Holmes County IFAS tells about local services

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 11:22 AM.

BONIFAY — Holmes County Extension Agent Judith Corbus and Holmes County 4-H Agent Niki Crawson for the University of Florida IFAS Extension visited the Bonifay Kiwanis Club on Wednesday, March 6 to talk about the services they provide to both adults and children in Holmes County.

“Our goal is to take IFAS information down to a county level,” said Corbus. “Holmes County is highly agricultural and we’ve been blessed with an abundant food supply at an affordable price. We’re working with sustainable resources and we’ve got all the resources of the University of Florida right here on a county level, which can help establish things like organic farming and beekeeping.”

She said there are a total of 309,120 acres in Holmes County, 1,037 farms, 151,812 acres on those farms that include woodland, 210,000 acres of managed timberland, 45,991 acres of cropland and the market value of agricultural products sold in Holmes County is $24 million.

“We’ve got agronomic crops, which is your peanuts, cotton, soybeans and field corn and we’ve got livestock production that includes beef cattle, goats and horses,” said Corbus. “We’ve also got farmers who are looking for other options, such as vegetable crops, beekeeping and organic farming and that’s what where here for. To help them get started and assist them in any way possible.”

An example is the soil sampling service they provide. For $7 they take a soil sample and after tested they can determine what is required of the farmer or homeowner to do what they wish to do.

“Our main area of interest is in the community,” she said. “We focus on nutrition and health, food preservation, housing and homebuyer education, resource management, consumer education and balancing work and family in stress management.”

In the area of Nutrition and Heath they work with MyPlate, physical activity/healthy lifestyles, Nutrition Education to 25 Council on Aging congregate meal participants monthly, food safety, food preservation with pressure canning classes, safe food handling and temperature testing of COA home-delivered meals.



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