Monthly Archive: July 2016

Supermarket Smarts

Do you consider buying groceries a real grind? A necessary evil? Well, it may never turn into a fun adventure for you, but there are some things you can do to make it easier on you and your budget. Grocery shopping actually begins at home: Keep a note pad handy in the kitchen to make a list; …

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Crops in Season: August

As much as I wanted to write about Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbors’ Porch Day, celebrated on August 8, it was difficult because zucchini, a summer squash, takes a two-month hiatus during July and August, the warmest Florida summer months.  Nevertheless, there is quite a variety of produce growing locally (within 100 miles) of …

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Out with the Old and In with the New: Understanding the New and Improved Nutrition Facts Label

The Nutrition Facts label, seen on packaged bags, boxes, cans, etc., is the consumer information gateway to making healthy choices for ourselves and our families.  But let’s face it, for many Americans, interpreting the Nutrition Facts label can be downright confusing, at times, essentially clouding our decision-making abilities. Making informed decisions about what you eat …

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What’s Your Child’s Learning Style?

As a parent or caregiver, understanding your child’s learning style can greatly aid when assisting with studies or homework. Very simply, people process information differently and the learning process is different for each person. There are three main learning types:  visual, auditory or kinesthetic. Understanding these learning types can help you to best support your …

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Sleep Deprivation and Kids

Are your school kids getting enough sleep? With the new school year starting and routines being established, are things going smoothly? If you are sleep deprived, then the chances are your children may be sleep deprived as well. The following is an excerpt from the University of Michigan Health System: School-aged children still need somewhere between …

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Satsumas Return to North Florida

Author: Jose Perez, UF/IFAS Small Farms Extension Coordinator Tour a Satsuma Grove on October 11 There was a time when citrus production was booming in North Florida. In the 1920’s, Jackson County, Florida, was known as the Satsuma capital of the World. Satsuma is a citrus variety with excellent eating quality that is cold heady …

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Corn Harvest Underway in Jackson County

This combine was running hard harvesting field corn this week near Greenwood, FL at Bishop Farms. Harvest is always an exciting time on the farm.  Months of work, investment, and risk pay off when the crop comes in.  This week several farms in Jackson County started harvesting field corn from both dryland and irrigated fields. …

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Armyworms Wreaking Havoc on North Florida Forages

Ray Bodrey, UF/IFAS Gulf County Extension Director & Kalyn Waters, UF/IFAS Holmes County Extension Director A sudden, fierce attack of armyworms is currently underway on Panhandle forages.  Livestock and hay producers should be on the lookout for this pest. Recently, cases of infested pastures have been identified in multiple counties across Northwest Florida. Insect pests …

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Cute Baby Chicks and Your Chickens Can Make You Sick

Last summer the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported 181 people from 40 states got Salmonella infections from contact with their poultry.  This year, through the end of June 2016, 611 people from 45 states have gotten sick from Salmonella infections related to poultry.  Of the 611, 138 were hospitalized, and 195 (32%) were children …

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Are Your Forages Getting Enough Water?

Exposed perennial peanut forage roots at 5 ft soil depth. (C.L. Mackowiak) Cheryl Mackowiak, UF/IFAS NFREC Soils Specialist Forages, as with all plants, require light, water and nutrients. Even if you cannot control water inputs because you are on non-irrigated land, you may find it useful to know the water status of your soils to …

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