Seffner Christian Academy student crowned Florida Strawberry Festival queen

Feb 01, 18 Seffner Christian Academy student crowned Florida Strawberry Festival queen

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Media Contact: Lauren McNair • 813-752-9194 berrypr@flstrawberryfestival.com PLANT CITY, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2018) – Ally Elizabeth Burt was crowned queen of the 83rd Florida Strawberry Festival at last night’s annual pageant in Plant City, Fla. Burt was selected from a field of 28 contestants who also voted her Miss Congeniality....

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Take a bowhunter education course in February

Feb 01, 18 Take a bowhunter education course in February

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Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-754-1294 Florida bowhunters will have an opportunity to attend a National Bowhunter Education Foundation certified bowhunter education course in Alachua County in February. The course will be conducted using the online, distance-learning format. A bowhunting enthusiast can access the program on the...

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January Fishing Forecast (2017 year in review)

Feb 01, 18 January Fishing Forecast (2017 year in review)

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Capt. Ric Liles • (813)601-2900 Reel Simple Fishing Adventures Hello Friends, I hope this finds everyone well and that all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year. 2017 was a great year for Reel Simple Fishing Adventures and if you were a part of it, we thank you from the bottom of our heart. There were new relationships formed and...

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FWC installs fish attractors on Lake Talquin

Feb 01, 18 FWC installs fish attractors on Lake Talquin

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Media contact: Amber Nabors, 850-488-0520 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has installed a total of 100 fish attractors (artificial fish habitat) at four public fishing piers on Lake Talquin in order to enhance fishing opportunities for shore and bank anglers. Fish attractors provide refuge for organisms...

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Contracted nuisance alligator trappers sought for Broward County

Feb 01, 18 Contracted nuisance alligator trappers sought for Broward County

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Media contact: Carol Lyn Parrish, 561-882-5709 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is accepting applications for contracted nuisance alligator trappers in Broward County. Applicants must pass a criminal history check, have no fish or wildlife law violations, and...

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Photo Release: Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Opens Second Camp Dedicated to Wounded Veterans

Feb 01, 18 Photo Release: Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Opens Second Camp Dedicated to Wounded Veterans

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today opened the second camp dedicated to providing outdoor, recreational opportunities at no cost to wounded veterans who participate in Operation Outdoor Freedom. Peace River Camp, located in...

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Seeing northern bobwhite quail on your land? Report sightings to help conservation efforts

Jan 01, 18 Seeing northern bobwhite quail on your land? Report sightings to help conservation efforts

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Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291 To help restore the state’s northern bobwhite quail populations, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking private landowners to report sightings of bobwhite quail on their land. Landowners can go to a new FWC webpage to record when and where they see northern...

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A new record: Challenge raises more than 20,000 pounds of peanut butter for the hungry

Jan 01, 18 A new record: Challenge raises more than 20,000 pounds of peanut butter for the hungry

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Spread the cheer and the protein! Some families will get more healthy food to eat, now that Florida Panhandle residents donated a record of more than 20,000 pounds of peanut butter for this year’s UF/IFAS Extension Peanut Butter Challenge, organizers said. Combine...

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Historic Days and Medieval Knights

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Experience a world of medieval magic, where jousting knights, dancing gypsies and historic heroes mingle with visitors at the 32nd Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. For two consecutive weekends, on Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28 and Friday, Feb. 2 through Sunday, Feb. 4, the Alachua County Fairgrounds...

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Palmetto’s Christmas in the Park

Dec 01, 17 Palmetto’s Christmas in the Park

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For More Information:  Diane Ingram, 721-2034 Start your holiday festivities with a “Green Christmas” at Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum on Saturday, December 2nd from 3:00 – 8:00 pm. This free event offers something for everyone: creative recycled Christmas ornaments on trees, kids’ crafts...

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Volunteers travel hundreds of miles to rebuild 4-H farms hit by Irma

A fter Hurricane Irma swept through south Florida, Jeramy Smith, 4-H agent for UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County, jumped in his car to survey damage at the three agricultural learning sites used by the county’s 4-H youth to raise plants and animals. The sites were in shambles, Smith said. In Homestead, fallen trees destroyed...

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November Fishing Forecast

Dec 01, 17 November Fishing Forecast

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By: Capt. Ric Liles • (813)601-2900 Hello Friends, I hope everyone is doing well. I’m sorry for not having a report the last 2 months but I had major computer issues and finally had to get a whole new system. For those of you that follow Reel Simple Fishing Adventures on Facebook you know that fishing has been good even with the...

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UGA training helps keep landscape, tree care workers safe

By Sharon Dowdy Employee safety is a priority for most business owners, but time constraints, as well as language barriers, can make safety training more challenging for employees in Georgia’s green industry. To improve safety in Georgia’s landscape and tree care industries, the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture...

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Alan Chambers impacts Miami

Nov 01, 17 Alan Chambers impacts Miami

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By Jack Payne Alan Chambers moved to South Florida last year to create only-in-Miami food. He wants to give you a sweeter papaya with an aroma you can pick up from five feet away. He hopes to eventually offer you a mango with smoother flesh (not the kind with the stringy yellow stuff inside). He’s looking for an avocado that grows...

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Commissioner Putnam Recognizes Florida’s 17 Million Acres of Forests During Working Forests Week

Nov 01, 17 Commissioner Putnam Recognizes Florida’s 17 Million Acres of Forests During Working Forests Week

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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 are celebrating the benefits of Florida’s more than 17 million acres of forests during Florida’s third annual Working Forests Week,...

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Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band Headlining the Downtown Blues Concert

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The soulful sound of blues will usher in the Downtown Festival & Art Show weekend Friday, Nov. 10 with a free Downtown Blues Concert on the Bo Diddley Plaza from 7-10 p.m.  The North Central Florida Blues Society is pleased to announce an evening under the stars featuring three incredible blues...

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Sod field day set for Oct. 31, Nov. 1 in Ft. Valley and Perry

By Sharon Dowdy Georgia turfgrass producers and industry leaders will gather Tuesday, Oct. 31, and Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Ft. Valley, Georgia, for the annual Georgia Sod and Turf Producers Field Day. Industry leaders and university experts will provide updates on turfgrass-related topics, and the latest equipment will be displayed...

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Irma destroys an estimated 30 percent of Georgia’s pecan crop

Oct 01, 17 Irma destroys an estimated 30 percent of Georgia’s pecan crop

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By Clint Thompson Irma’s destructive path blew through Georgia’s pecan crop, but the destruction could have been much worse, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells. All orchards experienced some damage from the storm that moved through Georgia on Monday, Sept. 11. Nuts were blown...

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Giant Milkweed: Consider the Possibilities

Oct 01, 17 Giant Milkweed: Consider the Possibilities

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By Norman Winter The phone rang, and I heard a gardener in tearful hysteria pleading for me to take her monarch caterpillars because she was totally out of milkweed leaves. At the time, we had quite a few plants representing several species, both native and imports. I was shocked, however, when she brought me a box with 100-plus...

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Florida Forest Service Sends 40 Additional Firefighters to Help Combat Western Blazes

Sep 01, 17 Florida Forest Service Sends 40 Additional Firefighters to Help Combat Western Blazes

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service deployed 40 additional firefighters this morning to assist...

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