By recycling food and lawn scraps, you can create compost and feed the worms

Apr 01, 18 By recycling food and lawn scraps, you can create compost and feed the worms

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By Lisa Sehannie Use a compost bin to turn fruit and vegetable scraps and lawn debris into rich compost to feed vegetable gardens and landscape plants. To stay healthy, compost bins must be fed too. As a Master Composter Extension Volunteer trained through University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, here are my tips on caring for a...

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The poblano pepper, a spicier complement to the bell pepper

By Julie Jernigan Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez, University of Georgia vegetable horticulturist, encourages Georgia vegetable producers to consider planting poblano peppers. Compared to bell peppers, poblano peppers have a greater yield per acre, comparable market price and more disease resistance. Poblano pepper plants produce an average...

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FL Students Compete in National Science and Math Competition

Apr 01, 18 FL Students Compete in National Science and Math Competition

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By: Trimmel Gomes While many high school students are still learning how to properly fold laundry, 40 of the smartest students in the nation are in Washington, D.C., this week to show off their achievements and compete in science and math. The Regeneron Science Talent Search is one of the nation’s oldest and most notable...

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Florida Farm Families Earn National Award for Food Donation

Apr 01, 18 Florida Farm Families Earn National Award for Food Donation

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By:FFB Florida Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers received top honors for donating 24.6 million pounds of fresh produce and other foods to assist hungry Floridians as part of American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF). Now in its 16th year, Harvest for All is spearheaded by members of Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers &...

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Dustin Grooms runs the family strawberry farm with love and duty

Apr 01, 18 Dustin Grooms runs the family strawberry farm with love and duty

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By Mick Lochridge Eight years in the Army taught Dustin Grooms a lot about fairness, hard work and duty. Blending that education with the life lessons he learned from his father growing up, he was armed with the maturity and know-how to take on the responsibility of running his family’s strawberry farm. “Growing produce is a...

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UF study: Peregrine Staying Closer to Home as Population Increases

by beverlymjames@ufl.edu The majestic Peregrine Falcon, one of the largest and fastest birds on the planet, can fly hundreds of miles, but lately has been sticking close to home to breed. Researchers at the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences say it’s a matter of population density. Peregrines had...

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Organic livestock standards rule withdrawn to detriment of family farmers and the organic label

by the NFU The USDA’s move will exacerbate consumer confusion about the meaning of the organic label, and it will, ultimately, negatively impact family organic producers who adhere to strict, voluntary organic standards, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU). NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in...

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UF/IFAS researcher hopes to breed, grow nutritious pumpkins in Florida

Apr 01, 18 UF/IFAS researcher hopes to breed, grow nutritious pumpkins in Florida

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu Pumpkins and their seeds are good for you. For example, the flesh of the fruit is a good source of many vitamins and fiber, and its seeds provide unsaturated fats that help reduce cholesterol, among their other health benefits. The pumpkin’s nutrient values are driving Geoffrey Meru, a...

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Building a One-Stop System for Food Data

By Sandra Avant, ARS Office of Communications. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is creating a new food data system called USDA FooDS, which will incorporate all USDA foods and nutrient composition databases under one umbrella. For more than 125 years, the USDA National Nutrient Database has provided data on the composition...

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Native azaleas are very different from their traditional Southern cousins

By Sharon Dowdy Georgians are accustomed to evergreen azaleas, but native azaleas are currently growing in popularity. Unlike evergreen azaleas, native azaleas lose their leaves in the fall, grow tall and airy rather than low and dense, and bloom in the spring and summer. University of Georgia plant breeder Carol Robacker has...

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Fishing Forecast

Apr 01, 18 Fishing Forecast

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By: Capt. Ric Liles Hello Friends, Great news!!!  After almost 5 months in a borrowed boat I just got back from a exhausting trip to pick my boat up in Arkansas. I did not get a new boat I just had mine repaired after the transom started to delaminate. I’ve tried to keep a low profile while in the borrowed boat only taking trips...

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Crops Hold Onto Harmful Mutations That Reduce Productivity

Apr 01, 18 Crops Hold Onto Harmful Mutations That Reduce Productivity

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By Kim Kaplan Limits on improving yield and other critical traits in maize likely are due to rare harmful mutations genetically linked to a beneficial gene combination that were selected for during domestication and breeding, according to a study published today in the journal Nature. These so-called deleterious genetic mutations...

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All Hail the Whole Grain!

Apr 01, 18 All Hail the Whole Grain!

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By Jan Suszkiw A human nutrition study reaffirmed the health benefits of substituting whole-grain foods like whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, barley, rye, and brown or wild rice for refined-grain products like white bread in the diet. Scientists with the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA)—jointly run by...

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Bell peppers a popular choice for home gardeners

Apr 01, 18 Bell peppers a popular choice for home gardeners

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By Clint Thompson While commercial bell pepper producers grow this popular vegetable on fumigated plastic mulch beginning in early March, home gardeners in south and central Georgia should plant them in early to mid-April, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong. He advises north...

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Report horseshoe crab spawning sightings with new FWC app

Apr 01, 18 Report horseshoe crab spawning sightings with new FWC app

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Media contact: Michelle Kerr, 727-502-4787 Spring is peak mating season for horseshoe crabs, and biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourage sighting reports with the new FWC Reporter application. Horseshoe crabs mate year-round, and it is most common to see groups along the shore in March...

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Guana River Dam improvements begin, with some areas closed during construction

Apr 01, 18 Guana River Dam improvements begin, with some areas closed during construction

Posted by in Land Care, Scientific Studies

Media contact: Greg Workman, 352-620-7335 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is about to start improvements to the Guana River Dam in St. Johns County. The improvements will address storm damage to the dam. Construction is scheduled to begin April 1 and continue through August, weather permitting. The dam is...

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Are flamingos returning to Florida?

by American Ornithological Society Publications Office Flamingos are a Florida cultural icon, and sightings of American Flamingos in the state have been on the rise in recent decades. However, whether they’re truly native to the U.S. or only arrive via escape from captivity has long been subject to debate, making developing a plan...

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UF/IFAS research: Tiny insect may help reduce hydrilla presence in Florida waters

by Tom Nordlie A tiny insect with a big appetite for hydrilla could help reduce the presence of this troublesome invasive water weed in lakes, springs and rivers, says an entomologist with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. During National Invasive Species Awareness Week (Feb. 26 to March 2),...

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Is pongamia the next big replacement crops for citrus?

Apr 01, 18 Is pongamia the next big replacement crops for citrus?

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By Vicki Boyd A tree native to India that produces oil-laden pods holds promise as an alternative crop for Florida growers who have lost groves to citrus greening disease. Fourth-generation citrus producer and FFVA member Peter McClure has been studying Pongamia pinnata for about 10 years and is bullish on its potential to part of...

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ARS Scientist Leads $1 Million Funded Consortium to Seek Honey Bee Disease Controls

By Kim Kaplan Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist Steven Cook will be leading a $1 million funded international consortium of scientists to seek new controls for Varroa mites, honey bees’ number one problem. Cook, with the Bee Research Laboratory, a part of ARS’s Beltsville (Maryland) Agricultural Research Center,...

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