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Category: UF/IFAS Extension

Wild Sarasota Spotlight: comBATting bat myths

Swooping through the night sky, many people are quick to decry bats as blood suckers, rabies vectors, and a general nuisance. However, these miraculous flying mammals pose little risk to humans and are actually essential in managing our… Read More

Invasion of the Landscape Snatchers

The Invasion of the Landscape Snatchers “It started – for me, it started last Thursday, in response to an urgent message from my nurse, I hurried home from a medical convention I’d been attending. At first glance, everything… Read More

Sustainable Agriculture Resources Available for Producers

A few years ago, I was able to meet a couple of farmers and ranchers who received Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) grant funding. Hearing from them directly about how the funds helped their operations, I am… Read More

University of Florida and University of Kentucky put aside rivalry to rally around love of growing plants

The Florida Gators and Kentucky Wildcats have been meeting on the football field since 1917, and the teams will meet again this Saturday at UK’s Kroger Field. Athletic rivalries aside, the two land-grant universities share a common goalpost:… Read More

Hemp pest ID tool from UF/IFAS available now

Pests can cause devastating impacts to a hemp crop. The first step to tackle a pest problem is to identify the unwelcome intruder. A new UF/IFAS hemp pest identification tool takes the guesswork out of identifying some of… Read More

Spice Up the Butterfly Garden with Mexican Sunflower

Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Linda Clemens This year, I tried something new for my butterfly garden.  I wanted a tall, vigorous plant for my bed of sunflowers and giant cosmos, something that would bloom during hot weather and… Read More