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UF/IFAS Extension
Sumter County

The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Sumter County is a Federal, State, and County government partnership for the purpose of providing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences to the public.

7620 SR 471 Suite 2
Bushnell, Florida 33513-8716


Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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Hummingbirds Flying In
Hummingbirds can surprise us in the plants that they visit for nectar.  Just this past week, I sat out on my front patio area enjoying the evening


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National Ag Day: Growing a Climate for Tomorrow
March 21st is National Agriculture Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the men and women who produce our food, fuel and fiber. Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the theme for this year’s Ag Day is “Growing a Climate for Tomorrow”


Creating Compost from Piles and Worms
Many years ago, when my daughter was in middle school, she bought an interesting gift for my birthday that perhaps only a child of an Extension agent would purchase – worm castings!  What made the gift thoughtful is that I actually possessed in my kitchen at the time a gray plastic bin of red wiggler worms (Eisenia foedita) composting my food scraps.  That lovely gift was included in transplanted container plantings which thrived


Create Containers for the Seasons
Many of us love to garden or have had gardens we have loved over the years. Entire gardens can be a lot of work and can be expensive especially if you are paying someone else to do it!  While I work on a thoughtful design for layout and plantings for my back yard, my energy has been focused on container gardens


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    Wildlife & Invasive Species Education™ (WISE) Species Profile: Wild Turkey
    Common Name: Wild Turkey Status: Native Species Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo Occurrence: Year-round Species Identification: Easily one of the most recognized native bird in the United States. The wild turkey is a very large bird that has a length of about 45" and can weigh-in averaging   5 lbs


    Wildlife & Invasive Species Education™ (WISE) Species Profile: The Egyptian Goose
    Common Name: Egyptian Goose Status: Non-native species Scientific Name: Alopochen aegyptiaca Occurrence: Year-round resident throughout Florida Identification: Egyptian Geese have dark, chestnut feathers on their back and a light beige chest. They also have rusty-orange and back tail feathers