Monthly Archive: February 2013

Fisheries Management and Artificial Reefs

Fish swimming in cube reef located near Taylor County, Florida. One of the highlights from last week’s Northwest Florida Artificial Reef Workshop was the panel discussion which included Bill Lindberg, Bob Shipp, Will Patterson, and Luiz Barbieri. These researchers provided information regarding the current state of reef fisheries in the Gulf. Additionally, they suggested strategies …

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Three Keys to Successful Saving

Saving money can be easy or it can be extremely difficult.  Why should you save?  To set aside money you could spend today…so you can spend it tomorrow!  Ask yourself some hard questions: What would happen if…  You lost your job?  You got sick?  You had an emergency? How will you pay for big purchases? …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/02/26/three-keys-to-successful-saving/

Wait to Fertilize Lawn

Fertilizing your lawn before the soil temperature is adequately warm results in waste of fertilizer and possible lawn injury. Close up of cold injured lawn grass blades Lawn cold injury from too early fertilizer application Despite the fact that you can easily force your lawn to turn green early with many of the high nitrogen …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/02/22/wait-to-fertilize-lawn/

How Much Hay Is Enough?

Estimating how much hay you will need to feed each year is critical for maintaining optimal herd health. Accurate estimations can be calculated using the method outlined below. We always know at some point whether we had enough hay for the winter and whether it was good enough. Sometimes it’s now when we’re running out …

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Preventing Honey Bee Swarms in Managed Beehives

A European Honey Bee swarm taking temporary refuge on a tree limb before finding a new home for their expanding colony. Honey bee swarms are a normal sign of healthy honey bee colonies.  Two types of reproduction occur with honey bees.  First, there is individual (biological) reproduction from eggs laid by the queen.  Second, there …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/02/22/preventing-honey-bee-swarms-in-managed-beehives/

Fisheries Management and Artificial Reefs

We’ve started processing some of the recordings from the workshop. We’ll post more here as soon as they are ready. We had a few challenges during our first live broadcast and recording the presentation. We hope you will enjoy hearing the information either for the first time or re-living some your favorite moments. Definitely one of …

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All Reasonable Efforts: What does it mean to me?

  It is important to ensure that our programs are open to everyone. Federal affirmative action guidelines require that a 4-H club’s membership reflect that of the community which it serves.  So, if your club serves the whole county, and your county is 54% white 36% black, 6% Hispanic, and 3% other, then your club …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/02/21/all-reasonable-efforts-what-does-it-mean-to-me/

From the Heart

4-H’ers celebrating a National Day of Service in January. February has long been associated with heart related events.  Of course, there is Valentine’s Day, a day of love.  Additionally, the full month is devoted to a focus on heart health.  Continuing on this heart related theme, I want to focus on generosity.  Generosity is one …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/02/18/from-the-heart/

The America Saves Challenge is Coming!

Setting a goal is the first step in taking charge of your finances. However, staying on track to meet that goal can be hard!   The America Saves Challenge will help you meet your goals by providing daily encouragement and challenge! The 2013 America Saves Challenge is part of America Saves Week (February 25-March 2, 2013), …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/02/18/the-america-saves-challenge-is-coming/

Protect Young Satsuma Trees when Temperatures drop into the 20′s

Mature, dormant Satsuma trees are cold hardy down to 14° – 18 °F, young trees need protection if temperatures dip into the upper 20s. Photo credit David Marshall According to the National Weather Service a mild freeze is predicted for Northwest Florida this weekend, specifically Saturday night to Sunday morning.  While mature, dormant Satsuma trees …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/02/15/protect-young-satsuma-trees-when-temperatures-drop-into-the-20%e2%80%b2s/

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