Looking Back on Extension’s 100th Anniversary

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2014 has been a memorable year for number of reasons–some good, some not so good. But for thousands of Extension agents in Florida, and tens of thousands more across the country, 2014 was notable for one very important thing: it was the 100th Anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service in the United States. In 1914,…

Got Milk! Extension and Dairy Grow Healthy and Strong Together in Florida

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NOTE: The Family Dairy Day at the UF/IFAS Dairy Research Unit in Hague for October 25 has been CANCELLED. When the Florida Agricultural Extension Service started in 1915, many agricultural commodities already had a long history in the state, such as beef cattle, cotton and citrus. But in the case of dairy farming, it was virtually nonexistent…

A Good Hot Meal: Extension and the Struggle for School Lunches

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The new school year is beginning, and so, inevitably, are jokes about food fights, mystery meat and ketchup-as-a-vegetable. School cafeterias have been a part of public education for such a long time that it’s easy to take them for granted. But what you might not know is that school lunches are the result of a decades-long…

Campfire Stories: Florida’s 4-H Camps

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Summer’s here, school’s out, and if you’re one of more than 230,000 4-H’ers in Florida, that means four magic words: Cloverleaf, Ocala, Cherry Lake, and Timpoochee. For the uninitiated, those are the names of Florida’s residential 4-H camps. They’re strung across the state like charms on a bracelet, each situated near a lake or by…

Boll Weevils and Beyond: Extension Entomology

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Florida is a haven for many forms of insect life, from butterflies and honey bees to termites and fireflies. Unfortunately, its miles of coastline and thriving trade also make it vulnerable to harmful invasive species, which enter our state by highways and seaports and proliferate in our warm, humid climate. The history…

100 Years of Extension in Florida

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May 8, 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established America’s Cooperative Extension Service. Let’s take a brief look back at Extension’s growth and evolution in Florida, year by year.  Before Extension 1862 President Abraham Lincoln signs the Morrill Act establishing a land-grant university system, funding colleges for the teaching…

Sea Grant: Science Serving Florida’s Coast

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Disaster in the Gulf On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform killed 11 workers and exposed a deep-sea wellhead that began gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Until the spill was capped 87 days later, more than 210 million gallons of crude oil poured into the…

100th Anniversary of Florida Extension

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Join us on April 17 as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Florida Extension! The Cooperative Extension System was established by the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, and allows us all to benefit from the research and education of each state’s land-grant universities. Extension has helped millions of Floridians by tapping the latest…

“Sparkling Gem”: The Florida Master Gardener Program

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Sometimes simply asking for help can change everything. Say you’ve started a garden and it’s not thriving. You’ve checked out all the books from the library, logged hours on the internet, watched the gardening programs on TV, but nothing answers the specific issue you’ve got. At a local garden show, in desperation…

Buzzing About Bees

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Marineland will be buzzing with college students this weekend, but not the kind that are partying on the beach over Spring Break: March 7-8 marks the 7th Annual UF Bee College at the Whitney Marine Laboratory in St. Augustine. Bee College is a two-day event that brings together UF/IFAS Extension faculty, professional apiculturists and hobbyists…