Monthly Archive: November 2017

Exploring the Economic, Environmental and Social Issues Impacting the Coastal Dune Lakes

The lodge at Camp Helen State Park was the perfect backdrop for the Coastal Dune Lake Seminar Series Water School. Brandy Foley of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance shares her paleolimnology research work on the lakes. On a beautiful October day, 35 people gathered at the Camp Helen State Park lodge to share information about the …

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Thanks, I Kneaded That

Kneading Dough Photo credit: Angela Hinkle One of the most beloved smells across cultures and classes is baking bread. It brings about associations of home and comfort – even among folks who have never even experienced baking bread at home! The tactile experience of touching, folding, and pushing dough – or kneading – is considered …

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Agritourism in North Florida- an Emerging Industry

The Ocheesee Creamery in Calhoun County Florida participates in the annual regional Farm Tour highlighting a number of agritourism opportunities in North Florida.  Photo Credit: Ocheesee Creamery It seems each weekend this time of year is packed with things to do outside; and for good reason!  The weather is perfect and the holidays are approaching.  …

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Dine In Day Pledge

Dine In Day, December 3rd, is a day to set aside and share a nutritious meal with family, friends, and colleagues and have good conversation. Dining In at home together really does make a difference in the lives of our families – biological or otherwise. Sharing a meal is so fundamental to the human experience …

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Slow Cooking Ideas for the Busy Family

Slow CookingPhoto credit: Pamela Allen With the weather changing and cooler temperatures on the way, get out the slow cooker for simmering soups and stews that will be waiting for you when you get home. Slow cookers are popular and allow us the convenience of prepping ahead of time and having a hot cooked dish …

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Spend Smarter This Holiday Season

By adopting a few smart spending strategies, you can help avoid overspending and decrease holiday stress. (UF/IFAS File Photo) It’s that time again – the most wonderful time of the year!  For many of us, though, it can be a time of stress, frustration, and financial uncertainty as we drive ourselves past our limits to …

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What is in Your Pantry?

Pantry StaplesPhoto credit: Pamela Allen With fall around the corner and school starting back, it is time to take inventory of your pantry. You should really dig in and see what is lurking in the dark reaches of your back shelves. This task should be done on a regular basis to help keep foods rotated …

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Farm Bureau Survey Reveals Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years

Source: American Farm Bureau Source:  American Farm Bureau American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $ 49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year’s average of $ 49.87. The big ticket item – a …

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How Many Replacement Heifers Should You Keep at Weaning?

Replacement beef heifers at the University of Florida North Florida research and Education Center Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Each year commercial cow/calf operations must decide how many replacement heifers are grown out to be put in the breeding pasture.  Individual ranches must make the decisions about heifer retention based upon …

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Do the Math First Before Purchasing Feed to Supplement Hay

Washington County bahiagrass hay. Despite the producer’s best efforts, it is unlikely that this hay will be able to meet the nutritional demands of a lactating brood cow. Some supplementation will be required to ensure that cattle performance is not suppressed. Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin Two general statements to begin the discussion: Florida grass hay …

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