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. Miniature Plants with Sizeable Character — March 17, 2017
  2. Beavers – Engineering Marvel or Farmer’s Frustration — March 17, 2017
  3. Florida’s Aquatic Carnivorous Plants – Yes, Aquatic! — June 3, 2016
  4. Discover the Beauty and Role of Native Aquatic Plants – in Your Own Pond — April 8, 2016
  5. Beekeeping in the Panhandle Workshop & Trade Show April 1 & 2 — March 12, 2016

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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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Non-Native Freshwater Jellyfish in Florida?

Yes, you read the title correctly, it says freshwater jellyfish in Florida! The first time I encountered these unusual aquatic creatures was while swimming in a small lake in southern Indiana. It turns out these jellyfish, while not very common, have been found in almost every state in the U.S. This jellyfish is known as …

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The Majestic Longleaf: One of the South’s Distinguished Trees

Steeped in history, the majestic longleaf (Pinus palustris) is an economically and ecologically important tree species of the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains. Its species name “palustris” means “of the marsh,” and although it is commonly associated with sandy, well drained areas, the longleaf pine is adapted to a range of soil types. Once the …

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2014 UF/IFAS Basic Beekeeping in the Panhandle Short Course

The UF/IFAS Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team will once again be offering a Basic  Beekeeping School in February and March.  These classes will be offered via interactive video conferencing at Extension Offices across the Panhandle.  Details are listed below, please call your local UF/IFAS Extension Service to register and if you have any questions.  See you …

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