65th Annual UF/IFAS Florida Beef Cattle Short Course

Who:    The University of Florida IFAS department of animal sciences will host the 65th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course. What:    Both small and large beef producers are invited to hear experts discuss hot topics and current research related to the beef industry. Presentations will include “Modern Ag in a Facebook Culture,” “Understanding the Use of GMOs in Agriculture”  More»

Preventing tree abuse through education

Have you ever had a tree trimmed back to bare bones because you thought you were getting your money’s worth? You may be guilty of tree abuse, says a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agent. For the last 16 years, the UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Tree Trimmer Program has been teaching tree trimmers and arborists in South Florida how to avoid tree abuse with best pruning practices.  More»

Feeding Marine Fish Larvae with Airlifts

Above: A Melanuras wrasse larvae fourteen days after hatching. UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory Photo by Kevin Barden. Marine fish are raised for the food, bait, and ornamental (aquarium fish) industries. Very young marine fish (larvae) have specific food needs, and meeting these needs is one of the challenges of producing quality fish in aquaculture.1 Airlifts can help producers cheaply and effectively capture  More»

Florida’s Mangrove Forests

Mangroves are a kind of tree or shrub that typically grow on or near shorelines in tropical and subtropical climates such as Florida’s Gulf Coast. These plants are specially adapted to the wet, salty conditions where they grow.1 Mangrove forests play an important role in coastal ecosystems and also protect coastlines from erosion.1,2 Three species of mangroves are found in Florida:  More»

Thinking About a Credit Card? Consider This

April Is Financial Literacy Month If you’ve never had a credit card or you’re wondering if one is right for you, there are several things to consider before you apply. Pros and Cons How do you plan on using a credit card? Credit cards can be useful when it comes to paying for things quickly and easily, especially if it’s an emergency. You can use your credit card statement to keep track of how much you spend and on what.  More»

Green-Spore Poison Parasol Mushroom

The green-spore poison parasol mushroom (Chlorophyllum molybdites), also known as the “false parasol” or “green-spored parasol,” is commonly found in the southeastern United States, including Florida. It appears on “lawns, grassy areas, and open woods” and is more prevalent between April and November, when conditions are wetter.1 Appearance Chlorophyllum molybdites can be confused with some non-poisonous mushrooms,  More»