Monthly Archive: September 2016

Water Quality Update – Sep 9, 2016

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection only sampled Bayou Texar this week… all looks fine. The Enterococcus bacteria levels (which should not be above 104 colonies / 100ml of sample) was reported at 4 colonies. The Escambia County Health Department sampled both Bayou Texar and Sanders Beach and both were reported as “Good”. There are no fish kills …

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September Sans Spending

The month of August has been a financially painful time for me. I blame this on the fact that my only child has just begun her first year at college. Lots (and I mean a whole lot) of spending happened in preparation for this auspicious endeavor. ouch – I began to question if I was …

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Two Opportunities to Learn about Fall Gardening

Escambia County Extension is offering two programs on Cool Season Vegetable Gardening.  Both will cover information on soils, starting with seeds and transplants, and tips for growing the favorite Fall edibles. Saturday, September 10, 10:30 a.m. at the Molino Library Friday, September 16, 9:00 a.m. at the Escambia County Extension office

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Health Advisory Issued for Bayou’s Texar and Chico

Enterococcus levels in Bayou’s Texar and Chico are elevated enough this week that a health advisory has been issued for those two bodies of water.  Escambia County Health Department reported those two bayou’s as POOR and Bayou Grande as MODERATE. Here are the numbers. FDEP Water Body    Temp (F)   Salinity (ppt)   DO(mg/L)   ENT bacteria count …

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Store It Right

Does lettuce turn brown and slimy in your refrigerator? Is that two-year-old frozen turkey still safe to eat? Should you dispose of that slightly moldy cheese? “When in doubt throw it out” is definitely a safe practice to follow. However, throwing food out is like throwing money away. A few simple guidelines for food storage …

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The International Coastal Clean Up is Coming in September – how are we doing with marine debris in our area?

People have been trying to do something about marine debris, and solid waste in general, since we saw the commercial of the crying Indian in the early ‘70’s. Have we made any improvement? Yes… but there are still problems to deal with.   Literally millions of tons of solid waste are produced and disposed of …

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An Early Study Shows the Invasion of the Asian Tiger Shrimp Could Have an Impact on Native Shrimp

The Asian Tiger Shrimp (Penaeus monodon) have been reported across the northern Gulf of Mexico for several years now but unlike Cogon grass, Chinese tallow, and Lionfish they have not really made the press.  We know they are there, but captures in shrimp trawls seem to be infrequent… it just does not look like a …

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Income Tax Workshop – for Farmers and Their Accountants

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is offering workshops on income tax for agricultural operations. The program will include a review of Schedule F and how to report income as well as some tax planning techniques. The registration fee is $15 for farmers and $65 for accountants who will receive 2.5 hours of CPE. To register, …

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September is Microplastics Awareness Month

Going along with the International Coastal Clean Up, UF/IFAS Extension will be promoting September as Microplastics Awareness month.   If you have not heard, microplastics are small pieces of plastic < 5mm in diameter. Some are fragments from larger pieces of plastic that have been broken down by the elements, others are produced at that …

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