Looking back on 2019, I am reminded that is was an extremely busy year. I traveled with 4-H youth on several out-of-state trips, I visited youth, volunteers, and agents in dozens of Florida counties. Most importantly, I got… Read More
By Chris DeCubellis Livestock chains were once common-place through 4-H and FFA in rural America. In a chain project, a young person receives a project animal, provides the proper care, feeding, and housing for that animal, and one… Read More
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
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
I ATE MY HOMEWORK! AN INTEGRATIVE PROGRAM GROWING IN SCHOOLS H. Wooten, UF/IFAS Extension, Seminole County, Sanford, FL, K. McCormick, UF/IFAS Extension, Seminole County, Sanford, FL. K. Henry, UF/IFAS Extension, Seminole County, Sanford, FL. C. Woodard, UF/IFAS Extension, Seminole County, Sanford, FL.
Situation: School teachers in urban counties pursue activities growing plants that reinforce learning science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. Hydroponics in the classroom offers an affordable, reliable, and manageable hands- on activity for students to demonstrate techniques in STEM… Read More
EQUINE FOCUSED WORKSHOPS IMPROVE HORSE FARM MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN CENTRAL FLORIDA Bainum,* C.1, Justesen, B.2, Mann,* M.N.B.3, Wilson, T.4, Bennett, L.5, Yarborough, J.K.6
1. Extension Agent, Florida Cooperative Extension, Marion County, Ocala, FL 34470 2. Extension Agent, Florida Cooperative Extension, Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL 34744 3. Extension Agent, Florida Cooperative Extension, Lake County, Tavares, FL 32757 4. Extension Agent, Florida Cooperative… Read More
GIANT SMUTGRASS CONTROL TRIAL B. Justesen, UF/IFAS Extension, Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL, J. Strickland, UF/IFAS Extension, Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL, J. Yarborough, UF/IFAS Extension. Orange County, Orlando, FL, and B. Sellers, UF/IFAS REC. Ona, FL.
Situation: Giant Smutgrass (Sporobolus jacquemontii) is a perennial bunch- type grass that produces over 45,000 seeds per plant per year. Weeds in pastures and rangelands cost ranchers and livestock owners in excess of $180 million annually in Florida…. Read More