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Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Framework for Educating Diverse Audiences

Students in a classroom taking a test. Image used in the 2014 Research Discoveries report.

As the diversity of Extension clientele continues to grow, it is important for Extension educators to consider new ways of supporting this population. The purpose of this new 5-page article is to provide a framework for educating diverse audiences to assist in helping these audiences attain the learning outcomes of Extension education programs. This includes: (1) acquiring a knowledge base of diverse cultures, (2) designing or utilizing culturally relevant curricula, (3) utilizing cultural caring and developing a learning community, (4) practicing intercultural communications, and (5) establishing cultural congruity in classroom instruction. Written by John Diaz, Cecilia Suarez, and Laura Valencia and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wc341

Biology and Management of Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) in Ornamental Crop Production

Stellaria media leaves

Chickweed is a common cool-season annual weed in Florida landscapes, container nurseries, home gardens, and other agricultural production systems. This new 5-page article is written for green industry professionals and others to aid in the identification and management of chickweed in and around ornamental plants. Written by Yuvraj Khamare, Chris Marble, Nathan Boyd, and Shawn Steed and published by the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep577

Common Hazards to Consider during Manufacturing of Feeds for Swine

Two pigs nosing each other.

This 8-page document discusses common biological, chemical, and physical hazards that may need preventive measures during the manufacture of swine feeds. Written by Taylor Langford, Morgan McKinney, Chad Carr, and Jason M. Scheffler, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences, September 2019.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/an357

Cetaceans 4th Grade Curriculum: Lesson 6: Cetacean Behaviors

Dolphin closeup.

This 4-page document is the sixth lesson in the Cetaceans 4th Grade Curriculum. It contains information that will help students learn about whale and dolphin behaviors. Written by Ruth Francis-Floyd and Maia Patterson McGuire, and published by the UF/IFAS Veterinary Medicine–Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department, June 2019.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vm231

Cetaceans 4th Grade Curriculum: Lesson 11: Introduction to Right Whales

Exposed oyster beds at low tide along the shoreline at Anastasia State Park in Northeast Florida. Oyster beds, mollusks, shellfish, coastline, state parks. UF/IFAS Photo: Josh Wickham.

This 10-page document is the eleventh lesson in the Cetaceans 4th Grade Curriculum. It contains information that will help students learn about North Atlantic right whale life history. Written by Ruth Francis-Floyd and Maia Patterson McGuire, and published by the UF/IFAS Veterinary Medicine–Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department, June 2019.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vm236

Raising a Market Show Hog

Parts of a pig

One of the most rewarding and educational 4-H projects is raising, finishing, and showing a market hog. Many younger 4-H’ers excitedly wait until the day when they can choose their first show pig. Parents and youth need to understand that while the hog project is an excellent opportunity, it requires a great deal of thought, preparation, time, and resources. The purpose of this new 7-page publication is to help parents and youth understand some of the commitments and preparations involved in raising a hog, as well as what to expect and what to do in order to successfully complete the project. Written by Chris DeCubellis and published by the UF/IFAS 4-H Youth Development Program.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/4h407

Bioplastics: a better option for the environment?

bioplastic fork cannot be composted at home and cannot be recycled

Most modern-day plastics are made from petroleum, but several different types of plastics are made from plant or even bacterial sources. This 4-page fact sheet written by Maia Patterson McGuire and published by the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation describes four types of these bioplastics and explains why, even if a bioplastic item is listed as “compostable,” a reusable, washable alternative is often the better choice.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fr418

Wetlands as a Tool for Water Treatment

Cypress trees in a wetland swamp.  Photo taken by Camila Guillen, UF/IFAS, 06-28-17

Wetlands are often referred to as "nature's kidneys" because of their ability to remove pollutants from water via storage in the soil and vegetation, as well as through losses to the atmosphere. This 7-page fact sheet written by Jay Capasso, Lisa Krimsky, and Jehangir Bhadha and published by the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation provides a general overview of the function and structure of large-scale treatment wetlands and the services they provide.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fr419

Biology and Management of Doveweed (Murdannia nudiflora) in Ornamental Crop Production

Doveweed flower

Doveweed is a common warm-season annual weed in Florida landscapes, container nurseries, and other agricultural production systems. This new 5-page article is written for green industry professionals and others to aid in the identification and management of doveweed in and around ornamental plants. Preemergence and postemergence herbicides are covered, as well as basic information on doveweed biology and growth. Written by Yuvraj Khamare, Chris Marble, Nathan Boyd, and Shawn Steed, and published by the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep576

Identificacion del Estres Termico en Vacas Lecheras

Dairy cows being milked in a milking parlour at the Shenandoah Dairy Farm. Milking, milk production.

El estrés térmico ocurre cuando el calor producido por los procesos biológicos y el calor absorbido del ambiente excede la capacidad de la vaca para perder calor. This 2-page document is the Spanish version of AN356, Recognizing Heat Stress in Dairy Cows. Written by Izabella Toledo and Geoffrey Dahl, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences, October 2019.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/an358

Cetaceans 4th Grade Curriculum: Lesson 14: How Do Right Whales Communicate?

