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September 2010

Marion’s AGRICULTURE Magazine


Getting to Know Our County Extension Team

Covering What’s Growing







From the Editor

September VOL. 3 • ISSUE 9

Sarah Holt

Marion’s AGRICULTURE Magazine

Cover Story


September 2010

Karen Berry


Marion’s AGRICULTURE Magazine


September is here, the ninth month of 2010. Already? Time sure flies when you are having fun! Be extra attentive around bus stops as school is under way! Are you a member of Farm Bureau? If not, its time to join. The benefits are outstanding! Check out the Marion County Farm Bureau web site at Membership has its privileges. Change is inevitalbe, and agriculture is no exception. Agricluture technology contineus to rapidly evolve, so that more can be produced on a smaller amount of acreage. The resources available to the farmer and rancher to increase yields are nothing short of amazing! GPS devices, sensors, microchips, online marketing, irrigation systems, I could go on and on. Of course the computer allows the farmer and rancher to process information and also makes the latest research available at the click of a mouse. Some things may sound like luxury items, but if you want to be competitive in today’s market, you have to stay up with the technological advances. Of course every farmer and rancher won’t need every gadget, but it pays to be informed. Another area where we should be diligent about staying informed, is voting. In this issue you will find information on Amendment 4. Please take the time to read the information and make an informed decision.

Al Berry

Associate Publishers

Getting to Know Our County Extension Team

Bill and Carla Floyd

Covering What’s Growing




Senior Managing Editor and Writer Sarah Holt

6 Alpacas

Office Manager

12 Business Up Front Pizza Vito

Bob Hughens

14 Farm Bureau Insurance Recipes for the Month 16 Family & Consumer Sciences 18 Farm Outreach Coordinator



Brooke Hamlin Carla Floyd Bill Floyd Cori Wiygul Madaline (Stephen) Duhs

Art Director

23 Fishing Report

Lourdes Sáenz

27 Horse Training

Juan Carlos Alvarez

28 Orange Blossom Opry

Staff Writers


Al Berry Sandy Kaster James Frankowiak Danette Philpot Elli Rarick Janice Kohlman

36 Meg Brew 4-H Agent 39 Commercial Horticulture Program 44 Marion County Extension Report The LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. Numbers 6:25

Contributing Writers

45 Southeastern Livestock Pavillion

Dennis Voyles David Holmes Tom Cothron Russ Randall Dave Davis Jeri Baldwin Candy Munz

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Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Federation Activity Coordinator Traci Mason Florida Farm Bureau Field Staff Joe Siegmeister Farm Bureau Insurance Agency Manager Tom Cothron Main Office 5800 SW 20th St. (352) 237-2124 Agent: Clint Walding, Scott Williams, Branch Office 245 NE 36th Ave. (352) 694-9800 Agent: Henry Allcott

A man reports watching his neighbor walk out her front door on several occasions. Each time she would look in her mailbox and then slam the door of the mailbox disgustedly and walk back inside. The next time she does this, the neighbor walks out to ask what is going on. The neighbor replies that her computer keeps telling her that she has mail but every time she looks in the mailbox it is always empty. I don’t know about you but my mailbox has been filled lately with political advertisements. As we prepare for this election process, it sometimes becomes overwhelming trying to deal with and sort through all the information that is presented by the candidates as they try to win our support. Unfortunately, statistics show that many of us will not bother to go to the polls while others will go to the polls uninformed of the candidates and the issues at hand. We live in a great country where we have the opportunity to have a voice in selecting those who will represent us in the different governing bodies. I hope that each of us will cast an informed vote for the candidate of our choice. Farm Bureau is working hard to represent you in local, state and national politics. The many facets of agriculture are closely monitored both in Tallahassee and Washington. It is because of your membership in Farm Bureau that the voice of agriculture will remain strong through the political process. I hope we never take for granted the freedoms and opportunities we enjoy as Americans. One issue you will see on the ballot is concerning land usage. Florida Farm Bureau has taken a strong stand on Amendment 4, which is often referred to as “Hometown Democracy.” The name given to this amendment leads one to think that it is empowering the people, however, a second glance shows that this amendment could have a devastating impact on local economies and handcuff local land owners. In this issue of In The Field, you will find a press release from Florida Farm Bureau stating the concerns regarding this amendment. I encourage you to read this release and to vote No on amendment 4. Lastly, I would like to encourage all of our Marion County Farm Bureau members to attend our annual meeting on September 30 at the Southeastern Livestock complex. It will be a great evening of food, door prizes, information and a cake auction. I hope to have the opportunity to meet you there. Blessings,


Russ Randall


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By Janice Kohlman

Although Marion County is considered to be the “Horse Capital of the World,” there are still plenty of other animals that call this county home. Steve German, owner and breeder of Alpacas and Llamas, knows this first hand. Since 1997, he has been breeding and raising both species at his WillMark Alpacas Ranch. Today, he has some 40 Alpacas and Llamas that he raises, sells and breeds. This is his third career and, although he just recently turned 70, Steve said that owning these animals just “seemed natural” for him. Florida is not a state often thought of as being friendly for either species, due to the high heat and Steve said that when he was originally thinking of getting the animals, people said that he wouldn’t be able to keep them because of the weather. Ohio is the number one state for Alpacas and both animals favor cooler temperatures. He asked around this state and found that no one had actually tried to keep them in Florida, they just assumed that it couldn’t be done. Although Alpacas and Llamas have some challenges to doing well in Florida, Steve has proved that it can be done successfully. Today, there is a Florida Alpaca Breeder’s Association (FABA) with approximately 60 members. Steve is one of the first two founding members. He used to be very active on the board, but today is content to “watch from the sidelines,” he said with a chuckle. Considering all he has done in his life, “watching from the sidelines” seems highly unlikely. Alpacas and Llamas are both used for breeding and showing. The Alpaca, in particular, is also sheered so the fiber attained can be used in many high-end types of clothing. Steve said that in addition to the fiber being extremely durable, it is especially known for its softness and completely non-allergenic qualities. “Alpaca fiber is stronger than wool, but is exceptionally



soft, so I sell the fiber to be used in high-value, luxury garments,” he said. It is currently being used to make fine ladies purses. Llama fiber is also sold and used, but as it is pricklier, like wool, it is used only in outer-garments. “Indians make many rope things from it,” he mentioned. Aside from being used for fiber, Steve said that there are many places in the country where Llamas are used in place of golf carts on golf courses and that they are very “golf course friendly.” Alpacas and Llamas both have feet similar to dogs. They have pads on their feet, not hooves, and although they only have two toes, there is virtually no Continued on next page


tearing up of the grass. The animals cannot be ridden, but they are readily trainable to wear a harness for golf bags. Steve added that the animals are smart, easily halter-broke and trained quickly to be lead. When asked about the animals, Steve is quick to point out the differences between the two varieties. He said that Llamas are very “in your face,” social, curious creatures, while Alpcas are more content to watch from the sidelines. He tells a story of hearing one of his dogs barking late at night and so he went out to investigate. “There was no moon, so it was very dark and I couldn’t really see.” After just a few minutes he was shocked to find that one of his Llamas had snuck right up on him and was breathing down his neck. “It startled me, but she was just curious to see what was going on.” “Alpaca importation was closed in 1998,” Steve stated and added that, because of Hoof and Mouth Disease, the USDA was all too happy to oblige the breed Associations wishes. No more animals have been imported from South America since that time. Although artificial insemination (AI) has been discussed, there is no AI approved breeding done in the industry so animals are still bred with live cover only, much like the Thoroughbred industry. Steve calls the Alpaca and Llama business a “slow growth industry.” A strong market has been generated with these animals, especially due to their high-end fiber uses. Recently, an Alpaca, Snowmass Matrix, was bought for $685,000 by Ernest Kellogg. Steve called this “an advertising coup” and praised Mr. Kellogg for his exceptional business prowess. A typical back-yard breed can still sell for a few hundred dollars, but it is certainly apparent that the dollar values range widely for the animals. When asked of his plans with the animals, Steve shows no signs of slowing down. An animal lover, it is quite clear of his devotion and appreciation for all that both these breeds bring to his life. He continues to voice his opinions in the industry, trying to ensure strength in breeding and confirmation to help ensure a proper foundation of the animals. “Without a foundation, you have nothing,” he said. It is certain that Steve German will be a force to be reckoned with in this industry for years to come.

