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Category: UF/IFAS Extension

St. Lucie atala butterfly conservation program awarded national designation

St. LUCIE, Fla. – Despite COVID-19 restrictions limiting the use of parks and natural settings, residents of all ages can still enjoy what nature has to offer in almost every urban location including one’s own backyard. That is… Read More

About the Grape Root Borer

Introduction The two types of grapes grown in Florida, Muscadine (Vitis rotundifolia Michx.) and the American bunch (Vitis labrusca L.) grapes, are susceptible to attack from the grape root borer (GRB), Vitacea polistiformis (Harris). The GRB is the most… Read More

Announcing! New Virtual Plant Clinic with Indian River County Master Gardeners

The recent virus concerns have many of the usual county services offices closed to walk in traffic.  However, this does NOT mean these services are not available.  Some are available through the drive in window.  Others will require… Read More

Sea turtle nests and hurricanes, here is what UF /IFAS experts want you to know

By: Lourdes Rodriguez and Tory Moore Hurricane season, June through November, overlaps with sea turtle nesting season, which starts in March and runs through October in Florida. When storms approach the coast, they can put nests in peril…. Read More

What does the Clean Waterways Act mean for Florida’s agricultural producers?

What is the Clean Waterways Act? On June 30, the Clean Waterways Act, Senate Bill (SB) 712, was signed into law. The intention of this act is to aid in water conservation and protect water quality in Florida…. Read More

Steam Canning Safety Tips

Over the last several months, as you’ve learned to adjust to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have become more interested in producing and preserving your own food. Home food preservation, more specifically canning, has grown… Read More

Grilled Red Grouper with Sweet Mango Salsa: Florida Seafood at Your Fingertips LIVE!

Seafood at Your Fingertips Live is going tropical! Summer is in full swing and mangos are ripe for the picking! Try your hand at preparing this nutritious, sweet, savory and refreshing seafood dish! The proportion of the ingredients… Read More

Weed of the week : Artillery weed

Welcome to Weed Science Wednesday, a weekly series aimed at helping homeowners and horticulture professionals better identify and manage common landscape weeds in Florida. The weed of the week is Artillery weed (Pilea microphylla). Artillery weed is increasingly… Read More