Pine cone with water droplets


Agriculture Extension agents help ranchers and farmers enhance their production and distribution capacities, while maintaining sound environmental principles. The agent assists them in adapting to new technology and protecting our environment. Through consultations, on-site demonstrations and workshops the agent provides the latest information in five major program areas: Natural Resources, Crop Production, Produce Marketing, Pesticide Use and Education, and Livestock and Range Management.


Gopher Tortoise: Gopherus polyphemus

Appearance: The gopher tortoise is a moderate-sized, terrestrial turtle, averaging 23–28 cm (9–11 in) in length. The species is identified by its stumpy, elephantine hind feet and flattened, shovel-like forelimbs adapted for digging. The shell is oblong and generally tan, brown, or gray in coloration.  Gopher tortoises can live 40 to 60 years in the wild. Gopher tortoises are ancient:  their ancestors are a species of land tortoise that


A Bird’s Eye View: How Birds Select Habitat

by  Mark E. Hostetler If you were to look at Florida from an airplane, you would see urban environments expanding into natural areas. Thousands of people are moving into Florida each year. To make room for people moving to Florida, vast areas of wildlife habitat are affected. Habitat is an area that has sufficient amount of food, cover, water, and space for a particular animal. When humans change the land to suit their needs, they can


The Conscientious Gardener

Most gardeners have a deep seeded (no pun intended) desire to have an attractive landscape so managing pests without harming our beneficial insects can be a challenge. Every conscientious gardener should be aware of which insects are beneficial and do our best to protect them. Let’s consider a few of the top strategies for helping our beneficial insect population thrive. Diversify, diversify, diversify! The days of having