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Meet Our New Intern!

    Andrew Broz is a junior attending the University of Florida. He is currently working on his Natural Resource Conservation degree, and plans to do some form of public education, whether it be science writing or extension work. Broz had the great opportunity to work with the esteemed professors at the University of Florida, both in the field and in the lab. Broz is excited to further his experience by working with the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension office. He hopes that through this internship he can learn about how the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension program makes a real difference in Pasco county and the state of Florida. Broz says - "Go Gators!"

Florida 4-H Poultry Judging Contest

    Pasco County had seven youth members competing in the Florida 4-H Poultry Judging Contest in Gainesville on June, 5th. The Senior team was: Spencer Brass, Kaylee Cummings, Bailey McKendree, and Jeffrey Mitchell. The Senior team placed 3rd. Individually, Jeffrey Mitchell was 3rd and Bailey McKendree was 5th. Also, Ashley Cummings and Emily Jennings competed as individuals in the Junior/Intermediate division.

Master Gardeners Butterfly Release

    Edited and provided courtesy of their Media Tech, Susan Forgas.
    The Master Gardeners have done an incredible job reaching out to the Pasco County Community and providing unique opportunities for our students. They recently attended a local elementary school to show how they release Butterflies. If you would like to get involved with Master Gardeners, please contact Extension Director, Dr. Whitney Elmore, for more information.
    A speacial thanks to Dorothy Moore for providing several of the photos of the Butterflies and Blooms event.

Grace Reich receives Star Performer Award

    Congratulations to Grace Reich for receiving the Star Performer Award by Pasco County Government for her leadership and innovative ideas at the Extension Office.

2015 Farm Bill Updates—Yield History and Reallocating Base Acres

    Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack has announced that farm owners can update their yield history and reallocate base acres through their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.  There is a timeline for landowners and producers, which will affect decisions regarding updates to program yields, ARC or PLC program election and program signup and reallocation of base acreage.  Secretary Vilsack also announced the availability of the ARC/PLC web-based decision tools.  Read More...

    USDA Launches New Local Food Hub Directory

    If you're interested in finding healthy, locally grown and sold food but don't know where to look, check out the new USDA's National Farmers Market Directory offered through the Agricultural Marketing Service.  Check out this article from Anne Alonzo about the service along with links to various directories.  Easiest Way to Find Local Foods

    Pasco County Recycling Program Changes

    The “Blue Bag” curbside recycling program has changed to “Choose and Use Your own Container.” Blue bags are still acceptable along with clear bags, and now you can use a bin, cart or can. Blue or clear bags don’t need a sticker, but bins, carts or cans will need a reflective sticker to designate the contents as recyclables. Consider recycling something from around the house to use as a recycling bin. As long as you use a reflective recycling sticker on the container, you’re all set! Simply place your bags or bins out the night before your recycling pick-up date. Your trash collector can provide you with a recycling schedule if you aren’t sure of your neighborhood’s day of the week. Even if you don’t have curbside trash service, please consider recycling at the many locations available for drop off. While the service does not pick up paper or cardboard, you can drop these off in the GreenFiber paper bins located at more than 100 locations throughout the county. Most all county schools have a paper bin and the program earns revenue for local libraries, parks, fire stations and schools.  Visit www.pascocountyutilities.com for information and locations concerning recycling and paper drop-offs and for a list of acceptable items to recycle. As a general rule of thumb, you can recycle: metal food cans, glass containers that are clear, brown or green, plastic containers with numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 resin codes, and aluminum cans. Just remember to remove caps and lids and to rinse the item before dropping it into the bin or bag. For recycle bins stickers, you can call Recycling and Education at 727-856-4539 or drop by the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00.

    The Pasco County Reclaimed Water System Reuses 22 Million Gallons of Water Every Day

    With statistics like that, it’s not surprising that The Pasco County Reclaimed Water System is saving approximately 7 billion gallons of potable water (drinking/well water) every year. Pasco County reclaimed water reservoirs, which include a 100 million gallon reservoir and a 500 million gallon one in design, store irrigation water during low demand periods of wet weather and supply water for periods of high demand during dry weather. Reclaimed water can safely be used for irrigation on golf courses, school grounds, agricultural lands, industrial complex grounds, and rapid-rate infiltration basins (RRIBs) based on Florida Department of Environmental Protection rules and guidelines. While reclaimed water is great for irrigation, it is not suitable for consumption by humans, bathing, cooking or flushing toilets in homes, recreational use such as swimming or outdoor showers, irrigation of vegetables or other edible crops that are not peeled or cooked prior to consumption, interconnection with other water sources, or in areas where above-ground hose connections might be used or confused with hoses used for any of the above. With drinking water levels at a critical low point, alternative sources of water must be efficiently employed. The use of reclaimed water for irrigation is obviously an important alternative. However, we all must do our part to eliminate wasteful use of drinking water. The most important thing you can do is to use the following watering guide, and always keep in mind that irrigation is prohibited between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM. If you have a property with two or more acres and use reclaimed water irrigation sources, you may irrigate between the hours of 12:01 AM to 10:00 AM or 4:00 PM to 11:59 PM using the schedule below. Remember to only water once on your designated day. WATERING DAYS AND TIMES