The Panhandle Ag Extension Team would like to thank our subscribers and social media followers for your interest and support of Panhandle Ag e-News in 2019. Keep sharing those emails, posts, and tweets to help us spread the word, so more producers sign up for this service.The Panhandle Ag e-News project began in April of 2012. Over the past eight years, 1,634 articles have been published that are searchable by topic area, keyword, author, or by using the search box provided at the top of the site. The Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team is made up of 41 county agents and state specialists that serve farmers and ranchers in Northwest Florida.
In 2019, the Panhandle Ag Extension Team contributed 199 articles that provided timely information to farmers and ranchers related to farm management, pest management, best management practice recommendations, plus numerous announcements of upcoming educational events. Each week links to the most recently published articles were shared through 43 electronic newsletter issues (emails), as well as through Facebook and Twitter Accounts. In 2019, readership increased 15% over 2018, with 336,825 page views (923/day). The number of email subscribers rose 4% to 4,518 people. The social media followers grew 10% to 3,068. In 2019, the website reached a new milestone with over 1.25 million page views, since the project began in 2012.
Readers Choice Awards
At the start of each year the statistics are compared for the articles that were published the previous year, with the authors of the most popular articles given recognition of the Reader’s Choice Awards. There were a number of the articles that were very popular this year, but there were several that really stood out. The following are the 30 most popular articles published in 2019.
Dr. Suandra TenBroek, UF/IFAS Equine Specialist wrote the most popular article in 2019. Her article made horse owners aware of new requirements for interstate transportation of horses. The new Electronic Equine CVI, or EECVI, will require a veterinarian to do an initial exam and “Health Certificate,” and then the owner will use an online tool to request a permit for each movement or event. The change is being made to provide better documentation for the interstate movement of horses, so appropriate measures can be taken if there is a disease outbreak. This article received 18,427 page views in 2019.
Matt Hersom, UF/IFAS Beef Nutrition Specialist discusses his top 10 common myths, hearsay, and misinformation that surround mineral supplementation for the beef cow herd along with his thoughts about them. This article received 5,374 page views in 2019.
Nick Simmons, UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension Director, provided an article that outlined USDA’s plan for cattle identification in the future. Over the next several years, federal animal identification rules regarding traceability will undergo a multi-year transition to solely Electronic-Identification Tags (EID). This article received 1,894 page views in 2019.
Considerations Before Contracting for Chipped or Shredded Wood Debris Application on Agricultural Land
A team of authors that included: Mike Mulvaney, WFREC Cropping Systems Specialist, Cheryl Mackowiak, NFREC Soil Specialist, David Wright, NFREC Agronomy Specialist, Barry Tillman, NFREC Peanut Breeder, and Pat Minogue, NFREC Forestry Specialist wrote an article on a timely topic. During the cleanup effort following Hurricane Michael, contractors had chipped or shredded tree debris, and were offering to pay farmers to allow the materials to be spread on agricultural land. Thir article outlines some key issues that should be considered before allowing wood debris application on agricultural land. This article received 1,002 page views in 2019.
Other popular articles written in 2019 included:
In addition to the articles shared each week, a short YouTube video was shared under the title of “Friday Features.” In general these videos related to some form of agricultural issue, farming techniques, new innovative tools and equipment, or farm humor.
The top 10 Featured Videos in 2019 were:
2 Fence-Line Hay Feeders 694
6 The Beef Drool Log 501
10 WireTight Fence Repair Tool 333
You might want to also check out the most popular articles from previous years:
- Friday Feature:Ryan Jenkins Wins Peanut Efficiency Award - February 16, 2024
- Friday Feature: 2024 CattleFax Outlook Seminar Summary - February 9, 2024
- January 2024 US Cattle Inventory Down 2% - February 2, 2024