Category: UF/IFAS

Jumping and crawling insects that want to suck your blood- Halloween Edition Part 2

Although mosquitoes are the first insect we think of when talking blood-feeding insects-  there are a few others that can make our skin crawl at the thought of them on us or in our homes. The insects discussed… Read More

Celebrate National Energy Efficiency Day and Awareness Month

By SOPHIA MOUNDOUS Sustainability Assistant, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County October is all about Fall colors, pumpkins, and Halloween costumes. Here at Sarasota County Sustainability, we are also excited about October because it is National Energy Awareness Month, and today,… Read More

Workshop to offer multi-generational perspectives fostering stronger sustainable communities

Children learning to garden from an adult

Under the “Growing Greener Generations” theme, the 14th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop is set for Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop will draw together residents of all ages, business owners and employees, non-profit leaders, and government officials… Read More

Sarasota County Extension experts provide path to future

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County office building

By JACK PAYNE Senior vice president, UF Agriculture and Natural Resources The Sarasota you love is changing. Residents arriving. Concern about red tide and water quality rising. Green space shrinking. A heavier lift for the low-income to make… Read More

Record attendance at the 2017 Sustainable Communities Workshop

Sarasota County had record attendance at the 12th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop, on Nov. 30 with 183 participants! This is an increase of about 40 percent from last year. We want to thank all of our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and planning committee… Read More

Register now for the Sustainable Communities Workshop

Don’t miss your chance at a reduced-rate registration for the 12th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop, set for Nov. 30 at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event and Conference Center, 4750 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota. Oct. 30 is the… Read More

Composting at the World Rowing Championships

an array of compost bins waits at a rowing event

The last week of September was an important one for Sarasota, Florida. It marked the first time the area was hosting a major sporting event, the World Rowing Championships. Over 40,000 were in attendance at the week-long event,… Read More

Take-all Root Rot

Take-all root rot is a disease that is common on warm season turfgrass.  It occurs during the summer and fall months when Florida receives the majority of its rainfall.  Extended rainfall or long periods when the turfgrass is… Read More

Palmetto Weevils

Post by Bob Mertens; Horticulture Program Specialist Once considered a minor pest of palms, the palmetto weevil (Rhynchophorus cruentatus) has in recent years become a serious problem on Canary Island Date palms (Phoenix canariensis) and increasingly on Bismarck… Read More