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Carrots in the Suwannee Valley

Are carrots grown in Florida? Carrots in the Suwannee Valley region (the North Central portion of the state) have become more popular over the years. Around 4,000 acres were planted and harvested in the area this year and… Read More

Indian River County Extension Accepts Peanut Butter Challenge

By Yvonne Florian, Indian River Extension, Program Assistant and Christine Kelly-Begazo. Indian River County Extension has taken up the Challenge!! For the past few years, the UF IFAS Extension offices in the Florida Panhandle, where the country’s second… Read More

This Thanksgiving: Waste Not!

The Farm Bureau’s annual Thanksgiving price survey estimates that Thanksgiving Day accounts for $282 million of uneaten turkeys that end up in the trash. Added to our overall food consumption, we throw away 34 million tons of food… Read More

Making Use of That Fall Pumpkin

With Halloween and Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to clear out those fall decorations in order to make room for Christmas trees, lights, and gingerbread houses.  But think again before tossing out that big orange pumpkin! Especially if… Read More

Homeowners and Educators Honored at First Florida-Friendly Landscaping Awards

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The first-ever Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) Awards Celebration, held Oct. 20, recognized leaders in applying the program’s principles and in educating others on the program. The awards were divided into two categories: seven landscape awards, which… Read More

Researching the Next Niche Crop in South Florida: New Breeds of Pumpkins, Calabazas Making Headway

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Shultz yielded popularity to an almighty pumpkin in the 1966 animated TV Special “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” Today, pumpkin popularity for holiday decor, healthy snacking, and scrumptious recipes during… Read More

Snow-bush (Breynia disticha) Caterpillars Are Busy Year-Round in South Florida

         Picture on top is a healthy snow-bush hedge and picture below it shows a caterpillar ravaged hedge and below that, caterpillars that have no foliage left, start stripping bark on twigs (pic by Joe Devito, RSW;… Read More