Learn about camellias in Fort Walton Beach on Valentine’s Day

Camellia in bloom
Photo Credit: Larry Williams

As a community service, the Greater Fort Walton Beach Camellia Society, which is over 50 years old, will conduct a free Camellia Workshop to introduce the camellia to area residents. The workshop will be held at the Okaloosa County Extension Annex, 127 NW Hollywood Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach from 9 a.m. until noon on …

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100 years of Extension, improved lives and shaped a nation

In one way or another, I would argue that we all have benefited from legislation signed 100 years ago referred to as the Smith-Lever Act. The Smith-Lever Act established the Cooperative Extension Service, a unique educational partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the nation’s land-grant universities and counties that extends research-based knowledge through a …

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Best Management Practices

The next opportunity for the class needed in order to apply for a fertilizer license will be in Crestview on February 3, 2015.  For more information click on the date: 2315

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Limited Pesticide Training and Exam

A pesticide license is required for application of insecticides, herbicides or fungicides to landscape plants, including Roundup and Insecticidal soap.  As a landscape professional or government employee earning this certification can be as simple as attending the training and passing the exam.  The next opportunity is Oct 22, 2014 in Crestview.  If you need to …

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Limited Structural Pest Control Training

In order to legally apply pesticides to the interior of your employer’s building you must be licensed by the state of Florida.  The next opportunity to attend a review and exam class is September 30, 2014 in Chipley.  For more information: Structural 2014

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Best Management Practices Required for Fertilizer License

As of January 1, 2014 landscape personnel that charge for the serve of fertilizing of plants or grass must be Best Management Practices certified and licensed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in order to perform the work. Any soil ammendments, including organics are considered fertilizer.  If you haven’t completed this, the …

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Emerald Coast Home Show Offers Lawn, Landscape Seminars

The Emerald Coast Home Show, Health Fair and Business Expo will include lawn and landscape seminars and an information booth hosted by the Okaloosa County Master Gardeners. This event will be held at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island on September 13 and 14. The horticulture seminars will be provided by the UF/IFAS …

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Fall into Vegetable Gardening Course at Extension Office

Fall into Vegetable Gardening

Fall is a great time to plant a winter garden. One of the benefits of living in the Florida Panhandle is that we can grow vegetables twelve months out of the year. But not all vegetables can be successfully grown during our cooler fall and winter months. If you have struggled with vegetable gardening or …

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Right of Way Training and Exam


  By state law, an applicator must be licensed in order to apply restricted-use herbicides to highway roadsides, powerlines and railroad tracks.  August 4, 2014, the Okaloosa County Extension office is offering a review class and exam.  For more information click on the following:  Right of Way flyer2014

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CORE Training


  In order to obtain a pesticide license in any of the Chapter 487 categories ( Ornamental & Turf, Right of Way, Aquatic, Natural Areas, Private Applicator etc.) it is required to pass the CORE ( General Standards) exam.  The next opportunity for a review class and exam is on July 31 in Chipley or …

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