Monthly Archive: July 2015

Ghost Crabs… raiders of the night

  For locals along the coast ghost crabs are as common as mockingbirds and mourning doves. Before Ivan, when the dunes were larger and closer to the road, viewing the white crabs scouring across the road at night in your headlights forced all into defensive driving maneuvers. And for those who have ever tried to …

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Preparing for the After-School Snack Stampede!

Young boy drinking a glass of milk It may be hard to believe, but summer vacation is drawing to a close and school is right around the corner. It’s time to plan for lots of things like new classrooms and teachers, unexpected supply needs, extracurricular activity requests – and hungry kids arriving home from school. …

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Let’s Keep Grilling, but Safely!

Beef, grilling, cooking, meat, BBQ. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones. Summer brings on the craving to grill and that craving continues through the year! Millions of Americans will enjoy grilling as they gather with family and friends. Whether grilling outdoors or indoors, safe food handling is always important. When shopping, pick up cold foods such …

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The Sweet Sound of Summer – Cicadas

I was sitting on my back porch late in the afternoon this past week enjoying the breeze and the sunset when the familiar sound of the bugs some call “locust” began their buzzing songs. Not all would agree with me but I really enjoy the sound of these animals. They remind me of camping and …

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Food Trends

Food Trends word cloud Upon hearing the word “trend”, you may think fashion. Fact is, foods trend too! Last October, nearly 1,300 members of the American Culinary Federation were given a list of 231 items and asked to rate each item as a hot trend, yesterday’s news or a perennial 2015 favorite. I dare say, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/22/food-trends/

Florida’s Rangeland Agriculture and the Environment: A Natural Partnership

Woodlands and rangelands are important to both our economy and environment. Photo by Judy Ludlow Most of us living in panhandle Florida recognize that our farmers and ranchers are committed to sustainable production of food, fiber, and fuel for generations to come, but how will farmers continue to be productive while sharing natural resources with …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/18/floridas-rangeland-agriculture-and-the-environment-a-natural-partnership/

The Osprey: Apex Predator and Master Angler

Osprey nesting sites are commonly near water, and their food source. In north Florida water sports are a supreme pastime in summer. Fishing is among the most popular activity for all ages in this recreational realm. Human anglers are not the only competitors seeking to land a trophy specimen. Ospreys, the local avian apex fisher, …

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Hermit Crabs Add to Summer Fun At North Florida Beaches

A room with a view: a stripped hermit crab sizes up a potential residence Summertime in north Florida is good. Among the premium experiences are leisurely hours at the beach. For many this is a period of relaxation and the opportunity to casually examine what the surf has thrown on the beach. It can be …

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Consumers Experience Rise In Food Cost

Meat and eggs lead the rise in food cost nationally. Meat and egg prices are the leading cause of rising food cost in 2015, according the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics news release of June, 22, 2015. The Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged from May 2014 to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/18/consumers-experience-rise-in-food-cost/

Florida’s Rangeland and the Environment: A Natural Partnership

Woodlands and rangelands are important to both agriculture and the environment. Photo by Judy Ludlow Most of us living in panhandle Florida recognize that our farmers and ranchers are committed to sustainable production of food, fiber, and fuel for generations to come, but how will farmers continue to be productive while sharing natural resources with …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/18/floridas-rangeland-and-the-environment-a-natural-partnership/

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