Monthly Archive: April 2013

Teens – Whatcha Gonna Do This Summer?

Teens learn valuable life skills through volunteering with 4-H. Summer – no school, lots of time – what’s a teen 4-Her going to do?  Many teens will be searching for jobs.  Some will be looking for summer employment to pay for 4-H events, or earn extra spending money, or save for a car, clothes or …

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Have you seen this Goatweed?

Goatweed seedlings.  A tough and expanding pasture weed. During an April site inspection of perennial peanut fields with agents and a farmer, we noticed a weed that was not readily identifiable by any of us.  Then, as so often happens, a few days later another farmer brought the same weed into the Extension office saying …

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Peanut and Cotton Disease Update Video

Dr. Nick Dufault, University of Florida Plant Pathologist, shares highlights from his “Peanut and Cotton Disease Update” presentation,  made at the 2013 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course in Marianna. In this video, he provides important considerations for managing diseases in peanut and cotton. Author: Josh Thompson – j.thompson@ufl.edu Josh Thompson is a regional agricultural agent …

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Managing Crimson Clover to Reseed

Once the seedhead is dry and the seed turn dark, clover can be grazed or mowed Crimson clover is one of North Florida’s best cool season forages. Its feed quality is high and it puts an estimated 100 pounds of nitrogen per acre back into the soil each year, the equivalent of six and a …

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New Florida Cattle Identification Rule Workshop

  Tuesday, June 4, 2013     6:30 – 9:30 PM Central Time Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, Marianna, Florida The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is developing a Cattle Identification Rule which will go into effect January 1, 2014.  They are seeking feedback from cattle producers on the draft version of the …

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1st Quarter 2013 Florida Timber Market Summary

Timber Mart-South chart shows the general trends of the timber market in the Southern US over the past six years. Timber Mart-South Summary, 1st Quarter, 2013 Source:  Chris Demers, UF/IFAS Forest Stewardship Coordinator The information in the following table of average Florida timber prices was extracted from the Timber Mart-South first quarter 2013, released in April …

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Can You Afford it?

Have you ever been in this situation? You are with friends and they suggest going somewhere for dinner. Your finances are tight and you really can’t afford to eat out at the pricey place suggested. What would you do? 1. Admit you don’t have the funds and say, “I really can’t afford it.” 2. Keep …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/04/24/can-you-afford-it/

FDA Changing Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Rules

Fresh fruit and vegetables will be subject to new regulations. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently implementing an overhaul of the nation’s food safety system. They are proposing which fruits and vegetables would be subject to new, more restrictive standards during the rule making process. Vegetables usually consumed raw would be included while …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/04/20/fda-changing-fresh-fruit-and-vegetable-rules/

Water Use Permitting in Northwest Florida Rule Making Workshop

Thursday, May 16, 2013 – 5:30 p.m. CT Jackson County Agricultural Conference Center 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue Marianna, FL 32448 Farmers and ranchers in Northwest Florida are invited to attend a workshop to discuss and comment on draft changes to permitting rules on irrigation wells. Staff from the Northwest Florida Water Management District will provide information on statewide consumptive …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/04/19/water-use-permitting-in-northwest-florida-rule-making-workshop/

Blood Sample Pregnancy Testing for Cattle

Ranchers can send in blood samples to commercial labs to have their cows tested for pregnancy. Pregnancy testing is one of the best management practices cattle ranchers can use to reduce costs and improve the efficiency of their beef herd.  Livestock economists in the southeast estimate that the annual production costs are $ 400 or …

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