Les Harrison

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Name: Les Harrison
Date registered: October 13, 2011

Biography

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources. He works with small and medium sized producers in the Big Bend region of north Florida on a wide range of topics. He has a Master’s of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Florida.

Latest posts

  1. Laurel Wilt Fungus (Raffaelea lauricola) Reflects the Spread of Redbay Ambrosia Beetles — July 14, 2017
  2. Mosquito Control Can Be As Close As A Farm Pond — June 30, 2017
  3. Check Serpentine Belts this Winter to Prevent Growing Season Breakdowns — January 27, 2017
  4. What is the USDA Survey You Got in the Mail in December? — January 13, 2017
  5. Selecting the Right Lubricant for Your Equipment Saves Time, Money and Frustration — October 7, 2016

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Laurel Wilt Fungus (Raffaelea lauricola) Reflects the Spread of Redbay Ambrosia Beetles

Ambrosia beetles are known for attacking various woody plants, causing some limb and stem dieback and sometimes plant death. There are at least 30 species of ambrosia beetles in Florida, several of which are non-native.

Typically ambrosia beetles have a symbiotic relationship with a fungus which the beetles carry in their bodies. When the beetles …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/14/laurel-wilt-fungus-raffaelea-lauricola-reflects-the-spread-of-redbay-ambrosia-beetles/

Mosquito Control Can Be As Close As A Farm Pond

The consistent and ample rains of late over Florida’s Panhandle assure enough moisture is available for row crop production and development, and forage growth. It has also minimized, if not eliminated, the need for irrigation and its associated cost.

As with anything good, there is always an associated negative component which cannot be avoided. In …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/30/mosquito-control-can-be-as-close-as-a-farm-pond/

Check Serpentine Belts this Winter to Prevent Growing Season Breakdowns

Serpentine belts are a critical component in connection of the cooling system, air conditioning system, charging system, and engine. This belt, which snakes around the outside of the engine, serves a crucial role in functional operations of many types of motorized farm equipment.  The serpentine belt transmits power effectively and efficiently from the front of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/27/check-serpentine-belts-this-winter-to-prevent-growing-season-breakdowns/

What is the USDA Survey You Got in the Mail in December?

In addition to Christmas cards, farmers and ranchers in Florida received the National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) in December 2016’s mail.  This questionnaire will assist the U.S. Department of Agriculture to identify active farms and ranches in the United States, in preparation for the upcoming Ag Census.

The result of the NACS will …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/13/what-is-the-usda-survey-you-got-in-the-mail-in-december/

Selecting the Right Lubricant for Your Equipment Saves Time, Money and Frustration

Farming enterprises in the 21st century require many costly inputs to even have a chance of competing successfully. Equipment such as tractors, truck and harvest machinery are necessary, but a major long term expense.

Thorough and regular maintenance is required to get the best performance and longest life from any internal combustion engine powered rolling …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/07/selecting-the-right-lubricant-for-your-equipment-saves-time-money-and-frustration/

Federal Reserve Bank’s April Agriculture Report

The Federal Reserve Banks’ Beige Book indicates agricultural conditions were mixed across the country in its April 13, 2016 release.  Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Dallas Federal Reserve Banks reported poor prospects for agricultural profitability because product prices remained low and input costs remained relatively high.

Contacts across Districts noted that compared …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/05/20/federal-reserve-banks-april-agriculture-report/

EPA Announces Revisions to Worker Protection Standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced revisions to the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS). This change is intended to improve workers health protections and make them comparable to the standards in other industries.

These modifications affect many different regulatory areas and are designed to improve protections for the nation’s approximately two million agricultural …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/05/06/epa-announces-revisions-to-worker-protection-standard/

USDA’s Grass-Fed Meat Labeling Regulations Changed in January

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) rescinded the labeling standard for grass-fed meat on January 12, 2016 in a Federal Register notice.

The posting states “AMS has determined that certain services do not fit within the Agency’s statutory mandate to facilitate the marketing of U.S. agricultural products.” It also …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/01/15/usdas-grass-fed-meat-labeling-regulations-changed-on-january-12-2016/

Idle Farm Equipment Makes an Ideal Habitat For Black Widow Spiders

As the growing season concludes, field equipment is parked in the barns and sheds across the Panhandle. After an all too brief rest, farmers and ranchers perform the necessary maintenance on these agricultural assets.  Even still, unpowered and idle, this equipment can pose a danger. Insects are attracted to any crop residue remaining, and the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/12/11/idle-farm-equipment-makes-an-ideal-habitat-for-black-widow-spiders/

Jim Gerrell Honored as Wakulla County Agricultural Innovator

On Tuesday August 4, 2015, twelve Innovative Farmers and Ranchers were recognized by University of Florida IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida at the Jefferson County Opera House, in Monticello.  This is the fifth year these two organizations have teamed up to honor a selection of the most innovative farmers from the Florida …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/10/23/jim-gerrell-honored-as-wakulla-county-agricultural-innovator/

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