Tag: UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County

Crapemyrtles: A Landscape Showstopper

Crapemyrtles are a beauty to behold in any landscape. They are popular landscape plants in Florida because of their ease of propagation, lengthy blooming period, ability to grow under a range of soil conditions, and are relatively inexpensive…. Read More

Apply Now to be a Sumter County Master Gardener Volunteer!

  Interested in being a Master Gardener Volunteer? Do you enjoy gardening and want to know more about gardening in central Florida?  Is conserving and protecting water quality important to you?  Are you challenged by acquiring new skills or expertise  through… Read More

The Impacts of a 4-H Livestock Program, K. Taylor, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County 4-H Agent,

Situation: The Sumter County 4-H and FFA Premier Exhibitor program is a valuable livestock educational experience for youth. The content of the program provides the framework for youth to learn a variety of topics related to the production… Read More

COTTAGE FOODS: BREAKING (EVEN) AND ENTERING (NEW MARKETS). M.Smith, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter, Pasco, Hernando County, and S. Bresin, UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County

Situation: An understanding of sound business practices is essential for any enterprise. However, too often participants in the local food system are unequipped with the economic literacy necessary to navigate the system. In 2011, Florida passed legislation permitting… 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 ) Lifestyle change… Read More

ADVANCED TRAINING PROMOTES MASTER GARDENER DIAGNOSTIC CONFIDENCE. L. Sanderson, UF/IFAS Extension, Sumter County, Bushnell, FL

Situation: Central Florida, including Sumter County and surrounding counties, is characterized by at least 71 adult retirement communities some of which have only a couple of thousand homes, and others which are over 50,000 homes.  In Sumter County,… Read More

Lovebugs-Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air!  Plecia neartica hardy, or more commonly known as the lovebug is out in high numbers both in Spring and Fall.   Find huge numbers of lovebugs on nectar flowers in your landscape when they… Read More

Native Ornamental Grasses for Central Florida

Conversations about grass, do not usually include the use of ornamental grasses.  Discussions about grass usually involve the trials and tribulations of maintaining turfgrass and either how green and healthy it looks or the brown spots and insects… Read More

Zika Challenge

Jim Davis is studying hard for his public health pest control license exam. In the past, getting this license wouldn’t be a usual part of his job. But with the recent public concern about the mosquito-borne Zika virus,… Read More