UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County

Hernando County Extends a Hand to Farmers with New Round of Stimulus

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit businesses hard around the county, and farmers are no exception. Not only did the closing of restaurants and tourism hotspots decrease the overall demand for food, but the loss of customers began just as Florida’s harvest season was beginning. By the time federal assistance became available and restaurants had begun limited re-openings, the window for Florida growers to sell their crops had closed.

SHARKs! Changing Fear to Fascination

 As the brackish waters from the coastal edge of Hernando County flow ever so smoothly into the salty waters of the Gulf of Mexico, that transitional blend of life turns into an oasis of mysterious creatures. Unfortunately, the fear of what is living in the vast unknown such as sharks gets a bad reputation.

With just one glance of a shark’s sharp teeth, one must assume that these predators are actively searching for their next human meal. Many media sources have embellished this horror, thus furthering the misunderstanding of these fascinating fish.

Florida Master Naturalist Student Volunteers Locally

Acres of smooth cordgrass and black needle rush are a common site along Hernando’s quiet coastline. These saltmarsh wetlands are often partially flooded and drained with saltwater brought in by the tides. Many different species of fish and wildlife seek refuge and hunt for food in these marsh grass areas. Additionally, these grasses help reduce flooding by holding saltwater between their blades and prevent shorelines from eroding.

Bite-Sized Science brings popular Sea Grant training to your home

Every weekday at 4 p.m. EST from April 20 through May 29 (except Memorial Day), Florida Sea Grant will provide live, online classes on coastal topics. These free, 30-minute classes will be conducted by Florida Sea Grant agents or specialists, and in many cases are modified versions of popular in-person trainings that they conduct around the state.

 Each day of the series has a theme.

Why an emergency fund is so important

By Scott E. Taylor
Family and Consumer Science Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County
What will happen to your family if you:
Lose your job?
Get sick?
Have an emergency?

Most of us are very good at planning for our future, but we often don’t think about the “what if’s?”  We prepare for the future we think of, but then there is the future that happens.

We all need to make sure we save for the future we want, as well as preparing for those unexpected things that are going to happen.  

Self-care for Everyone Doing School At Home

Brooksville, FL:  We may not like it, and it is not much fun, but we are all experiencing a new and not-so-exciting way of living right now. There are ways to decrease the anxiety and stress that can cause families to break down in times like this.  It is important to remember, we all need physical distancing, but socially, we need each other more than ever. We are not stuck at home; we are safe at home.

The Manatees of Hernando County

Florida’s winter season begins in November, and when the water temperatures change, manatees instinctively travel closer, hugging the coastlines of Florida’s warmer waters. In Hernando County, some manatees migrate to areas along the Weeki Wachee River. The inlets like Mud River and Jenkins Creek the water temperature is steady at 72–74 °F, a perfect place for a manatee’s winter retreat. 

UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County has a new meeting room and laboratory

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BROOKSVILLE, Fla.-- On Thursday October 10, University of Florida IFAS (Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences) Extension had an open house to celebrate the recent expansion of their facility located at 16110 Aviation Loop Dr, Brooksville, FL 34604.

They were able to acquire the additional space after AMskills, a manufacturing training program, moved out of the building.

Preparing Your Lawn and Landscape for Fall

Lawns in Florida enter a period of dormancy during the winter months, regulated by the number of daylight hours and temperature.  As the days grow shorter and temperatures go down, turf requires less fertilizer. This really holds true for any plants in your yard - as growth slows the plant’s need for water and fertilizer decreases. Any fertilizer applied during this period of dormancy or reduced growth tends to either leach through our sandy soils or run off into nearby waterways.