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By Lilianne Merida For the past half hour I have been sitting mesmerized by my litter of Labrador Retriever puppies. They are now one month old, three yellow boys and one black girl. Cute is an understatement! I can watch them for hours, not only because it is so much fun, but also because I am trying to decide which one I should keep. The color and sex has already been decided, as my family says we have not had a yellow dog in a long time AND they are sick and tired of me keeping girls. “For the past 10 years, this has been a matriarchy” they tell me. Bitchiarchy is probably a more accurate term! I suspect there is a little rebellion against alpha-mom (me) in there too, but that’s beside the point. “We need to keep a yellow boy.” OK, yellow boy it is. My son has already decided on his name: Oliver. The reason I am so critical about whom to keep is because I do Agility with my Labs. I want a dog that has a good structure so that he is athletic and sound and can withstand the rigors of years of jumping, twisting, and going up and down steep obstacles. I also need a dog with the “right” temperament. This can actually be a lot more complicated to judge. He cannot be too laid back or too hyper and he needs to be smart and willing to learn. He should also be a little adventurous, so he is not afraid of new things, and a little independent, so he is not clingy and won’t mind waiting in his crate for his turn to play. The last elusive trait I love to see is a little mischief. My experience is that if they are a little mischievous or naughty they are a lot more fun to train, they are constantly challenging you, getting into trouble and trying to get their way. Training dogs professionally over the years has led me to believe that there is a difference between the sexes. Not that one is better than the other they are just different. In a nutshell, girls want to do it their way and boys are a little more compliant, at least until the male hormones get in the way! When training for Agility, the girl dog has to believe it was her idea in the first place! Your job is to be very resourceful and witty to stay a step ahead and keep her in the game when she decides that she is not really interested in playing Agility just right now. With boy




dogs, they will kind of follow along just because it makes you happy. So even though the black girl in my litter is tugging at my heart, I have come to terms with keeping a boy because he will probably be easier to train. I think I am ready for “easy.” I picked one of my best Agility dogs, “Sabrina,” when she was just five weeks old. She stood out in her litter of eight and was very appropriately named after the TV show witch. To differentiate my puppies I cut a small nip of hair, so they become black right shoulder female, black left shoulder female and so on. I could tell her apart and noticed that she would be the first to find out I had come into the room. I would tip toe in and stand very quietly and all of a sudden her little nose would start to twitch faster and faster, then she would get super excited and start jumping at the sides of the box. She would also get these running frenzies and run in circles stepping over all her littermates and creating total havoc. I knew that was my Agility dog! When they played out of the litter box we would see a puppy getting in trouble and sure enough, when we checked for the mark, it was Sabrina. So because I wanted that mischievous pup, I started adding the tag line: “just like I wanted her!” Needless to say Sabrina grew to fulfill her name and my expectations and was a very naughty pup. Every time a shoe was chewed, or the wastebaskets were trashed or she stole food from the table, my family would chant: “there is your little dog Sabrina, just like you wanted her!” Sabrina will turn 10 years old in September and guess what? She is still THE mischievous one. She sneaks on the couch, has chewed holes in all my shorts getting at forgotten treats I use while training, wakes me up by jumping and walking all over me. Wastebaskets have to be kept behind close doors, trash bins need extra secure lids, she jumps the fence, stands on the windowsill of our bay window and demands to come inside by whining the most pitiful wails, and don’t take your eyes off your food for half a second! I could probably go on, but I think you get the picture. What is more, she does all these things gleefully and unapologetically; Continued on next page

like it is her birthright and you are the one who is wrong. After ten years we have learned to give in and laugh with her. Being a professional dog trainer I should probably never admit this publicly, though in my defense we have collected a long list of Agility titles along our journey! However, at the end of the day that is not what is important, it is just that she has been such a fun dog. I think dogs come to us to teach very important and valuable lessons. Looking back at our last 10 years together I analyze all that has happened in my life, some up’s some down’s, some amazing times and some tough times. Sabrina’s motto has been: You want something? Go get it girl! If they say no, ask again, if they say no, push, climb, wail, eventually you will get it! Not for a minute does she doubt she will do it “her” way; and she has A LOT of fun in the process. That is a great life lesson. I wonder what new teachings Oliver has in store for me. I can hardly wait!

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Community Sustainability By John Linhoss I got into an elevator a few weekends ago in Jacksonville. Little did I know that at the same time, a very inquisitive, but gregarious elderly woman was also getting onto the elevator with me. She asked me all sorts of questions in rapid-fire succession about my family, where I grew up, and what my hobbies included. After stepping off the elevator on the sixth floor, I realized that she had artfully extracted more information than I generally divulge to strangers. When I began writing this article, I couldn’t help but think about what I would have said had the lady asked me to describe what I do as an extension agent. So, here’s what I might have told her in what I’ll call an “elevator introduction.” I took the position as the Community Sustainability agent in March of this year. It is a new position for the UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service, so you may not be familiar with the term “community sustainability.” Simply put, sustainability is extending the Golden Rule through time, so that you do unto future generations as you would have them do unto you. I realize this analogy may sound vague, so here’s a more concrete example. When planting a vegetable garden, we all know there are things you can do to amend and improve the quality of your soil before, during, and after planting, so when you are ready to plant again in the future, you have quality soil. If you were to pass this garden plot along to your son or daughter, they either inherit nutrient rich soil that can “sustain” quality vegetable production, or they inherit soil that has been poorly management, is devoid of nutrients, and unworkable. Taking conscious measures to ensure that your children will inherit land that is clean and productive is the “sustainable” option. Now, let’s take the garden plot example and scale it up a bit. Marion County currently has approximately 340,000 people. According to the UF Bureau of Economic and Business Research, the population is expected to be greater than 500,000 by 2030. As the county continues to grow, our use of natural resources, such as freshwater from the Floridan aquifer, will as well. Continued interest in Florida Friendly Landscaping™ practices, efficient toilets, low-flow showerheads and irrigation equipment, rainwater harvesting techniques, and other conservation measures can help offset the proposed increase in demand. A current project of mine involves working to educate homeowners and businesses about the benefits of capturing rainwater in cisterns. I also teach classes on behaviors and low-cost retrofits that can reduce residential water consumption. Marion County also has the potential to become a leader in sustainable energy production. We have an abundance of two renewable energy sources, manure and sunlight. Continued research and investment into renewable energy options can put Marion County on the path towards a more resilient and sustainable future. For this reason, I am working to develop programs that teach the community about the real world costs and benefits of various renewable energy options. I also teach classes on reducing the energy consumption of existing buildings. My educational background includes a MS degree from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Florida with a concentration in soil and water sciences. I grew up in northwest Alabama, along the Tennessee River. Well, we’re on the sixth floor now, so I’ll bid you farewell.




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The bean is the fastest growing vegetable. A cat’s jaw cannot move sideways. Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer. Genghis Khan started out life as a goat herder. The second longest word in the English language is “antidisestablishmentarianism”. The San Francisco cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments. The youngest Pope was 11 years old. The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven is $6,400.00. Reindeer like to eat bananas. The amount of tropical rain forest cut down each year is an area the size of Tennessee. If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode. The Amazon rainforest produces half the world’s oxygen supply. Armadillos can walk under water and can be house broken. A family of six died in Oregon during WWII as a result of a Japanese balloon bomb. Impotence is legal grounds for divorce in 24 American states Marijuana is Spanish for Mary Jane. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart. An elephant can be pregnant for up to two years. The growth rate of some bamboo plants can reach three feet in one day. A flamingo can eat only when its head is upside down. Crickets hear through their knees. A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won’t. The way you get more mules is to mate a male donkey with a female horse. The “ZIP” in zip code stands for “Zone Improvement Plan.” Horses and rabbits cannot vomit. Michigan was the first state to have roadside picnic tables.

