Waste not, want not: Byproduct of ethanol industry makes suitable cattle feed supplement

by American Society of Agronomy.  Making a living raising cattle isn’t as simple as just buying a herd and turning it out to pasture. Cattle require specific diets to maintain proper nutrition and weight gain. And how to do this in the most effective and efficient way possible has interested both ranchers and researchers for...

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Blueberry Bush Pruning Timing

By Sharon Durham New blueberry varieties developed for northern growing areas in the United States are often hybrids of northern-adapted and southern-adapted breeding material. Such hybrids may retain their leaves longer in the fall, and appear to be slow to enter dormancy. Blueberry growers prune their bushes annually to remove old...

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Fumigation a potential management tool for Georgia watermelon farmers fighting fusarium wilt disease

By Clint Thompson Fusarium wilt is on the rise in Georgia watermelon fields. University of Georgia scientists are studying whether this fungal disease can be managed through fumigation. Fumigation is a method of pest control that involves using volatile compounds in a restricted area to kill pests and pathogens. Research on the...

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Livestock shows, 4-H competitions breed strength and tenacity in youth

Jul 03, 17 Livestock shows, 4-H competitions breed strength and tenacity in youth

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By Laura Griffeth As a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension county coordinator, I am surrounded by some of the most amazing and fantastic young people, some of whom I’m related to and some I just have the pleasure of working with. Let me explain. I am passionate about youth livestock projects. I think youth livestock...

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UF scientists work to develop heat-resistant “cow of the future”

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists are working to breed the “cow of the future” by studying the more heat-tolerant Brangus cow — a cross between an Angus and a Brahman. Raluca Mateescu, an associate professor in the UF/IFAS department of animal sciences, is part...

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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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Pig Pens: A Look at Mirrors and Mat

By Sandra Avant Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are looking for ways to improve housing for farm animals, including pigs. Enhancing the animals’ environment can help reduce stress, which in turn can improve growth and efficiency and decrease disease susceptibility. According to the World Organization for Animal...

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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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New Silver-Cotton Fibers Battle Bacteria

By Sandra Avant Silver has been used as an antimicrobial agent for more than 100 years. Today, silver in the form of nanoparticles is incorporated in such products as plastic food containers, medical materials, and clothing. In textiles, however, preventing the nanoparticles’ antimicrobial properties from washing away has always...

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UF researchers try to make sure dairy farmers produce the best

Jul 03, 17 UF researchers try to make sure dairy farmers produce the best

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Farmers and University of Florida researchers use genetics and other techniques to ensure consumers can pick from the best assortment of delicious, nutritious dairy products at the grocery store. Now that we’re in National Dairy Month, it’s a good time to...

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Fall calving season may yield higher returns for southeastern beef producers

By: University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture The vast majority of cow-calf producers in Tennessee and the Southeast using a defined calving season have long favored spring calving; however, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have evaluated the risk and returns for a fall calving season,...

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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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UF-developed mandarin shows increased tolerance to greening

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While citrus greening disease has blemished the Florida industry, University of Florida scientists have developed a mandarin hybrid that seems to be winning the battle. Now, researchers are learning what makes this fruit a fighter. UF/IFAS researchers have...

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Weather, pests make summer squash one of the most difficult vegetables for home gardeners to grow

By Sharon Dowdy Pests and diseases make summer squash one of the most challenging vegetables to grow in Georgia home gardens, according to University of Georgia plant pathologist Elizabeth Little, who studies plant diseases and control methods at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Through my plant...

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UGA researcher identifies healthiest winter squash varieties

Jun 02, 17 UGA researcher identifies healthiest winter squash varieties

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By Sharon Dowdy University of Georgia graduate student Zach Matteen is on a mission to convince more backyard gardeners and farmers to grow winter squash by determining the varieties best suited for the area. Growers harvest winter squash, which includes pumpkins, when they are mature. Winter squash can be kept for months in...

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UF scientists prepare for devastating pest in China before it makes its way to U.S.

By: Ellison Langford GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A previously unrecognized pest is making a name for itself devastating American sweetgum trees in China. Now, University of Florida researchers fear the insect will make its way to the United States and devastate its sweetgum trees. The bug was so obscure it recently had no scientific name...

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Early Summer Success

Jun 02, 17 Early Summer Success

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By:  Capt. Jason Prieto • 813-727-9890  June is here already and what a year thus far it has been. We had one of the warmest winters on record but the wind in May just seem to keep blowing causing a change in the fish patterns.  June marks the start of summer and while it might be hot, I like to enjoy the consistent light winds...

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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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The paloverde is a drought-tolerant tree with distinctive green bark that’s covered with spines

Jun 02, 17 The paloverde is a drought-tolerant tree with distinctive green bark that’s covered with spines

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By Norman Winter I’ll never forget that rare cold morning at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas. Monarchs and queen butterflies — cousin butterflies — were roosting in the retama trees waiting for the sun to warm them for flight. I had already fallen in love with the trees’ flashy display of thousands of yellow...

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Youth potato project plants seeds of STEM careers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When the Flagler County 4-H members started growing their own potato plants at home, they were a little worried at first. “They would come to me and say, ‘I don’t see any potatoes on my plant. What’s wrong?’” said Amy Hedstrom, a Flagler County 4-H youth development agent with the University of...

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