Monthly Archive: October 2014

Dr. Jack Payne’s Personal Comment: A land-grant president for UF

By Jack Payne The selection of Dr. W. Kent Fuchs (pronounced “Fox”) as the next president of the University of Florida should be cause for celebration for anyone who cares about Florida agriculture and natural resources. I’ll confess, I had some initial apprehension about whether an electrical engineer would be properly attuned to the importance …

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USDA Energy Intiative Workshops

Invest in Efficiency with our Community & Economic Development Team — Business & Energy Programs USDA Rural Development will be hosting two informational workshops in November to explain the Agency’s programs available under its Northwest Florida Regional Energy Initiative. The Initiative is being designed to provide technical and financial assistance to small businesses and agricultural …

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Personal Comment: A land-grant president for UF

By Jack Payne The selection of Dr. W. Kent Fuchs (pronounced “Fox”) as the next president of the University of Florida should be cause for celebration for anyone who cares about Florida agriculture and natural resources. I’ll confess, I had some initial apprehension about whether an electrical engineer would be properly attuned to the importance …

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Preparing for a Livestock Show

For 4-H members and spectators alike, livestock shows are one of the most anticipated parts of a fair. Preparing your animal for a show begins months in advance. Great care is needed in feeding your animal, practicing showmanship, and making sure your animal is healthy. After all the time and effort that goes into raising …

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Paraná Pine, An Ancient-Looking Conifer for Modern Landscapes

Figure 1. Paraná pine has a narrow, pyramidal form when young.   Paraná Pine, Araucaria angustifolia: An ancient-looking conifer for modern landscapes Paraná pine is a primitive-looking conifer valued for its unusual horizontal branching, sharply pointed triangular needles and neat, symmetrical form. The primitive appearance of this evergreen tree results from its resemblance to and …

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Insects Take a Break in Winter

A common question about insects when cold temperatures arrive is whether or not the cold will kill many pests. Although temperatures will occasionally drop below freezing in north Florida, it is normally not cold enough to significantly impact insect populations for the upcoming year. Typical white grub of the genus Phyllophaga. Photograph by John L. …

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Fruit Splitting in Dooryard Citrus

Split citrus fruit. Image credit UF / IFAS Citrus trees require a lot of care and attention to produce good quality fruit, yet even the most careful gardeners may run into the problem of split-fruit on their citrus trees.  Split-fruit is a condition which strikes citrus trees in September and October and can wipe out a …

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Bamboo: Attractive Ornamental or Invasive Nightmare?

Golden bamboo quickly establishes in an areas and pushes out all other plants. Bamboo, the tallest grass in north Florida, can be an attractive landscape specimen or an invasive nightmare. There are more than 700 species of bamboo worldwide, ranging in height from 12 inches to 100 feet or more in ideal growing conditions. In …

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Florida’s Wildlife Conservations Policy for Predicted Coastal Habitat Loss Problems

“Within the past five years, nine of the 14 villages in Nunavik in northernmost Quebec have had to install cooling systems at community ice hockey arenas to keep the rinks cold during winter.“– The Arctic in the Anthropocene: Emerging Research Questions Have you wondered how Florida’s wildlife conservation policy planners and habitat managers are responding …

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Enjoy delicious stone crab claws now through May, 2015.

Gulf Stone Crab Photo credit FWC The commercial and recreation stone crab season has opened! Now is the time to enjoy local stone crab claws. Whether you catch them yourself or buy from a local seafood market, the delicious meat is worth the effort and cost. There are 2 species of stone crab found along …

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