Southerners and sweet tea
When I was a child we drank sweet tea. I didn't really know where it came from but it was sweet and that suited me just fine. Later, I discovered tea was from the leaf of a plant. I had heard about tea leaves and it ... READ MORE
Food for the taking
Have you ever eaten a pine tree? Many parts are edible. Those supposedly were the famous words of world-renowned food forager, Euell Gibbons, on a grape-nuts commercial in the ’70s. Not many of us would be interested in ... READ MORE
Kalan Royal has agriculture in his blood. His family has been involved in Florida’s citrus and cattle industries since the 1860s.
That has fueled his passion, making him an ideal fit as the new livestock agent for the University of ... READ MORE
Once upon a time, there was something called Xeriscaping and it was quite the rage. A great idea, it would create a low-maintenance yard that required less water and inputs. The problem was that it wasn't developed for ... READ MORE
The different stages of my career have helped me pave my way into Extension. When I made the decision to study agriculture at 17, I had no idea what would be in store for me 10 years down the line. I constantly think about ways in which I can ... READ MORE
Bringing the bees
Mid to late February in Highlands County is the beginning of the orange blossom bloom. It's January when beekeepers from all over Florida and many other states look for spots to leave their honey bees, as close to the orange ... READ MORE
Projected freezing temperatures over the weekend are a reminder of the impact weather has on cattle management. With freezing temperatures, frost is inevitable, meaning nutritive value of forage is going to be reduced. Adjustments to how cattle ... READ MORE
Who's growing your food?
It is important to many consumers to know who is growing their food. The country or state of origin may impact the freshness of your produce. It may also have an impact on the ripeness of the produce. Some produce like ... READ MORE
The 4-H year is in full swing and the holiday season is upon us. That means that we are gearing up for our annual holiday contest, the Highlands County 4-H Holiday Bakeoff. This contest is open to all 4-H youth in Highlands County as well as ... READ MORE