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Abigail’s Café and Coffee Shop is located in the heart of D u n n e l l o n ’s historic district, just a half block off US Highway 41. Christina and her friendly, skilled staff will treat you like family...maybe better! Abigail’s is an energetic eatery, full of art and atmosphere but good, fresh food, using local products, when available, is what really sets them apart. The menu is varied with gourmet sandwiches, hot paninis, salads, quiche(s) and soup(s) of the day along with the finest homemade cakes, puddings and other delectable desserts. Customer favorites include the chicken salad croissant, Caribbean turkey panini and the BLT soup (yes, there is lettuce in the soup). Additionally, selections from daily special board are guaranteed to intrigue and satisfy your appetite. Quenching your thirst is not going to be a problem either with an extensive selection of coffees, teas, wines and beers. If free live music interests you, every Saturday night Abigail’s presents local entertainers, reminiscent of coffee houses from the past. Unique treasures and artwork can be purchased in Abigail’s darling gift shop room. Expanding to meet customer demand, Abigail’s will soon double seating capacity while retaining their cozy, friendly appeal and charm. Historic Dunnellon is a wonderful place to recreate, shop and dine, Abigail’s should definitely be on your “must” see and do list. They are open every day.

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There are definitely all different kinds of delicious food to eat in this big world. Everybody has their likes and dislikes, and opinions vary widely about what type of food is the best. But, there is always one food that just about everybody agrees is delicious. And that food is, of course, pizza. It can be made simply with cheese and sauce, or dressed up a bit with some pepperoni and mushrooms. You can make it gourmet-style with special toppings, or finish it off as a delicious white-style pizza, but one thing is certain, it will be a crowd favorite. Enter PizzaVito, located in the Market Street Plaza at 4414 S.W. College Road, Suite 1740. Celebrating its one year anniversary in Ocala on July 25, PizzaVito is home to the famous thin crust, New York style pizza. Anyone asked will swear this is the best pizza. Owner Mike Hallermeier held a party recently celebrating the store’s anniversary and said he is very excited by all of the great responses he continually gets from his customers who swear that PizzaVito pizzas are the best in town. PizzaVito is a chain of pizza stores originally started in Gainesville, FL, three years ago by father Vito DiBartollo and son Joe DiBartollo, originally from New York. Last year, Mike brought America’s fastest growing franchise to Ocala. One bite of his pizzas and it becomes obvious why the stores are having such an incredible success. Today there are already franchises in several parts of Florida and Georgia. The Ocala store, which is conveniently located in Market Street Plaza near Dillard’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods (and is close to I-75), features both indoor and outdoor seating. Starting in September, Mike said the store will be featuring live music weekly and coming in




January, he also plans on having a pizza eating contest with a grand prize of $1,000! Hours of operation are from 11-10pm, Sunday through Thursday and from 11am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday. Lunch specials run every day, all day long. On Monday a giant pizza can be ordered for only $9.00 and Sunday’s feature, an unlimited topping, large pizza for only $14.95. Medium pizzas are only $5.00 each, all day, every day. Take-and-bake pizzas, wings, subs, gourmet salads and sodas are always available, completing the real pizza feast. Pizza by the slice can always be ordered in the store and pies range in size from a medium, which is twelve inches in diameter, to the giant pie, a whopping eighteen inches big! And with 35 toppings to choose from, one can literally return every week and continually come up with new and delicious combinations. Mike says

he has two styles in particular which are customer favorites, the “Bronx Bomber” and the “Mulberry Street.” The first style comes fully loaded with bacon, ham and pepperoni- a true meat lover’s delight. The “Mulberry Street” is an elegant and simply scrumptious white pizza with spinach, tomatoes, garlic and feta cheese. Delivery is always an option, so if travel to the store seems too difficult, PizzaVito can come to you. A full, start-to-finish catering option is also available for your next office or sporting party. Mike stressed that the catering is complete and all things will be supplied. So next time you have a craving for pizza, and you know that it won’t be long until that happens, stop by or call PizzaVito at 352-622VITO (622-8486). Get on the internet at to order online and get money saving coupons to save on your next pizza order.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Dinah Murdock

Crust: • 1-1/2 pkg of graham cracker • ¾ cup of sugar • ¾ stick of butter melted Mix together and press into a 9” spring-form pan. Filling #1: • 3 pkg of cream cheese • 1 cup of sugar • 3 eggs • 1-1/2 tsp. of vanilla • ¼ cup of lemon juice

Filling #2: • 1 ½ cup of sour cream • ¼ cup of sugar • 1 tsp. of vanilla

Mix all ingredients and pour on top of the graham cracker crust in the 9” spring-form pan. Bake on 350 for approx. 1 hour. Remove pan from oven and pour Filling #2 mixture on top. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature, then place in refrigerator. Topping: ¾ pint of blueberries 1 cup of sugar 2 tsp. of corn starch While cheesecake is baking begin to prepare your topping. In a saucepan bring ¾ pint of blueberries and 1 cup of sugar to a rolling boil (stirring constantly). Add 2 tsp of corn starch and 4oz. of cool water into topping mix. Continue boiling until mixture is thick. Once cooled, pour the topping onto the cheesecake. Add any remaining blueberries on top. Chill completely, and then place on a serving dish.

Pot Roast

Charlie Copenhaver 3-4 lbs. of rump or bottom round roast 1 medium onion diced 5-6 pkgs. Of brown gravy mix (McCormick’s) 1 tbs. of Worcestershire sauce ½ tsp. of garlic powder ½ tsp. onion powder 1 tbs. of soy sauce 1-2 tsp. of gravy master 3-4 tbs. of vegetable oil (enough to coat bottom of pot) **In a dutch oven or large pot sauté chopped onion in vegetable oil. Add roast and brown on all sides. Add gravy mix (follow instructions from pkg), and be sure to cover at least half the roast. Follow by topping off the roast with the remainder of ingredients. Simmer for 3-4 hours, turning every 30 minutes.




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Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent IV, UF/IFAS Marion Co. Ext. You read about it all the time, the overweight and obesity epidemic along with the rise in type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease that have swept our nation. Over the past three decades, Americans have shifted to a lifestyle of unhealthy eating and inactivity. Hi, I’m Nancy Gal, the Family and Consumer Sciences Health, Nutrition, and Food Safety Agent for the Marion County Extension Service. I have been educating residents for over 20 years on healthy lifestyle behaviors that promote wellness and reduce disease risk. As an educator, I empower people to take charge of their health through research-based, comprehensive programs. Adult programs include: “Take Charge of Your Diabetes (TCYD),” “Cholesterol Control,” “Dietary Approaches to Stopping Hypertension,” and “Maintaining a Healthy Weight.” I also teach educational programs specifically targeting youth that focus on developing and maintaining proper nutrition and physical activity behaviors. Munchy Adventures is a nationally-recognized, healthy lifestyles 4-H curriculum developed for youth, ages 8 to 12. Created in collaboration with Norma Samuel, Urban Horticulture Agent and Natasha Masciarelli, Public Information Specialist, the program teaches youth how to balance healthful eating with regular physical activity to support normal growth and development, prevent disease, and encourage a lifetime of wellness. No matter how healthy a person eats, if foods are not handled in a clean and safe manner, their health is at risk. Food safety is the third component of my teaching responsibility. Foodborne illness continues to be a major health concern, especially for high risk persons with compromised immunity, such as infants, young children, older adults and persons with certain medical conditions. In Florida, the majority of foodborne illnesses are attributed to commercial food service and foods prepared in private homes. Home food handler programs focus on the USDA’s four basic steps to prevent foodborne illness: clean, separate, cook, and chill. I am also an instructor and proctor for the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe ® Food Managers training and exam. This program is for persons employed or interested in commercial food service. Throughout my career, I have taught many people and developed special relationships along the way. While my teaching contacts have been many and outcomes significant, my greatest accomplishments are told in my success stories. One worth noting was a woman who had type 2 diabetes for seven years and had never received formal education before participating in “Take Charge of Your Diabetes.” TCYD is an award winning program for adults with type 2 diabetes that I started in Marion County in 1997. After completing the program she stated, “I am truly enlightened, now I really understand diabetes and how to manage it. I was not aware of how to manage my diabetes. Now I understand the connection between food, activity, medicine and my blood glucose. I know what to eat, when to eat, when to check my blood glucose and what my numbers mean. I truly have taken charge of my diabetes and my blood glucose average proves it!” Today, TCYD has become a national and, most recently, international program having been adopted by the Caribbean island of Antigua in the West Indies. Being an Extension agent means being a “change agent,” in a dynamic profession that continues to evolve in response to the needs of the people. My daily challenge is to recognize and adapt to those needs and build relationships that empower people to find solutions to their health, nutrition, and food safety concerns to improve the quality of their lives for years to come. I welcome the opportunity to serve you.




