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Category: Natural Resources

Smoking Fish With A Sea Grant Agent

This write -chronicles a Sea Grant agent’s first attempt at smoking fish. Did it go perfectly? No. Did it end up tasting great? Yes. Did he learn something about smoking? Also yes. Follow me on… Read More

University of Florida Researchers Boost Ornamental Aquaculture

In Florida, the most valuable sector of aquaculture is providing ornamental fish, plants and invertebrates for the aquarium industry. About 90 percent of freshwater ornamental fish are produced in captivity however only a few marine… Read More

A Southwest Florida Guide to Everything You Want to Know About Spiny Lobster!

Florida spiny lobster season occurs every year from August 6th-March 31st! Grab some delicious bugs while the season is open and enjoy some fresh from Florida seafood. Read the rest of the blog for information… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Collier County COVID-19 Update

To protect the health and safety of our community, volunteers and staff members, the UF/IFAS Extension Collier County office at 14700 Immokalee Road is currently unavailable to walk in visitors and face to face consultations…. Read More

Inshore Fishing Is Hot In SWFL But Remember To Check The Regulations!

A friendly reminder as anglers may have some extra fishing time that there has been a change in inshore fishing regulations. Snook, red drum and spotted seatrout are closed to harvest from Gordon’s pass North… Read More

Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network Meeting Recap 2018

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On Monday, November 5th, small-scale vegetable farmers, cattle ranchers, mushroom growers, food foresters and industry members came together to discuss the opportunities and challenges of small-scale farming in Southwest Florida.          … Read More

Event: Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network Meeting November 5th

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We are pleased to announce the Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network Meeting @ Oakes Demo Farm in Naples, FL WHEN: Monday, November 5, 2018 TIME: 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM WHERE: Oakes Demo Farm, Deer Run Lane,… Read More

Yellow Flowers of Invasive Earleaf Acacia and Christmas Senna Easy to Spot in November-December!

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                                Above: The earleaf acacia (Acacia auriculiformis) grows to 40 feet tall and has unique curled, “ear” -whose ear? seed pods and unique, elongate leaves with parallel veins. Right, above: Compare the Christmas senna (Senna… Read More

Cane Toads Start Hoppin’ When the Rain Starts Droppin’- Do You Know Where Your Dog Is?

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Protect your dog from straying into a Cane toad at night- they can be deadly and/or the consequences expensive to deal with at the veterinarians! See these 2 fact sheets: http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/collierco/files/2018/09/Can-Toad-update-Aug-2018-BLOG-DougC.pdf  and http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/collierco/files/2018/05/Cane-Toad-Johnson-6pp-2017-BLOG.pdf