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Serving Special Needs Drives this Volunteer

“This group is inclusive, which gives both children with and without disabilities an opportunity to learn from each other.  Our hope is that our group will continue to grow and that through participating in our ASK group, individuals and families might gain the desire and/or confidence, to explore other 4-H groups that are geared toward specific interests.”

Ann Marie Shelton and Syntha Alvarez

On day four of National Volunteer Week, Jackson County 4-H Agent Angel Granger shares the story of Ann Marie Shelton, a volunteer who leads the Jackson County 4-H ASK Club – Always Support Kids.  In her own words, Ann Marie shares what inspired her to start this club and the impact it has had:

“The volunteer part is deep rooted, goes back to me as a very small child.  I enjoyed helping others, it made me feel good!  That stuck with me through the years.  There is so much going on in the world that is tough to hear.  I firmly believe that we have the power to change much of this.  Volunteering time, expertise, and a dash of passion will do much to make this world a better place.  When volunteering, you are given the opportunity to lead by example, by not waiting around for good or needed things to happen you are showing that everyone has the capacity within themselves to be a part of the change.  This may require you to step out of your comfort zone and start something new or join a group of volunteers already working on a cause of interest to you. One benefit of volunteering is you get to choose areas to volunteer that are of interest to you, whether it be something you are passionate about or something you want to learn about.

ASK Volunteer Anne Marie Shelton (pictured 3rd L-R) with her club members.

After having my four children, two of which are diagnosed on the autism spectrum and reconnecting with a friend from High School with two children on the autism spectrum, volunteering became even more important to me.  What we have found, living in our rural part of the state of Florida, is that there are few formal services or programs offered for children with exceptional needs.  I like to refer to these as diffabilities (I did not come up with this word, but it is perfect).  When our son was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and was having such difficulties in certain settings outside the home, our instinct was to withdraw to the safety of our home, not pursuing social opportunities outside the home, that were new or unfamiliar.

Eventually we realized that was not in anyone’s best interest.  After diagnosis, we began connecting with families and organizations all over the panhandle of Florida that were on similar missions.  We also came to realize that we needed to expand on special interests and explore potential new interests, leisure opportunities, future job skills and the like.  We had been following the ASK-Madison 4-H Group on Facebook and had made connections with Leslie McLeod.  When the opportunity arose last year at Family Café, an annual disabilities related conference in Florida, to hear about their 4-H program, we jumped at the chance to find out more.  After getting to hear them talk about their program and finding out about the number of diverse opportunities 4-H offers, we decided to give it a go, in our community so we contacted our 4-H agent Angel Granger to find out how to get started. We wanted to provide a group that families could feel comfortable in participating in.  We wanted those families to know, that we understand the best way for our kids to learn about participating in group activities and activities within our community, was to experience it.  They often need a safe place to start, to let down their guards, to learn new skills and more importantly be given a multitude of opportunities to practice those new skills, in different situations, with different people, in different environments.”

The group is inclusive, which gives both children with and without disabilities an opportunity to learn from each other.  Our hope is that our group will continue to grow and that through participating in our ASK group, individuals and families might gain the desire and/or confidence, to explore other 4-H groups that are geared toward specific interests.”

If you are interested in starting a similar club in your county (or helping other volunteers support exceptional youth), contact your local UF IFAS County Extension Office or visit http://florida4h.org.

ASK Jackson County 4-H Facebook

Chipola Area Autism Resource Center, Inc. Facebook

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Author: amgranger – amgranger@ufl.edu

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Gator Football Ticket Special for Farmers

Gator Football Ticket Special for Farmers

The Swamp PhotoThe Gator Ticket Office would like to invite you to a special celebration of Agriculture and Gardening.

The Gator Ticket Office is proud to announce a special ticket offer for the agriculture community as well as their family and friends to attend a Florida Gator SEC football game.  Farmers, ranchers, and gardeners are eligible for a special discount to attend the Gator  football team’s Homecoming game on Saturday, November  7th against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis,  and seats are extremely limited.

Seats in the Upper South End Zone:  Special discount of ONLY $ 35

Seats in the Upper North End Zone:  Special discount of ONLY $ 20

To take advantage of this special offer go to:

Ag Ticket Offer and type GatorsAg in the promo code box

Each customer will need to set up an account to purchase tickets. Tickets will be sent out in July. Please feel free to forward this offer to your friends and  family. This priority seat ordering period will end on July 1, so act now to secure your place in The Swamp.
To inquire about Premium Seating options, and full tailgate ticket packages, contact Michelle Wagner via email :
MichelleWa@gators.ufl.edu or by phone 352-692-64092015 Gator Home Fotball Schedule

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Author: admin – webmaster@ifas.ufl.edu

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Gator Football Ticket Special for Farmers

Gator Football Ticket Special for Farmers

The Swamp PhotoThe Gator Ticket Office would like to invite you to a special celebration of Agriculture and Gardening.

The Gator Ticket Office is proud to announce a special ticket offer for the agriculture community as well as their family and friends to attend a Florida Gator SEC football game.  Farmers, ranchers, and gardeners are eligible for a special discount to attend the Gator  football team’s Homecoming game on Saturday, November  7th against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis,  and seats are extremely limited.

