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Category: Natural Resources

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… Read More

2018 Farm Bill Programs

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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… Read More

How to get the Manatee County Landscape BMP for the Fertilizer Ordinance while Social Distancing

Shade garden, water-wise

Who Needs the LBMP? All landscape maintenance professionals in Manatee County that ARE NOT applying fertilizer (other than clerical or administrative staff) must individually obtain a Landscape Best Management Practices (Landscape BMP) certification from the… Read More

Soil Health: The Key to Successful Agriculture

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Over the years, farmers have tried many tactics to improve their crop yields, including fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides. All these methods are costly and must be applied in very specific amounts to optimize growth, which… Read More

It is that time again…Summer fertilizer restrictions are here June 1st – Sept 30!

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Coronavirus will not stop the enforcement of the Manatee County Fertilizer Ordinance! Fertilizer Ordinance Brochure Manatee County Government Fertilizer webpage Required Landscape Best Management Practices training for all landscape professionals Required Green Industry Best Management… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local… Read More