Monthly Archive: September 2015

National Estuaries Week! – What is an Estuary?

Welcome to National Estuaries Week! Each year in the fall NOAA and other agencies try to educate residents about estuaries. The vast majority of humans on our planet live on, or near, an estuary – many not realizing the importance those bodies of water have on our economy and quality of life. We live on …

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Florida’s Forest Stewardship: Integrate Wildlife and Forestry Workshop October 15

October 15, 2015 – 8:30 am–3:30 pm ET Dixie Plantation 1583 Livingston Rd, Greenville, FL 32331 Wildlife and timber are important objectives for many forest landowners. Integrating forestry and wildlife management starts with setting realistic timber, wildlife and economic objectives;and a long-term management plan that addresses the management strategies to meet them. This workshop will …

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Researchers Assessing Smutgrass Damage to Pastures with Survey

A pasture infested with smutgrass, which is not grazed by livestock, competes with improved forage grasses. University of Florida Researchers are attempting to gather information on smutgrass in Florida.  This effort is part of a grant they received from USDA-NIFA.  This survey is being conducted to provide a basic understanding of the current status of …

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Record Year for NOAA Shark Survey in North Carolina

Most of us remember the string of shark attacks that occurred this past summer in North Carolina; as a matter of fact, according to the International Shark Attack File, it was a record year for that region. Since 2001 there have been 34 shark attacks in North Carolina ranging from 1-5 per year (average 2.4 attacks / …

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Antique Tractor Drive and Pull November 20 & 21

As a part of their Farm-City Festival, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an antique tractor drive and pull  November 20 & 21 in Marianna, Florida.  The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the rich heritage and economic contribution that agriculture has made to the region.  If you own a tractor made …

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Florida’s Outstanding Tree Farm Tour October 23

Friday, October 23, 2015 9:00 am–2:00 pm CST Tree Farmers, forest landowners, and forestry and natural resource professionals are invited to join us to tour the award winning Alter-Bevis Farms.  A congratulatory awards luncheon for John and Elizabeth Alter, Florida’s 2015 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year will take place following the tour. This tour …

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“Super” El Niño Poised to Disrupt Weather Patterns

Typical jet stream (red dashed line) and storm track during strong El Niño’s. Source:  Southeast Innovative Farming Team Tropical Pacific Heating up Over the past several months, water temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean have been warming at an alarming rate, building one of the strongest El Niño’s in decades. El Niño refers …

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Cotton Marketing News: September Numbers Not Likely to Move the Needle

Don Shurley, University of Georgia Cotton Economist Cotton growers continue to wait on anything that would push prices to the desired 70-cent level or better. To date, little marketing or price protection has taken place as producers seem willing to wait it out. This is not a bad strategy given the opportunity cost of storing …

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Steve & Seth Basford Honored as Jackson County Agricultural Innovators

Doug Mayo, Jackson County Extension Director recognized the Basford Family as Agricultural Innovators in Jackson County. On Tuesday August 4, 2015, twelve Innovative Farmers and Ranchers were recognized by University of Florida IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida at the Jefferson County Opera House, in Monticello.  This is the fifth year these two …

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Discovering the Panhandle… Barrier Islands… September

I am not going to lie… I skipped August… It was hot… September however was nice. The day I made the hike the skies were clear and the temperature was 75°F! wonderfully… truly wonderful. If you are like me you probably begin your day around the same time – and have probably noticed that it …

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