‘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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UGARF names Ozias-Akins Distinguished Research Professor

By Sharon Dowdy The University of Georgia Research Foundation (UGARF) has named Professor Peggy Ozias-Akins a Distinguished Research Professor, a title awarded to UGA faculty recognized internationally for their contributions to knowledge and whose work promises to foster continued creativity in their discipline. In 2015, she was...

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May Fishing Forecast

May 04, 17 May Fishing Forecast

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Capt. Ric Liles • (813)601-2900 • Co-host Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show Hello Anglers; First of all I want to thank everyone that fished with me in March and April. I’m sorry for not getting a report out last month but things were very busy around the dock. March and April were fantastic for fishing and a big majority...

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Fishing Forecast

Apr 04, 17 Fishing Forecast

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by: Capt. Ric Liles (813)601-2900 Co-host Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show Hello Anglers, Why do “tug boats” push their barges? Just a little humor to start things off. I hope everyone had a fantastic February. For those of you I had the pleasure to have out last month, Thank you! February was incredible. With Spring like...

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Discover Louisiana North

Apr 04, 17 Discover Louisiana North

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Article and photos: WARREN RESEN, North American Travel Journalists Association The State of Louisiana goes by many names: The Bayou State, Pelican State, Sportsman’s Paradise, Sugar State, and Creole State among others. Rather than a case of multiple personalities, it is a testimonial to Louisiana’s diversity.Motorists rushing...

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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Seeking Top School Gardens

Apr 04, 17 The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Seeking Top School Gardens

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will recognize five school gardens this year with the third annual Florida Farm to School Golden Shovel Awards. The Florida Farm to School Golden Shovel Awards...

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UF/IFAS West Florida REC offers grits, cornmeal from grain produced on its farm

Mar 01, 17 UF/IFAS West Florida REC offers grits, cornmeal from grain produced on its farm

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By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu JAY, Fla. — Do you know where your grits come from? Now, you can buy locally grown grits and cornmeal, and even visit the farm where the corn is grown. The University of Florida IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center near Jay, Florida, is selling grits and cornmeal...

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“Reflections of Nature” Exhibit in Palmetto

Mar 01, 17 “Reflections of Nature” Exhibit in Palmetto

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For More Information: Diane Ingram, 721-2034 Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum are hosting an opening reception for their new exhibit, “Reflections of Nature: Our Privilege, Our Responsibility” on March 4th from 2pm – 4pm. This unique exhibit will feature artwork from Florida photographers and...

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AMAZING ST. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA

Mar 01, 17 AMAZING ST. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA

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WARREN RESEN – North American Travel Journalists Assn. This is a city that continues to amaze, entertain, and educate visitors even those who have previously visited. As a frequent visitor myself, I can attest to the fact that there is always something new happening in America’s oldest continuously occupied European city. Dori...

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THE ANCIENT ART OF BEEKEEPING “THE APIARIST” HAROLD P. CURTIS HONEY STORE LABELLE, FLORIDA

Mar 01, 17 THE ANCIENT ART OF BEEKEEPING  “THE APIARIST” HAROLD P. CURTIS HONEY STORE LABELLE, FLORIDA

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By: Nancy Dale Dating back to the Egyptians some 5,000 years ago, humans have been keeping bees.  In those early days, humans observed wild bees flying from flower-to-flower depositing a yellow substance (pollen) and soon noticed that the flower ripened into fruits or vegetables.  Not only did early humans witness...

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Get in touch with science, history at Seahorse Key open house

Mar 01, 17 Get in touch with science, history at Seahorse Key open house

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By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu CEDAR KEY, Fla. — Visitors of all ages will get up close and personal with local history and wildlife at the next Seahorse Key open house, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m on Feb. 25. A pop-up aquarium of ‘touch tanks’ will let families interact with living marine animals and reptiles...

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A Day Trip Escape Into Old Florida

Feb 01, 17 A Day Trip Escape Into Old Florida

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By: Nancy Dale Only 30 minutes west of Hobe Sound, there is a place of serenity where time stands still, where the visitor can return to silence beneath ancient bald cypress trees in the heart of the Barley Barber swamp at Indiantown.  The Treasured Land Foundation, a non-profit organization in Martin County, in partnership with...

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SheepsHead A Good Target For February!!!

Feb 01, 17 SheepsHead A Good Target For February!!!

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Capt. Jason Prieto: 813-727-9890 • Owner: Steady Action Fishing Charters steadyactionfishingcharters.com • captjasonp@gmail.com As we enter the end of a typical winter here in west central Florida you can expect to see some of the coldest temperatures of the year. With that being said we are also seeing one of the mildest...

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Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up on St. George Island

Feb 01, 17 Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up on St. George Island

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Media contact: Amanda Nalley, Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic on St. George Island Feb. 4. The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at St. George Island State Park, 1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island. Advance...

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