accomplishments over a 100 year time-span are often overlooked as only a “drop in the bucket” as they say.  Let’s slow down a minute, though, and reflect on the accomplishments of the 100 Year Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 and UF/IFAS Extension.

In 2014, America celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Extension Service.  The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of land-grant, public universities, whose educators extend research-based knowledge to the people. 

SEC. 1. (7 U.S.C. 341)In order to aid in diffusing among the people of the United States useful and practical information on subjects relating to agriculture, uses of solar energy with respect to agriculture, home economics, and rural energy, and to encourage the application of the same, there may be continued or inaugurated in connection with the college of colleges in each State, Territory, or possession,……

100 US Extension logoFor 100 years, the Smith-Lever Act has stimulated innovative research and vital educational programs for adults and youth through progressive information delivery systems that have improved lives and shaped a nation.  The Cooperative Extension Service, allows us all to benefit from the knowledge of our nation’s land-grant universities. 

UF/IFAS Extension has helped millions of Floridians by tapping the latest information from the research engines of both the University of Florida and Florida A&M University.  If you’ve learned how to produce crops or raise livestock more efficiently, if you’ve learned how to choose healthier foods, conserve and protect drinking water and natural resources, save money, grow your own vegetables, if you’ve been to a 4-H camp, or received help from a Master Gardener, chances are you’ve been helped by Extension!

Teaching 4-H youth the science of grafting and budding.  Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/63198

Teaching 4-H youth the science of grafting and budding. 1900s. Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/63198

The Extension Agents, staff, and volunteers of the UF/IFAS Extension in Northwest Florida are proud of our accomplishments as we reflect on this 100th anniversary.  We are proud of our agricultural roots and we look to the future.  We are dedicated to finding solutions to the challenges we will face over the next 100 years and sharing them to make life healthier, happier, and more prosperous for you.  Join us as we celebrate the past, present, and future of extending knowledge and changing lives.

Corn Club exhibit at the Jackson County fair, 1917.  Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/35976

Corn Club exhibit at the Jackson County fair, 1917. Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/35976

Farmers with cabbage at the Marianna and Blountstown depot at Blountstown or Altha, 1950s.  Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, Railroad, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/68

Florida Farmers with cabbage at the Marianna and Blountstown train depot at Blountstown or Altha, 1950s. Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, Railroad, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/68

Below is a Time-Line of UF/IFAS Extension and more details about the Smith-Lever Act:

100th Aniv Email-TwitterHistory of UF/IFAS Extension:

1862 President Abraham Lincoln signs the Morrill Act establishing the land-grant university system.

1884 Florida College of Agriculture (later UF), Florida’s first land-grant university, established in Lake City.

1887 Hatch Act establishes Agricultural Experiment Stations tied to land-grant universities for the purposes of scientific research.

1887 State Normal College for Colored Students (later Florida A&M) established in Tallahassee.

1890 2nd Morrill Act establishes African-American land-grant universities.

1899 First “Farmers Institute” established in Florida to provide demonstrations in modern agricultural techniques.

1902 Seaman Knapp appointed by USDA to help Texas cotton farmers combat boll weevil infestation.

1906 Florida College of Agriculture moved to Gainesville, Florida to become part of the new University of Florida.

1908 Agnes Ellen Harris conducts a canning demonstration in Ocala, eventually leading to the creation of Extension Home Demonstration.

1909 J. J. Vernon, University of Florida Dean of Agriculture, organized the first “corn” clubs for boys (a precursor to 4-H clubs) in Alachua, Bradford and Marion counties.

1911 “Better Farming Special” train tours Florida, giving demonstrations in modern techniques of farming, livestock and domestic arts.

1912 First “tomato” clubs for girls (a precursor to 4-H clubs) organized through schools in Florida.

1914 U.S. Congress passes Smith-Lever Act, establishing national Agricultural Extension Service.

1915 Florida Legislature accepts the Smith-Lever Act; P.H. Rolfs becomes first director of Extension, as well as Florida Agricultural Experiment Station.

1915 Segregated Extension work with African-American Floridians begins when more than 1,200 youth enroll in farm and home makers’ clubs organized through Florida A&M University.

1915 Extension agents begin program to inoculate hogs against hog cholera epidemic.

1916 Florida Extension Homemaker Council Established to promote new scientific information through practical demonstrations.

1917 Agricultural News Service, Florida Extension’s first mass media effort, publishes first issue.

1917 The Citrus Experiment Station, the first permanent branch research station in the state, opens in Lake Alfred.

1917 U.S. entry into World War I. Extension called on to help increase Florida’s food production and preservation.

1919 State Girls’ 4-H Council formed.

1921 North Florida Experiment Station Established at Quincy.

1922 First school lunches in Florida’s rural schools organized by extension home demonstration agents in Orange and Osceola counties.

