Monthly Archive: April 2014

Our Recovering Florida Black Bear Population

Florida Black Bear visiting an easy food source. Photo by Jennifer Bearden Florida Black Bear are the largest land mammals in the state of Florida. At birth they are smaller than a soda can but they quickly grow up to 250-400 pounds for males and 125-250 pounds for females. Even though black bears are large animals, …

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USDA Microloans Available for Small Farms

The Microloan Program, available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), is a relatively new option to help beginning farmers get started, or to assist existing small farms expand their operations. This program offers more flexible access to credit and is an attractive loan alternative for smaller farming operations, including the non-traditional, which often encounter limited …

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New Farmer Incubator Meeting May 15

The Gadsden County “Grow Gadsden” Initiative is seeking to train new farmers to promote agri-business enterprise entrepreneurship in the county. Photo credit: Marisol Amador A New Farmer Incubator is being established in Gadsden County through a collaboration between the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), The Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce, …

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Cashing In at “Local” Markets

Local food sales in the Florida Panhandle were valued at $ 543 million in 2012. Photo credit: IFAS Archive The local foods movement is a trend which has turned into a game changer. In 2012, local food sales in the Florida Panhandle alone have been valued at $ 543 million. Indicators suggest more consumers are …

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Keep Water and Nutrients in the Root Zone

Fig 1. Appropriate irrigation cycle length with drip tubing in a plasticulture bed. Summer is rapidly approaching and irrigation demands by vegetable crops will be greatly increasing. Many areas of the Panhandle are blessed with well-drained soils, which are great during wet periods, but can be challenging to manage the water and nutrients provided to …

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Update on UF/IFAS Winter Biofuel Crop Study

The netting prevents the Etiopian Mustard breeding lines from out-crossing in the NFREC-Quincy breeding trials. David Wright,  Jim Marois, and Nicholas DeLorenzo, researchers at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center (UF/IFAS NFREC), are leading an effort with support from the Florida Department of Consumer Services (FDACS), Mustard 21 (Canada), Agrisoma (Canada), …

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Think About It!

Leon County Extension’s sustainable rainwater cisterns collect rainwater from the rooftop and use the water from the cisterns to irrigate the demonstration garden. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the term “sustainability” has emerged as a result of significant concerns about the unintended social, environmental, and economic consequences of rapid growth.  Sustainability is based …

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Spring Clean Your Finances

  As you are clearing out clutter, sprucing up, and getting ready for summer, you also should start your financial spring cleaning by figuring out where you stand financially. Here are a few tips to help you get started: 1.  Get organized. Build a personal financial filing system; get out your financial paperwork and file …

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Spring into Cleaning

Photo credit: Dorothy C. Lee Spring is officially upon us.  There are few rites of Spring more familiar than the annual Spring Cleaning.  It is easier and healthier to live in a clean, well-organized home.  Spring Cleaning doesn’t have to be synonymous with drudgery, though. The key to cleaning is being organized and familiar with …

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