UF Ext. Service for Okaloosa County

Equine Infectious Anemia is Still a Concern for Horse Owners (with audio)

August 20, 2018 by Jennifer Bearden Sometimes we can get complacent and forget why we do things.  A Coggins test in horses is one of those things.  We know that it is a requirement in Florida to have a current negative Coggins test (within the last 12 months) in order to: Move horses within the state, Move horses out of the ...

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Master Naturalist Classes a Perfect Fit for Gardening Enthusiasts

August 10, 2018 by Carrie Stevenson For many Floridians, gardening is a window into learning the cycles of the natural world. Understanding pollination, distinguishing beneficial insects from harmful ones, creating compost, or knowing what time of year to apply iron supplements are important for a gardener to be successful. While we have our share of campers, hikers, and kayakers, over the ...

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Wasps Benefit the Garden

August 2, 2018 by Larry Williams I respect the fact that wasps can sting when threatened or disturbed. But I also respect the fact that they are beneficial. Every time I’ve been stung by wasps, I either accidentally disturbed a nest that I didn’t know was there or I intentionally disturbed the nest and paid the price. Paper wasps are common ...

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Plant Right Size Plant in Right Size Place – July 13 Plant Clinic

The mature size of plants is an important consideration when choosing plants for your landscape. By: Larry Williams  July 10, 2018 Before selecting a plant, be sure to find out how large it will eventually get. It’s important to know both the mature size in height and width. And don’t rely on the word dwarf in the plant name. This ...

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Getting Ready for Another Lawn Growing Season Seminar To Be Held Wednesday March 21st

March 20, 2018 By Larry Williams Crestview, FL – Correcting four common mistakes can result in a better lawn. The first step in correctly managing a Florida lawn is to know the type of grass you have; but many homeowners don’t know. The kind of lawn pests, mowing height, herbicide selection, irrigation requirements as well as fertilization and lime needs are ...

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What Will Happen to the Family Farm?

February 7, 2018 The question of what happens to the family farm is often riddled with many emotional opinions.  So much so, that families may not communicate effectively about their wishes or plans.  Many life events can change the dynamics of a family farm.  Whether marriage, children, divorce, illness, retirement or death, significant events can require a plan or a ...

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UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension presents Spring Vegetable Gardening

Get prepared for the spring season by learning what vegetables to grow and how to care for them by attending a class on spring vegetable gardening taught by Norene Gideon, Florida Master Gardener. The program is free to attend without preregistration and is available at two locations: 10 a.m. Feb. 9, Santa Rosa County Extension Office, 6263 Dogwood Drive in ...

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Free Camellia Workshop in Fort Walton Beach

January 29, 2018 As a community service, the Greater Fort Walton Beach Camellia Society (GFWBCS), which is over 50 years old, conducts a free yearly Camellia Workshop to introduce the camellia to area residents. This year’s workshop will be held Saturday, February 3, 9 a.m. to Noon at the Okaloosa County Extension Annex located at 127 NW Hollywood Boulevard in Fort Walton ...

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis

January 26, 2018 by Jennifer Bearden. Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. EEE most often infects horses but can infect humans.  There is no vaccine for humans and approximately 1/3 of those infected die of the disease. The majority of those who survive, suffer brain damage.  The mortality rate in horses is 70-90%.  Fortunately ...

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Upcoming Events For Gardening In The Panhandle of Florida

January 26, 2018 Upcoming Events Friday, January 26th, 9:00 am, Join UF IFAS Extension Escambia County for Starting Plants from Seed!  This program will include information on all the planting techniques in containers so you get a jump start on your edible and ornamental growing season.  Learn why growing your own plants from seed can be so rewarding.  Please pre-register at https://ufstartingseeds.eventbrite.com or ...

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