Jackson County Extension

"The University of Florida Working in Your Home County"

850-482-9620
Office Hours:  7:30 AM – 4:30 PM Central Time
2741 Pennsylvania Ave Suite 3
Marianna, FL 32448

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Upcoming Events

2015 August

5 Review Exam for Pesticide License August 5 2015, at the Extension Office in Marianna; cost $10 includes lunch; the training is intended for individuals interested in obtaining a pesticide applicator license in the Private Applicator or Row Crop categories; 4 CEUs available for license renewal; call (850) 482-9620 to register and for more information
The World of Rabbits & Poultry 4-H Day Camp, at the Extension Office in Marianna; the times for this Day Camp are from 8:30 – 11:30 PM, and is open to children ages 5-7; space is limited to 10 youth; please visit our Day Camps web page for more information and registration forms, or visit the Extension Office, located at 2741 Pennsylvania Ave #3, Marianna; call or email (850) 482-9620

13 Jackson County Cattlemen’s Tour – Tour starts at Bigham Farms – Take Old US Road north of Marianna to Farm Road.

20  Peanut Field Day, at NFREC-Marianna, Hwy 71 North
27  West Florida Extension Farm Field Day, WFREC-Jay, 4253 Experiment Road, Hwy 182, Jay, FL 32565; Registration begins at 8 AM CDT, with tours beginning at 8:30 AM; There is no fee to attend, however folks should pre-register by telephoning Robin Vickers at 850-983-7134 or 850-393-7334, or online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/extension-farm-field-day-tickets-18017896012  CEUs will be available, as well as CCA points
29  Vegetable Gardening Workshop, Jackson County Extension Office, 2741 Pennsylvania Ave, Marianna; the class will be held from 9 AM – 3 PM CST; cost is $20, and includes lunch and all materials; pre-registration is necessary and can be done by calling 850-482-9620, or by visiting the office no later than Tuesday, Aug 25;  class topics will include:  plant and seed selection, crop rotation, container gardening, cover crops and composting, and companion gardening
29  FAMU Grape Harvest Festival, FAMU Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research, 6505 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32317. Grape wine samples, pick your own grapes, 5K run, live entertainment and more. For more information contact 850-599-3546 or email extension@famu.edu
30  Honey Bee Health & Best Management Strategies, FAMU REC-Quincy; 11 AM – 5 PM EST; Michael Schmaeling, of the Rodale Institute, will be presenting the following topics:  Honeybee biology and behavior, colony management and equipment, pests and diseases, bee laws, apiary management, soil health practices to ensure a pollinator-friendly environment; workshop is free and lunch will be provided

2015 September

15 AARP Smart Driver Course, Jackson County Extension Office in Marianna from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a one hour lunch break. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. No tests are taken and participants receive a certificate of completion to present to their automobile insurance provider. Insurance discount amounts are determined by the insurance provider. Please preregister by calling 850-482-9620. Registration fees will be collected on the class date.

2015 October

 7 AARP Smart Driver Course, Jackson County Extension Office in Marianna from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a one hour lunch break. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. No tests are taken and participants receive a certificate of completion to present to their automobile insurance provider. Insurance discount amounts are determined by the insurance provider. Please preregister by calling 850-482-9620. Registration fees will be collected on the class date.
12 & 19  Tomato School, Walton County Extension Office, 732 N. 9th Street, Defuniak Springs, FL 32433; held from 6-8 PM CT, the class covers small-farm tomato production from transplants to harvest; cost is $40 and pre-registration is required; contact Blake Thaxton at bthaxton@ufl.edu or (850) 623-3868 for more information
19-22  Panhandle Youth Expo, Jackson County Ag Center, Hwy 90 west of Marianna; FFA and 4-H youth will show hogs, heifers, steers, showmanship, poultry and rabbits, plus compete in the annual Ag Judging Contest; a Youth Exhibits Show is open to all youth ages 5-18, and will include arts & crafts, baked goods, photography, and much more.

2015 November

3-4  4-H Ag Adventures, NFREC-Marianna Beef Unit; an educational program to teach 1st grade students about the diversity of agriculture in Jackson County, bi-products made from plants and animals, fun facts and hands-on learning; the program is open to public, private and home-schooled 1st graders; teachers/parents wanting to participate should contact 4-H Agent Angel Granger, at 850-482-9620 to make arrangements for their class or student(s)
20  Farm City Breakfast, 7 AM

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New Family & Consumer Science Agent serving Jackson County

Marie mug shotThe University of Florida’s Jackson County Extension Service welcomes a new Family and Consumer Science Agent, Marie Arick. Previously an FCS Agent for the Texas Extension Service, Arick brings a variety of programming experience to Jackson County and will emphasize the areas of consumer science, health, wellness, and food and nutrition for both adult and youth focused programming in a variety of venues.

Originally from Starkville, Mississippi, Arick obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Mississippi State University. With her bachelor’s degree in Fitness Management/Exercise Science, Arick spent 18 years in the medical field primarily in Cardiology before obtaining her Master’s degree in Health Promotion. “I witnessed first-hand the impact on one’s health and overall wellness produced by a serious ailment and the need for more educational programs to aid in improving the overall quality of life for people. This is not just isolated to health education and wellness, but also financial literacy and job skill programs as well. I feel addressing issues with a holistic approach can help people maximize their abilities and that small changes over time can provide a very positive and beneficial impact on people’s lives”

Arick is a welcome addition to the team of extension agents who serve Jackson County. County Extension Director, Doug Mayo said, “There is an ever growing interest among consumers to better understand how health and nutrition interact.  While the Internet has created a gateway to vast amounts of information, not everything being shared is research-based, factual information.  Marie’s knowledge and abilities will be a real asset for the entire community.”

If you have questions regarding health, wellness, food and nutrition, financial literacy, housing, or sustainable living stop by the Jackson County Extension Office at 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue in Marianna between the hours of 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.  Or you can contact Marie by calling 850-482-9620, or via the Jackson County website at http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu.

 

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New Extension Agent in Jackson County

Lollar

The University of Florida’s Jackson County Extension Service has a new Horticulture Agent, Matt Lollar. Lollar’s educational program will focus on commercial fruit crop, vegetable, landscape, turf, and specialty crop production. As the Horticulture Agent, Lollar will provide assistance to producers through farm visits, workshops, field days, and on-farm demonstrations. He will also coordinate the Master Gardener Volunteers who provide educational training and individual help for home gardeners.

For the past four years, Lollar served as the Seminole County Horticulture Agent based in Sanford, Florida. He is originally from Belle Fontaine, Alabama and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Horticultural Sciences from Auburn University. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Options for Earning CEU’s

We now have interactive pesticide training tutorial DVDs, in many different categories. These DVDs tutorials may be used to prepare for the exam or to earn CEUs for license renewal. Approved categories include:  General Standards (CORE), Private Applicator, Ag Row Crop, Ag Tree Crop, Aquatic, Demo & Research, Forestry, Ornamental & Turf, and Right-of-Way. Appointments should be made by calling the Extension Office, at (850) 482-9620.

There are other ways to earn some quick, last-minute CEUs. The obvious option is to find and attend a class offering the CEUs needed. The next option, for those persons owning a computer with internet service, is to take advantage of CEUs offered Read the rest of this entry »

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