Agricultural Worker Safety Training Day

Three tractors in a farmer's field

On Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 the University of Florida will host the Agricultural Worker Safety Training Day at the St. Lucie Fairgrounds. With seminars from 8:00am through noon followed by a catered lunch with the immensely popular Tractor… Read More

Red Tide Alert for Indian River County

Beach at sunset in Indian River County

By Christine Kelly-Begazo, Indian River County Agriculture Extension Agent and Josh Kutyna, Extension office Program Assistant With the exception of Round Island Beach Park, all beach access points have been closed in Indian River County due to the presence… Read More

Invasive Alert! Meet the New Guinea Flatworm

New Guinea Flatworm showing eyespot

By Joshua Kutyna, Indian River Extension Program Assistant for Christine Kelly-Begazo There is an invader amongst us, and it goes by the name of Platydemus manokwari. Better known as the New Guinea flatworm, this alien aggressor is a… Read More

To Bee or Not to Bee: A Concerning Question

by Violet Krochmalny, Indian River County Extension Staff Manager We all know about the ongoing struggle of bee colony collapse disorder that has been ravaging populations of our favorite pollinators and you may have asked yourself, is anything being done… Read More

Companion Planting: A Beneficial Friendship

UF community gardens adn bat houses. Photo taken on 04-14-17.

Companion Planting for Improved Health in the Garden Bed by Yvonne Florian and Nickie Munroe Looking to give your vegetable or fruit garden even more color? How about some added benefits of pest protection to go along with… Read More

Fall Fertilization for Healthy Lawns and Waterways

Grass on the banks of Lake Mize at the Austin Cary Memorial Forest.

By Christine Kelly-Begazo, Indian River County Agriculture Extension Agent and Josh Kutyna, Extension office Program Assistant As most of us know by now, Indian River County has enacted a fertilization ban which runs from June 1st – September 30th…. Read More

Save the Date! GI-BMP Workshop Opportunity

Empty deskEmpty desks in a classroom. Photo taken 05-22-17.s in a classroom

Save the Date: GI-BMP Workshop Opportunity  By Christine Kelly-Begazo, Indian River County Agriculture Extension Agent On Friday, November 2, 2018 there will be a workshop for assisting landscape workers in obtaining their Limited Certification Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer… Read More

Palm Pruning: Shear Instincts

Palm trees being blown by the winds of an approaching storm. Severe weather, rain, beach, coast. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.

By Christine Kelly-Begazo, Indian River County Agriculture Extension Agent Pruning palm trees seems like a simple enough endeavor, but we may instinctively get a bit too excited with those pruning tools. It’s no mistake that we all favor… Read More

A Day of Family Fun at LaPorte Farms

Attendees of the event crossing the pond bridge that is part of the loop around the farm.

By Darren Cole, Indian River County Youth Development Agent Looking for a quick and entertaining family outing to stave off the boredom of another mundane ordinary weekend? Well look no further than LaPorte Farms! This local kid friendly haven is… Read More

Symptoms of Dehydration: Summer Survival

Johnson Beach at the Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola, Florida, photographed for the Naturally Escarosa phone application.

By Joshua Kutyna, Indian River Extension Program Assistant for Nickie Munroe Everyone is out enjoying the beauty of Florida. It is easy to forget how dangerous it can be to stay outside for prolonged periods in our warm… Read More