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  1. Having Fun While Being Safe with Fireworks — July 3, 2015
  2. Old Habits Die Hard — June 30, 2015
  3. Giving Young Wildlife a Chance — June 30, 2015
  4. Southern Purple Mint Moth — June 29, 2015
  5. Friday Funny: The Crafty Principal & the Lipstick Mirror — June 27, 2015

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Having Fun While Being Safe with Fireworks

They wiz, sparkle, pop and twirl. They thrill and sometimes scare us. Do you recall the first sparkler that you got to hold? Was it an exciting, magical experience, or did you get burned?  Do you really know how hot a sparkler can get?  Most children are rarely concerned with safety,  It is up to the adults …

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Old Habits Die Hard

If you’ve been gardening for more than a few years, you may be confused by UF/IFAS recommendations that conflict with practices you’ve used for years. You aren’t imagining things, we do change recommendations based on the most current research available to help you with your agricultural endeavors. I want to share a few common mistakes …

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Giving Young Wildlife a Chance

These fledgling doves were found out of their nest and on the ground in late May. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson A few weeks ago, the neighbor boys came running over to show my children the baby birds they found in their front yard. We expected they would lead us to a tree and point out fledglings in …

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Southern Purple Mint Moth

One very popular herb for the backyard garden is the evergreen Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis which serves as an attractive landscape shrub in addition to its culinary uses. Rosemary grows best in full sun and well-drained soils. When planted in the ground, rosemary can grow 4-5 feet in height and spread. Plants do have beautiful bluish …

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Friday Funny: The Crafty Principal & the Lipstick Mirror

Lipstick on the School Bathroom Mirror A rural middle school in Northwest Florida was recently faced with a unique problem. A new fad arose amongst the 8th grade girls with the use of lipstick.  They began bringing, sharing, and trading with their friends to try out all the new styles and shades.  The gathering point …

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National Forage Week June 21-27

Cattle graze on Bermudagrass at Cherokee Ranch, Marianna. Photo credit: Doug Mayo #NationalForageWeek The American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC) is introducing National Forage Week for the first time June 21–27, 2015.  Slightly less than 2 percent of the total U.S. population lives on a farm, making it more difficult for the general public to …

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Crop Oil: Use 1 Gallon per Hundred or 1 Quart per Acre?

Crop oil adjuvants can boost herbicide activity on hard to control weeds. There is some confusion, however, about how much crop oil to add to the sprayer tank to get the right mix.  Photo credit:  Doug Mayo Jay Ferrell and Ramon Leon, University of Florida Weed Specialists A crop oil adjuvant is an essential part …

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Agritourism Can Promote Your Farm and Generate Extra Revenue

Silent auction event in a greenhouse at Turkey Hill Farm. Photo by Molly Jameson. The momentum behind the local food movement has meant a huge growth in the number of consumers heading to their local farmers’ markets each week. Not only are they interested in buying produce that is fresh and locally grown, but they …

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Watermelon – A Taste of Summer

Rarely do I hear the phrase “school’s out” and not think of my own summers of fun and, of course, Alice Cooper’s 1972 major hit single “School’s Out for Summer” – does that age me? In fact, “word” has it that Alice Cooper said he was inspired to write the song when answering the question, …

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Summer Break Spot

Summer Break Spot With school out for the summer, many children may miss out on a meal they normally would receive through USDA’s school meals programs. Florida’s at-risk children now can have meals all summer long. The Summer Break Spot Program, also known as the Summer Food Service Program, is federally funded under the U.S. …

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