Controlling Tomato Pests in the Home Garden Seminar

Damage to tomato fruit caused by hornworm,
Credit: James Castner, University of Florida

Despite the fact that the State of Florida is one of the top two tomato producing states in the United States, many times the Florida home gardener finds it difficult to grow tomatoes. Florida farmers are first in the production of fresh market tomatoes with California farmers being first in the production of processed tomatoes …

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NWF Gulf Coast Beekeepers Association Workshop

Honeybee visiting flower. Credit: UF/IFAS

The Northwest Florida Gulf Coast Beekeepers Association is hosting its first annual workshop on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Florosa Elementary School, 1700 Highway 98, Mary Esther. Open to the public, the eight hour event will feature hands-on demonstrations of how to raise bees, collect honey, and build beehives. Guest speakers will include Doug Corbin, …

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Upcoming Lawn & Garden Seminars

Home grown tomatoes. Credit: Larry Williams

With spring on its way, your local University of Florida Extension Office in Okaloosa County is providing lawn and garden seminars for the public.  Plan Before You Plant Seminar: Take the guesswork out of vegetable gardening and join Okaloosa County Master Gardener Lee Vanderpool as he presents this seminar on planning your vegetable garden. Topics …

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Learn about camellias in Fort Walton Beach on Valentine’s Day

Camellia in bloom
Photo Credit: Larry Williams

As a community service, the Greater Fort Walton Beach Camellia Society, which is over 50 years old, will conduct a free Camellia Workshop to introduce the camellia to area residents. The workshop will be held at the Okaloosa County Extension Annex, 127 NW Hollywood Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach from 9 a.m. until noon on …

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100 years of Extension, improved lives and shaped a nation

In one way or another, I would argue that we all have benefited from legislation signed 100 years ago referred to as the Smith-Lever Act. The Smith-Lever Act established the Cooperative Extension Service, a unique educational partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the nation’s land-grant universities and counties that extends research-based knowledge through a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2014/12/31/100-years-of-extension-improved-lives-and-shaped-a-nation/

Best Management Practices

The next opportunity for the class needed in order to apply for a fertilizer license will be in Crestview on February 3, 2015.  For more information click on the date: 2315

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2014 Turfgrass Expo & Field Day Includes Landscape Info


There is something for the professional, Master Gardener and homeowner at the 20th Annual Turfgrass Expo & Field Day. You’ll see and learn the newest in the areas of lawn grass varieties, weed control and many other topics related to selecting, establishing and maintaining a Florida lawn. Plus, the expo includes landscape info.  This University …

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Salty Topics Emerald Coast Series: Sea Turtles of the Emeald Coast

Green Sea Turtle Small

The University of Florida IFAS Extension & Florida Sea Grant program of Okaloosa/Walton Counties invites you to join us on April 28th at 5:00 PM for our Salty Topics Emerald Coast Series “Sea Turtles of the Emerald Coast.”  Brooke Saari, Marine Science Extension Agent will cover the various species of sea turtles found in Florida, …

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Palm School Comes to Northwest Florida

With all the issues we will be facing with palms this year Palm School 2014 is the place to learn. Plan on attending April 29 & 30 in Destin.

Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2014/03/27/palm-school-comes-to-northwest-florida/

NW District Agent Irrigation Training

All Extension Agents, regardless of program areas, who want to learn more about landscape irrigation are encouraged to join us at WFREC Irrigation on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

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