Blog Posts

Our Extension Agents write blog posts every month to get information to the public about hot topics in their field! Here are a few highlights:

Pumpkins at a Farmers Market. UF-IFAS File Photo

Tips to Start a Side Gig

Over 44 million American adults have a side hustle today, according to a survey released from the financial service company Bankrate.com.  A side gig can range from a part-time job with another company to a hobby you’d like to make money from. The gig economy is not just driving for Uber or working part-time because you need to. A good side gig idea can be anything you have the skills and a passion for...

Alicia's Tips to Start a Side Gig blog post is available HERE!



Royal Poinciana Caterpillar

Almost as if a starting bell rang, hundreds of Royal Poinciana caterpillars can be seen ascending Royal Poinciana trees just after sunset. Then, nearly in harmony with daylight cresting over the horizon, their decent begins and the caterpillars go back into hiding. This is the interesting behavior of the Royal Poinciana Caterpillar (Melipotis acantoides) and seems to be an effort to avoid light...

Michelle's Royal Poinciana Caterpillar blog post is available HERE



Heavy Sargassum Year Forecast for Florida Keys

This summer, you may have noticed tons of brown organic material washed up on beaches and decaying all over the Atlantic side of the Florida Keys. But what is it, really? And why is it appearing on our beaches? It’s called sargassum, and it is brown algae, or seaweed, that floats in massive mats out on the open ocean. The area sargassum comes from is called the Sargasso Sea, which is not a true sea at all, but an area far offshore in the Atlantic Ocean between the eastern coast of Florida and Bermuda...

Shelly's Sargassum blog post is available HERE!


Check out more of our Extension Agents' Blogs on our University of Florida, IFAS Extension Blog Page HERE!

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