1922 First Farmers Week established at University of Florida.

1922 Capper Volstead Act gave legal status to farm co-ops.

1924 4-H name and clover emblem patented.

1924 Everglades Experiment Station established at Belle Glade.

1925 Purnell Act provided funds for economic and social research by agricultural experiment stations.

1926 Camp Timpoochee becomes the first permanent 4-H camp in Florida.

1928 Capper-Ketcham Act provides for the further development of agricultural extension work at the 1862 land-grant colleges.

1928 Florida Extension Service begins radio broadcasts.

1929 Great Depression begins. Florida Extension Home Demonstration agents respond by giving courses in canning, clothing repair and selling home-produced products.

1934 4-H Camp McQuarrie acquired.

1935 Bankhead-Jones Act adds to annual appropriations for land-grant institutions and Extension programs.

1937 4-H Camp Cherry Lake opens in North Florida.

1937 Range Cattle Experiment Station established at Ona.

1939 Florida Legislature created the School of Forestry at the University of Florida.

1940 Extension begins work with USDA’s Rural Electrification Administration to bring electrical power to Florida’s farms and ranches.

1940s Extension service and USDA eradicate cattle tick infestation in Florida.

1943 West Florida Experiment Station established at Jay.

1945 Bankhead-Flanagan Act furthers the development of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics.

1948 Indian River Field Laboratory established at Fort Pierce.

1949 4-H Camp Doe Lake in the Ocala National Forest established for African-American 4-H’ers.

1950 Suwannee Valley Experiment Station established at Live Oak.

1950 4-H Camp Cloverleaf opens.

1952 First television program produced by Extension airs on Jacksonville’s WMBR-TV (now WJXT)

1952 4-H grows to 1,294 clubs in Florida, reaching 110,113 youth.

1953 Smith-Lever Act Amendment simplified and consolidated ten separate laws relating to Extension. Established new funding procedures based on rural/urban population formula and amounts.

1955 Florida 4-H club established with Seminole Tribe in South Florida.

1955 Smith-Lever Amendment authorizes work with disadvantaged farms and farm families and funds for Extension outside the traditional funding “formula.”

1958 Extension Plant Disease Clinic established to diagnose diseases of crops, ornamentals and trees, and to suggest control measures.

1959 Screwworm eradicated in Florida with help from Extension.

1961 Food Science Extension Program initiated, offering short courses on food additives, water quality, and flavor chemistry research.

1964 Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) established as the unifying administrative umbrella for UF’s programs in agriculture, forestry and related programs.

1964 Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws most forms of discrimination by race, religion and gender.

1964 State Extension Home Demonstration headquarters move from Tallahassee to Gainesville.

1964 4-H becomes co-educational.

1965 Florida Extension programs racially integrated.

1966 African-American youth attend the statewide 4-H club conference for the first time.

1966 4-H begins transition out of school-based programs into volunteer-led community project clubs.

1966 Sea Grant established through the National Sea Grant College and Program Act.

1968 Special Help for Agricultural Research and Education (SHARE) Council established to raise funds for agricultural research and education.

1969 USDA and Extension initiates Florida’s Expanded Food Education Program (EFNEP) to educate limited-income families on diet and nutritional issues.

1970 Florida declared free of hog cholera.

1970 Florida Agricultural Extension Service changes its name to Florida Cooperative Extension Service in order to reflect the expansion of Extension’s mission.

1970 State Extension Management and Information System computerizes Extension reporting for the first time.

1971 Florida Sea Grant established as a joint effort between the National Sea Grant College and Florida Cooperative Extension Service.

1973 Florida 4-H Foundation chartered.

1975 Extension Indian work merged with other Extension work.

1975 Names of all experiment stations and field labs changes to agricultural research and education centers (RECs).

1979 Extension’s Florida Master Gardener Program established to offer intense home horticulture training to individuals who then volunteer in their communities.

1984 Over 10,400 adult and teen volunteers work with 84,000 Florida 4-H youth.

1987 Florida Lakewatch, a volunteer program to monitor water quality, takes first water sample.

1990 Farm Bill authorizes the Extension Indian Reservation Program.

1994 National Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching Act confers land-grant status on 29 Native American colleges.

1994 Agricultural Reorganization Act establishes the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) to coordinate USDA and state cooperative agricultural research, extension, and education programs.

1995 Family Nutrition Program (FNP) established for food stamp recipients in 35 Florida counties.

1995 Extension’s first comprehensive website, the Florida Agricultural Information Retrieval System (FAIRS) goes online.

1998 Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) established to collect and share weather data with Florida’s growers.

