Monthly Archive: March 2013

Cat News You Can Use

Years ago when I adopted my first cats, my veterinarian told me that unlike dogs, cats do not get heartworms, so I didn’t need to give my cats any preventive medicine for them. However, fast forward about 20 years and now veterinarians know that cats, too, can become infected with heartworm. In fact, recently, the …

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Food Safety for Your Farm

The release of the new Food Safety Modernization Act proposed guidelines in January 2013(http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/FSMA/ucm334120.htm )has many producers wondering, “How do I make my farm food safety compliant?”  While specific handling protocols are still coming from researchers at various University’s across the country, planning the transition for food safety compliance is relatively simple. The following three …

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Invasive Species of the Day Series (March 6th): Chinese Privet & Alligator Weed

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: March 3rd – March 8th March 6th: Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense) & Alligator Weed (Alternanthera philoxeroides): Video courtesy of Aquatic and Invasive Plant Identification Series by the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Invasive Plant Management Section. Chinese Privet: Chinese Privet …

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Invasive Species of the Day Series (March 5th): Wild Hogs and Water Hyacinth

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: March 3rd – March 8th March 5th: Wild Hogs (Sus scrofa) & Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes): Wild boar Photo Credit: Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Wild Hogs: Wild Hogs, also called Feral Hogs, are not native to the United States.  Wild hogs are highly adaptable and can find suitable …

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Prepaid or Reloadable Cards

What are prepaid cards? Pre-paid cards or network branded prepaid cards are not credit cards, although they are sometimes marketed as “prepaid credit cards”. No credit is offered by the card issuer and the cardholder spends money which has been prepaid to a card.  The value is not physically stored on the card.  Instead, the …

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Invasive Species of the Day Series (March 4th): Cogongrass and Hydrilla

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: March 3rd – March 8th March 4th: Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) & Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata): Cogongrass Photo Credit: Chris Evans, Illionois Wildlife Action Plan, www.bugwood.org Cogongrass: Cogongrass is one of the 10 worst weeds in the world.  This grass is an aggressive grower and forms colonies causing loss of productive forest …

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Invasive Species of the Day Series (March 3rd): Tropical Soda Apple & Lionfish

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: March 3rd – March 8th March 3rd: Tropical Soda Apple (Solanum viarum) & Lionfish (Pterois volitans): Tropical Soda Apple Photo Credit: Jeffrey Mullahey, UF, Bugwood.org Tropical Soda Apple: Florida ranchers know Tropical Soda Apple (TSA) as the “Plant from Hell.” It was first noticed in south Florida, but its seeds …

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Invasive Species of the Day Series (March 2nd): Popcorn Tree & Torpedo Grass

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: March 3rd – March 8th March 2nd: Chinese Tallow (Sapium sebiferum) & Torpedo Grass (Panicum repens) Chinese Tallow Photo Credit Cheryl McCormick, UF, www.bugwood.org Chinese Tallow (Popcorn Tree): Benjamin Franklin has been blamed for introducing the invasive exotic Chinese Tallow tree to the Southeast when he mailed seeds to a planter …

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Winter Storm “Rocky” brings Drought Relief

Winter Storm “Rocky” brought drought relief with 10-14 inches or rain falling across the Panhandle. UF/IFAS FAWN Station summaries for 2013. High Rainfall Reduces Drought in the Panhandle The Weather Channel started naming winter storms this season to raise public awareness and to help track storms as they move across the country. Winter Storms “Q” and especially “Rocky” …

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Corn Planting Decisions

Attractive corn prices combined with reduced stocks will likely lead to an increase of planted acres across the U.S., including the Florida panhandle, in 2013. (Photo by Doug Mayo, Jackson Co. Extension) Corn prices are attractive this year due to reduced corn stocks caused by the severe drought the corn-belt experienced in 2012. This will …

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