Monthly Archive: August 2013

Carinata: A Crop with Potential for Florida’s Farmers

Carinata is a prolific oil seed producer Field preparations at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy Florida are currently underway for a crop trial offering great value potential for Florida Panhandle farmers, and potential economic and environmental benefits for everyone else. Brassica carinata, or carinata as it is commonly called, is …

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The Countdown Continues!

Out of the mouths of babes: “4-H brought me closer to my grandfather.” – 9th grade 4-H member “I have developed a better work ethic and communications skills.” – 9th grade 4-H member “4-H has taught me leadership and commitment that I can use for the rest of my life.” – 9th grade 4-H member …

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Bringing Summer Fun to Your 4-H Club Meeting

It’s time for our 4-H clubs to start the new 4-H year.  If your 4-H club took time off for the summer break the first club meeting can be a little crazy.  Everyone will want to catch up and share their summer adventure stories.  Why not take advantage of this excitement and make it part …

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The Countdown Continues!

You are making a difference: Studies done with 4-H youth show adults in their 4-H clubs make them feel important (65%) and listen to them (64%). (Perkins & Butterfield, 1999).                                            That’s all the difference …

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The Countdown Continues!

The out-of-school hours constitute the biggest single block of time in the life of a young adolescent (Council on Adolescent Development, 1992). What are they doing with it?                   With the help of 4-H volunteers like you… anything they want! Join us on Monday, August 19, 2013 …

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Chill Out in the Summer Heat

Brutal … Sizzling … Searing.  These words are often used to describe the summer heat in our Southern region of the U.S.  While staying cool in the summer heat is a matter of comfort for most of us, for many folks, excessive exposure to heat can be very dangerous.  Here are some easy-to-follow tips to …

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The Countdown Continues!

In 2001, Kirk Astroth and George Haynes of Montana State University published research which found the following:   Compared to other youth, 4-H youth are more likely to: Succeed in school, getting more A’s than other kids Be involved as leaders in their school and community Be looked up to as role models by other kids; …

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The Countdown Begins!

The countodown is on to the first session of our Make a Difference Mondays Volunteer Training Series.  We are just one week away from our first session!  This session is going to be great for all volunteers interested in leading a 4-H club.  New or experienced… you will learn things that will help you get through this …

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Soil Testing Can Save You Money Later

  Soil Sampling ProbeImage Credit: Eddie Powell Often, vegetable gardeners that I work with through the Walton County Extension office pose the question: Why should I take a soil sample? I always answer that soil testing will determine whether lime and fertilizer need to be applied to the soil to support good plant growth. Soil sampling …

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Asian Cockroach – Is it a Pest of the Home or the Garden?

German cockroach (left), Asian cockroach (right). Credit: Dina L. Richman, University of Florida When people first see Asian cockroaches they may think they are seeing little flying moths. Or they may believe they are seeing German cockroaches because the two species look similar. Keen observation will indicate that there are differences, particularly in behavior.  In appearance, both German …

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