Judy Biss

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Name: Judy Biss
Date registered: October 18, 2011


Judy Biss is the Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent in Calhoun County, Florida

Latest posts

  1. Agritourism in North Florida- an Emerging Industry — November 20, 2017
  2. The Bumble Bee – One of Florida’s Vital Pollinators — September 22, 2017
  3. Beekeeping in the Panhandle Summer Series – Starts August 17th — August 11, 2017
  4. Miniature Plants with Sizeable Character — March 17, 2017
  5. Beavers – Engineering Marvel or Farmer’s Frustration — March 17, 2017

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Agritourism in North Florida- an Emerging Industry

It seems each weekend this time of year is packed with things to do outside; and for good reason!  The weather is perfect and the holidays are approaching.  Among the many festivals and festivities are a number of farm tours, or “agritourism” related events.  For example, there was the recent Tallahassee and surrounding area “10th …

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The Bumble Bee – One of Florida’s Vital Pollinators

“The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.” Jacques Yves Cousteau Bumble bees are among the most recognizable types of insects. They are large, colorful, and a wonder to watch.  They’re also popularized in media, cartoons, and clip-art images, but …

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Beekeeping in the Panhandle Summer Series – Starts August 17th

The UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Team is pleased to offer three intermediate level beekeeping classes.  These classes will be offered via interactive web-conferencing at a number of Extension Offices across North Florida and will be taught by state and nationally recognized specialists.  This summer series will be Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 pm Central Time, 7-8:30 …

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Miniature Plants with Sizeable Character

Some of the world’s smallest flowering plants grow in aquatic environments.  And a number of these tiny aquatic plants grow natively right here in Florida!  Aquatic plants of all kinds display an amazing array of adaptations for growing in water.  They can tolerate drought, flood, flowing water, stagnant water, cold spring runs, and warm brackish …

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Beavers – Engineering Marvel or Farmer’s Frustration

Even though the “work” beavers do can sometimes cause frustration to land owners, they are truly amazing creatures.  A number of questions have come into the Extension Office lately about managing beavers, so it is a good time to discuss a little about the history and biology of these unique animals, as well as the management …

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Florida’s Aquatic Carnivorous Plants – Yes, Aquatic!

I don’t know about you, but living in “La Florida” – “the land of flowers” (the Spanish translation of Florida – named in 1513 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León) makes it difficult to have a short list of favorite plants.  While I do have a number of plants in my “favorites” list, carnivorous …

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Discover the Beauty and Role of Native Aquatic Plants – in Your Own Pond

This is the time of year when gardens burst forth with lush green growth and colorful flowers.  With a little planning and management, your backyard pond can also put on the same show each year and fight unwanted pond weeds at the same time! Fish and farm ponds are abundant in the Florida panhandle.  Most …

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Beekeeping in the Panhandle Workshop & Trade Show April 1 & 2

The Beekeeping in the Panhandle Working Group is pleased to offer the 5th Annual Beekeepers Field Day And Trade Show 2016 Beekeeping is one of the fastest growing hobby and commercial endeavors in Florida.  There is much to learn and share about this fascinating trade. The workshop and trade show offers something for every level and …

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Owls – Florida’s Remarkable Nocturnal Birds of Prey

Some of my favorite creatures are owls, and as you can see by the quotes below, owls have captivated humans across the ages. And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls. Isaiah 34:13 “Owl,” said …

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

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 an ever growing population and an intricate environment? How will Florida’s agricultural lands, rangelands, and …

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