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  1. Etiquette at the Fair? Yes Please! — October 19, 2017
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  4. Florida Agricultural Damages due to Hurricane Irma Estimated $2.5 Billion — October 14, 2017
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Farm Food Safety Certification Training – October 26

Attendance at an FDA compliant food safety training is required for fruit and vegetable farms that have an annual value of produce sold (based on a three year average) of $ 25,000 (adjusted for inflation) or more.  The compliance date for some farms is as early as January 1, 2020 which seems like a long …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/14/farm-food-safety-certification-training-october-26/

UF/IFAS Researchers are Studying Endophytes in Florida Pasture Grasses

Endophytes that live in forage grass species are being studied by University of Florida researchers. Photo: Ann Blount Ann Blount, Sunny Liao, Florencia Marcon and Cheryl Mackowiak, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center “What is an Endophyte and why are they in my grass pastures?” may be a question that cattlemen in Florida have …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/13/ufifas-researchers-are-studying-endophytes-in-florida-pasture-grasses/

Crop Nematode Damage a Serious Issue this Season

After back to back mild winters, the 2017 growing season has been a banner year for pests. Prolonged cold weather normally diminishes pest populations, but this year pests of all types survived winter with populations that have increased dramatically. Most of the growing season, whiteflies were the major concern across fruit, vegetable and agronomic crops. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/13/crop-nematode-damage-a-serious-issue-this-season/

Culling Older Cows from the Herd Before Winter

Research shows that 10 year old and older cows are much less likely to remain productive in the herd, so it is wise to sell them before health issues make them unmarketable.  Photo credit:  Oklahoma State University. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Cull cows represent approximately 20% of the gross income …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/13/culling-older-cows-from-the-herd-before-winter/

Fraud Alert vs. Credit Freeze

Photo credit: Judy Corbus If you have been affected by the recent Equifax data breach, you may be exploring your options as to what to do next.  All three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian, give you the option of placing a fraud alert or a credit freeze on your file.  So, what …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/11/fraud-alert-vs-credit-freeze/

The Equifax Data Breach: How to Protect Yourself

Photo credit: Judy Corbus The recent security breach at Equifax from mid-May through July 2017 exposed the personal information of 143 million people; this included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver license numbers.  You may be wondering, “Am I affected?” and, if so, “What should I do now?” First, find out if your …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/10/the-equifax-data-breach-how-to-protect-yourself/

Prepare NOW to Avoid Lawn Burweed Infestation Later

Burweed, Soliva Sessilis. – Image Credit: Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California – Davis, Bugwood.org. Creative Commons License On the top of my list of lawn related annoyances is stepping into a patch of burweed, Soliva sessilis, which is in the sunflower family and is also known as spurweed. The leaves are opposite along the stem …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/10/prepare-now-to-avoid-lawn-burweed-infestation-later/

Readying Your Raised Beds for Northwest Florida’s Best Gardening Season

I had to do a hard thing last week.  My battle-worn okra, eggplant and pepper plants that had produced so reliably since June and endured all the summertime challenges (heat, insects, disease, and a hurricane to name a few) were finally pulled out of my raised bed garden and discarded.  A combination of lowered yields, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/10/readying-your-raised-beds-for-northwest-floridas-best-gardening-season/

Summer Wildflowers of North Florida Roadsides

The network of backcountry roads winding through north Florida offer pleasant views of rolling pastures, fields of cotton, old tobacco barns, and, occasionally, a scenic overlook of our local “hills”. Many of these roads follow the original trails blazed by early settlers, or even Native Americans. Traveling along these small roads during the late summer, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/09/summer-wildflowers-of-north-florida-roadsides/

Friday Feature: Protecting Hay Quality at Harvest

Massey Ferguson and Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Extension Specialist have teamed up to produce a video series called “A Cut Above the Rest” with tips on how to harvest high quality hay.  In the first video Dr. Hancock explains RFQ (Relative Forage Quality) scores being used to evaluate the quality of hay of various …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/07/friday-feature-protecting-hay-quality-at-harvest/

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