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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Look out for manatees when boating

Apr 01, 18 Look out for manatees when boating

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Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291; Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459 For manatees, it is the season when they leave their winter refuges and travel along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and through inland waters. For boaters, it is a critical time to be on the lookout for manatees to avoid colliding with these large aquatic...

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UF-lead team mobilizes to save super-rare tree on the brink of extinction

by Samantha Grenrock The Florida torreya is the most endangered tree in North America. And it may soon disappear entirely. But scientists such as the University of Florida’s Jason Smith are ready to fight for the species, which is a critical part of its native ecosystem in the Florida Panhandle. That’s why he and other leading...

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FWC approves draft rule to gather data from for-hire industry, discusses future of Gulf red snapper management

Mar 01, 18 FWC approves draft rule to gather data from for-hire industry, discusses future of Gulf red snapper management

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Media contact: : Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com At the Feb. 8 meeting near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a draft proposal that would establish data collection improvements for the for-hire industry in Gulf state waters. The proposal would require for-hire...

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Everglades Elementary School students wins third prize for Florida Department of Education contest with Ag

Mar 01, 18 Everglades Elementary School students wins third prize for Florida Department of Education contest with Ag

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By: FFB Everglades Elementary School (EES) students wrote a book entitled “If You Give a School an Ag Teacher” for the Just Read, Florida! Florida Department of Education literacy contest and won third place. The book chronicles how EES started their elementary agriculture program. The story of how the young people developed the...

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Brittany Lee charts a winning course with Florida Blue Farms

Mar 01, 18 Brittany Lee charts a winning course with Florida Blue Farms

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By Mick Lochridge Brittany Lee sets a great example for young son Jeb. An award-winning leader in Florida’s blueberry industry, Lee will pass along her drive to work hard and make a difference, whether it’s in a farm field or in a boardroom. “I hope what Jeb learns from me is that hard work and dedication can be truly...

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Talking to a Wall: Offshore Drilling Plan Draws Protests

Mar 01, 18 Talking to a Wall: Offshore Drilling Plan Draws Protests

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By: Trimmel Gomes TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It isn’t clear whether Florida is still included in the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling, but the first and only hearing about it was in Tallahassee on Thursday. Groups opposed to the plan had to get creative in an attempt to share their views. With no...

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Help plan the future of Watermelon Pond Wildlife and Environmental Area

Mar 01, 18 Help plan the future of Watermelon Pond Wildlife and Environmental Area

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Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291 A 10-year plan for the Watermelon Pond Wildlife and Environmental Area will be presented at a public hearing in Alachua County on Thursday, Feb. 22. People are invited to the 7 p.m. public hearing in the John R. “Jack” Durrance Auditorium (Room 209) of the Alachua County Administration...

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Reef Rangers website is renovated, ready for more lionfish hunters

Mar 01, 18 Reef Rangers website is renovated, ready for more lionfish hunters

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Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com Divers and lionfish hunters: Do you have what it takes to become a Reef Ranger? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has updated its Reef Rangers website  (ReefRangers.com) and the program is ready for more participants. Reef Rangers is a...

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Gulf gray triggerfish opens March 1 with new bag and size limits

Mar 01, 18 Gulf gray triggerfish opens March 1 with new bag and size limits

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Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com The recreational gray triggerfish season will reopen to harvest in Gulf state and federal waters March 1. When the season reopens, the daily bag limit will be one fish per person (previously two fish per person) and the minimum size limit will be 15 inches fork...

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Florida’s Community Health Centers Thankful for Federal Funding

By: Trimmel Gomes TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a rare show of bipartisanship, Republican and Democratic Senate leaders announced a two-year budget deal that would increase federal spending for defense as well as key domestic priorities, including many health programs. The deal appears to offer most of what Democrats have been asking...

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You’re invited! More people explore nature, engage in outdoors activities at Florida WMAs

Mar 01, 18 You’re invited! More people explore nature, engage in outdoors activities at Florida WMAs

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Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291 Florida’s wildlife management areas celebrated their 75th anniversary over the past year by welcoming more people to explore the dozens of WMAs across the state. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invited residents and visitors to discover one or more of the WMAs...

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