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Physical Activity and Children’s Brain Health

Many of us know that being physically active is good for our physical health, but did you know that physical activity is also beneficial for brain health? Physical activity is especially important for the brain health of children, as they are in the lifecycle phase of constant learning, growth, and development! The term physical activity…

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Harvest now, plant in the fall – backyard cauliflower

Backyard Cauliflower – ready to use!The cauliflower has a long history of cultivation in the Old World but is now a worldwide favorite amongst Cole crops.  All Cole crops – cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collards and kale – originated from one plant – Brassica oleracea and are easy to grow.  Have you tried growing…

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Video: Palm Care After the Freeze

Palms in North Florida suffered serious damage as a result of freezing weather in December 2022. As spring approaches, we will be looking to see if the palms will recover. Learn what to do now and what to expect from your palms with UF IFAS Extension Escambia County. by Beth BollesSource: UF/IFAS Pest Alert…

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2023 Spring Festival of Flowers

The 2023 Spring Festival of Flowers kicks off March 31 at the shared campus of the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC) and Pensacola State College in Milton. Friday 95 p.m. Saturday Sunday 94 p.m. UFIFAS West Florida Research and Education Center Pensacola State College Milton 5988 Highway 90 Milton, FL 32583 Fast…

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New UF/IFAS Blueberry Growers Guide Pesticide Module

The UF/IFAS Blueberry Breeding Program is releasing a new pesticide module on February 6, as part of its UF/IFAS Blueberry Growers Guide app. This new module is a quick reference guide for certain information on pesticides labeled for highbush blueberry in Florida, including: • Re-entry Interval (REI) • Preharvest Interval (PHI) • Application Rates •…

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February First Friday with Florida First Detector

Recap of February First Friday with Florida First Detector     Crapemyrtle bark scale, Photo credit: Gary Brooks, Bayer Crop Science, Bugwood.org. In February, we talked about Invasive Scale Insects and covered identification of species commonly found in Florida and a few that were recently detected in Florida. Scale insects can be challenging to identify. Closely related…

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Tips for Starting a Vegetable Garden

If you are getting started with growing your own vegetables in Florida, start by reading the Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide, available in English and Spanish. Choose a site that is full sun with access to water. Gardens can be grown in a variety of types of garden beds including in ground, raised bed, grow boxes and grow bags.…

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Florida-centered Valentines Day ideas

Are you bored with the usual tired Valentine’s options like boxed bonbons and odorless hothouse flowers? This year seek out some unique, Florida-centric Valentines fun! For an extravagant, supremely romantic (yet not too expensive) gift, you could get your sweetheart a vanilla vine. Vanilla is just now being grown in Florida. Like love and friendship, vanilla…

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FWC’s New Ruling for Recreational Crab Traps

At their December 2021 meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) passed two rulings designed to enhance the conservation of diamondback terrapins, a small estuarine turtle. As of March 1, 2022, no one can possess a diamondback terrapin without an FWC permit. As of March 1, 2023, all recreational crab traps in…

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National Pesticide Safety Education Month

Hello Avid Readers!! Thank you for coming back for Pesticide Safety Education Month. We will have a series of blogs this month covering one of our favorite topics Personal Protective Equipment or PPE. The series begins today with an introduction to PPE and provision of resources on the subject. It continues next week with a…

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