Keep backyard chicken flocks safe

By Sharon Dowdy Avian influenza was detected on March 3, 2017, in a commercial chicken flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee, less than 100 miles from the Georgia state line. Tests revealed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI). The farm was quarantined and the birds were depopulated. Avian influenza has not been...

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Analyzing Disease Mutations Using Online Cattle Genomes

By Sandra Avant Thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists, a genomic database of U.S. beef cattle is now available online. The complete genomes of 96 bulls representing different U.S. cattle breeds were sequenced by researchers at the Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC)...

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Native to the South, ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ is semi-evergreen, tough and tolerant.

Apr 04, 17 Native to the South, ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ is semi-evergreen, tough and tolerant.

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Gardening

By Norman Winter It’s been amusing watching visitors get out of their cars and start taking photos of shrubs around the parking lot at the University of Georgia Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Sometimes we even laughingly call these tough-as-nails plants “parking lot shrubs.” I am referring to ‘Mrs. Schiller’s...

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UF workshop to help homeowners navigate HOA issues for landscaping

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu SANFORD, Fla. — Wondering if that new lawn will mean a discussion with your Homeowner’s Association? The University of Florida Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM  program offers a workshop on April 26 to help homeowners navigate the process. “Legally Speaking: FFL in The...

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Fishing Forecast

Apr 04, 17 Fishing Forecast

Posted by in Celebration, Featured Stories

by: Capt. Ric Liles (813)601-2900 Co-host Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show Hello Anglers, Why do “tug boats” push their barges? Just a little humor to start things off. I hope everyone had a fantastic February. For those of you I had the pleasure to have out last month, Thank you! February was incredible. With Spring like...

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Fish oil supplements may help prevent death after MI but lack evidence of CV benefit for general population

by American Heart Association. Omega-3 fish oil supplements prescribed by a healthcare provider may help prevent death from heart disease in patients who recently had a heart attack and may prevent death and hospitalizations in patients with heart failure, but there is a lack of scientific research to support clinical use of these...

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Discover Louisiana North

Apr 04, 17 Discover Louisiana North

Posted by in Celebration, Featured Stories

Article and photos: WARREN RESEN, North American Travel Journalists Association The State of Louisiana goes by many names: The Bayou State, Pelican State, Sportsman’s Paradise, Sugar State, and Creole State among others. Rather than a case of multiple personalities, it is a testimonial to Louisiana’s diversity.Motorists rushing...

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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Seeking Top School Gardens

Apr 04, 17 The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Seeking Top School Gardens

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will recognize five school gardens this year with the third annual Florida Farm to School Golden Shovel Awards. The Florida Farm to School Golden Shovel Awards...

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Lionfish Panhandle Pilot Program ends May 19

Apr 04, 17 Lionfish Panhandle Pilot Program ends May 19

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Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com Panhandle lionfish hunters only have until May 19 to compete in the Panhandle Pilot Program. This yearlong lionfish removal incentive program rewards divers for harvesting lionfish off Escambia through Franklin counties. The program may be ending, but lionfish are...

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‘Gloom’ and doom when these insects are on hot, dry red maple trees

Apr 04, 17 ‘Gloom’ and doom when these insects are on hot, dry red maple trees

Posted by in Gardening, Land Care

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They are known as gloomy scales, and these insects can make a red maple tree’s life downright dreary. This is because the arthropods feed and thrive on them, especially in warm and dry urban landscapes, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher...

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UF/IFAS West Florida REC offers grits, cornmeal from grain produced on its farm

Mar 01, 17 UF/IFAS West Florida REC offers grits, cornmeal from grain produced on its farm

Posted by in Agriculture, Celebration, Featured Stories

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu JAY, Fla. — Do you know where your grits come from? Now, you can buy locally grown grits and cornmeal, and even visit the farm where the corn is grown. The University of Florida IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center near Jay, Florida, is selling grits and cornmeal...

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Farmers may see little effect as FDA implements ban on antibiotics in non-therapeutic animal feed

Mar 01, 17 Farmers may see little effect as FDA implements ban on antibiotics in non-therapeutic animal feed

Posted by in Featured Stories, Health & Farming, Livestock

By Merritt Melancon The market demand for organic chicken, beef and pork has been on the rise for several years, so most farmers were prepared for the new restrictions on antibiotics in animal feed that went into effect on Jan. 1. The Food and Drug Administration rule change – the veterinary feed directive – prohibits farmers...

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Crape murder? UF/IFAS researcher says trim back on pruning crapemyrtle

Mar 01, 17 Crape murder? UF/IFAS researcher says trim back on pruning crapemyrtle

Posted by in Gardening

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu With spring around the corner, many homeowners are eyeing their crapemyrtle for a good pruning or topping. But pruning may not be necessary, and take too much off and you could harm the tree, said Gary Knox, a professor of environmental horticulture with the University of...

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Crop scientists and engineers team up to help improve crops with robotic technology

Mar 01, 17 Crop scientists and engineers team up to help improve crops with robotic technology

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies, Tech

By Mike Wooten It may be a while before robots and drones are as common as tractors and combine harvesters on farms, but the high-tech tools may soon play a major role in helping feed the world’s rapidly growing population. At the University of Georgia, a team of researchers is developing a robotic system of all-terrain rovers and...

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Florida Forest Service Releases New Fire Information App

Mar 01, 17 Florida Forest Service Releases New Fire Information App

Posted by in Health & Farming

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service today announced the release of “FLBurnTools,” a new mobile app to inform the public about drought, wildfire danger and wildfire...

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“Reflections of Nature” Exhibit in Palmetto

Mar 01, 17 “Reflections of Nature” Exhibit in Palmetto

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For More Information: Diane Ingram, 721-2034 Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum are hosting an opening reception for their new exhibit, “Reflections of Nature: Our Privilege, Our Responsibility” on March 4th from 2pm – 4pm. This unique exhibit will feature artwork from Florida photographers and...

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ARS Genetics Researcher in Miami is Named Fairchild Medal Recipient

Mar 01, 17 ARS Genetics Researcher in Miami is Named Fairchild Medal Recipient

Posted by in Land Care, Scientific Studies

By Dennis O’Brien Kalāheo, Hawaii, Feb. 3, 2017—Alan W. Meerow, a research geneticist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), has been awarded the 2017 David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration by the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG). This not-for-profit,...

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Copper Sulfate Kills Fungus on Fish Eggs

Mar 01, 17 Copper Sulfate Kills Fungus on Fish Eggs

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies

By Sandra Avant Fungus on fish eggs isn’t only an eyesore for the aquaculture industry, it’s also deadly to fish and expensive to treat. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have found that copper sulfate kills fish egg fungus and is cheaper than current treatments. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists...

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AMAZING ST. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA

Mar 01, 17 AMAZING ST. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA

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WARREN RESEN – North American Travel Journalists Assn. This is a city that continues to amaze, entertain, and educate visitors even those who have previously visited. As a frequent visitor myself, I can attest to the fact that there is always something new happening in America’s oldest continuously occupied European city. Dori...

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THE ANCIENT ART OF BEEKEEPING “THE APIARIST” HAROLD P. CURTIS HONEY STORE LABELLE, FLORIDA

Mar 01, 17 THE ANCIENT ART OF BEEKEEPING  “THE APIARIST” HAROLD P. CURTIS HONEY STORE LABELLE, FLORIDA

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By: Nancy Dale Dating back to the Egyptians some 5,000 years ago, humans have been keeping bees.  In those early days, humans observed wild bees flying from flower-to-flower depositing a yellow substance (pollen) and soon noticed that the flower ripened into fruits or vegetables.  Not only did early humans witness...

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