Jennifer Bearden

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Name: Jennifer Bearden
Date registered: October 13, 2011

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Agriculture Agent Okaloosa County

Latest posts

  1. NISAW 2018: Successful Feral Hog Management — February 28, 2018
  2. NISAW 2018: Channeled Apple Snails (Pomacea canaliculata) — February 27, 2018
  3. NISAW 2018: A lovely but troublesome tree, Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) — February 27, 2018
  4. Aliens are invading – NISAW 2018 — February 2, 2018
  5. NISAW 2017: The Kudzu Bug — March 3, 2017

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NISAW 2018: Successful Feral Hog Management

Despite efforts by public and private land managers, feral hog populations continue to rise in many areas in Florida. Feral hogs damage crop fields, lawns, wetlands, and forests.  They can negatively impact native species of plants and animals.  Their rooting leads to erosion and decreased water quality. There are several options for controlling feral hogs. …

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NISAW 2018: Channeled Apple Snails (Pomacea canaliculata)

When you think of snails, you probably aren’t thinking about scary monsters that have been unleashed to terrorize us all. I’m here to warn you that you should. The channeled apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata) is a known agricultural pest that competes with native snail species. In our area (panhandle Florida, Hurlburt Field to be exact) …

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NISAW 2018: A lovely but troublesome tree, Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)

All along the roadsides and in home landscapes in summer, a profusion of fluffy pink blossoms are adorning trees known as mimosa, or Albizia julibrissin. This native of China was introduced to home landscapes in this country in the 1700’s to enjoy the fragrant, showy flowers and fine, lacy foliage. However, there is a dark …

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Aliens are invading – NISAW 2018

Aliens are invading our forests, pastures, fields and lawns. Well, okay, it’s not aliens but it is invasive species.  Invasive species are non-native or exotic species that do not naturally occur in an area, cause economic or environmental harm, or negatively impact human health.  These invasive species have become the number one threat to biodiversity …

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NISAW 2017: The Kudzu Bug

A few years ago, Florida is extended a warm welcome to a new pest – The Kudzu Bug! The kudzu bug was first documented in the US in 2009 in Northeast Georgia.  It has quickly spread throughout the southeast. At first, a pest that attacks kudzu sounds pretty good but this bug also attacks wisteria, …

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NISAW 2017: National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Aliens are invading our forests, pastures, fields and lawns. Well, okay, not aliens but invasive species are invading our beautiful landscapes.  Invasive species are non-native or exotic species that do not naturally occur in an area, cause economic or environmental harm, or negatively impact human health.  These invasive species have become the number one threat to biodiversity …

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Choosing the Right Tools is Key to Successful Feral Hog Management

Despite efforts by public and private land managers, feral hog populations continue to rise in many areas in Florida.  Feral hogs damage crop fields, lawns, wetlands, and forests.  They can negatively impact native species of plants and animals.  Their rooting leads to erosion and decreased water quality. There are several options for controlling feral hogs.  Choosing …

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Deer Processing Safety

When hunting, food safety begins in the field. The goal is to have safe meat for you and your family to eat.  Here are a few ways to keep your food safe: Shot placement – that’s right. Food safety begins with an accurate shot. Your goal should be to prevent the contents of the digestive …

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National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2016

Invasive species are non-native or exotic species that do not naturally occur in an area, cause economic or environmental harm, or negatively impact human health. These invasive species have become the number one threat to biodiversity on protected lands.  However, invasive species do not know boundaries, and as a result, public, private lands, natural and …

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Wild about Deer: Game Processing Workshop

When hunting, food safety begins in the field.  The goal is to have safe meat for you and your family to eat.  Here are a few ways to keep your food safe: Shot placement – that’s right. Food safety begins with an accurate shot. Your goal should be to prevent the contents of the digestive …

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