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2014 Florida Organic Cost Share Program

Photo credit: IFAS Archive Funding Announcement The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has received funding from the 2014 National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) , which is a program of the United State Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS). These funds will be used to reimburse growers, handlers, and processors …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/08/16/2014-florida-organic-cost-share-program/

Bulls Have Arrived for the 15th Annual Florida Bull Test

Bulls arriving and settling in for the 15th Florida Bull Test.  Photo by Cliff Lamb For the 15th year, the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) is hosting the Florida Bull Test. This year, of the 119 bulls nominated, 102 bulls were received on July 30, 2014. After a three-week adaptation period, bulls will …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/08/02/bulls-have-arrived-for-the-15th-annual-florida-bull-test/

West Florida Field Corn Variety Tour July 29

TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014 • 10:00 AM – Noon UF/IFAS WEST FLORIDA RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER 4253 Experiment Road – Highway 182 Jay, Florida 32565 The UF/IFAS Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team will be hosting a Field Corn Variety Tour on Tuesday, July 29th, at the West Florida Research Education Center near Jay, Florida.  The event …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/26/west-florida-field-corn-variety-tour-july-29/

Chikungunya Arbovirus – A New Mosquito Borne Illness in Florida

The Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes albopictus, one of the two Chikungunya vectors in Florida. Photo by Sean McCann, UF/IFAS Florida Mosquito Database Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.   It is also called “contorted fever” or “that which bends up.” The virus is cycled between mosquitoes and humans, and there is no …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/19/chikungunya-arbovirus-a-new-mosquito-borne-illness-in-florida/

Florida Betony: Both Edible Native and Weed

Florida Betony (Stachys floridana), commonly called rattlesnake weed, is a Florida native plant. It’s thought to have been confined to Florida until it was moved to other Southeastern states during the 1940s or 1950s in nursery containers. It is now found from Texas to North Carolina. Its square stems are characteristic of the mint family …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/15/florida-betony-both-edible-native-and-weed/

Florida Wildflowers – Historically Resilient

The summertime often reminds us of our uninhibited spirit. With Independence Day not far off, Floridians will be celebrating the freedom of our nation while battling the oppressive climate you can’t seem to escape this time of year. As we approach the apex of heat and humidity here in Florida, we would do well to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/01/florida-wildflowers-historically-resilient/

The Mosquito-Borne Tropical Disease Chikungunya Makes Its First Appearance in North Florida

Tiger mosquitos are distinctive with their black and white coloration, and bite during the day. Photograph by: J. L. Castner, University of Florida The first occurrence of the mosquito-borne tropical disease chikungunya has occurred in north Florida. Two cases have been reported, in Leon County, from residents who recently visited Haiti. This virus originated in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/06/21/the-mosquito-borne-tropical-disease-chikungunya-makes-its-first-appearance-in-north-florida/

Florida Seed Association Seminar June 24-25

30th Annual Seedmen Seminar June 24th & 25th, 2014 University of Florida, Plant Science Research and Education Unit Frank Stronach Conference Center 2556 wesy Highway 318, Citra, Florida 32113 Tuesday June 24th 12:00 PM Registration 1:00 – 1:30 – Dr Kevin Folta – UF/IFAS Horticulture – Reframing the Communication on Transgenic Crops 1:30 – 2:00 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/06/14/florida-seed-association-seminar-june-24-25/

“Digital Devices Transform Couch Potatoes into Air Potato Destroyers – Use Your Phone to Help Manage Florida Invaders”

Map and identify invasives with “IveGot1″ Digital devices have proliferated like kudzu in July, and new user applications for these devices are as common as armadillos. Untold hours and dollars are being spent by couch potatoes to defend artificial worlds from dragons, zombies and other imaginary invaders. Meanwhile, real exotic aliens from air potatoes to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/06/06/digital-devices-transform-couch-potatoes-into-air-potato-destroyers-use-your-phone-to-help-manage-florida-invaders/

Living with Florida Snakes

Warming temperatures have awaken snakes that have been dormant during the winter months.  As a result, they are more active during abnormal times of the day and move more than they typically do while searching for food.  This also means more people are likely to encounter with them. Even though most snakes are nonvenomous, many people …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/06/06/living-with-florida-snakes/

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