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Watermelon Is More Than Dessert

A family reunion, summer BBQ, picnic or get together jsut isn’t complete without a delicious slice of sweet juicy watermelon. Watermelons come in all shapes, sizes, red and yellow meat colors and some are seedless. … Read More

The Importance of Submitting Plant Samples to Diagnostic Laboratories

Why Submit a Sample? In this age of modern technology and web based diagnostic platforms, it is becoming much easier for producers and other professionals in plant production to find answers to questions about their… Read More

Gardening for Earth Day: The Five R’s in the Garden

The Five R’s of Landscape Maintenance How do you express yourself within your garden or landscape? Typically our landscapes are adorned with beautiful plants that sprinkle the landscape with color. The liveliness and beauty of… Read More

Green Spaces and Public Health

Importance of Green Spaces This morning, while working at my alternate location, I listened to a cardinal’s serenade, watched a plump of Black-Bellied Whistle Ducks fly over, touched the morning dew with my feet, sat… Read More

Canning Food 101

Food Preservation has played a big role in my growing up, I remember picking vegetable in the garden and helping my parents preserve the produce.  Living in a small rural community my family preserved most… Read More

Creating a directory to sell directly to FL consumers during COVID-19 outbreak

Many of the traditional markets for the distribution of goods to consumers have been disrupted during the COVID-19 outbreak. It would be ideal to have a way to connect the consumers and the producers so… Read More

Online CEU opportunities for license renewal

There are multiple ways in which you could earn Continued Education Units (CEUs) to renew your pesticide license online. You can visit one or more of the websites below for online CEUs: University of Florida… Read More

The Garden Awaits: April Gardening in Alachua County

April is Almost Here Bees are buzzing, flowers blooming, and many plants are awaking from their winter-time slumber. Although many of us are cooped-up and getting a little stir-crazy, the garden awaits. Gardening is one… Read More

Agricultural diagnostic services in Alachua County

Pests and diseases don’t stop during a pandemic. Phone numbers for the different labs are provided and we encourage you to take advantage of electronic submissions as much as possible. Distant Diagnostic and Identification System (DDIS)… Read More

Proper Food Storage and Food Safety

Store Food Properly to Prevent A Major Food Safety Risk According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the improper storage of food is one of the major food safety risks that is… Read More