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NISAW 2016 – Working together to remove Giant Salvinia (Salvinia molesta) from Northwest Florida

  Giant Salvinia mats completely covering Bay County pond. This fast growing invasive can double in size every week! Photo by L. Scott Jackson   Matthew Phillips and Scott Jackson UF/IFAS Extension and Research works with many partners supporting invasive species management actions and strategies across Florida. One key partner is the Florida Fish & Wildlife …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/26/nisaw-2016-working-together-to-remove-giant-salvinia-salvinia-molesta-from-northwest-florida/

From Fear to Fascination: White Sharks in the Panhandle

White Shark (Carcharhinus carcharias). Credit: Florida Sea Grant Stock Photo From Fear to Fascination: White Sharks in the Florida Panhandle UF/IFAS Extension – Florida Sea Grant  By Rick O’Connor (Escambia County) and L. Scott Jackson (Bay County) Recently, I was walking on our local Gulf fishing pier checking fishing line recycle bins. You can’t walk …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/12/from-fear-to-fascination-white-sharks-in-the-panhandle/

Cotton Marketing News: Cotton Reaches New Lows from Lack of Demand

Don Shurley, University of Georgia Cotton Economist New York Yankee great Yogi Berra died this week. One of the most famous of his Yogi-isms was “When you get to a fork in the road, take it.” Undoubtedly, cotton prices are at a fork in the road. Will prices be able to hold the 60-cent level …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/25/cotton-marketing-news-cotton-reaches-new-lows-from-lack-of-demand/

Cotton Marketing News: Where Does This Wild Season Go From Here?

Don Shurley, University of Georgia Cotton Economist Here’s a scene from The Andy Griffith Show: AUNT BEE: Opie, you need to go next door and see Floyd about a haircut. OPIE: But Aunt Bee, those little hairs get down my neck and they itch like crazy. AUNT BEE: Well, after the haircut, go home and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/28/cotton-marketing-news-where-does-this-wild-season-go-from-here/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/04/muscadines-benefit-from-timely-and-artful-pruning/

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/

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