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Event: Lee County Urban Gardening and Micro Business Course

Watermelon & Corn

Interested in growing your own small food related business? Agents Roy Beckford and Jennifer Hagen of the Lee County Extension Office can help. The Urban Gardening and Micro-Business class series will introduce practical and technical concepts… Read More

How to: Demystify Florida’s Food Safety Regulating Agencies

Plate w spoons and salad

Interested in starting a new food related business in Lee County but confused as to what regulatory agency regulates what in Florida? There are three main agencies that regulate food establishments in Florida: the Department of Health, the… Read More

Q and A: I noticed mushrooms growing under my oak tree. They barely make it out of the ground and never get too big. In the end, they break open and expel a lot of black dust. What are they and will they hurt my tree?

Schlerodema Fungus

From  David, Lehigh Acres Answer: This is a species of Scleroderma. These are ectomycorrhizal fungi that form symbiotic relationships with some tree, particularly pines and oaks here in Florida, but also some other species (for… Read More

Q and A: With the evening rains have come the thousands of ants. What can I do to rid these pests from my home?

ants

from N.H., in Fort Myers Answer: There are several species of ants found in or around houses in Florida. In general, the most common ants can be grouped as house infesting, yard infesting, and carpenter… Read More

Q and A: I have recently purchased several acres and am having a hard time getting rid of air potato. Can you provide me with some information?

air potato

from S.H., in North Fort Myers Answer: Florida is home to many exotic invasive plants. The air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) is one of many. Control of exotic/invasive plants can be difficult and tiring. There are… Read More

Q and A: I have an open aerator on my water system that now smells like rotten eggs. Do you have any ideas for troubleshooting this problem?

from G.M., via e-mail Answer: Hydrogen sulfide or sulfur is a naturally occurring contaminant, which gives water a disagreeable “rotten egg” odor and taste. Hydrogen sulfide is a gas that is found in well water… Read More

EVENT: Pesticide Certification Testing | June 1, 2017

pesticide certification testing

Pesticide Certification Testing The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) offers certified Pesticide Exams at multiple locations throughout the state. The exam schedule varies statewide to allow applicants an opportunity to take the… Read More