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Muscadines Benefit From Timely and Artful Pruning

Muscadine cluster Credit: Peter C. Andersen, UF/IFAS Extension Muscadines are a terrific grapey treat this time of year ’till fall throughout North Florida. To grow muscadines well in the home garden, care must be taken when pruning to maximize spatial efficiency and yield. August is the very beginning of the muscadine harvest in the Florida Panhandle, which …

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Cattle Numbers Up, But Prices Down From Last Month

Cattle prices are very good, but for how long? The more people jump into production, the greater the likelihood of prices falling. In a report dated July 24, 2015, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has stated there are 98.4 million head of cattle on U.S. Farms. This marks the first inventory increase since …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/01/cattle-numbers-up-but-prices-down-from-last-month/

Protecting Precious Species From Pesticides

There are more than 100 species of plants and animals living in Florida that are in danger of extinction.  These trees, flowers, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and invertebrates are listed as either threatened, endangered or species of special concern.  As stewards of the land we must question, “What could the loss of a torreya …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/08/protecting-precious-species-from-pesticides/

Youth Gain from Camping Experiences

With summer around the corner, it’s a great time to enroll your children in residential and/or day camps. For most communities there are a variety of camps offered. Camping experiences not only give children something to do, they are also great learning experiences. Just as a garden or flowerbed requires critical elements like water, sunshine, space, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/28/youth-gain-from-camping-experiences/

“From Seed to Plate” – Youth Enjoy the Fruits of Their Labor

Planting Time Did you know that something as simple as a garden can help youth not only learn to love vegetables, but also improve their science scores?  Fifth-graders at Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka Elementary Schools experienced the benefits of gardening this year through the 4-H Seed to Plate Program.  This program teaches youth how to plant, maintain, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/22/from-seed-to-plate-youth-enjoy-the-fruits-of-their-labor/

Increasing Income from Calves Sold at your Local Livestock Market

There are a number of techniques to increase the values of calves sold at weaning. Photo credit: Doug Mayo While cattle producers have always worked hard to minimize input costs of their operation, there are also management practices that can increase the income from calves sold at your local livestock market. The weight and quality …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/15/increasing-income-from-calves-sold-at-your-local-livestock-market/

Make Your Own Seed-starter Pots From Newspaper!

Photo Credit: Whitney Cherry, UF IFAS Extension 4-H literally got its roots in gardening (pardon the pun). The very first 4-H Clubs focused on growing tomatoes and corn, and many youth and volunteers still enjoy gardening projects today. Gardening enriches your life, promotes good health, and saves money. One way to save money is to …

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Learning from the Floods

Just over a year ago, southwest Alabama and northwest Florida experienced a devastating storm that left hundreds without access to their homes and businesses, flooded out and stranded by a hurricane-force storm that didn’t come with the luxury of a week’s warning. Rainfall records in Pensacola go back to 1879, and the April 29-30 storm …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/06/learning-from-the-floods/

Onions: Taste Good, Easy to Grow, and Many Varieties from which to Choose

Onions are simple to grow and take up very little space. This is an easy selection for a beginning gardener. The winter weather is finally giving way to springtime. While temperatures have been erratic, the rain has been sufficient. There are still plenty of cool season leafy garden crops in production, but they will not …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/03/24/onions-taste-good-easy-to-grow-and-many-varieties-from-which-to-choose/

Highlights and Presentations from the 2015 Beef Conference

A record crowd of over 160 people attended the 2015 Beef Conference held in Marianna.  Photo Credit Doug Mayo More than 160 cattle ranchers, allied industry representatives, extension agents and specialists came together to make the 30th annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference one of the best ever.  The boost in attendance from previous years was, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/02/27/highlights-and-presentations-from-the-2015-beef-conference/

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