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Strategic Partnerships for Financial Coaching. S. Taylor. scottetaylor@ufl.edu. UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County, 16110 Aviation Loop, Brooksville, FL 34604.

1)Situation/Target Audience/Objectives: The Hernando County Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program provides education in basic money management and financial matters to both youth and adults. To achieve this, strategic partnerships with community organizations have been… Read More

INCORPORATING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTO THE MASTER GARDENER TRAINING PROGRAM G. Murza and E. Pabon, UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL. & J. Anderson and A. Vu, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, Orlando, FL.

Situation: The Master Gardener Program (MG) is a volunteer organization comprised of individuals who have an interest in gardening and preserving natural resources. To become a MG volunteer in Osceola and Orange Counties, participants are… Read More

EXPANDING ON SUCCESS, AFTER THE DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM LuAnn Duncan, Sumter County, Jana Griffin, Orange County, Mia Wilchcombe, Lake County

1) Situation/Problem Statement and Objectives: About 79 million adults have prediabetes, with high blood sugar levels that are not yet in the diabetic range. Prediabetes substantially raises the risk for developing type 2 diabetes (https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-study-finds-interventions-prevent-type-2-diabetes-give-good-return-investment… Read More

IMPLEMENTATION OF A CREATIVE AND INTERACTIVE TEAMBUILDER TO IMPROVE WORKSITE WELLNESS J. Anderson, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, Orlando, FL, L. Duncan, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, Bushnell, FL, and J. Rodriguez, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Orlando, FL

Situation: Extension employees can work long hours at jobs that require self-focused tasks on computers with limited time for socialization. Most employees have busy schedules and familial commitments that make it difficult to fulfill the… Read More

EXTENSION FARM TOURS INTRODUCE PUBLIC, POLICY MAKERS, TO LOCAL AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY Moffis*, B.1, Mann*, M.1, Wilchcombe, M.1, Popenoe, J.1, Daniels, D. 1

1. Extension Agents, Florida Cooperative Extension, Lake County, Tavares, FL 32757 Lake County, Florida is experiencing a period of substantial growth with development booming at both ends of the county. The urbanization of traditionally agricultural… Read More

ON-FARM RESEARCH DEVELOPS NOVEL METHOD FOR CHARACTERIZING THE IMPACT OF EQUINE MANURE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ON WATER QUALITY Bainum*, C.1, Mann, M.*2, Francisco, A.3, Clark, M4., Wickens C5.

1Extension Agent, Florida Cooperative Extension, Marion County, Ocala, FL 34471 2Extension Agent, Florida Cooperative Extension, Lake County, Tavares, FL 32757 3Grad. Student, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32653 4Professor, Soil and… Read More

ASSESSMENT OF THE ECONOMIC IMPACT ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECREATIONAL BAY SCALLOP SEASON IN HERNANDO COUNTY,FLORIDA B.J. Hall-Scharf, UF/IFAS Extension, Hernando County, Brooksville, FL,

C. Adams, UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department, Gainesville, FL, A. Hodges, UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department, Gainesville, FL, and S.P. Geiger, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, St Petersburg, FL. Situation: The recreational… Read More

IMPROVING AGRICULTURAL LITERACY FOR MORE INFORMED USE OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES K. Stump, J.S. Strickland, B. Justesen, J. Sullivan, and G. Murza, UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL.

Situation: Although it is a county historically dominated by agriculture, Osceola County is rapidly urbanizing. This growth has led to the development of rural agricultural lands. However, undeveloped agricultural areas contain natural resources, provide habitat… Read More

TRES OSCEOLA: CELEBRATING EARTH DAY PLANTING TREES E. Pabon, UF/IFAS Extension, Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL

Situation: During Earth Day and Arbor Day, tree giveaways are very popular. Many of these activities do not have any associated education on appropriate tree selection or care. Since 2016 the Residential Horticulture Agent in… Read More

ACCESSING THE NEBULOUS HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION T. McIntyre UF/IFAS Extension, Seminole County, Sanford, FL 32773

Situation/Problem Statement and Objectives:  Seminole county has many waterbodies that are labeled “impaired’ for nutrients. The nutrients arise from a variety of sources but can be attributed to a lack of best management practices in… Read More