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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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, 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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Upcoming Events

2015 June

4 & 8 – 4-H Camp Counselor Training, Bristol; transportation provided; youths wanting to be Camp Counselors and Counselors-in-Training should contact the 4-H office for more information
5 – Perennial Peanut Field Day, NFREC-Marianna; program begins at 9:30 AM CDT; cost is $10; there will be a farm tour immediately after lunch
9-10 – 4-H Camp Counselor Training, Bristol; transportation provided; youths wanting to be Camp Counselors and Counselors-in-Training should contact the 4-H office for more information
11 – On-Farm Workshop at Coldwater Gardens, Milton; Shiitake mushroom cultivation methods, diversifying your farm products, about NRCS high-tunnel funds, Florida Organic Growers (FOG), lunch included; cost $10; contact Mary Hathaway at mary@foginfo.org, or call 904.419.3609 for more info
22-26 – 4-H Camp Timpoochee, Niceville; this residential Camp provides campers with plenty of educational and recreational activities as they explore marine life in tidal pools, swim, canoe, enjoy camp songs and fellowship around a campfire, and much more! Transportation is provided to and from Camp; registration packets will be available by May 1st on line and at the 4-H office; please call 482-9620 for more information; this Camp is open to all youth between the ages of 8 -12

 2015 July

 7  Painting with a 4-H Twist 4-H Day Camp, at the Extension Office in Marianna; the time for this Day Camp is from 5-9 PM, and is open to youth ages 8-18; 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
Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day, Moultrie GA; registration begins at 7:30 AM  EDT; event is free and includes talks and demo plot tours from 30 of the region’s top agricultural consultants and specialists; visit http://www.sunbeltexpo.com/ for more info, or call 229-985-1968
20-22  Junk Drawer Robotics 4-H Day Camp, at the Extension Office in Marianna; the times for this Day Camp are from 9 AM – 3 PM, and is open to youth ages 8-12; space is limited to 12 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
28-29  SEW Much Fun 4-H Day Camp, at the Extension Office in Marianna; the times for this Day Camp are from 8 AM – 12:30 PM, and is open to youth ages 8-18; space is limited to 8 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

2015 August

5  Pesticide Applicator License Review and Exam, 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
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

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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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