Seats in the Upper South End Zone:  Special discount of ONLY $ 35

Seats in the Upper North End Zone:  Special discount of ONLY $ 20

To take advantage of this special offer go to:

Ag Ticket Offer and type GatorsAg in the promo code box

Each customer will need to set up an account to purchase tickets. Tickets will be sent out in July. Please feel free to forward this offer to your friends and  family. This priority seat ordering period will end on July 1, so act now to secure your place in The Swamp.
To inquire about Premium Seating options, and full tailgate ticket packages, contact Michelle Wagner via email :
MichelleWa@gators.ufl.edu or by phone 352-692-64092015 Gator Home Fotball Schedule

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Author: admin – webmaster@ifas.ufl.edu

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Gator Football Special Ticket Offer for Farmers

Gator Football Special Ticket Offer for Farmers

RAM Ticket Offer

The University Athletic Association, Inc. has partnered with RAM Trucks (formerly Dodge) to offer the agriculture community as well as their family and friends, an opportunity to catch the Gator Football team in action Saturday, November 9th versus the Vanderbilt Commodores. Enjoy the Homecoming Football Game at a special rate of $ 25 per ticket, which is 50% off the regular ticket price.

To take advantage of this special offer:

Go to the ticket Gator Ticket Office website:  Farmer Special Offer for Gator Football Tickets and type FARMER in the promo code box.  Each customer will need to create a new account if they have not ordered through a Group Manager offer in the past in order to purchase. Customers will need an e-mail address to create a new account. Once you have placed your order, your tickets will be emailed to you, so you can print your tickets at home for free! No will call lines and no waiting for them to arrive in the mail!

Please feel free to forward this offer to your friends and family; the offer is only good for a limited time, so act now to secure your seats in The Swamp!  If you have any questions, contact the Gator Ticket Office at 352-375-4683 ext. 6800.

In addition to the Football Game with Vanderbilt, there are also other Homecoming Weekend  activities available, like the Homecoming Parade, a non-conference basketball game, and the Gator Growl Student Pep Rally the day before the football game, and Gator Fan Fest the morning of the game.  For more information, go to the Gator Growl & Homecoming website.

UF Homecoming 2013Homecoming Schedule:

Friday, November 8

  • Parade Noon on University Avenue
  • Basketball Game:  UF vs North Florida ($ 12-20)
  • Gator Growl Student Pep Rally ($ 27 non-student tickets)

Saturday, November 9

  • Fan Fest across from Stadium (3 hours before game)
  • Football Game:  UF vs Vanderbilt (Time still to be determined)

It’s Great To Be A Farmer & A Florida Gator!

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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.
http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu

Doug Mayo

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Floodwater Mosquitoes, a Special Brand of Misery

In Florida, this species of mosquito (Culex nigripalpus) plays a major role in the transmission of disease-causing viruses. (UF/IFAS/File Photo)

Jed Dillard
Jefferson County Extension Livestock and Natural Resources Agent

Whining hordes of mosquitoes have made life miserable for the warm blooded among us since tropical storm Debby soaked North Florida. You’re likely thinking, “These are not my mama’s skeeters!” The facts bear you out, but this time the facts do bring a sliver of good news.

According to the Florida Medical Entomology Lab in Fort Pierce, eighty species of mosquitoes have been identified in Florida, but “only” thirteen transmit disease to humans or animals. There seems to be a mosquito species for every habitat in Florida. Permanent water species have been out all along reproducing in clogged rain gutters, flower pots, bird baths and every other place a tablespoon of water is available for the ten to twenty days it takes a mosquito to go from egg to adult. All mosquitoes lay their eggs in water. As you might guess, the permanent water species require water throughout their development. Removing standing water sources helps reduce numbers for these species, and their numbers increased after the storm as you might expect.

However, this summer’s rains have brought us a little something extra, floodwater mosquitoes. These species (we have three) have a less well-known life cycle and these are the demons that have really bitten us and our animals since the tropical storm. Floodwater mosquitoes lay their eggs in moist ground. Afterwards the eggs must dry out and then be rehydrated to hatch.

The most notable, but least dangerous as far as disease transmission is concerned, is the large mosquito locals call “gallinippers”, Psorophora ciliata. Ciliata refers to its hairy looking legs. When I came to Jefferson County, folks told me they were so named because they took “a gallon of blood at every nip.”  Our recent weather history is the perfect scenario: Mosquitoes laid eggs in wet ground; the ground dried out from yearlong drought; then high rainfall rehydrated the dry creeks, bogs, sloughs and other low places. All these rehydrated eggs hatch at once instead of continuously as the permanent water species do. UF researcher Roxanne Rutledge estimates the number of mosquito eggs in a floodwater habitat between 0.7 and 1.3 million eggs per acre, or about 20 per square foot. No wonder we’ve been besieged!

The good news? Two things-Since floodwater species hatch all at once and require their eggs to dry out, the eggs laid by the recent infestation won’t hatch until the next flood following a drought. With a typical lifespan of two weeks for an adult mosquito, we’re probably out of the woods with this year’s crop of flood mosquitoes. And as waters recede, there will be fewer places for permanent water mosquitoes to lay eggs.   Learn more about mosquitoes at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory website: http://fmel.ifas.ufl.edu/

It’ll get better! Just try not to scratch.

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