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As Farm Outreach Coordinator for UF IFAS/ Marion County’s Extension Service, I am the newest member of the Extension Service team. I did this position as a contractor consultant for three years prior to becoming a permanent member of the Extension Office in late April, and am very excited to be part of a group of individuals all dedicated to a similar mission of education. In my position, I go to farms, horse farms specifically right now, to discuss proper management techniques aimed at protection of our springs and aquifer. These techniques are known as Best Management Practices, BMP’s, and they represent simple, common-sense practices like proper fertilization, appropriate animal stocking rates for pasture and careful manure handling. Some of you may have read the articles I wrote as a contractor for this position in the past year that touched on these subjects. Regularly, I give presentations to equine clubs and associations. These talks and discussions are often Power Point type presentations that educate many different people directly or indirectly related to the equine industry about what can be done to help limit deleterious elements like Nitrogen from reaching our potable water. Only 2.5 percent of the earth’s water is fresh and almost two-thirds of that is locked up as ice. Our ever growing population, both equine and human, and the increased use of pollutants being infused daily into our drinkable water has made careful management practices needed in order to help keep our water pure, especially here in the “Horse Capital of the World.” The last 18 years of my life have been dedicated to horses entirely, both personally and professionally. I was a horse crazy kid growing up and showed through my teen years and in college. In my spare time, I still compete with my horse today in jumping competitions at shows like HITS. Moving to Ocala from New York was an easy decision for me because of the high population of quality horses. Literally, there is the best of every kind of horse in this county. I don’t care if it’s a hunter or jumper, Thoroughbred, Paso Fino, Quarter Horse, Arabian or Morgan. It’s one of the things about this community I love so much. An exciting part of my position is going around to all of the beautiful farms in the county to see such fantastic, talented animals and the many people dedicated to their passion. Responsibility to our environment is something I also feel strongly about, so this is a perfect position for me, with the joining of the horses and environmental stewardship. I have a program coming on December 15 for farm owners and managers, which will tour some farms in the county. This tour will show an effective way of composting, careful containment of manure and how manure can be used to create energy and generate electricity. In the near future, I plan on also having programs revolving around educating people and farms about




Best Management Practices, their use and implementation. I also hope to work with 4-H to help educate our young farmers on proper use of BMP’s. Any person or farm having any questions based around proper farm management, BMP’s, any other questions or concerns, or looking for a farm visit, can contact me at 352-671-8400, or email me at I look forward to hearing from farms in the near future and hope everyone keeps up with the good farm management practices!

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Facing a New Era Your Opportunity in 4-H By Xiomara N. Diaz 4-H Agent 4-H has long been committed to developing high values, character and knowledge in America’s youth. I personally experienced this when I joined 4-H as a formal member in my hometown of Naguabo Puerto Rico in 1986. In 1996, I graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Husbandry and in 2006 a Masters Degree in Human Resources. While living in the Caribbean, I began working for the Extension Service at the University of Puerto Rico as an Agricultural Agent, where I remained until 2008 when my family and I moved to Ocala, FL. In August of 2008, I had the opportunity to serve as a 4-H agent in Marion County Extension Service at the University Of Florida for the Family Consumer Science Program. In this position I am responsible to instruct youth in 4-H subject matter areas using various group and one-on-one teaching techniques through club projects, judging teams, fairs exhibits, and training classes. For more than a century, 4-H has engaged our Marion County’s youth in the building blocks of success. This has meant a solid focus on agricultural science, formal education, entrepreneurship, and natural sciences. Today, 4-H out-ofschool, in school and afterschool program opportunities also exist in subjects like rocketry, robotics, bio-fuels, renewable energy, gardening, computer science, healthy life styles and career opportunities. This is why the 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology Program must be part of the long-term solution for improving science literacy and aptitude of America’s youth. 4-H plans

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The fall is an exciting time for outdoorsmen in our area. Our millet fields are planted, archery season starts this month, college football, early season duck hunts, the fishing gets better every day...and the three letter word that starts with an “O” (and ends with “il”) has not affected us (knock on wood). And what a summer we had! The redfish bit right through the heat of August, the large predators were here in record numbers, mackerel seemed to be everywhere. Heck, even the trout bite was good in August. Trout: As the days become noticeably shorter, and the water temperatures fall the trout bite will improve steadily. Topwater lures will again be in fashion for those who prefer early morning action. Long drifts on the grass flats will once again produce fast action for the “popping cork” crowd, and we can still expect to be surprised by an occasional “poon.” The scallopers finished their season on September 10, opening up the flats of Horseshoe to Keaton for Gator trout possibilities. Grouper: Tasty grouper will still require a fairly long run this month. Most limits will be tagged in over 50 feet of water or more. But next month the bite will begin to improve in shallower depths. Stopping on the edge of the flats for live bait, (or buying them from Doug and Wendy in Cedar Key) will produce higher quality grouper most days. Tarpon AKA “poon”: Homosassa is famous for its May tarpon run, but the fall can be just as productive. And there is another plus...the crowds are gone. Many fishermen are pressing stadium seats on Saturdays, watching cheerleaders and glancing at the football game. Others are swatting skeeters in a deer stand, clutching a compound bow. Me, I am scanning the water for the telltale sign of a poon gulping atmospheric oxygen and daring me to do battle. Nothing stirs my blood like a tarpon jumping at the end of my line! Reds: Ohhhh boy...the offshore redfish come to visit this month! They will even move onto the flats from Homosassa to St Marks, and boy are they fun! I don’t know if they are here for the cuisine or to spawn, but whatever the reason, I enjoy it. The secret is simple... watch the water like a hawk...or Osprey. The slightest ripple can mean a huge school of red bruisers! And they will hit about anything. They are here to eat, and everything that moves is game. Enjoy the wonderful opportunities our beautiful country has to offer, we are sooooooo lucky to be here in the land of the free. Captain Voyles is a science and agriculture teacher at Cedar Key Schools, and a fishing guide on weekends, holidays and summers. To schedule a fishing trip Captain Voyles can be reached at 352-486-3763 or on the Internet at




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Orange Blossom Opry: Getting Better With Age

By Jim Frankowiak Many things get better with age. That’s particularly true with The Orange Blossom Opry, a family oriented, smoke free, alcohol and curse free country music showcase in the small central Florida community of Weirsdale. Opened in May of 1990 in what was originally the Weirsdale School Gymnasium, the Opry has had several operators over the years of its existence, some good and some not so good. The current owners of the Opry, the land on which it stands and several adjacent former school buildings, were originally regular patrons. Estelle and Earl Benson loved to dance and attend concerts at the Opry. They took over in May of




