Monthly Archive: June 2016

Nutrition in a Desk Drawer

A busy schedule is the most used excuse for not eating nutritiously.  When pressed for time, it’s easy to fall into the habit of making unhealthy food choices. For those who have no time to prepare meals during the work day, yet want to eat nutritiously, one solution is to plan ahead and prepare mini …

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Every Food Group Every Day

What’s the best way to enjoy a variety of the nutrients and other substances needed for good health? Eat from every food group every day. Foods are put into food groups because they provide key nutrients, in about the same amounts. For example, the milk, yogurt, and cheese in the Dairy Group provide about the …

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Has Caffeine Become a Bad Habit?

It seems that most Americans start their mornings off with a mug of hot coffee, iced coffee, or any number of fancy variations. For many, it’s the key to starting your day off right. Ever notice what happens when you don’t get your coffee in the morning? Let’s just say, it can be enough to …

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Crops in Season – Blueberries

July is National Blueberry Month and what a great testament it is to be named fruit of the month during this patriotic season!  Blueberries are one of the few fruits native to North America and have been enjoyed for centuries, both wild and cultivated.  In fact, the United States is the world’s largest producer of …

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Okaloosa Veteran & Small Farmer Workshop July 21

Launching and sustaining a successful business takes a wealth of resources.  Farm Credit of Northwest Florida and Okaloosa Extension are teaming up to provide a local workshop for veterans interested in starting a farm business, beginning farmers, or small farmers looking for help to expand existing operations!   Participants will meet local resource people that utilize …

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Five Tips to Reduce Pesticide Spray Drift

Erdal Ozkan, Agricultural Engineering, Ohio State University Due to concerns for production costs, safety, and the environment, it is important to maximize the pesticide deposit on the target. One of the major problems challenging pesticide applicators is spray drift, which is defined as movement of pesticides by wind from the application site to an off-target …

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New & Improved Agritourism Law: What does it mean?

Buckingham Farms in located in Fort Myers features an atmosphere of rustic elegance for agritourism events. Photo Credit: Seth Henry Mary Beth Henry, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Horticulture Agent Agritourism marries Florida’s two largest industries, tourism and agriculture, to provide an on farm recreational experience for consumers.  Florida experienced record tourism in 2015, with 105 …

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Panhandle Cotton Insect Situation

Early squaring cotton. Photo by Mike Donahoe Tarnished plant bug. Photo credit: Russ Ottens, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org Cotton throughout the area is squaring heavily and most of our oldest cotton is probably a week away from first bloom. There are reports of some fields being treated for tarnished plant bugs feeding on pinhead squares. …

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Friday Funny: Skin Transplant

A farmer’s wife got in a terrible car wreck on the highway coming back from town one night. In addition to a broken arm, gashes, and numerous bumps and bruises, her face was severely damaged. The doctor told the farmer that the only way he could save his wife’s beautiful face was for him to …

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Volunteering Makes Good Sense

Nate Grimsley is known for teaching crafts at 4-H camp each year. In a world where so many things don’t make sense, Nate Grimsley has discovered something that does.  Ten years ago, Nate’s daughter won 1st place at the Leon County 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Program and was awarded a full scholarship to Camp Cherry …

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