Monthly Archive: February 2012

Panhandle Agriculture Spring 2011 Issue

Judy Ludlow County Extension Director Calhoun County judy.ludlow@ufl.edu Springtime, Springtide, or Vernal Equinox; however you describe this time of year, it is here!  Spring is a time of change, and renewal; change in the weather, and renewal of nature.  The soil is warming, seeds are sprouting, and the weather is unpredictable.  I found the following …

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How to Teach Science without Being A Scientist

 Heather C. Kent Northwest District Regional Specialized Agent NW District Office 3925 Highway 71 Marianna, FL   32446 hckent@ufl.edu 850-394-9124   The goal of the 4-H Science Initiative is to address America’s critical need for more scientists and engineers by engaging 1 Million youth by 2013.  4-H has been teaching science for the last 100 years, …

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How Much Does the Gulf of Mexico Mean to You?

Brooke Saari Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent Okaloosa & Walton Counties bsaari@ufl.edu Have you ever considered what the Gulf of Mexico means to you?  Is it important to you?  Putting a value on an ecosystem or the services it provides is very difficult.  However, it is done all the time on smaller scales, like the …

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Consider Re-doing Old Weedy Lawn

Larry L Williams Horticulture Agent Okaloosa County Extension lwilliams@co.okaloosa.fl.us I’ve seen people use herbicides to control weeds in an old, declining lawn. Then, with all the weeds gone, the lawn’s owner suddenly realized that he or she had no lawn left. Sometimes the best solution is to start over. Many older, thinning, declining, weedy lawns …

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Encourage Kids to be Healthy Eaters

Betty Miller County Extension Director Leon County millerb@leoncountyfl.gov How can I encourage my children to be healthy eaters? When parents ask for parenting advice, my response usually starts like this, “Well, it depends…..” However, my reply to the healthy eating question is straightforward.  Set a good example, have healthy foods available, and make mealtimes fun. …

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Pastures for Spring and Summer Goat Herd Grazing

Angela McKenzie-Jakes Small Ruminant Program Leader Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University angela.mckenziejakes@famu.edu Yes it is that time of year again to start preparing your pastures for spring and summer grazing for your goat herd. Goats are active foragers and will consume a variety of grasses, legumes and browse plants (i.e., leaves, twigs, and young shoots …

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Volunteer Roles Over the Summer

Marcus Boston Leon County 4-H Agent Leon County Extension Office 615 Paul Russell Road Tallahassee, FL   32301-7099 Bostonm@leoncountyfl.gov (850) 606-5213 (850) 606-5201   Recruiting and training volunteers is a vital part of starting and maintaining a successful 4-H Program. This is also true if you plan on implementing a successful camping program in your county.  …

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Gulf Islands National Seashore: A historical and natural treasure

Andrew Diller Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent Escambia County apdiller@ufl.edu Gulf Islands National Seashore (GINS) is located along the northern Gulf of Mexico in Mississippi and Florida.  The Florida properties surround Pensacola, the site of the first European settlement in the United States in 1559.  An ideal deep-water harbor protected by a barrier island, a …

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Summer Lawn Insects beginning to Show-up

Theresa Friday Horticulture Agent Santa Rosa County Extension tlfriday@ufl.edu The long, hot days of summer means they you are likely to encounter greater insect populations. Careful routine scouting and recognizing damaging insects and their beneficial predators can help reduce the need for applying insecticides. Chinch bugs Chinch bugs love St. Augustinegrass lawns. The adults of …

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Research Shows: Volunteerism Promotes Better Health

Melanie G. Taylor Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Agent Gulf County metaylor@ufl.edu The importance of volunteerism has always been strong, but in these tough times of economic hardship, natural disasters, and wartime, the number of volunteers helping those in need are not only helping others, but themselves, too.  Upon entering office, President Obama began a campaign-United …

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