Internal Parasite Control for Horses in Central Florida
There have been (and still are) many different programs for internal parasites of horses. They vary from low dosages of antiparasitics (wormers or de‐wormers) to no use of chemical de‐wormers. The goal is not to eliminate parasites, but to control them. Internal parasites can lead to: weight gain failure and weight loss; colic; diarrhea; and death. Heavy worm infestation can result in weakening of the immune system, loss of nutrients, and organ damage. Read More
Thistle Control in Pasture
A single thistle plant can produce at least 4,000 seeds, which increases the chance for higher thistle populations in the pasture the following year. Consequently, management practices need to be conducted prior to flower formation for effective thistle control. Even if thistles have not infested your pasture in the past, it is ideal that your pastures are scouted in late fall through mid‐spring (November to March) to ensure that thistles do not get out of control. New infestations are easier to manage than large‐scale populations. Read More
Safety Considerations with Back Yard Chickens
While enjoying all the benefits of raising back yard chickens, it is also important to remember the risk of illness. This can result from playing in the area where they are kept or through handling the live birds. Poultry of any kind are carriers of harmful bacteria called Salmonella. Salmonella is a type of germ that naturally lives in the intestines of poultry and many other animals. Even organically fed poultry have Salmonella. While it usually doesn't make the birds sick, the bacteria can cause serious illness when it is passed to humans. Learn how to prevent this illness from occuring in your family.
Learn how to care for your backyard chickens
Small Flock Poultry Production Conference Proceedings
Did you miss the 2015 Conference? You can view all of the conference proceedings to learn how to take care of your chickens.
Brevard County Farmers Market
The mission of the Brevard County Farmers Market is to build a healthy, vibrant, and prosperous community. How do we do this? We link regional farmers, fishermen, growers, and producers who sell fresh, local produce with consumers…putting the best food in the hands of those who most need and want them, and strengthening our local economy!
The Market is operated through a joint partnership with Brevard County Parks & Recreation and the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Brevard County.
Florida Food Connect
Check out Florida Food Connect. This site was developed by UF/IFAS, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services , and University of Illinois MarketMaker to connect producers to buyers.
Whole Farm Integrated Pest Management
The Whole Farm Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy is to design and establish agricultural systems that are pest resistant and as a result, rarely requires potentially disruptive pest control practices. Whole Farm IPM is the pest management segment of agroecology, the design and management of sustainable farms or agroecosystems. These systems support agricultural production in healthy environments, consider economics and the viability of agricultural communities, and take advantage of ecosystem services, such as biological control of pests and crop pollination. Whole Farm IPM is particularly applicable to small farms which include more than 90% of farms in the Southeast. Visit the UF/IFAS Virtual Field website for this and other educational videos.
Interested in Aquaponics?
Holly Abeels, Florida Sea Grant Agent, gives a few pointers for starting your own aquaponics operation. Read More.
Upcoming Classes and Events
- Florida MarketMaker
- Cottage Food Law - info from FDACS
- Cottage Food Law - 2012 Florida Senate Statues
- Florida Tax Exemption for Selected Farm Equipment
- Primer for Developing a Farm Business Plan
- Country of Origin Labeling (COOL)
- Understanding the USDA Organic Label
- IFAS Farm Pocket Notebook
- Business Plan Builder
Best Management Practices
- Creeping indigo
- Estabishing Perennial Pasture in Central Florida
- What You Need to Know to Get Started in Aquaponics
- Fertilizer Basics for Pasture Production
- Water Quality and Livestock
- Incubation of Bird Eggs
- Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- Florida Market Bulletin
- Pesticide Information Office
- Pesticide License Information
- Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises
Farm Safety and Health
Brevard County Farmers Market
The market is a local producer only market. Visit our website for vendor information.
Brevard County Fair
Join us for the 2014 Brevard County Fair October 23 - November 2 at Wickham Park, Melbourne.