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Category: Agriculture

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/15/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. The personal health and safety of everyone… Read More

The Impacts of a 4-H Livestock Program, K. Taylor, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County 4-H Agent,

Situation: The Sumter County 4-H and FFA Premier Exhibitor program is a valuable livestock educational experience for youth. The content of the program provides the framework for youth to learn a variety of topics related to the production… Read More

AWARENESS OF BEDBUGS IN AN INTERGENERATIONAL SETTING J.E. Davis, UF/IFAS Extension, Sumter and Hernando Counties, Bushnell, FL

Situation: The bed bug (Cimex lectularius) has become one of the most important insect pests in urban entomology in The United States. Bedbugs can be found in mattresses and found in school items such as books and backpacks…. Read More

COTTAGE FOODS: BREAKING (EVEN) AND ENTERING (NEW MARKETS). M.Smith, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter, Pasco, Hernando County, and S. Bresin, UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County

Situation: An understanding of sound business practices is essential for any enterprise. However, too often participants in the local food system are unequipped with the economic literacy necessary to navigate the system. In 2011, Florida passed legislation permitting… Read More

EXPLORING LOCAL CUISINE FROM THE ROOTS UP: A FOOD SYSTEMS APPROACH TO FIGHTING FAKE NEWS Moffis*, B.1, Mann*, M.1, Wilchcombe, M.1, Popenoe, J.1, Singleton, L. 2

1. Extension Agents, Florida Cooperative Extension, Lake County, Tavares, FL 32757 2. Extension Agent, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, New Hanover County, Wilmington, NC 28403 Most U.S. citizens are removed from direct involvement with agriculture and may hold misconceptions… Read More

Blueberry Production for You-Pick Producers M. Bailey, UF/IFAS Extension, Marion County, Ocala, FL.

Situation: Marion County features fourteen blueberry farms with a majority offering you-pick to the public. The total land represented by both you-pick and conventional blueberry farms is approximately 465 acres with an aggregate value of $8.7 million. Locally… Read More