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Fertilizer education creates behavior change and protects local waterways

UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County Fertilizing Effectively in Sandy Florida Soils workshops bring a change in behavior to homeowners, protecting the Wekiva River Basin and other local waterways. The workshops are hosted several times a month throughout Seminole County… Read More

Fire Ants in the Garden

As the weather cools off and people get back in their yards and gardens the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) becomes enemy number one.  The non-native, red imported fire ant (RIFA) can have large colonies with 80,000… Read More

Beekeeping Management Calendar: November 2019

Recommendations for your apiary in November 2019: This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management and is not comprehensive. The year-round Beekeeping Management Calendar can be found here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in848  Originally published November, 2016. Revised and republished November, 2019.

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Supporting Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Services Our environment provides numerous benefits that are vital to our health and economic livelihood. These environmental benefits are called ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are classified into four major categories: regulating, provisional, cultural, and supporting services. It… Read More

Jumping and crawling insects that want to suck your blood- Halloween Edition Part 2

Although mosquitoes are the first insect we think of when talking blood-feeding insects-  there are a few others that can make our skin crawl at the thought of them on us or in our homes. The insects discussed… Read More

Vanilla Production …..in Florida?

        Above: Dr. Elias Bassil shows Twyla Leigh the vanilla orchid’s development. Next: Developing vanilla orchid fruit pods (“beans”) in the UF|IFAS TREC Bassil Lab & shadehouse. [Banner picture and orchid flower views by Vovener… Read More

Former Extension Faculty Honored

One of the reasons we can point to UF/IFAS Extension as one of the nation’s foremost outreach organizations is that our faculty keep accumulating honors after long careers of service. Recently, no less than three former faculty members… Read More