1998 The Extension Data Information Source (EDIS) established as the online source for UF/IFAS Extension’s research-based, up-to-date educational resources.

1998 Fishing For Success, a program that uses fishing and other activities to introduce children to aquatic environmental sciences, begins at UF/IFAS’ School of Forest Resources and Conservation.

2003 Distance Diagnostic Information System (DDIS) enables homeowners and commercial growers to treat plant and insect problems over the internet.

2004 “Family Album Radio” program debuts, covering such topics as nutrition, family relationships and communication.

2005 Extension’s Program for Resource Efficient Communities established, begins work with developers on sustainable community planning in Harmony, FL.

2005 4-H’s Operation: Military Kids partners with U.S. Armed Forces to help families adjust to military deployment.

2006 “Gardening in a Minute,” a UF/IFAS Extension radio series, begins broadcast.

2008 Florida Friendly Landscaping program established to help Floridians create beautiful, sustainable landscapes using native plants that need little irrigation.

2009 On its 100th anniversary, Florida 4-H membership reaches 234,000 youth, with help from 10,000 volunteers.

2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Gulf of Mexico; Florida Sea Grant and UF/IFAS Extension mobilize to test safety of gulf’s seafood.

2014 UF/IFAS Extension celebrates 100th anniversary!

More about the Smith-Lever Act:

Established in 1914, Cooperative Extension was designed as a partnership of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the land-grant universities, which were authorized by the Federal Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890. Legislation in the various States has enabled local governments or organized groups in the Nation’s counties to become a third legal partner in this education endeavor. The congressional charge to Cooperative Extension through the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 is far ranging. Today, this educational system includes professionals in each of America’s 1862 land-grant universities (in the 50 States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Marianas, American Samoa, Micronesia, and the District of Columbia) and in the Tuskegee University and sixteen 1890 land-grant universities. The provisions of the Act, in effect as of November 13, 2002, are shown below.


[As Amended Through Public Law 107–293, Nov. 13, 2002]

Act of May 8, 1914, ch. 79, 38 Stat. 372, 7 U.S.C. 341 et seq.


SEC. 1. (7 U.S.C. 341)In order to aid in diffusing among the people of the United States useful and practical information on subjects relating to agriculture, uses of solar energy with respect to agriculture, home economics, and rural energy, and to encourage the application of the same, there may be continued or inaugurated in connection with the college of colleges in each State, Territory, or possession, now receiving, or which may hereafter receive, the benefits of the Act of Congress approved July second, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, entitled ‘‘An Act donating public lands to the several States and Territories which may provide colleges for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanic arts’’ (Twelfth Statutes at Large, page five hundred and three) and of the Act of Congress approved August thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety (Twentysixth Statutes at Large, page four hundred and seventeen and chapter eight hundred and forty-one), agricultural extension work which shall be carried on in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture: Provided, That in any State, Territory, or possession in which two or more such colleges have been or hereafter may be established, the appropriations hereinafter made to such State, Territory, or possession shall be administered by such college or colleges as the legislature of such State, Territory, or possession may direct. For the purposes of this Act, the term ‘‘solar energy’’ means energy derived from sources (other than fossil fuels) and technologies included in the Federal Non-Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, as amended.

SEC. 2. (7 U.S.C. 342)Cooperative agricultural extension work shall consist of the development of practical applications of research knowledge and giving of instruction and practical demonstrations of existing or improved practices or technologies in agriculture, uses of solar energy with respect to agriculture, home economics, and rural energy, and subjects relating thereto to persons not attending or resident in said colleges in the several communities, and imparting information on said subjects through demonstrations, publications, and otherwise and for the necessary printing and distribution of information in connection with the foregoing; and this work shall be carried on in such manner as may be mutually agreed upon by the Secretary of Agriculture and the State agricultural college or colleges or Territory or possession receiving the benefits of this Act.


Author: Judy Ludlow – judy.ludlow@ufl.edu

Judy Ludlow is the Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent in Calhoun County, Florida

Judy Ludlow

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Pledge Your Hands to Service Learning

April kicks off the global month of service. If you are responsible for guiding and organizing service learning projects for your 4-H Club (or any other organization), follow this five step process to ensure a successful, enriching experience for all involved:

1. Assess.

Who (or what) needs help in your local community? Ask for youth input for a specific area, location, or population.

2. Plan.

Define learning objectives for the project. These can be general or specific, but the service project should be guided by an educational goal.

3. Participate.

To engage youth in a true service learning experience, ask reflection questions during the actual service project.

4. Analyze and Generalize.

Immediately following the experience, ask questions to learn how youth felt while they were engaged in the service project, such as: “What was the most difficult task you did today?”

To generalize is to understand the “so what.” Ask questions like: “What did you learn about yourself while completing this project?”

