Category: Natural Resources

INCORPORATING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTO THE MASTER GARDENER TRAINING PROGRAM G. Murza and E. Pabon, UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL. & J. Anderson and A. Vu, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, Orlando, FL.

Situation: The Master Gardener Program (MG) is a volunteer organization comprised of individuals who have an interest in gardening and preserving natural resources. To become a MG volunteer in Osceola and Orange Counties, participants are required to attend… Read More

EXTENSION FARM TOURS INTRODUCE PUBLIC, POLICY MAKERS, TO LOCAL AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY Moffis*, B.1, Mann*, M.1, Wilchcombe, M.1, Popenoe, J.1, Daniels, D. 1

1. Extension Agents, Florida Cooperative Extension, Lake County, Tavares, FL 32757 Lake County, Florida is experiencing a period of substantial growth with development booming at both ends of the county. The urbanization of traditionally agricultural land can lead… Read More

ON-FARM RESEARCH DEVELOPS NOVEL METHOD FOR CHARACTERIZING THE IMPACT OF EQUINE MANURE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ON WATER QUALITY Bainum*, C.1, Mann, M.*2, Francisco, A.3, Clark, M4., Wickens C5.

1Extension Agent, Florida Cooperative Extension, Marion County, Ocala, FL 34471 2Extension Agent, Florida Cooperative Extension, Lake County, Tavares, FL 32757 3Grad. Student, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32653 4Professor, Soil and Water Sciences Department,… Read More

ASSESSMENT OF THE ECONOMIC IMPACT ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECREATIONAL BAY SCALLOP SEASON IN HERNANDO COUNTY,FLORIDA B.J. Hall-Scharf, UF/IFAS Extension, Hernando County, Brooksville, FL,

C. Adams, UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department, Gainesville, FL, A. Hodges, UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department, Gainesville, FL, and S.P. Geiger, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, St Petersburg, FL. Situation: The recreational bay scallop (Argopecten… Read More

IMPROVING AGRICULTURAL LITERACY FOR MORE INFORMED USE OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES K. Stump, J.S. Strickland, B. Justesen, J. Sullivan, and G. Murza, UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL.

Situation: Although it is a county historically dominated by agriculture, Osceola County is rapidly urbanizing. This growth has led to the development of rural agricultural lands. However, undeveloped agricultural areas contain natural resources, provide habitat for wildlife, and… Read More

Trait-Based Guidance for Stormwater Pond Plantings

What are Stormwater Ponds: Stormwater ponds are common features of urban landscapes. Recently, members of the SHED Group estimated over 95,000 stormwater ponds in Florida. These human-made ecosystems serve a very important function. They capture stormwater runoff from… Read More

What is Residential Landscape Ecology?

What is Residential Landscape Ecology? Recently, I watched what I believe to be a red-shouldered hawk dive into a tree, catch a squirrel, and fly away with another hawk to enjoy their meal. Witnessing this event was amazing…. Read More