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UF/IFAS Extension
Monroe County

The Monroe County Extension Office is dedicated toward serving Monroe County by providing objective information to individuals, businesses, and agencies for better decision making and by creating programs and services that provide learning opportunities that empower people to improve their lives.

(305) 292-4501
1100 Simonton St. Ste. 2-260
Key West, FL 33040


Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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Thunder Moon
The Native Americans had a tradition of naming all of the full moons according to the time of year and the seasons.  My birthday is in July, and that is the time of the Thunder Moon


What's Going on in Florida

It’s Census Time, Do it Online!
Census 2020 – Complete the Count! It’s finally here and UF/IFAS Extension has an important role to support a complete count in this year’s census. Census funds are important to Monroe County to support infrastructure (roads, bridges, schools), SNAP, Head Start, grants for mental health services, and so much more! Did you know that Extension is funded by the USDA and we help communities in every state and almost every county


Learn more about Florida Red Tide on Nature Knowledge
It's that time of year when "red tide" often becomes a concern for coastal ecosystems in Florida.  In August 2020, the Nature Knowledge program hosted Dr


The Ways Insects Benefit Our Yards
When we think about insects in our yards and gardens, our first thought is probably not about all the many good things they do. But make no mistake, there are far more good bugs than bad bugs which benefit our yards in numerous ways; just that simple understanding can make our lives easier as gardeners


A Changing Landscape in Subterranean Termite Control
This is a summary of a recent presentation by Dr. Thomas Chouvenc on the importance of termite colony biology on control methods Termites evolved from cockroaches 150 million years ago


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    Eulophia graminea in the Keys
    Eulophia graminea, a terrestrial orchid commonly known as Chinese ground orchid, was first discovered in south Miami in 2007. By 2010, it had spread to seven more counties, including one known occurrence from No Name Key (Pemberton, 2013)


    Florida’s Coral Reef — Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease
    Two years ago this month, a student at College of the Florida Keys was the first to report and photograph the spread of stony coral tissue loss disease off Key West, Florida at the Eastern Dry Rocks.  He was able to identify the disease because he was trained by Florida Sea Grant agents Shelly Krueger and Ana Zangroniz and completed the UF/IFAS Extension Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Underwater Observer Training course