Monthly Archive: November 2013

Trees for Fall Color

Florida maple beginning to exhibit fall color. Photo credit: Larry Williams Although Florida is not known for the brilliant fall color enjoyed by some of our northern neighbors, we do have a number of trees that provide some fall color for our North Florida landscapes.  Our native flowering dogwood consistently provides some change in color …

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AI Cowculator App

The utilization of estrous synchronization and timed artificial insemination (TAI) has potential to influence the economic efficiency of cow/calf enterprises by improving a producer’s opportunity to shorten the calving season, increase calf uniformity, have earlier births during the calving season, enhance pre-weaning growth, and heavier calves at weaning. However, beef producers have been slow to …

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Factors for Successfully Wintering Your Meat Goats

There are important factors to consider to successfully overwinter your goat herd. Dr. Henry Grant, County Extension Director, Livestock Agent, Gadsden County Extension Service A winter feeding program for meat goats should have as its main objectives:  to provide the nutrients necessary to maintain a reasonable body condition, to prevent weight loss, and to maintain …

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Farm-City Partnerships: A Celebration of America’s Strengths

This Jersey Dairy Calf is from a Panhandle dairy which supplies locally processed dairy goods directly to the community. These types of local Farm-City relationships strengthen community economies.  Photo by Judy Ludlow November is a time for honoring our Veterans, gathering our harvests, and recognizing the significance of agriculture in America.  In 1955 the National …

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Keep the Holidays Healthy

The Season of Hallothanksmas is upon us. Yes, I know what you’re thinking:  treats, meats, and delicious eats. But let’s shift our way of thinking. What if we turn our focus to family, friends, and making great memories? Here are three things to think about this holiday season: 1. Portion control – Have you noticed how …

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Raisin’ Cane and Making Syrup — An Ol’ Florida Tradition

Terry Mercer with some of his purple ribbon cane. Sugarcane is a crop that many folks eat at every meal of the day, without ever realizing it. Commercially, it is used to make sugar crystals which are incorporated into many foods we eat. However, in the Southern United States, sugarcane has been used since before …

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Pecans – A Southern Tradition

As I made a visit back to my hometown in North Alabama I was reminded of the subtle changes from fall into winter, which are not always apparent to me living in Tallahassee: the vibrant palette of leaves as they make their permanent descent until spring, the litter of spent cotton along each highway and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/11/11/pecans-a-southern-tradition/

Fall Flower Color

Fall color in the Florida landscape may be a little different than more northern areas but it is just as dramatic with the right plant selections.  One of the favorite perennials that is in peak bloom right now is the Cassia or butterfly plant, Cassia bicapsularis.  Grown for its showy bright yellow flowers, this soft-wooded …

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Florida-Friendly Landscaping is the Law!

  It doesn’t take expert gardeners or landscapers to create a Florida-friendly yard.  All it takes is a willingness to learn and a desire to build a beautiful yard that helps protect Florida’s environment.  Florida-friendly landscaping is now part of state law. Florida Statute 373.185 prohibits government entities and homeowners associations from enacting or enforcing any …

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Comment Deadline November 15 for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Local vegetables offered for sale. Image Credit Matthew Orwat The comment period for proposed FDA food safety regulations as mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is rapidly closing. November 15 is the deadline. Panhandle fruit and vegetable growers and processors both large and small need to be aware of and comment on any proposed changes. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/11/09/comment-deadline-november-15-for-food-safety-modernization-act-fsma/

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