5. Apply.

Ideally, service learning is a continuous process. Whether giving an illustrated talk on increased awareness of animal abuse or volunteering at a local hospital on their own time, service learning hopes to foster “self-worth, citizenship, critical thinking skills, [and ] responsibility” in youth (Mashburn, Harder, & Pracht, 2011).


For more information on how to can make community service more enriching and meaningful for youth and adults:

Mashburn, D., Harder, A., & Pracht, D. (2011). Learning by doing: Utilizing service-learning projects (AEC392). Gainesville: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Retrieved August 23, 2012 from http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc073#FIGURE%201

The Leon County 4-H Horticulture Club grew and donated over 150lbs of fresh vegetables to local food banks in 2012.


Author: Stefanie Prevatt – sduda1@ufl.edu


Stefanie Prevatt

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/04/12/pledge-your-hands-to-service-learning/

Weekly Cattle Market & Feedstuff Electronic News Service

Weekly Cattle Market & Feedstuff Electronic News Service

Weekly Market Report Provided by the Alabama Market News Service

The USDA Agriculture Market News Service provides a weekly Cattle and Feedstuff Market electronic newsletter free of charge via email.  If you would like to receive this service, send your e-mail address to Diana.Drummond@ams.usda.gov or call the office at 334-240-7289.  You can also access the reports on their website: http://www.ams.usda.gov/lpsmarketnewspage

Below is a sample of some of the information provided each week.  Download the most current issue:   2-1-13 Weekly Market Newsletter to see if this is information you would like to receive each week.

Provided by Alabama Market News Service.

Provided by Alabama Market News Service.


2-1-13 Hay


2-1-13 Steer Report 2


2-1-13 Heifer

2-1-13 Slaughter Cows




































Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Jackson County Extension Director, & Livestock & Forages Agent
My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.


Doug Mayo

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/02/01/weekly-cattle-market-feedstuff-electronic-news-service/

US Forest Service 2012 Tax Tips for Forest Landowners

USDA Forest Service tax information website for forest landowners.

USDA Forest Service tax information website for forest landowners.

The USDA Forest Service has updated their web page with information on Federal income Tax returns for Forest Landowners.  The web site provides non-industrial private forest (NIPF) landowners with a consolidated source of information on the complex tax issues associated with forest maintenance and management. While our national forests are of course exempt form federal taxes, and corporate forest landowners often employ taxation specialists to help them manage their forest assets, NIPF landowners rarely have this expertise at their disposal.

Well managed forests produce timber and other forest products, provide wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, aquifer and watershed protection, and other amenities. The nation’s NIPF lands, comprising approximately 60% of its forest land, make significant contributions to maintaining these values, and could do more. Providing tailored tax information is one way in which the Forest Service is working to increase forest productivity on non-industrial forest lands.


2012 Forest Service Tax Tips Web Site


Doug Mayo

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/12/20/us-forest-service-2012-tax-tips-for-forest-landowners/

Got Cogongrass? FL Forest Service has a Cost-share program to help with Control

2012 Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program

Sign-up Period: July 31, through August 28, 2012

A Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program is currently being offered to eligible
non-industrial private landowners by the Florida Forest Service (FFS) through temporary grants from the USDA Forest Service. The primary objective of this program is to reduce the spread of cogongrass to new areas by helping private landowners control or eradicate existing infestations. Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica L.) is a non-native, invasive grass which is established in Florida and several other southeastern states. In addition to being regulated as a state and federal noxious weed, cogongrass is a pest plant in 73 countries, and has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Worst Weeds in the World.” Cogongrass infestations negatively affect tree regeneration, growth, and survival, as well as wildlife habitat, native plant diversity, forage quality, and may affect property values. They also increase the risk of wildfires, and alter fire behavior.

This program offers cost-share reimbursement for herbicide treatment of cogongrass infestations. Approved applicants are required to treat the infestations for two consecutive years. The program will reimburse 75% of the cost of treating cogongrass infestations over two consecutive years, up to a maximum of $ 100 per acre per year (or $ 100 per year for treatment of less than an acre), or $ 200 per acre over the two-year contract period. Please see the Technical Guidelines Booklet (pdf, 853k) for practice requirements and recommendations.

If eligible applications exceed the available funds, first priority will be given to the fourteen counties bordering Alabama and Georgia: Baker, Columbia, Escambia, Gadsden, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Madison, Nassau, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton. Higher priority will be given to applications to treat 5 acres or less of infested area.

For more information,  contact your  Florida Forest Service County Forester, or got to the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program website.

Doug Mayo

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/08/16/got-cogongrass-fl-forest-service-has-a-cost-share-program-to-help-with-control/

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