Category: UF/IFAS Extension

Seagrass protection initiatives help boaters do their part

A threatened resource Seagrass is one of our most valuable resources in the Nature Coast. From fisheries to water quality, seagrass meadows contribute to productive and beautiful coastal waterways. But, unfortunately, we are losing seagrass in many areas… Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Provisioning Ecosystem Services

Introduction This morning I drank coffee and ate a giant bowl of oatmeal with blueberries and honey. Afterward, my family and I decided to go hiking. I put on my wool socks and filled up our reusable water… Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Regulating Ecosystem Services

A Continued Series If you are currently eating breakfast or enjoying a nice cup of coffee or tea-thank a pollinator. While you are outside today, enjoying the fresh air and shade-thank a tree. These are a couple examples… Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: The Limitless Benefits of Our Environment

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Our Ecosystem Services Take a deep breath and feel the air fill your lungs. How often do you think about the air you breathe? It is common knowledge plants provide the oxygen we… Read More

Master Gardener Gardening Bench: Strawberries

Strawberries By John Dawson, Master Gardener Volunteer 2007 Here in Central Florida, now is the time to plant strawberries. Find more articles on exciting topics here.  The home garden strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, is a hybrid species that… Read More

Feed the Hungry and Meet a Challenge; Donate Peanut Butter to UF/IFAS Extension

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Spread the word – or, in this case, the peanut butter! You can donate unopened jars of peanut butter to hungry Panhandle families from Oct. 1 through Nov. 27, through the Peanut Butter Challenge, a… Read More

Master Gardener Garden Bench: Down the Garden Path

Down the Garden Path By Norma Kisida, Master Gardener Volunteer 2012 Article from the September 2019 addition of the award winning Master Gardening Bench monthly newsletter created by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Manatee County.  If you enjoy gardens you… Read More

Labeling in the horticulture industry – consumers are paying attention

Consumers are willing to pay more for fruit plants with labels that incorporate logos they recognize, a recent University of Florida study finds. As the first research of its kind, the findings may help growers increase the marketability… Read More

September is National Rice Month; Florida should celebrate this homegrown crop

by Jehangir “Jango” Bhadha When you think of rice production, what is the first thing that comes to mind? The rice paddy fields of China, perhaps? China is by far the largest producer – and consumer – of… Read More