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Category: Conservation

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

Dandelion – Wild Weeds

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month Dandelion Pyrrhopappus carolinianus This Florida native is a common plant found in natural areas, yards, cultivated gardens…pretty much everywhere! The dandelion is the only food source for a small bee (Hemihalicus… Read More

A Demonstration Living Shoreline for Northeast Florida

As Florida braces for more storms and hurricanes battering our coasts, “living shorelines” are a term you might begin to hear more. They are a method utilized to protect and stabilize shorelines from erosion using natural materials such… Read More

Make s’mores and explore the world of solar energy

Solar energy has many benefits and uses, from powering homes to cooking delicious treats like s’mores. Discover how you can harness the power of the sun from your home in the newest LIFE: Science Shorts video. Watch, learn,… Read More

Water Wednesday – Different Types of Rain Sensors

Did you know by Florida Statute requires “Any person who operates an automatic landscape irrigation system shall properly install, maintain, and operate technology that inhibits or interrupts operation of the system during periods of sufficient moisture.” (Florida Statute 373.62)…. Read More

Rain Sensors Help Protect Our River and Lagoon

On a walk through neighborhoods between periods of heavy rain, have you ever seen sprinklers running unnecessarily?  During our rainy summers, the sight is pretty common, especially in the early mornings.  All the extra water can contribute to… Read More

Anglers! Planning On Grouper Or Snapper Fishing After Lobstering In The Atlantic? Read This Blog Before Getting A Ticket!

Are you heading to East coast or Keys during lobster season? Are you planning on fishing for grouper and snapper more than 3 miles offshore after limiting out on lobster? If the answer is yes both to those… Read More

Cover Cropping in Summer

In the Wilting Heat Many Floridians choose not to grow any edibles during the summer in order to let the garden beds rest.  It is generally a hostile time of year to be doing very much in the… Read More

UF/IFAS Range Cattle REC Exchange Visitor Highlight – Dr. Marta Kohmann

By: Bethany Wight, Biologist UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center Marta Moura Kohmann grew up in a small town near her family’s farm in the most southern Brazilian state, Rio Grande do Sul. Their farm was originally… Read More