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Engineering and Agriculture = Fun, Learning and Teambuilding

Youth had only 2 hours to design a bridge that would support a semi load of vegetables. When you hear the word agriculture, it probably evokes words like “farming, livestock or dirt” and maybe even the smell of manure.  For people who work in the agriculture industry, it reminds them of words like “hard work, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/28/engineering-and-agriculture-fun-learning-and-teambuilding/

Friday Feature: As Goes Agriculture, so Goes our Society

This week’s featured video was produced by Growing America.  In this video David Bridges, President of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College summarizes the value of American Agriculture and the need to share this information with young people to encourage them to focus on careers in the agricultural industries.  He provides a great nugget of wisdom for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/15/friday-feature-as-goes-agriculture-so-goes-our-society/

Agriculture: A Minor Miracle Going on in Florida

Florida’s 47,000 farms are already vital economic engines that boost the economy in ways that go beyond putting food on consumer’s plates. Agriculture’s resiliency makes it a mainstay of Florida’s economy. When money gets tight, fewer people book hotel rooms or buy theme park tickets, but they don’t stop eating.  Photo credit: Doug Mayo Jack …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/30/agriculture-a-minor-miracle-going-on-in-florida/

Local Farmers Inspire the Next Generation about Agriculture

Fred and Bobby teaching a group of 4-Hers about goats. Fred and Bobbie Golden relocated to Jefferson County from Lakeland, Florida in 2000 to establish Golden Acres Ranch LLC.  The sixty-three-acre ranch is home to one of the largest mayhaw ponds in the region, grass fed goat & sheep, free-range chickens, guineas, pet boarding, and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/03/03/local-farmers-inspire-the-next-generation-about-agriculture/

UF/IFAS Experts to Celebrate Animal Agriculture at the Sunbelt Ag Expo October 18-20

Panhandle Ag Team members Matt Hersom, Doug Mayo, and Mark Mauldin provided information on forages at the UF/IFAS Barn at the 2015 Sunbelt Expo. Samantha Grenrock, UF/IFAS Communications Service University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty will be sharing their expertise on the theme of Florida’s Animal Agriculture at the 39th annual …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/10/15/ufifas-experts-to-celebrate-animal-agriculture-at-the-sunbelt-ag-expo-october-18-20/

Teaching Agriculture from the Ground Up

Youth learn about pollination and nutrition at the pumpkin station. The center grows several varieties to demonstrate the diversity of the plant family. What has 1600 eyes, 1600 legs, can be male or female, and has enough energy collectively to send a rocket to the moon? The 3rd – 5th graders that participate in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/29/teaching-agriculture-from-the-ground-up/

Federal Reserve Bank’s April Agriculture Report

The Federal Reserve Banks’ Beige Book indicates agricultural conditions were mixed across the country in its April 13, 2016 release.  Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Dallas Federal Reserve Banks reported poor prospects for agricultural profitability because product prices remained low and input costs remained relatively high. Contacts across Districts noted that compared with …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/20/federal-reserve-banks-april-agriculture-report/

Florida’s Rangeland Agriculture and the Environment: A Natural Partnership

Woodlands and rangelands are important to both our economy and environment. Photo by Judy Ludlow Most of us living in panhandle Florida recognize that our farmers and ranchers are committed to sustainable production of food, fiber, and fuel for generations to come, but how will farmers continue to be productive while sharing natural resources with …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/18/floridas-rangeland-agriculture-and-the-environment-a-natural-partnership/

Farm Credit Supports 4-H Agriculture Projects

To support agriculture education programs and help rural America grow, Farm Credit of Northwest Florida has designed the Youth Agricultural Loan Program specifically to help active 4-H and FFA members to get a running start with their agriculture-related projects and future success.  Members of these programs not only learn skills like growing crops or raising …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/12/05/farm-credit-supports-4-h-agriculture-projects/

Incoming UF President Fuchs is Positive for Agriculture

Jack Payne, Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources (UF/IFAS) Dr. Kent Fuchs The selection of Dr. W. Kent Fuchs (pronounced “Fox”) as the next president of the University of Florida should be cause for celebration for anyone who cares about Florida agriculture and natural resources. I’ll confess, I had some initial apprehension about …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/31/incoming-uf-president-fuchs-is-positive-for-agriculture/

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