2004 when the operator at that time announced at a performance that the Opry would close in two weeks since the lease would not be renewed. “We just couldn’t let the Opry close,” said Estelle, who at the time had been married to Earl a bit over two years. “A closing would have put our regular performers out of work and ended a fine area entertainment attraction.” She quickly met with the then operator and made a deal to take over the Opry and buy the almost nine acres of land and structures of the former educational complex. “I didn’t tell Earl until the next day when he returned from playing golf,” she said. His response includes a number of words that can’t be printed, but he did note, “it would be a lot of hard work.” It has been, but that’s been nothing new to either Estelle or Earl. One of 13 siblings from a Virginia family, Estelle has been a hard worker all of her life. She left Virginia as a teenager, traveling to Ohio and eventually to Riverside, California where she ran a construction company. She decided to return to the east in 1974 and

opened Estelle’s County Kitchen in Lady Lake, a very popular restaurant she ran for nearly 19 years until 1999. Estelle and Earl met in the late 80s and married in 2002. Earl is from the upper Midwest and a veteran of the power generation industry, retiring from an Iowa utility after 39 ½ years of service. It took a “few months for him to cool off,” said Estelle, after surprising Earl with news of their purchase, but they got down to business very quickly to a series of renovations and that continues today. Most recently, the Benson’s replaced all of the Opry seating, no mean feat when you consider capacity is 625 persons. Estelle handles all of the entertainment bookings for the Orange Blossom Opry. Over the years that has included a “Who’s Who” of country and Bluegrass music, plus an increasing number of rock ‘n roll stars. “We have entertainers who appeal to our customers and their families,” said Estelle. “Our selections must be good since we attract many local residents and their grandchildren, plus patrons who come from out of state, places such as Georgia, Texas, Canada, as well as southeast Florida. Stars are booked from January through April and the Opry’s regular groups and invited talent entertain the balance of the year. The Opry holds Jam Nights every Thursday at 7 p.m. and Opry Cast shows are held Friday and Saturday evenings, beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night. Given Estelle’s epicurean talents, it’s no surprise she’s gained a good deal of attention from entertainers who come to the Opry. Regulars and guest entertainers are treated to her Southern style home cooking and she’s come to be regarded as one of the best, if not the best, purveyors of backstage cooking. While the future holds more of the same for the Benson’s at the Orange Blossom Opry, there are plans for more. “I would love to renovate the two story school building,” said Estelle. “That would include a music museum on the fist floor and community room and lodging for visiting stars on the second floor. I plan to call it the Weirsdale Community Museum. For Orange Blossom Opry information on coming attractions, ticket sales, reservations, directions and a lot more, visit or call 352/821-1201. Check often since the Benson’s are constantly working hard to make a good thing even better.











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Have you ever wondered why a plant didn’t meet your expectations? Did it just wither away and die? If you answered yes to either of those questions it just might be time to contact the Marion County Extension Service and ask about Florida Friendly Landscaping (FFL). We can help you solve many of your landscaping issues. This program provides educational outreach for homeowners, business owners and developers. We can discuss site conditions, water requirements, reducing water use, encourage the ‘good bugs’ to visit your landscape saving you significant money as well as time spent maintaining your piece of the world. It’s all about protecting our fragile environment by implementing nine basic principles. These nine principles include right plant, right place; watering efficiently; fertilizing with protecting our valuable water beneath our feet; mulching, recycling, protecting the waterfront; attracting wildlife, reducing stormwater runoff and managing your yard pests responsibly. Using any or all of these principles will result in a lovely yet functional landscape. It’s all about choosing the correct landscape materials for your location. Perhaps you are interested in installing a rain barrel to harvest rainwater. Or are you tired of those high utility (water) bills? Are you seeing fungus and insects on your landscape plants? Consider installing a micro/drip irrigation system to help with any and all of the above. We do it all and we are here to help you the residents of Marion County. Workshops are offered throughout the community from libraries, to homeowner associations, as well as builders and developers. Currently we are working with several homeowner associations regarding Senate Bill 2080, which now allows homeowners in deed restricted communities to incorporate FFL and reduce turf grass to reduce water usage. Recently we provided several workshops at Pulte Development Stonecreek adjacent to On Top of the World. In a community with approximately 600 homes we had a packed ballroom with over 300 in attendance. A three page fact sheet was developed for this community to help with cold damage, insect problems and control and timing of fertilizer applications. This document is located on the Extension website if you are interested in obtaining a copy. I’ve always loved plants and now I am able to help others enjoy their Florida landscapes rather than being frustrated because it does not meet their expectations. Perhaps I can help you, too. You may reach me by calling the Marion County Extension Service (352) 671-8400 or email questions to: I hope to hear from you soon!

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Born and raised in south-central Kentucky, my wife Suzanne and I moved to Marion County in 1988. I was managing a Thoroughbred and Tennessee Walking Horse farm in Murfreesboro, Tennessee when I received a call from a friend of mine that was managing a Marion County horse farm and was looking for a broodmare manager. To make a long story short, Suzanne and I came to check out the farm and investigate Ocala. We liked what we saw and decided to make the big move. I went to work in Marion County’s horse industry and Suzanne got a job working at a nursery (she’s a horticulturist). About a year later she went to work as former County Extension Director, Bill Phillips’ program assistant in charge of the Marion County Master Gardner Program. A few years later, Suzanne came home and told me there was an opening for a Livestock Agent at the Extension office. I interviewed and began working for Marion County Extension in January of 1992. As the UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Livestock Agent, I am responsible for planning, organizing and conducting adult and youth education programs for Beef Cattle Management, Equine Management and Pasture Management, as well as Forage/Hay Production. Educational information is delivered through traditional Extension programs including seminars, workshops, field and on-farm demonstrations and livestock newsletter. I also provide instructional livestock and forage management recommendations through a monthly Florida Horse magazine column Practically Speaking as well as Central Florida Livestock Agents Group website and Southeastern Youth Fair Facebook page. I work closely with other extension agents, UF/IFAS extension specialists, Florida and Marion County Cattlemens’ Association, and Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association to provide non-biased, researched-based livestock and forage production information to farmers and ranchers. I also participate with the Marion County Chamber of Commerce Leadership courses and conduct tours that focus on the economic and environmental importance of agriculture to Marion County. Our first daughter, Kate was born in 1994, the year I started my Masters Degree education at the University of Florida. Sarah Faith was born in 1997 about half way through my Masters program. Shortly after Sarah was born and after 10 years as Marion County Master Gardener coordinator, Suzanne left Extension and began her own business designing and installing annual and perennial flowers. Last year, Suzanne began a new adventure and was hired by the City of Ocala to be the Director of The Discovery Center. We currently live on a small place in Anthony and have three Quarter Horses, three dogs and a cat that thinks he’s a dog (long story). Kate and Sarah are actively involved in rodeo and the Southeastern Youth Fair. So the animal population at our house changes regularly. Throughout the year, we are likely to have steers, lambs and goats. Seems like something is always coming or going. If you have more than a passing interest in horses, make plans to attend the upcoming Florida Equine Institute and Allied Trade Show, Thursday, September 16 at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala. Highlights of this year’s program include: Poisonous Plants – Are Your Animals at Risk?, External Parasites of Horses, Desensitizing Your Horse – Preparing for the Unexpected (Live Demo), Does Your Horse Need A Vitamin or Mineral Supplement?, Arborvirus (EEE/WNV) & Vaccine Response Update and Equine Acupuncture (Live Demo). Additionally, we’ll be giving away a $300 Gift Certificate to Tack Shack or Tack Shack II. For a complete agenda and registration information go to:




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In 2000 the Extension Service and County Commissioners recognized the importance of small producers in Marion County by creating a new county agent position to support the unique and diverse needs of small farmers. I, Nola Wilson, have been the UF/IFAS Small Farms Extension Agent since 2001. The mission is to foster the sustainability of diverse thriving small farms that contribute to green space, local economy and community based food systems. This is accomplished by providing non-biased research based information and educational programs through clinics, short courses, newsletters, website, and social media outlets, on farm and office visits. The program, and small farm industry as a whole, is constantly evolving and it is my philosophy to apply as much of a proactive forward thinking approach to meet the immediate and future educational needs of our Marion County farmers. The educational programs are geared toward creating income through food and agriculture entrepreneurship by successfully adopting management and marketing skills of potentially profitable alternative enterprises. Some examples of educational programs/activities I do: Small Farm Clinics- alternative enterprises, farm business planning, marketing Write and publish fact sheets, brochures and other educational materials Marion County Local Food Network Initiative- building a foundation for a local community food system Annie’s Project- Farm Risk Management Course for Women Producers Market research for the meat goat industry in collaboration with FAMU Manage Marion County 4-H Farm Agri-science Center I educate producers to empower themselves to think like an entrepreneur by providing the tools, resources and skills necessary to operate their farm like a business. An example would be with the local food movement growing strong, there is ample opportunity for farmers to increase their income. Local foods are not just fruits and vegetables, meat is also a part of the local food system. That being said, consider this if you are a livestock producer and are looking for ways to increase your income, expand your operation, diversify your marketing outlets, taking your operation to the next level, then consider shifting your way of doing business. Don’t think of yourself as a livestock producer, begin to think of yourself as a meat producer. There are many successful small operations throughout Florida direct marketing their meat, whether goat, sheep, pastured pork or grass fed beef, and they are not able to keep up with the demand. They have worked through the challenges. It is paying off. It’s a shift of paradigm. As farmers you already take risks so why not be innovative and take risks that potentially earn you more money. This is an example of thinking like an agripreneur. In addition, I have also had opportunity to provide statewide leadership for the small farms program that has brought about credibility, validity and recognition that small producers are a vital part of Florida’s agriculture industry and their communities. The statewide team developed the first state small farms website, food safety and beginning farming curriculum and the very successful Florida Small Farms Conference. WHAT’S IN THE FUTURE Farmer- to- Farmer Network Marion County Small Farms Center Agriculture/kitchen incubator programs “How to” You Tube Videos Are you a beginning farmer? Do you have animal husbandry questions? Are you interested in direct marketing? I am here to help, please explore the resources on our website, keep an eye out for regular updates, sign up to receive E-newsletters and contact me if I can help you further.




