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Aid available for farmers, ranchers to conserve natural resources

Agriculture equipment operators work in a field. [CREDIT: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a Nov. 20 deadline to apply for the Environmental Quality Icentives Program (EQIP), a federal effort to encourage environmentally friendly agricultural practices. Information was disseminated in a news release, as follows:… Read More

The ins and outs of electric vehicles

Happy National Drive Electric Week! National Drive Electric week is a celebration to raise awareness of the wonderful benefits of electric vehicles. They can help you save money, reduce your impact on the environment and dependence on foreign… Read More

Explore Your World backpack: from neighborhood to nature

Introducing the Explore Your World backpack! The Explore Your World backpack kit is one of three backpacks designed by UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County in partnership with Sarasota County Libraries. It is designed to help explorers of all ages… Read More

COVID-19 and climate change

How do COVID-19 and climate change relate? This year, billions of people across the globe went into self-quarantine to avoid COVID -19. People stopped driving to work, businesses shut down, and international borders closed. All of these activities… Read More

Air potato beetle larvae: new orders are on hold

Air potato vines have become a common sight across most of Florida. Efforts have been underway for many years to control the spread of this invasive, non-native vine. For the past few years, the University of Florida and… Read More

What is a carbon footprint, and why does it matter?

What is a Carbon Footprint?  Your carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) that you directly or indirectly produce in your lifetime. Take the Environmental Protection Agency’s Carbon Footprint Quiz, Nature Conservancy’s Quiz, or our own Ecological Footprint Quiz to find out just how… Read More

March of the giants: The Eastern lubber grasshopper

Do you know the song, “The ants go marching one by one; hurrah, hurrah”? Picture in place of the ants, grasshoppers. Not just any grasshopper, but the Eastern lubber grasshopper, Romalea microptera. If you have ever had the… Read More