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2017 Ag Census Surveys in Your Mailbox this Week – Return by February 5

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) mailed the 2017 Census of Agriculture to the nation’s producers this week. Conducted once every five years, the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture. The resulting data are used by farmers, ranchers, trade associations, researchers, policymakers, and many …

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Crops in Season: February

Although cool weather certainly makes Floridians feel like they’re experiencing winter, Florida farms are working in overdrive this February producing agricultural products for a whole lot of people who, because of COLD weather, are not able to grow their own crops. . The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services states that “Consumers around the …

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Enjoying Local Seafood; What’s in Peak Season for February?

There has been an increase interest, from both visitors and residents, in purchasing local seafood.  Here we are going to define local seafood as anything caught or grown within 200 miles of your location.  For Pensacola that includes Alabama, Mississippi, and much of Louisiana; for St. Mark’s that would include the Big Bend and much …

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Invasive Species of the Day (February 25): Coral Ardisia and Wild Hogs

Coral Ardisia (Ardisia crenata):   Attractive red berries entice homeowners to use as a landscape plant but coral ardisia can quickly dominate adjacent natural areas. photo courtesy of Les Harrison Coral ardisia is also known as coral berry, spice berry, and scratchthroat. It was introduced into Florida in the early 1900’s for ornamental purposes. In the …

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Invasive Species of the Day (February 25): Coral Ardisia and Wild Hogs

Coral Ardisia (Ardisia crenata):   Attractive red berries entice homeowners to use as a landscape plant but coral ardisia can quickly dominate adjacent natural areas. photo courtesy of Les Harrison Coral ardisia is also known as coral berry, spice berry, and scratchthroat. It was introduced into Florida in the early 1900’s for ornamental purposes. In the …

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Invasive Species of the Day (February 24): Lionfish and Air Potato

Lionfish (Pterois volitans):   Red LionfishPhoto: Florida Sea Grant Red Lionfish are a predatory reef fish that are non-native invasive species and have spread throughout Florida Waters.  They are members of the family Scorpaenidae whose members are venomous and the lionfish is no exception.  This fish is relatively small ranging from 10-12 inches in length and …

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Invasive Species of the Day (February 23): Kudzu Bugs and Beach Vitex

Kudzu Bug (Megacopta cribraria): Florida is extending a warm welcome to a new pest!  In 2012, the Kudzu bug made its first appearance in our state.  And they are settling in to stay.  The kudzu bug was first documented in the US in 2009 in Northeast Georgia.  It has quickly spread throughout the southeast. At …

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National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) – February 22-28, 2015

Many plants and animals have been introduced to new regions for centuries, as people have discovered new lands.  These transient species are known as non-natives, and can become invasive. Invasive species occur throughout the world and may blend in, be nondescript or highly attractive; they can be plant or animal; terrestrial or aquatic; they may …

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Discovering Florida’s Panhandle – Barrier Islands – February 2015

Making the Big Sabine hike on Santa Rosa Island in February was COLD! A front had pasted over the day before and temp was in the 30’s with a north wind. But the sky was a beautiful blue and the Gulf was calm and clear.   The Gulf is smooth and clear most winter mornings. …

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Northwest Florida Beef Conference February 11

Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show February 11, 2015 The 30th annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, February 11th, at the Jackson County Extension Office, in the Agriculture Conference Center, located at 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, Marianna, Florida. Registration and the Trade Show open at 7:30 AM central …

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