Looking for a summer camp? Key questions to ask

It’s only February, but many parents are already thinking about their child’s summer vacation plans. Summer camp is often high on the list. But before picking a camp, parents should consider a few important questions, said Neva Baltzell, Florida 4-H state camping program coordinator with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. 1. What opportunities will my child have? Find out  More»

Get in touch with science, history at Seahorse Key open house

Visitors of all ages will get up close and personal with local history and wildlife at the next Seahorse Key open house, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m on Feb. 25. A pop-up aquarium of ‘touch tanks’ will let families interact with living marine animals and reptiles collected from the Cedar Key area. Past aquariums have included seahorses, puffer fish and terrapin turtles. During free guided tours of the island’s pre-Civil War lighthouse, guests will  More»

Live stream captures nesting ospreys at UF stadium

Tune into the Osprey Cam and you might catch a glimpse of an osprey dad-to-be returning to a nest at University of Florida’s Alfred McKethan Stadium. He’s often carrying fresh fish from Lake Alice or Bivens Arm, which his mate gobbles up on the spot. Ospreys have been nesting on the stadium’s 100-foot-tall light fixtures for years, but this is the first time a camera has captured a pair’s comings and goings. The live stream is  More»

UF/IFAS program hopes to expand free, fast tax prep to more rural Floridians

The University of Florida IFAS Extension has received a grant of $12,500 from the IRS to help more rural, mid- to low-income Floridians do their taxes for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. This is the first year the UF/IFAS program will received IRS funding. As in previous years, Bank of America continues to support the program. In 2017, 10 UF/IFAS Extension county offices will serve as VITA intake sites, where  More»

UF/IFAS Extension faculty win seed money

UF/IFAS Extension faculty win seed money through new Shark Tank-style program Facial recognition software is no longer a thing of the future. But what if similar technologies could one day help farmers identify pests in the field? Steve Futch, multi-county citrus agent with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension, thinks it’s possible. And thanks to the new UF/IFAS Extension  More»

UF/IFAS Extension, farmers talk leafy greens

Who:    University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension faculty and local farmers What:    The next meeting of the Florida Agricultural Network will include presentations by UF/IFAS Extension faculty, local farmer Ben Strong and Chef James Jackson of the Call Street Café on growing and marketing leafy greens. Presentations will be followed by dinner and  More»