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Category: UF/IFAS Extension

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!

man fertilizing lawn

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

Helping Buyers and Sellers Connect During COVID-19 Disruptions to Florida Food Markets

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to Florida food markets. Sales of food products to restaurants and schools have fallen drastically. Some farmers markets have closed. Sales through grocery stores spiked upward initially, but recent limits on… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

Sustainability, what is it all about?

Sustainability, what is it all about? It is a question that needs discussion. Can we adopt sustainable practices for energy, water, food, stuff? The products we buy, the way we maintain our home and landscape, the cars we… Read More

From the ‘Garden Bench’: Color in the Winter Garden

By Norma Kisida, Master Gardener 2012 Whether a full-time or a seasonal resident, we want the most from our landscape. Here in sunny Florida we are fortunate to be able to have colorful plants all year, if we… Read More

From the ‘Garden Bench’: Gardening Tips for Part-time Residents

Gardening Tips for Returning Part-Time Residents by Amy L. Stripe, Master Gardener Volunteer 2008 This is a busy time for Manatee County’s Master Gardeners! Our winter residents are arriving in droves and discovering “surprises” in their gardens; happily,… Read More

Happier couples create happier communities!

Unhealthy relationships have been shown to cause lower test scores in children, increase stress levels, cause family violence and economically depressed communities. Relationships classes to couples would improve these deficits at home. The University of Florida IFAS Extension… Read More