In this Issue:
  • Ticks: A Health Risk for Livestock and their Owners
  • Water Source Recommendations for Food Safety
  • Friday Feature: PTO Quick Connector
  • Atmospheric Temperature Inversions – Why Are They Important To Farmers?
  • Still Need the Mandatory Dicamba Resistant Crop Training?
  • Mandatory Dicamba Resistant Crop Training – March 16
  • Farming is Noisy Business – Don’t Let it Steal Your Hearing!
  • Updates to the Florida Cottage Food Law
  • Call 811 Before You Dig or Farm Near Buried Utility and Pipelines
  • Friday Feature: Preventing Needlestick Injuries to Ranch Hands
  • Farm Safety

    Ticks: A Health Risk for Livestock and their Owners

     

    Most people can probably tell you that ticks carry Lyme disease. This bacterial disease can cause long-term health problems for humans if left untreated, but it is thankfully relatively rare to find in Florida (132 confirmed cases in 2016). Though Lyme disease may be the best known tick-borne disease, there are others, such …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/06/01/ticks-a-health-risk-for-livestock-and-their-owners/

    Water Source Recommendations for Food Safety

    Supplemental water is necessary for good crop yields in fruit and vegetable production. Water quality is equally as important as water quantity when it comes to fruit and vegetable production. Unfortunately, water can transport harmful microorganisms from adjacent lands or other areas of the farm. The water source and how the water is applied influence …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/18/water-source-recommendations-for-food-safety/

    Friday Feature: PTO Quick Connector

    This week’s video was produced by Tractor PTO Link to demonstrate a unique innovation, a simple and effective quick connector for Tractors and Power Take Off (PTO) implements.  Anyone who has ever struggled to connect the greasy, dirty PTO Shaft of a sprayer, mower, hay baler, chopper, tiller or any other type of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/20/friday-feature-pto-quick-connector/

    Atmospheric Temperature Inversions – Why Are They Important To Farmers?

    Farmers and ranchers must manage traditional business practices to be successful, but they also deal with the many challenges of ever changing weather.  Rain, wind, and temperature are important and obvious aspects of weather that producers track on a daily basis, but there are other, not so obvious weather features that affect operational management as …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/06/atmospheric-temperature-inversions-why-are-they-important-to-farmers/

    Still Need the Mandatory Dicamba Resistant Crop Training?

    Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered new dicamba herbicide product formulations for making applications to dicamba tolerant cotton and soybean crops. As a result, many states were overwhelmed with drift complaints regarding sensitive crops. This led to the 2018 EPA announcement requiring that anyone who wishes to apply dicamba to dicamba tolerant …

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    Mandatory Dicamba Resistant Crop Training – March 16

    Friday March 16, 2018 10:00 AM -12:00 PM Eastern, 9:00-11:00 Central Live Video Conference to be hosted simultaneously by UF/IFAS Extension Offices across North Florida

    Purpose of the Training

    In 2017, dicamba resistant crops were registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive dicamba herbicide applications over-the-top of growing cotton or soybean …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/02/09/mandatory-dicamba-resistant-crop-training-march-16/

    Farming is Noisy Business – Don’t Let it Steal Your Hearing!

    I wear hearing aids, so that makes the subject of hearing loss near and dear to my heart!  My hearing loss is due primarily to long term exposure to noisy equipment.  Let’s face it, farming is a noisy occupation!  The damage to hearing from exposure to loud noise is often undetectable – until it’s too …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/26/farming-is-noisy-business-dont-let-it-steal-your-hearing/

    Updates to the Florida Cottage Food Law

    Under the Cottage Food Law in the state of Florida, individuals can sell certain foods they produce in unlicensed home kitchens, if the food has a low risk of foodborne illness, as outlined in Section 500.80 of the Florida Statutes. These food products must be sold within Florida, they cannot be sold wholesale, and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/25/updates-to-the-florida-cottage-food-law/

    Call 811 Before You Dig or Farm Near Buried Utility and Pipelines

    Today, August 11 is “National 811 Day,” so it is only fitting to share an Ag-Safety reminder to “Call or Click Before You Dig.”

    There are pipelines and utility lines buried all over the place in rural areas.  In fact, there are more than 1,250 miles of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines that …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/call-811-before-you-dig-or-farm/

    Friday Feature: Preventing Needlestick Injuries to Ranch Hands

    More than 80% of workers on livestock farms have accidentally stuck themselves with needles used for vaccine and drug administration.  Accidental needlestick injuries are usually minor, but can be serious with skin infections, allergic reactions, and deep tissue wounds that require surgery.   This week’s featured video was developed by the Upper Midwest Agricultural …

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