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Extension Director's Welcome



Thank you Ed!


    Pictured from left to right: Jim Moll, Grace Reich, Jean Hink, Ed Jennings, and Betsy Crisp
    Ed Jennings, long-time Pasco County Livestock Agent, has been promoted to County Extension Director in Levy County. We all wish Ed the best!

Pasco County Poultry Judging team takes third place overall at the National Poultry Contest and third place in the BBQ contest in Louisville, Kentucky!


    Pictured from left to right, Pasco County Deanna Brock 3rd in Poultry BBQ, Poultry Judging team( Pasco County ): Emily Jennings, Kaylee Cummings, Tierani Johnson, Bailey McKendree,take third place overall and Nathalie Yoder( Jackson county)
    National Poultry Contest Results
    Pasco County Poultry Judging team take third place overall at the National poultry contest in Louisville, Kentucky!

    Final results for Team Pasco: Team- 1st in market eggs, 3rd overall team. They did a Great job representing Florida and Pasco County!

    Individual results:
  • Emily Jennings- 3rd overall, 1st in market eggs, 7th in production hens.
  • Kaylee Cummings- 2nd in market eggs, 33rd overall.
  • Bailey McKendree- 5th in market eggs, 23rd overall.
  • Tierani Johnson- 26th overall.
  • Nathalie Yoder( Jackson county) 11th olverall
  • Deanna Brock also from Pasco County Places 3rd in the National Poultry BBQ contest.
  • UF/IFAS Pasco Extension is so proud of their 4-Hers!

Bromeliads and Mosquitoes

Pasco County 4-H Students Win at Florida 4-H Tailgate Cookery Competition!



    Pasco Heritage of Pasco County Florida 4-H students placed in several categories at the First Annual Florida 4-H Tailgating Contest sponsored by Sonny’s BBQ & Winn Dixie Supermarkets. The purpose of this new contest was to promote the use of animal protein in the diet by teaching the art and science of safely preparing beef, pork, poultry, and seafood in an outdoor setting. Investment in this activity provides 4-H youth with life skills, including decision making, healthy lifestyle choices, and communication.

    Congratulations to all winners!
  • Beef Grand Champion - Dalton Brock
  • Pork Grand Champion - Montana Rose
  • Poultry Grand Champion - Deanna Brock
  • Shrimp Reserve Grand Champion - Colton Hambrick

  • Deanna Brock will be going to the National Poultry Competition in November.

Pasco 4H Poultry Judging Team Wins State Competition!



    On Saturday June 4, 2016, five Pasco County 4-H Youth claimed 1st place in the Florida State Poultry Judging Contest conducted on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville. The competition consists of grading whole egg exterior quality, interior egg grades by candling, interior egg quality in broken out eggs, evaluating and placing live laying hens, providing verbal justification for placing live hen classes, grading whole ready to cook chicken, and identifying ten retail chicken meat cuts. Team members pictured are Austin Dykas, a Junior at Land 'O Lakes High School, Bailey McKendree, a Sophomore at Pasco High School, Kaylee Cummings, a Sophomore at Pasco High School, Tierani Johnson, a Junior at Land 'O Lakes High School, and Emily Jennings a Freshman at Zephyrhills High School (left to right). Individually, the team members excelled with Emily placing 1st in the state, Kaylee 3rd, Austin 4th, Tierani 5th and Bailey 6th. The University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension Office is proud to have these students represent Pasco 4H at the National Competition.

Pasco Master Gardeners Hit the Road with New Mobile Plant Clinic

~ Expert plant advice can now be found at many festivals and special events ~


    Pictured from left to right: Pasco County Master Gardeners - Deb Hamilton, Dorothy Moore, Liz Angelini, Dr. Whitney C. Elmore (Pasco County Extension Director & Master Gardener Coordinator), Lorne Becker, Adah Weitzel, Jim Moll (Master Gardener Instructor) and Corrine Goodman.
    The University of Florida/IFAS Pasco County Master Gardeners are proud to announce the addition of a new Mobile Plant Clinic. The Mobile Plant Clinic, funded by Pasco County Master Gardeners, the UF/IFAS South Central Extension District, UF/IFAS Communications, and sponsored by Local Wraps, Inc. of Pasco County, will be available at various festivals, special events, and activities held throughout the year. Pasco County Master Gardeners will be on hand to assist homeowners with plant and landscape related issues wherever the Mobile Plant Clinic is seen. Special thanks go to the sponsors and to Michele Wood, with UF/IFAS Communications, for designing wonderful graphics for all to see. Stop by the Mobile Plant Clinic for expert plant advice and to learn more about Florida Friendly Landscaping™.


Congratulations to UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Agent, Ed Jennings!


    Ed received the Agriculture Appreciation Award from the Pasco Sherriff’s Office in April at the 2016 Sherriff’s Ag Dinner. Ed is a livestock and pasture specialist and helped develop the Livestock Education and Certification for Agriculture Law Enforcement.


UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County Receives USDA Grant to Develop a Community Garden at the Boys & Girls Club of Lacoochee


    Students attending the Boys & Girls Club of Lacoochee, in Pasco County, now have their own community garden and 4-H Club. Students are learning to grow their own veggies and enhancing their knowledge of food systems. Students are working with UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Agents Dr. Whitney Elmore (Urban Horticulture) and Jean Hink (4H and Youth Development) and Pasco Master Gardeners as well as Tabitha Villa and Linda Tesar (Program Assistants) from the UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Food and Nutrition Program to enhance their knowledge of healthy eating and physical activities. Jim Moll, Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator, is also teaching the students how to conserve and protect valuable water resources.


Just the Facts: What you need to know about the Zika virus


    Many of you have no doubt read about the Zika virus, and you may be a bit concerned. The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, mostly by those within the Aedes genus common to our area. The virus is very similar to dengue fever, West Nile virus, yellow fever, etc. but it’s not a new virus. In fact, it’s been known throughout the tropics since the 1940’s. It has an interesting history with the name referring to a forest in Uganda, the Zika Forest. Sporadic outbreaks have occurred for years, but in 2015 the virus had spread into South and Central America and the Caribbean.Read More...


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 special 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.




 

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