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Future Livestock Producers are Developed through Local Livestock Shows

  Christian Rodriguez of Live Oak, with his Brahman Heifer, Welu. Credit: Tyler Jones Audrey Bodiford, of Jay, FL, winner of the 2017 SRC Fair & Youth Livestock Show Spirit Award. Santa Rosa County Extension Agents have worked closely with the Santa Rosa County Fair over the last five years to grow the livestock show. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/27/future-livestock-producers-are-developed-through-local-livestock-shows/

UF/IFAS offers Heifer Development Program for Cattle Producers

The Florida Heifer Development Program  Annually beef cattle producers are faced with the decision of how to replace unproductive females within their herd. For most large commercial ranches, developing their own replacement heifers is a viable option, but for many smaller operations (<100 head) it is not as easy.  Whether it is that lack of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/30/ufifas-offers-heifer-development-program-for-cattle-producers/

Pregnancy Diagnosis Options for Beef Cattle Producers

Figure 1. Picture depicting the correct location for collection of blood samples from the tail vein. Photo by Doug Mayo Generally, beef herd pregnancy rates after a 60–120-day breeding season tend to range from 80 to 94 percent. Pregnancy diagnosis identifies the 6–20 percent of open cows in the herd so they can be culled …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/23/pregnancy-diagnosis-options-for-beef-cattle-producers/

FSA Hay and Grazing Net: an Online Resource for Hay and Livestock Producers

USDA has created an online tool to connect livestock producers with hay growers and land owners Hay & Grazing Net.  Photo credit: Doug Mayo USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Announces Online Hay and Grazing Acres Locator Tool For many years, FSA’s Hay Net website www.fsa.usda.gov/haynet  has been the “go to” online resource for agricultural producers …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/12/20/fsa-hay-and-grazing-net-an-online-resource-for-hay-and-livestock-producers/

UF/IFAS Seeks Input from Hay Producers on Stem Maggot Damage

Stem maggots are a relatively new pest of Bermudagrass hayfields in the Southeast. Atherigona reversura is the scientific name of the bermudagrass stem maggot, a new invasive fly from south Asia which damages bermudagrass pasture and hay fields.  This pest was first discovered in 2009 in California and in 2010 in Georgia, and since these …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/05/23/ufifas-seeks-input-from-hay-producers-on-stem-maggot-damage/

Florida Food Connect: A Tool to Help Producers Engage with Customers

From farm gate to dinner plate, consumers are looking for more local food options. According to the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, Industry estimates valued local food sales at $ 7 billion in 2011, reflecting the growing importance of this new market. While examining how to connect consumers with local producers, University of Florida researchers …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/05/23/florida-food-connect-a-tool-to-help-producers-engage-with-customers/

Round Bale Silage, a Viable Option for Rain-Weary Hay Producers.

Creating an airtight seal using plastic is critical for making quality round bale silage. Photo Credit D. Mayo Introduction: “When the sun shines, make hay.”  (John Heywood, 1546).  For north Florida’s farmers, that statement is much easier said than done lately.  Daily precipitation and rainfall amounts well over 10 inches have left hay farmers frustrated.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/27/round-bale-silage-a-viable-option-for-rain-weary-hay-producers/

Walton County’s New Weather Station will Benefit Producers

A FAWN (Florida Automated Weather Network) weather station was recently installed at Brown Pit off of Brown Road in North Walton County.  The University of Florida provided Walton County with the $ 15,000.00 weather station.   Anyone can access the data collected by this and other FAWN weather stations at: http://fawn.ifas.ufl.edu/.  Once on the website …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/06/13/walton-countys-new-weather-station-will-benefit-producers/

USDA Reminds Producers of Approaching Deadline for FSA County Committees Nominations

Want to be more involved in how federal Ag programs are delivered in your county? Consider participating as a representative on your local FSA county committee. Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until August 1, 2013, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/05/17/usda-reminds-producers-of-approaching-deadline-for-fsa-county-committees-nominations/

Escambia and Santa Rosa County Extension offer Irrigation Workshop for Row Crop Producers

Because of increased irrigation throughout Northwest Florida, UF IFAS Escambia and Santa Rosa County Extension are partnering to offer a morning workshop to help producers better utilize their irrigation systems and improve farm profitability.  We have three guest speakers that will be discussing topics pertinent to cotton, peanuts, and corn (see the schedule below).  Please …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/01/26/escambia-and-santa-rosa-county-extension-offer-irrigation-workshop-for-row-crop-producers/

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