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Category: Natural Resources

Assistance Helps Farmers and Ranchers Conserve Natural Resources

Contact: Israel Vega 941.907.0011 ext. 3143 Application deadline for financial assistance is Nov. 20 GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 8, 2020 — Florida farmers, ranchers and forest owners can apply until Nov. 20 for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources… Read More

COVID-19 Resources for Seafood Producers and Small Businesses

Originally published March 31 2020. Last updated September 18 2020. Wow, there is a lot of information out there right now. Daily emails to share the ever-evolving list of news, opportunities and assistance programs can be overwhelming, so… Read More

How do you see seafood? Resources for consumers, retailers and educators.

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Seafood is one of the most nutritious and delicious sources of energy on the planet. For thousands of years, coastal populations have reaped the benefits of consuming aquatic organisms. Today, improvements in technology, preservation and access to the… Read More

Environmental Impacts of Ranching

Looking out over the picturesque fields of lush green grasses growing and cattle grazing may be the best view of all.  How does that view affect our environment?  Depending on which day it is, you may come across… Read More

2018 Farm Bill Programs

Do you farm or ranch and want to make improvements to the land that you own or lease? The 2018 Farm Bill, enacted December 20, 2018, includes many programs to support conservation efforts for farmers and ranchers across the… Read More

How to get the Manatee County Landscape BMP for the Fertilizer Ordinance while Social Distancing

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Who Needs the LBMP? All landscape maintenance professionals in Manatee County that ARE NOT applying fertilizer (other than clerical or administrative staff) must individually obtain a Landscape Best Management Practices (Landscape BMP) certification from the Manatee County Extension… Read More

Soil Health: The Key to Successful Agriculture

Over the years, farmers have tried many tactics to improve their crop yields, including fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides. All these methods are costly and must be applied in very specific amounts to optimize growth, which sometimes is very… Read More

It is that time again…Summer fertilizer restrictions are here June 1st – Sept 30!

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Coronavirus will not stop the enforcement of the Manatee County Fertilizer Ordinance! Fertilizer Ordinance Brochure Manatee County Government Fertilizer webpage Required Landscape Best Management Practices training for all landscape professionals Required Green Industry Best Management Practices training for… Read More