Monthly Archive: January 2015

Join us for Farm Day 2015 in Atmore AL February 12

You are invited to join us for Farm Day 2015, an annual crop production educational meeting held in combination with Alabama Cooperative Extension and UF IFAS Extension.  This year, Farm Day will be held at Grace Fellowship Church, 1412 E Nashville Avenue, (West Highway 31) Atmore, AL 36502.  This year’s slate of speakers from the University of Georgia, …

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Escambia and Santa Rosa Offer Pesticide Training February 25

Attendees will learn the basics of applying pesticides correctly and will be able to take the exams (Private Applicator and Core) necessary to become certified private applicators by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). WHO NEEDS A LICENSE? Anyone using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides on agricultural or related sites in Florida needs a …

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2015 Florida Bull Test Sale Summary

Steve Williams of J & W Simmentals receiving his plaque for their consignment J&W Mr Cruising that was the winner of the Florida Bull Test. Pictured (from L to R): Nick Comerford (NFREC Center Director), Steve Williams, and David Thomas (NFREC Beef Unit Supervisor). The Florida Bull Test Sale was held on January 17, 2015 …

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2014 NASS Farm Land Rent & Labor Survey Summary

The annual USDA BASS Survey indicated that irrigated farm land rented for an average of $ 132 per acre in the tri-states region in 2014, which was $ 22/acre less than what was reported for 2013. It is the time of year when land owners and farmers negotiate lease agreements for renting farm land. One …

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Resolutions for Living Well

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “resolution” as “the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc.; the act of resolving something.” Now that 2015 is here, what are you seeking to resolve this year? If you read Living Well in the Panhandle articles, you probably have noticed a theme. The theme is …

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Crop Rotation May Determine the Profitability of Peanuts in 2015

In the Sod-Based Crop Rotation Project at NFREC Marianna, the 160 acre field is divided in quadrants and rotated with 2 years of bahiagrass, followed by a year of peanuts and then a year of cotton.  Photo credit: Doug Mayo Jim Marois and David Wright, UF/IFAS NFREC Agronomy Research It is not good idea to …

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Get Free Tax Prep Help

In the early ’70s, Gary Iskowitz was doing graduate work as well as teaching tax law while working for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Mr. Iskowitz saw a growing problem with questionable tax preparers who were scamming low-income people in his area. He did not like what he saw! Consequently, he proposed training a few …

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Converting Planted Pine to Silvopasture Benefits Cattle & Timber

  Silvopasture is an agricultural practice co-managing trees, forage, and livestock. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Silvopasture is an agroforestry practice where a combination of trees, forage, and livestock are  jointly managed to optimize production of all three. The term “silvopasture” means “forest-pasture,” where “silvo” is derived from a Latin word that means “forest.” Silvopasture can …

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Cutting Down Waste in the School Cafeteria

School Lunchtime(SNAP Education Photo Gallery)   Do you have a child or grandchild who eats meals at school? Do they come home hungry and complain about the meals they are served? Have you taken any time to explain how the lunchroom food choices are made? If not, it may be time to have that conversation. …

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Wood ducks could use your help this time of year

Wood ducks are one of the most colorful ducks in North America. Breeding males showcase an unbelievable combination of colors including a red bill and eyes, a metallic purplish-green crested head, black cheeks with thick white stripes, a maroon chest and rump, black and blue wings, dark yellow sides, and a white belly. The drab …

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