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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HEAD FOR THE HILLS

Sep 01, 17 HEAD FOR THE HILLS

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By: WARREN RESEN – North American Travel Journalist Association These words, in their broadest sense, have been used for eons as a call for escape.  They have also been used as a seasonal cry by generations of those living in the hot, humid lowlands south of the Western North Carolina mountains when oppressive summer temperatures...

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August Fishing Forecast

Sep 01, 17 August Fishing Forecast

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By: Capt. Ric Liles • (813)601-2900 Co-host “Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show” Hello Friends, I sure hope everyone is having a fantastic Summer and getting that coppertone tan. Fishing in July was pretty good for the most part and seemed to be better when I had a boat with kids on it. There seemed to be more junior anglers...

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FWC adds new category to Florida Saltwater Fishing Records program

Sep 01, 17 FWC adds new category to Florida Saltwater Fishing Records program

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By: Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in collaboration with the International Game Fish Association, maintains state all-tackle records for the heaviest marine fishes caught in Florida waters, including 77 species in both conventional tackle and fly-fishing...

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Mediterranean-style diets linked to better brain function in older adults

by American Geriatrics Society Eating foods included in two healthy diets – the Mediterranean or the MIND diet – is linked to a lower risk for memory difficulties in older adults, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains,...

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Catch a Florida Memory with 10-year-old Katlyn Paul

Sep 01, 17 Catch a Florida Memory with 10-year-old Katlyn Paul

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Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com Summer may be coming to a close, but for 10-year-old Katlyn Paul, this summer was one she’ll never forget. Katlyn submitted 10 different species to the 71-species Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Saltwater Fish Life List, one of three of...

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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Host Consumer Protection Fairs Throughout Florida

Sep 01, 17 Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Host Consumer Protection Fairs Throughout Florida

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — To bring consumer protection education directly to Floridians, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is hosting eight Consumer Protection Fairs across Florida, beginning tomorrow, Aug. 15, through...

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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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