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

Posted by in Agriculture, Celebration, Scientific Studies

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

Posted by in Celebration, Gardening, Landscaping

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

Posted by in Celebration, Health & Farming, Land Care

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

Posted by in Agriculture, Celebration, Featured Stories

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

Posted by in Agriculture, Celebration, Featured Stories

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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