Annual Southeastern Hay Contest deadline set for September 21

Aug 01, 17 Annual Southeastern Hay Contest deadline set for September 21

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By Merritt Melancon, Dennis Hancock While laymen may look at a farm field dotted with round bales and think that those bales are all the same, forage farmers and livestock producers know the truth. Hay quality varies widely from producer to producer and from year to year. Each fall, the Southeastern Hay Contest gives forage and...

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Commissioner Adam Putnam Names Dr. Martha Rhodes Roberts as 2017 Woman of the Year in Agriculture

Aug 01, 17 Commissioner Adam Putnam Names Dr. Martha Rhodes Roberts as 2017 Woman of the Year in Agriculture

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that Dr. Martha Rhodes Roberts has been named the 2017 Woman of the Year in Agriculture. Dr. Roberts dedicated 35 years of service to the Florida Department of...

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July Fishing Forecast

Aug 01, 17 July Fishing Forecast

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By: Capt. Ric Liles • (813)601-2900 Co-host “Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show” Hello Friends, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and making lots of memories. June was good for that on the “Screamin’ Sea Weasel” as we made our transition to fishing some deeper water. Also my team that fishes the HCSO tournament...

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Yoga For Life, Relieving Headaches Through Yoga

BY: Nancy Dale, Certified Yoga Instructor  The rapid pace of our lifestyle, the way we sit, walk, sleep or not sleep, hold our posture can create stress absorbed in the muscles of the back, neck, head resulting in headaches.  A daily Yoga practice can help relieve tension through relaxation postures that awaken our inner-awareness...

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21st Challenge Preserving Native Florida

New Book By: Nancy Dale, Ph.d. Life is not predictable as the inspired people in this book express through their dedication and challenges.  These are true stories of Floridians contributing to the preservation of “old traditions” and preserving life in the 21st century as summarized here: “The Florida ‘Cracker Trail” is...

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SNORKELING – FLORIDA vs AUSTRALIA

Jul 03, 17 SNORKELING – FLORIDA vs AUSTRALIA

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Warren Resen – North American Travel Journalists Association Photos – Jeanne  O’Connor During her last moments in OZ, Dorothy clicked the heels of her ruby red slippers together as she repeated the words, “There’s no place like home.” I had the same thought while anchored over Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It had...

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July Fishing Forecast

Jul 03, 17 July Fishing Forecast

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by: Capt. Ric Liles • (813)601-2900 Co-host – “Tampa Fishing Outfitters” radio show Hello Anglers, First and most importantly I want to thank those of you that fished with me in May. I met some awesome new clients and spent time on the water with friends of many years. That’s what makes my job great. Summer is upon us...

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Restorative Yoga: Antidote For Stress The Breath

Jul 03, 17 Restorative Yoga:  Antidote For Stress The Breath

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Nancy Dale, Ph.d. Certified Yoga Instructor The first breath of Life is not consciously remembered.  Yet, from this newly formed fertilized cell of more than approximately 100 trillion in the human body, gasped for the first life-force of oxygen to stay alive.  This was the beginning of our journey. From that small tiny living...

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Scallopers get ready, more waters open for harvest starting July 1

Jul 03, 17 Scallopers get ready, more waters open for harvest starting July 1

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contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com Celebrate the Fourth of July with bay scallops. State waters from the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County through the Pasco/Hernando county line will be open for scalloping starting July 1. A span of waters in the middle from the Fenholloway River...

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Placement of artificial reef modules off Mexico Beach now complete

Jul 03, 17 Placement of artificial reef modules off Mexico Beach now complete

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Media contact: Bekah Nelson, 850-265-3676 The construction phase for the first of six Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission–sponsored (FWC) artifical reef projects is now complete offshore of Mexico Beach. This approximately $1.37 million project was funded solely with Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage...

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News Release: 21st Century Challenge: Preserving Native Florida

By: Nancy Dale, Ph.d Life is not predictable as the inspired people in this book express through the destination of their lives.  Each person in this book tells their true story about manifesting a Dream.  Some of them are returning the lifestyle of the pioneers, reviving talents, skills with perseverance and hard work not born of...

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$10.5 Million In Cash Distributed Into Local Agricultural Economy

Jun 02, 17 $10.5 Million In Cash Distributed Into Local Agricultural Economy

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By: Ashley Layson, Senior Vice President Chief Marketing Officer  Farm Credit of Florida, a borrower-owned lending cooperative, distributed a record $10.5 million in cash patronage to qualified member borrowers Greg Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer, announced. “When our members do well, we do well and our profits are returned...

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Atlantic snook to close in state and federal waters

Jun 02, 17 Atlantic snook to close in state and federal waters

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Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1. Snook is also currently closed for harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, and will reopen for harvest in Atlantic and Gulf state and federal waters Sept....

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‘Inferno’ coleus has stunning orange foliage of perfection

Jun 02, 17 ‘Inferno’ coleus has stunning orange foliage of perfection

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By Norman Winter There is an ‘Inferno’ of color this spring coming from a coleus that racked up quite a number of perfect scorecards. ‘Inferno’ hasn’t been out long, but already it has heads turning, especially when you consider that it was total perfection in University of Georgia, University of Tennessee and Michigan...

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UF researchers offer tips on keeping black bears away

Jun 02, 17 UF researchers offer tips on keeping black bears away

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By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Imagine eating 38 Big Macs in one day. That’s what a black bear can consume – up to 20,000 calories a day. And, the animals are known to scavenge for food wherever they can find it, including garbage cans and bird feeders. Now, researchers with the...

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Consumers will normally pay more for organic products – but not wine

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — You swish around a sip of organic wine in your mouth and it might tempt your taste buds, but that doesn’t mean you’ll pay more for it, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. For the study, former UF/IFAS graduate...

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As UF/IFAS CREC turns 100, it celebrates decades working with Florida Department of Citrus

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center celebrates its 100th anniversary, administrators are praising a decades-long relationship between researchers with CREC and the Florida Department of Citrus...

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Lenny Wells’ pecan book covers history of crop and its popularity in the South

May 04, 17 Lenny Wells’ pecan book covers history of crop and its popularity in the South

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By Julia Rodriguez Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist and the university’s leading voice in the pecan industry, covers the history of pecans and their popularity in the South in his first book, “Pecan: America’s Native Nut Tree.” In the book, Wells addresses the pecan’s progression...

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Periodical cicadas set to emerge this year after 17 years underground

By Merritt Melancon What has large, red eyes, translucent wings and an undulating, 7-kilohertz chirp that sounds like the background music to a horror movie? Georgians can find the answer over the next few weeks by traveling north into the state’s mountains to witness the emergence of the latest brood of 17-year periodical...

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UF brings families together for annual Bug Week Scavenger Hunt on May 20

May 04, 17 UF brings families together for annual Bug Week Scavenger Hunt on May 20

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By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Local families will get to have fun and learn about crawly critters during the annual UF/IFAS Bug Week Scavenger Hunt set for 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 20. The event will be held at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Admission is free, and all...

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