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Category: UF/IFAS Extension

Catch the Nature Coast Currents

Since our ribbon cutting in 2017, the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station has hosted annual Open House events. Our staff looked forward to it every year as a valuable chance to chat about our work. This year, we… Read More

Fish with a Florida Friendly Fishing Guide

Fishing with guides Fishing is a great pastime and Florida is a great place to do it! Each year, millions of anglers visit the state’s waters to take part in the fun. Recreational fishing is a major part… Read More

Recreational Scalloping Season 2020

Recreational bay scallop season is quickly approaching! Thousands of residents and visitors will flock to the shallow coastal areas of Florida’s Big Bend to go scalloping and seek out their limit of the sweet and tasty meat. Recreational… Read More

Helping Buyers and Sellers Connect During COVID-19 Disruptions to Florida Food Markets

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to Florida food markets. Sales of food products to restaurants and schools have fallen drastically. Some farmers markets have closed. Sales through grocery stores spiked upward initially, but recent limits on… Read More

Coastal Shoreline Restoration Experience through the Florida Master Naturalist Program

volunteers plant marsh grasses at the donor marsh

This course has been cancelled – see here for the rescheduled hybrid distance option. An ideal natural classroom In Cedar Key, we are actively working to restore and enhance shoreline habitats. There are many volunteer opportunities available, but… Read More

Back the Blue – A Community’s Generosity

list of busineses and individuals who supported and funded the back the blue project

The Florida-Friendly Landscaping project at Gilchrist County Sheriff office is one that honors the fallen, appreciates the living and is borne of a desire to make a positive difference. Nature Coast Master Gardener, Christine H., felt something could be… Read More

Recreational Scalloping Season 2019

Scallops nestled in seagrass

Recreational bay scallop season is quickly approaching! Thousands of residents and visitors will flock to the shallow coastal areas of Florida’s Big Bend to go scalloping and seek out their limit of the sweet and tasty meat. Recreational… Read More

Florida Pasture Lease vs Cropland Lease

National Pasture Lease Information Pasture leasing is an annual expense that needs to be factored into annual budgets.  The national average cash rent pasture rates in 2017 are $12.50/acre, which is a decrease of $0.50/acre in comparison of rates… Read More

Hay Quality – Not all hay is created equal

Between 600,000 to 800,000 tons of hay are produced every year Domestic grazing animals such as cattle, horses, and goats require conserved forage to maintain weight and health through winter months when temperatures deter forage growth. Hay crop production… Read More