Panhandle Agriculture

FSA NAP Deadlines Approaching

Aug. 20, 2015  – Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini today encouraged producers to examine the available U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the sales deadline for fall crops. “Deadlines are quickly approaching to purchase coverage for fall-seeded crops,” …

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Mikael L’Andre honored as Walton County Agricultural Innovator

Mikael L’Andre (left) was recognized as Walton County’s Agricultural Innovator by Evan Anderson, Walton/Okaloosa Extension Agent. On Tuesday August 4, 2015, twelve Innovative Farmers and Ranchers were recognized by University of Florida IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida at the Jefferson County Opera House, in Monticello.  This is the fifth year these two …

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Jackson Cattlemen’s Tour Highlights

The Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association hosted their annual tour on August 13, 2015.  This year’s tour went to two farms and the local research station.  More than 80 people attended the tour this year.  MWI Veterinary Supply, Southern States and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida sponsored the event and covered the expenses of lunch and …

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Honey Bee Colony Numbers: National Trends Mixed, Florida Increasing

Photos by Judy Ludlow The Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), conducted their ninth annual national survey of honey bee colony losses. Over 6,000 beekeepers completed the survey providing valuable information about honey bee colony numbers and health for the 2014/2015 …

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Soybean Rust found in Jackson County Sentinel Plot

Source: Soybean Rust IPM PIPE Soybean rust (SBR) has been found on the sentinel plot in Jackson County at the Extension Office.  Because these plots are scouted for SBR on a regular basis, the SBR was confirmed very early.  SBR has now been confirmed in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas in 2015. Soybean growers should …

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Watermelon Fusarium Wilt Update

Figure 1. Fusarium wilt of watermelon on a commercial field in Madison County on 06/15/15. Authors: Tatiana Sanchez, Mathews Paret, Joshua Freeman, and Nicholas Dufault Fusarium wilt of watermelon (Figure 1) is a soil-borne, fungal disease that can affect watermelon plants anytime from seed to harvest. It has been a problem for many Florida producers …

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Friday Funny: Farm Funnies

This week we have a collection of cute, farm related cartoons and Facebook funnies sent in by Lola Allard, Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District. Thanks Lola! ********************************************************************************************** One thing is for sure, farm folks always enjoy sharing good jokes, photos and stories.  If you have a good, clean joke, particularly one that pertains to agriculture, …

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West Florida Extension Farm Field Day August 27th

All are invited to attend the 2015 Extension Farm Field Day  that will be held on Thursday, August 27th at the UF/IFAS WFREC (4253 Experiment Road, Hwy 182, Jay, FL 32565).  Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. with tours beginning at 8:30.   Lunch will be generously provided through agribusiness sponsorship. Florida and Alabama restricted pesticide license renewal CEUs …

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Tomato School to be held in Walton County

Last year a Tomato School workshop was conducted at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center in Jay, FL. The workshop was aimed to help people interested in small farm production of tomatoes. This year it will come to the UF/IFAS Extension office in Defuniak Springs for two class sessions in October. The course …

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Florida Forestry Economic Highlights

Source FL Forestry News:  Official Newsletter of the Florida Forestry Service                                                                                                                                       . Since the 1930s, natural resource managers have relied on the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program, the most comprehensive forest monitoring and analysis system in existence. FIA is a reliable means of gauging changes to wildlife habitat, timber supplies, the environment and …

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