Urban Horticulture Program UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Norma Samuel Extension Agent II, Horticulture Success at gardening in Marion County is often viewed as a challenge, not only by the transplants from ‘up north,’ but even the locals. There are numerous insect pests and diseases throughout the year and don’t forget the sand, forgive me ‘soil,’ in which we have to plant. Hi, I’m Norma Samuel, the Urban Horticulture Agent/Master Gardener Coordinator for UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service. My responsibilities include developing a training program and maintaining a competent and knowledgeable group of Master Gardeners (MGs) and together as a team we provide sound, practical, research-based information to county residents on how to select plants and maintain their landscapes using FloridaFriendly LandscapingTM (FFL) principles. Educational programs are offered free of charge or at minimal cost to residents year round at the Extension Office, Marion County Public Libraries, community events, schools, and garden clubs. Topics presented generally coincide with what is of interest in the garden at that time of the month or as requested by a group. In 2009, 122 MGs volunteered a total of 18,066 hours, an equivalent of $321,213.48 or 8.7 full-time employee hours, to the Marion County Extension Service. Of that, over 2,600 hours were spent in the Master Gardener Plant Clinic located at the Extension Service, assisting close to 5,000 people. Residents installing new landscapes or planting a vegetable garden should contact the MGs for advice on how to take a soil sample to get their soil tested and information on what to plant based on site conditions. Many problems encountered in the garden can be avoided if the principle of “right plant, right place” is adopted. Residents are encouraged call the plant clinic or bring in samples for diagnosis and control recommendations when encountering problems in the landscape. The Master Gardeners also maintain our on-site vegetable, herb, butterfly and shade demonstration gardens that are open to the public for viewing year round. The purpose of these gardens is to provide an area where residents can see first-hand FFL principles being implemented. Contact the Extension Service if you would like to arrange a guided group tour. In order to streamline the activities of the MG Association we developed a three year plan. One of the main goals of the plan is to propagate, in our greenhouse that is maintained solely by MGs, only native plants and plants that perform well in Marion County. These plants are available to the general public at our two main annual fundraising events – the Master Gardener Fall Gathering, which is scheduled on-site for Saturday, October 9 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm or until sold out, and the Master Gardener Summer Plant Sale, which is usually held in May. The largest, and by far the most popular, MG event is their annual Spring Festival, which celebrated its 16th year in 2010 with 140 vendor booths and over 9,000 people in attendance. Attendees are able to shop for all their gardening needs in one convenient location. Educational booths, seminars and workshops are available throughout the event, providing practical information for a beautiful landscape or a bountiful vegetable harvest. The 2011 Spring Festival is scheduled for March 12 – 13. Check out for more information. Interested in becoming a Master Gardener? You do not have to know much about gardening, because we will teach you all you need to know and provide you with lots of opportunities to put that knowledge into practice and share that information with residents. The training is 13 weeks long and we meet each Wednesday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm starting in August. At the end of the training you become a “Master Gardener-in-Training” for one year during which time you volunteer 85 hours back to the organization. The training is taught by Extension Agents, MGs, UF/IFAS Extension Specialists, and other experts from the community. Being a Master Gardener is FUN and it provides the opportunity to form new friendships with people of similar interests who have a love of plants and the environment and a passion to share their knowledge with the community. Call 352-671-8400 to put your name on the list to be notified of the 2011 MG Class, arrange a garden tour, or to be on our e-mail list to receive our e-newsletter .


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4-H is the most respected positive youth development organization in the world today. Through an experiential, hands on approach to learning 4-H, members acquire life skills and gain the experience and strength of character needed to later blossom as productive, contributing adults. By zeroing in on a child’s individual interests and passions, we are able to teach valuable life skills such as responsibility, work ethic, and tolerance. In other words, the 4-H projects that youth participate in are both valuable learning opportunities in themselves as well as vehicles to a greater goal. Marion County 4-H is home to over 900 4-H members who participate in over 40 community clubs. Our members are active in the Southeastern Youth Fair, in 4-H judging teams, at the State 4-H Horse Show, and at a number of state, regional and national level 4-H events. As one of two 4-H agents here in Marion County, I am charged with providing educational support for animal projects, conducting educational trainings and workshops throughout the year, and for coordinating with a small army of incredibly passionate and dedicated adult volunteers. I hold a B.S. in Animal Science and an M.S. in Beef Cattle Nutrition, so this position really allows me to combine my three greatest passions; animals, kids and learning! Here in Marion County we emphasize the three mission mandates of National 4-H, citizenship, healthy lifestyles, and science, in everything we do. As a self proclaimed science nerd, I particularly enjoy helping to make science fun and relevant for 4-H members. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing that “aha” look that a child gets when a concept they’ve learned in school suddenly comes in to focus and makes sense in the context of their 4-H project. When a member is learning about how to feed their steer they’re also learning some pretty advanced chemistry and biology concepts. Likewise, when a group of space camp participants design and launch bottle rockets they’re mastering Newton’s laws of motion. In this way 4-H is able to take complex science concepts and disguise them in such a way that youth are chomping at the proverbial bit to learn more. The same can be said for the mission mandates of healthy lifestyles and citizenship. 4-H makes learning fun and fun learning! The 4-H program does, of course, have its roots in agriculture, and while not every 4-H member will choose to become a farmer or rancher upon graduation, they will all finish 4-H with an increased understanding of, and appreciation for, the work that goes in to keeping the world clothed and fed! Helping to instill this appreciation for ag in the leaders of tomorrow is a heavy responsibility and one of the most important aspects of my job. If we hope to survive and thrive in these next millennia we must be led by men and women who understand the challenges of feeding so many for so little. In many ways Marion County 4-H is like an extended family, one which I am blessed to have been a part of. In the past three years that I have served as a 4-H agent I have been time and again impressed by the quality of youth in this community and the passion, talents and know-how that each brings to the table. If you are not already involved in 4-H we would love to meet you. We are always on the lookout for caring adults to share their time and talent with our youth. I look forward to serving you in the future!

