Summer Swimming...and Shark Safety Tips!

Shark SafetyEnjoying warm weather at the beach and in the ocean is part of what makes living in Florida great. Many people visit Florida to fish, snorkel, dive, surf, and swim in the ocean. This means there are frequently lots of people in the water. We hear about a person who has been bitten by a shark…and it seems like it is something that happens often. There have been three reports in the news this year, including one out of Cocoa Beach. It’s not impossible, but coming face-to-face with a shark is actually highly unlikely, and there is even less chance of being bitten by one. Read more.

Summer Sun Safety

Summer Sun Safety

It’s hot out there! Yes, it’s that time of year again. Temperatures are up, the sun is high, and people are heading outdoors for fun. If you’re one of those folks who enjoys spending these warm months outside, it’s important that you take steps to protect both your skin and your eyes. Read More.

The Great CEU Roundup

Need pesticide license continuing education units? One day class for CEU’s in various categories will be presented across the state via video link by UF specialists. Class will be held at the UF/IFAS Brevard County Extension office in Cocoa, FL on Wednesday July 22, 2015 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. This is not a license review. This class is only for CEU’s for existing license holders. No tests will be administered at this event. Lunch provided. Pre-registration and payment required prior to class. For more information on CEU categories and to register, visit or call Heather Russo at (863) 688-9413.

Grilling Essentials

Grilling essentialsNow is the time to get grilling. Father's Day seems to be the official start of the grilling season. Whether you're a dad or just someone who loves to grill, there are some important safety rules you should follow to keep friends and family safe.

  • Always make sure all utensils and equipment are clean and in working order.
  • Keep cold foods cold. All meat being grilled should be kept cold prior to cooking. Sides shold be kept cold until consumed.
  • Make sure that anything that touches raw meat is cleaned and sanitized before using again.
  • Cooked burgers should be placed on a clean plate.
  • Use a thermometer every time you grill to make sure food is cooked all the way through.
  • Cook foods to the proper temperature:
    • Vegetables to 134 degrees F
    • Pork to 145 degrees F
    • Hamburger to 160 degrees F
    • Chicken to 165 degrees F
    • Steaks 145 degrees F

Getting Along with "Wild Hogs"

wild or feral hogsThe wild hog (Sus scrofa), also called the wild pig, wild boar, or feral pig, is not native to Florida. They can be found in all of Florida's 67 counties. Wild hogs can difficult to control and may cause a lot of damage to your property. Read More.

Part 2: A Series on Plant Pathogens – Different Palm Diseases with Similar Symptoms

Landscapers and homeowners alike…beware of two different palm diseases: Fusarium wilt and Rachis/petiole blight, which have similar visual symptoms. Read More.


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My Brevard Yard Workshops

My Brevard YardSign up for the My Brevard Yard Workshop and learn how you can have a healthy lawn and protect our waterways!

One or three-hour workshops are available. Longer workshops are great for municipalities, homeowner associations, and other large groups. Call 321.633.1702 x 222 or Email to schedule a group workshop.

Soil Testing Information

Call a Master Gardener

You can do your part to protect water quality by following a few simple steps toward making your yard Florida Friendly. For help with your lawn and landscape, call or email a Master Gardener at 321.633.1702.

Soil and Water Conservation District

The Brevard Soil and Water Conservation District assists farmers and ranchers with applying Best Management Practices to their operations.

Contact Dave Millard at 633-1702 x241 or email Dave Millard for assistance.

Brevard County Farmers Market

The Brevard County Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 3-6pm and is located at the Equestrian Center in Wickham Park. More info...