Judy Biss

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Name: Judy Biss
Date registered: October 18, 2011

Biography

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

Latest posts

  1. Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides: Everyone Plays a Part — August 4, 2017
  2. Beavers – Engineering Marvel or Farmer’s Frustration — March 10, 2017
  3. A Salute to Rural Veterans — November 11, 2016
  4. Rice Production in Florida – a Minor, yet Uniquely Valuable Crop — November 4, 2016
  5. Zika Virus and Mosquito Control – Recommendations for Beekeepers and Rural Landowners — September 23, 2016

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Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides: Everyone Plays a Part

Overview

On January 12, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products.  This policy outlines EPA’s label statements designed to mitigate acute risks to bees from pesticides.  The recent UF/IFAS publication, Pesticide Labeling: Protection of Pollinators, provides an in-depth look at …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/04/protecting-pollinators-from-pesticides-everyone-plays-a-part/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/10/beavers-engineering-marvel-or-farmers-frustration/

A Salute to Rural Veterans

I think we can all agree that political events in the United States over the last few weeks will be remembered in great detail in our history books.  While much of the country remains divided along political party lines, we are at the same time, strongly united by our profound and unending gratitude to America’s …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/11/11/a-salute-to-rural-veterans/

Rice Production in Florida – a Minor, yet Uniquely Valuable Crop

On a recent trip to Arkansas, I was captivated by the beauty of vast fields of flooded rice nearly ready for harvest.  That image is just something you don’t see every day in the Florida Panhandle!  Equally interesting is the fact that rice is a semi-aquatic plant, related to wild rice “cousins” which grow natively …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/11/04/rice-production-in-florida-a-minor-yet-uniquely-valuable-crop/

Zika Virus and Mosquito Control – Recommendations for Beekeepers and Rural Landowners

Judy Biss, UF/IFAS Extension Calhoun County Office, Jace Ford, Calhoun County Mosquito Control, Jeff Pippin, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Apiary Inspection

By now you have probably heard about Zika Virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes.  As a beekeeper, you may be concerned about the safety of your bees during pesticide …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/09/23/zika-virus-and-mosquito-control-recommendations-for-beekeepers-and-rural-landowners/

National Beekeeper Reports Reveal a Significant Decline in Colonies, Production, and Income

It has been a tough year for beekeepers.  Two recent national reports revealed that beekeepers suffered the triple whammy of colony loss, reduced honey production, and lower prices, all of which ultimately reduced income over this past production year.

The Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA), and the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/06/17/national-beekeeper-reports-reveal-a-significant-decline-in-colonies-production-and-income/

Pollination of Vegetable Crops to Maximize Your Crop’s Potential

It won’t be long until row crops and vegetable gardens are planted and thriving once again next spring. A sometimes taken for granted, yet critical element of any prosperous crop is successful pollination. Most of us know what “text book” pollination means, but did you know in cucurbit plants, (squash, melon, pumpkin) at least 1,000 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/01/22/pollination-of-vegetable-crops-maximize-your-crops-potential/

Owls – Florida’s Remarkable 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,” …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/12/18/owls-floridas-remarkable-birds-of-prey/

Honey Bee Colony Numbers: National Trends Mixed, Florida Increasing

The Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), conducted their ninth annual national survey of honey bee colony losses. Over 6,000 beekeepers completed the survey providing valuable information about honey bee colony numbers and health for the 2014/2015 winter season. Preliminary …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/08/21/honey-bee-colony-numbers-national-trends-mixed-florida-increasing/

Florida’s Rangeland 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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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/07/17/floridas-rangeland-and-the-environment-a-natural-partnership/

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