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Commercial Horticulture Extension Programs in Marion County seek to deliver services in several aspects of the industry, including information for landscapers, arborists and nurserymen. The first of these is trouble-shooting plant problems including disease, nutrition and problems in entomol- By David Holmes ogy. Often the causes of these problems require identification or verification through the diagnostic Marion County Extension Director labs at the University of Florida or input from University of Florida Specialists. These researchers are available to the Extension Service for questions and, on infrequent occasions, a Specialist may make a personal visit to a site. The Commercial Horticulture Agent is also the County Pesticide Trainer and offers review sessions twice a year (spring and fall) in General Standards (CORE), Private Applicator Ag and Ornamental & Turf. These sessions prepare new license applicators to take the exam for state licensure and offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to current license holders. In November, 2008, in the interest of Springs Protection, the Board of County Commissioners passed an ordinance requiring licensure for all commercial firms that apply fertilizer to home lawns and businesses in Marion County, effective January 1, 2010. The Extension Service offers the training and the exam for this certification four times a year. The one day class covers five components of Best Management Practices and those who pass the exam are certified with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for a four year period. Marion County has a mature tree canopy so a portion of the commercial horticulture program offers instruction for arborists, including a review for certification with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and an annual Chainsaw Safety program. There are over 70 commercial nurseries in Marion County and the commercial agent joins forces with agents in Sumter and Lake Counties to offer a Nursery Production School annually with items of concern to the nursery industry. The one day school rotates each year, with one of the three counties serving as host. Another one day workshop project involves chairing the ornamentals portion of the Southeast Pest Management Conference, which is held annually at the University of Florida. This workshop draws commercial landscape firms from throughout Florida, with approximately 250 in attendance in 2010. The commercial agent prepares articles of an agriculture nature for three publications, including The Ocala Star Banner (twice bi-monthly), Farm Bureau’s In the Field (monthly), and North Florida Farm Credit’s The Leader (quarterly). As part of commercial horticulture responsibilities, Holmes serves as an ex-officio on the Farm Bureau Federation Board, is active in the Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association (FNGLA), serves on the Southeastern Youth Fair Board and the Ocala Tree Commission. He also convenes the selection committee for the Marion County Ag Hall of Fame and chairs the banquet planning committee. In addition to programmatic responsibilities in commercial horticulture, as Extension Director, David Holmes oversees the efforts of 10 Extension Faculty members and 13 support staff at Extension and the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. Director responsibilities require development, submission and oversight of budgets for the Extension Service, as well as a budget for the Livestock Pavilion, overseeing maintenance of facilities for the 50 acre site and developing the agency Master Plan. Over the past ten years, Extension has pursued an aggressive Master Plan adding a 13 acre parking lot west of the Livestock Pavilion and addition of the new Extension Auditorium. Construction of restrooms on the south end of the Livestock Pavilion are anticipated this fall. USDA requires that Extension maintain citizen advisory committees to assist in developing programmatic effort and the Extension Director is responsible to appoint and convene the committee. As a veteran faculty member at UF, Holmes has chaired the IFAS Faculty Council and currently serves on the UF Faculty Senate.






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Lynda Spence joined the faculty of University of Florida/ IFAS Marion County Extension Service in March 2008. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida. Lynda’s areas of responsibility are Financial Management and Housing.

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To prepare for, and in response to current economic conditions, financial management education has never been more essential to our well being. Financial education includes programming in areas such as a) matching earnings and spending b) understanding credit use and abuse, rebuilding credit, credit reporting and scoring, c) communicating with lenders about changes in income and payment patterns, d) managing in tough times, e) identifying and avoiding scams, fraud and identity theft, f) developing savings strategies, g) consuming goods and services, h) improving spending habits, i) keeping organized records, and j) discerning between wishes and goals. In addition to providing educational classes for any group or organization, we are piloting a program to train Florida Master Money Mentors. Mentors will work one-on-one with individuals and families seeking household financial counseling. Money Mentors will offer help in three important areas: 1. making spending and savings plans, 2. helping to analyze credit behaviors and limit debt, and 3. offering encouragement to be proactive with lenders when problems arise.


Unmatched by any other structure in our lives, our homes affect our well being in a very unique way. Housing education focuses on attaining, retaining, and maintaining the home. Attaining: As a HUD Housing Counseling Agency, Extension partners with the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) and Habitat for Humanity to help home buyers navigate the complex process of home purchasing. In order to reduce stressful, discouraging, time-consuming, and costly road blocks, a Home Buyer Short Course is offered to all home buyers. The course covers a) preparing for realistic outcomes, b) selecting a home, c) assembling a home professional team, and d) financing and closing. Retaining: Staying in the home in these difficult economic times is a challenge. Related program topics intended to keep individuals and families in their homes include a) learning about new home owner assistance programs, b) working with lenders, and c) understanding the rights and responsibilities of renters. Maintaining: The center of our existence revolves around the shelter in which we reside. Programs intended to support and preserve the home include a) establishing the essentials of a healthy and safe home environment, b) closing the Florida home, and c) preparing for storms and storm recovery. Family and Consumer Science (FCS) education enjoys a rich and diverse history in the Florida Extension System. Educational programs are continually updated to meet the needs of our everchanging society, FCS faculty strive to educate Marion County citizens in order to improve their quality of life.

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Preparing the Fall Vegetable Garden A few weeks ago my wife and I were sitting at the kitchen table enjoying a break from the heat of a mid-summer day and strategizing about what we might want to plant in our fall garden. The usual crops came to mind first – broccoli, kale and English peas. No one at our house really cares much for turnips or mustard, so leave those off the list. A friend had given her some seeds for a type of winter squash so By David Holmes save room for that and, oh, carMarion County Extension Director rots that were planted last year did very well and were excellent canned, more space will be needed for these this year. I offered that I would like to try some pole beans as I used to enjoy these when we lived in Homestead, but hadn’t tried them in Marion County. Finally a couple of salad staples – peppers and tomatoes must be included. The cooler days of Fall offer yet another opportunity for vegetable gardeners and late August and early September is the time to locate seeds of desired vegetables and get them in the ground and growing. While mid-day temperatures will remain warm for awhile, the early mornings and evenings are cool, offering the perfect time to work in the garden. Moreover, Fall dinners and holiday meals will be enhanced significantly with the inclusion of fresh produce. The longer I work in plant production of any type the more impressed I am with the importance of the right type of soil to obtain desired results. Most vegetable plants prefer a well drained soil, high in organic matter with a pH of around 6.0. Gardeners have the opportunity to develop desirable soil characteristics through management of the soil. The place to begin is with a soil test, which the University of Florida will process for $ 7.00 per sample. Only one sample will be needed for a vegetable garden and about two weeks after submittal, the gardener will obtain information on pH, the amount of major elements present in the soil (save nitrogen) and a few minor elements. Because it’s extremely soluble, nitrogen won’t be reported, rather the producer will be encouraged to use standard fertility recommendations for that particular crop. Obtain a soil test kit at the Extension Office. Florida’s prevalent sandy soils can be enhanced with the addition of organic matter. These materials provide an additional source of nitrogen, encourage earthworm activity, and enhance moisture-holding capacity. There are several sources of organic matter and in my own garden I have found it advantageous to use composted soil from the compost bin, cow manure, groundup oak leaves (there seems to be an endless supply of these in late February and in addition to serving as excellent mulch, there is some speculation they inhibit nematodes) and grass clippings. If you elect to use grass clippings, scout carefully for weed seed before mowing – no sense adding to the weed problem. There are limits to everything, but use these products liberally in your garden, adding material when the garden is out of season in January, in early summer after the spring garden and about a month before installation of the fall garden, till these products into the soil for best results. Prepare the seedbed to result in as finely textured soil as possible. The smaller the soil particles, the easier it is for tender young




roots to push their way through in search of moisture and nutrients. Sow seeds in rows running north/south to maximize exposure to sunlight. Remember to rotate plants so that areas that had carrots last year have something else – anything else – besides carrots this year. In general plant small seeds (i.e. radish) one quarter inch deep and larger seeds (i.e. squash) one inch deep. Water is very important to vegetable production and the garden should be watered daily, applying one quarter inch of water each morning, unless we have had a similar amount or more rain the previous day. We want to wet the root zone of the plants each morning, so use good judgment and manage water carefully. An advantage to the fall garden seems to be less pressure from diseases and insects. Cooler temperatures are a hindrance to most diseases and insect lifecycles likewise slow with the cooler days and nights. Scout regularly for insect activity and control as needed. There are many advantages to a fall garden, but surely at the top of the list is the excellent flavor and good nutrition that will be prevalent in meals you prepare from produce you have grown yourself.

