Monthly Archive: December 2016

Don’t Be Afraid to Disturb the Rootball

A new tree or shrub is an investment for the future. When we pick an ornamental plant, we have the hope that it will survive for many years and offer seasons of beauty that enhance our landscape.  Time is often spent picking a suitable spot, preparing the planting hole, and watering until establishment.  We give …

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Tips for Christmas Tree Care

Although there are many types of artificial Christmas trees these days, live or cut trees are still very popular. Given the proper care, your natural tree can maintain its festive look throughout the holidays, keeping your safety in mind as well. Image credit: UF/IFAS Communications.   By now many of you have already bought and …

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Poinsettia Care

A beautiful poinsettia plant. Photo Credit: Tyler Jones, University of Florida It’s Christmastime and time to pull your poinsettias out of the closet. Oh, you don’t have poinsettias left over from Christmas’ past? Well, if you follow some simple steps then you may be enjoying this year’s crop for years to come. But first, let’s …

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Northwest Florida Beef Conference & Trade Show – February 8

The 32nd annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, February 8th in the Agriculture Conference Center, at the Jackson County Extension Office, located at 2741 Penn Avenue, Marianna, Florida. Registration and the Trade Show open at 7:30 AM central time, the program starts at 8:15 AM, and concludes with a …

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Christmas”sea” Cheer!

The holiday season is a special time for most of us! There are many creatures that live under the sea that represent many of our holiday traditions. Photo Credit: Fl. Museum Of Natural  History, George Burgess Small cookie cutter sharks are found in very deep water during the day, at night they migrate up the water …

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Medicated Livestock Feeds Will Require Veterinarian Authorization in 2017

Livestock producers will need veterinarian authorization, similar to a prescription, to utilize feeds that include antibiotics in 2017. Photo credit: Troy Walz, Univ. of Nebraska Source: FDA CVM Animal Feed Safety System Team As of January 1, 2017, animal producers will not be able to purchase feeds over the counter that contain antimicrobials deemed important …

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November Cattle Market Price Watch

The August 2017 Feeder Cattle futures contract increased by $ 7.66/cwt. during November. Based on this futures price increase, August Feeder Cattle revenues increased by approximately $ 57.45/head ($ 7.66/cwt. * 7.5 cwt.) on a 750-pound feeder steer which amounts to $ 3,830.00/truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle futures contract high, contract low, and …

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UF/IFAS Extension Peanut Butter Challenge Tackles Hunger in the Panhandle

Paul Davis, 4-H youth development agent (L), and Julie McConnell, horticulture agent (R), both with UF/IFAS Extension Bay County, stand next to peanut butter donations. This year, UF/IFAS Extension Bay County collected 866 jars of peanut butter. Samantha Grenrock, UF/IFAS Communications Service Thanks to a partnership of the University of Florida Institute of Food and …

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2017 Florida Bull Test Sale – January 21

University of Florida – North Florida Research and Education Center Beef Unit sale facility where the Florida Bull Test Sale will be conducted near Marianna, FL. The 17th Florida Bull Test was conducted at the University of Florida North Florida Research and Education center in Marianna.  There were 129 consignments from 33 consignors from Florida, …

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Cotton Marketing News: December Numbers May Contain Hidden Stocking Stuffers

Don Shurley, Cotton Economist, UGA Professor Emeritus My kids, and now grandkids, seem to enjoy the cheap, unexpected surprises in their Christmas stocking as much as anything.  USDA’s December crop production and supply/demand estimates were as expected, in some respects, but contain a few things that maybe can be viewed as unexpected and positive. Prices …

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