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9/9/10 – Florida Morgan Horse Show, Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, Ocala 9/12 - 15/10 – National Goat Conference, Tallahassee 9/15-17/10 – Florida Turfgrass Association Conference & Show, Orlando 9/16/10 – Equine Institute & Agribusiness Trade Show, Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, Ocala 9/18/10 – Florida State Fair Educational Seminar, Tampa 9/18/10 – Dressage, Show Jumping & 3 Phase School Show, Florida Horse Park 9/19/10 – Cross Country Schooling, Florida Horse Park 9/18 - 19/10 – Marion Saddle Club Hunter Jumper Show, Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, Ocala, FL 9/23 - 25/10 – The Landscape Show, Orlando 9/25/10 – Florida Horse Sale, Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, Ocala 9/30/10 – Cow/Calf BMP Field Day, Alachua 10/1/10 – Florida State Fair Swine Deadline 10/1 - 2/10 – Florida Ranch Rodeo Finals and Cowboy Heritage Festival , Kissimmee 10/2/10 – Florida Horse Park Pace Event, Florida Horse Park 10/2 - 10/10 – Abby Horse Festival, Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, Ocala 10/9/10 – Master Gardeners Fall Gathering, Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, Ocala 10/12/10 – Range Cattle REC Field Day, Ona 10/16/10 – Dressage, Show Jumping & 3 Phase Schooling Show, Florida Horse Park 10/16 – 17/10 – Marion Saddle Club Hunter Jumper Show, Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, Ocala 10/17/10 – Cross Country Schooling, Florida Horse Park 10/18/10 – Cow/Calf MBPs Field Day, Marianna 10/23/10 - 4-H Horse Show, Southeastern Livestock Pavilion

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C L A S S I F I E D S FARMSITTING. Need someone to take care of the farm while you’re away? We will feed, clean stalls, do fence repair or whatever needs to be done, and as an experienced farm family, we will care for your horses of cows. Contact us at: 352316-5519, 352-817-0357 or e-mail us at GREAT PLACE TO RAISE A FAMILY OR RETIRE. 10 Acre mini farm with 500 shaped Christmas trees ready to sell, improved pasture, perimeter fence, seasonal lake and wonderful neighbors. 3 BR 2 bath MH with commercial roof, 12x48 porch facing lake, 12x20 addition (office) – could be 4th BR, 32x32 barn for workshop or livestock. Above ground pool. Located between Bronson and Newberry and adjacent to watermelon pond wildlife area. $85,200. No owner financing. Contact or 352-317-6233. 36’ 2004 Monoco Cayman motor coach, diesel, 20,000 miles, immaculate condition. Extras include security system, automatic satellite system, all new awnings, new batteries and Lazyboy furniture. Take over pay-off of $130,000 and we’ll give you $10,000 cash. Call 813-416-6749 for appointment to see. E-MAIL OR CALL – Butter Ball Kennel today for GROOMING** BOARDING** PUPPIES. A well-known Jack Russell breeder. or 352-595-4072. 1999 MARTIN ACCOUSTIC-ELECTRIC 000C1E – Guitar. Like new with hardshell Martin case. $850 firm. Call 813-244-6700 or e-mail and I’ll send a photo. JOHN DEERE MX7, heavy duty, 7’ rotary cutter. $2,600. Reddick area. 352-591-1396. 2002 JEEP WRANGLER IN Blue has just 77,792 miles, a new best tops soft top and an automatic transmission. This Jeep is on special for just $11,800 at Phillips-Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge. Ask for Danny Cluster 352-732-7577. 2007 CHEVY EXPRESS 12 Passenger Van with Rear A/C and Power Equipment too! Only $10,897 at Phillips-Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge. Ask for Danny Cluster – 352-274-4959. LAKEFRONT CB HOME ON BEAUTIFUL Pegram Lake in Orange Springs on ½ acre lot. Will sell furnished. $165,000. 352-629-3784. Montana 4944 HST DEMO w/Loader 49HP Hydrostatic 4 WD 1 YR Factory Warranty $18,500 Allen Farm & Lawn Equipment 5444 N. US HWY 441, Ocala 352-840-0200 TRACTOR, 2010, JOHN DEERE, 5101E cab, with air & stereo, loader & grapple. New 7’ Brown bushhog, 9’ Frontier finish mower. 2010 Gooseneck 10 ton trailer, 30 ft. deck & 102” wide. 2007 F-350 diesel, crew cab SRW with 8’ bed, King Ranch, loaded. Call 352-857-9573.


2007 CHEVY Tahoe LS with 3rd Seat and Only 35K Miles, $24,900 at Phillips-Chrysler-JeepDodge. Ask for Danny Cluster 352-274-4959. CONRAD TREE SERVICE. Tree evaluation, hazardous tree removal, tree trimming. FREE ESTIMATES. 24 Hour emergency service. 352-8671123. FOR SALE. REPLACEMENT HEIFERS. Sim/ Angus cross and SHOW HEIFERS, Maine/Sim/ Angus cross. Great confirmation and quality. Great heifers to start a herd or to put in your existing herd. CALL – 352-425-0733. 2004 JEEP Grand Cherokee Overland SUV with 92,675 miles. This 4x4 has it all: V-8, leather, sunroof, all for just $12,900 at Phillips-Chrysler-JeepDodge. Ask for Danny Cluster 352-732-7577. IF YOU LOVE BLUES, JAZZ and great southern food with a Cajun twist head to MOJO’S GRILL. 103 SE 1st St. in downtown Ocala. Call for specials. 352-369-MOJO (6656). THE YARD STOP. All you need to create your own dream landscape! Plants, Trees, Mulch & More. Delivery and Installation Available. SR 40, just west of I-75. COLLECTOR GUITAR. Martin Cowboy 111 Auditorium, #459 of 750 made. Like new – never played. Comes with Martin hardshell case. Original Price - $1,200 – sacrifice for $500. Call 352509-4304. FOR ALL YOU USED TIRE NEEDS for your farm equipment be sure to call TIRES UNLIMITED. We also have new tires available. 334 NE 14th St., Ocala (across from former Platinum Bank) 352-401-9800. 2005 TOYOTA Highlander SUV. White in color and has just 66,232 miles. With the 2.4L I-4 cyl motor this is an SUV that gets great gas mileage and is priced right at $13,500 at Phillips-Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge. Ask for Danny Cluster 352-7327577. TREE & SHRUB CARE: Fertilization, Insect Control, Disease Control, Special Micronutrient Applications, Moss Spraying. LAWN CARE: Fertilization, Insect Control, Weed Control, Disease Control, Fire Ant Protection. Call ARBOR MASTERS Lawn Care Division today 352-304-5278 or visit our website CRONE’S CRADLE CONSERVATION, a farmstead offering organic produce & food. Join our weekly subscription garden program. Find out more at or call 352-595-337. 2003 DODGE Ram 1500 ST. This is a regular cab work truck in white and priced right at $5,390 at Phillips-Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge. Ask for Danny Cluster 352-732-7577.

Hustler Super Z 60” Deck 31 HP Kawasaki USED 48 hrs ***$8,495*** Allen Farm & Lawn Equipment – 5455 N US HWY 441, Ocala 352-840-0200 LAWN MOWERS, EDGERS, CHAINSAWS, BLOWERS, GENERATORS, PRESSURE WASHERS. A great selection for all your lawn and farm needs. BUCHALLA SMALL ENGINE. 4530 SE 110th St., Belleview. 352-347-2112. “Service is our Business”. LANDSCAPING INSTALLATION AND CONSULTATION by a State Licensed Plant Broker. Family owned and operated – Wholesale Grower, and Supplier. Call Chad Casey, 352-789-9804. PINE SHAVINGS DELIVERED! Kiln dried, bagged, Florida pine. Small, medium, large orders OK. 352-266-6263. JOIN THE MARION COUNTY FARM BUREAU TODAY!!! Call 352-237-2124 or sign up by completing the web application at Membership doesn’t cost, it pays! “REAL VALUE BENEFIT$”. Check it out! WATERFRONT DUPLEX ON THE LITTLE MANATEE RIVER in Ruskin. Quiet residential area with dock right on a spring-fed pond and river frontage. Beautiful sunsets. Great saltwater and fresh water fishing. 15 Minutes by boat to Tampa Bay. 1 BR 1 bath each side. REDUCED to $124,000. Call 813-244-3729 to make a weekend appointment to see. OCALA MOWER & CYCLE. See us for your Spring Tune-up! 3129 NE 14th St., Ocala. 352351-8484. BRYANT’S PUMP SERVICE: “We fix bad water”. 24 Hour Service. Locally owned. Call 352-6293769 or 866-349-8426.

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Marion September 2010  

In The Field Agriculture Magazine