A boat off the coast of the Florida Keys. Photo taken 03/02/15.

This 3-page document is the fourteenth lesson in the Cetaceans 4th Grade Curriculum. It contains information that will help students learn how baleen whales use sound to communicate, and how human-created noise in the ocean may affect their ability to do so. Written by Maia Patterson McGuire and Ruth Francis-Floyd, and published by the UF/IFAS Veterinary Medicine–Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department, June 2019.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vm239

Cetaceans 4th Grade Curriculum: Lesson 17: How Can We Reduce Threats to North Atlantic Right Whales?

Fishing boat nets and rigging. Photo taken 10-24-16.

This 13-page document is the seventeenth lesson in the Cetaceans 4th Grade Curriculum. It contains information that will help students learn about ways to minimize ship strikes and whale entanglements. Written by Maia Patterson McGuire and Ruth Francis-Floyd, and published by the UF/IFAS Veterinary Medicine–Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department, June 2019.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vm242

Financial Risk in Off-Bottom Oyster Culture along Florida's West Coast

Raw oysters on ice. Oyster, shellfish, seafood, food safety. 2009 Annual Research Report photo by Tyler Jones.

This 10-page fact sheet written by Russel Dame, Leslie N. Sturmer, Charles M. Adams, Richard Weldon, and Kelly A. Grogan and published by the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department explains how to assess the risks involved with off-bottom oyster culture, a method allowing for growing oysters in mesh containers above the sea bottom where they are protected from predation and from becoming buried in sediment.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe1070

Cetaceans 4th Grade Curriculum: Lesson 10: Summarizing What We Know about Cetaceans

Hard at work on a laptop.

This 5-page document is the tenth lesson in the Cetaceans 4th Grade Curriculum. It contains information that will help students learn about different types of poetry and write poems to express what they know about whales and dolphins. Written by Maia Patterson McGuire and Ruth Francis-Floyd, and published by the UF/IFAS Veterinary Medicine–Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department, June 2019.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vm235

Cetaceans 4th Grade Curriculum: Lesson 18: Bringing It All Together

Hard at work on a laptop.

This 6-page document is the eighteenth lesson in the Cetaceans 4th Grade Curriculum. It contains information that will help students develop persuasive essays and corresponding presentations about North Atlantic right whales. Written by Maia Patterson McGuire and Ruth Francis-Floyd, and published by the UF/IFAS Veterinary Medicine–Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department, June 2019.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vm243

Cetaceans 4th Grade Curriculum: Lesson 15: Technology and North Atlantic Right Whales

A boat off the coast of the Florida Keys. Photo taken 03/02/15.

This 6-page document is the fifteenth lesson in the Cetaceans 4th Grade Curriculum. It contains information and activities that will help students learn the ways that technology is being used to study North Atlantic right whales. Written by Maia Patterson McGuire and Ruth Francis-Floyd, and published by the UF/IFAS Veterinary Medicine–Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department, June 2019.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vm240

Elongate Hemlock Scale, an Exotic Scale Insect Pest of Christmas Trees and Other Conifers

Uncut Christmas trees at tree farm in Florida Marisol Amador

Elongate hemlock scale, Fiorinia externa Ferris (Hemiptera: Diaspididae), is an armored scale insect native to Japan and eastern Asia. This insect was first documented in the United States in 1908 in Queens, NY, and has since spread throughout most of the eastern United States. Though the primary hosts of the pest, hemlocks and firs, do not occur in Florida, there are concerns that elongate hemlock scale coming into the region on cut Christmas trees may disperse and establish on conifers that do occur in Florida. Of specific interest are two endangered species, Florida torreya (Torreya taxiflora) and Florida yew (Taxus floridana), which are native to a small region in northwestern Florida. Also of concern are Florida forestry species, Florida Christmas tree species, and species used for ornamental plantings in Florida. What can Florida do to protect its native conifers and farmed trees from the elongate hemlock scale? Find out in this 5-page fact sheet written by Adam Dale, Travis Birdsell, and Jill Sidebottom and published by the UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology Department.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in1253

Cetaceans 4th Grade Curriculum: Lesson 5: Scientific Names: Understanding Where Those Funny Words Come from

Dolphin closeup.

This 7-page document is the fifth lesson in the Cetaceans 4th Grade Curriculum. It contains information and activities that will help students interpret the scientific names of certain whales and dolphins. Written by Maia Patterson McGuire and Ruth Francis-Floyd, and published by the UF/IFAS Veterinary Medicine–Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department, June 2019.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vm230

Economic Value of Florida Water Resources: Value of Freshwater-Based Recreational Experiences

Santa Fe River

This 8-page fact sheet written by Tatiana Borisova, Tara Wade, Xiang Bi, Kurt Oehlbeck, and Kelly Grogan and published by the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department is part 3 of the series ?Economic Value of Florida Water Resources.? It uses Florida-based economic studies to provide natural resource professionals and interested citizens with information regarding the value of water-based tourism and recreation in Florida.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe1067

School-Based 4-H Programming Series: Positive Youth Development (PYD) and Social Emotional Learning (SEL): How They Complement Each Other

Dina Liebowitz (white shirt) instructing 4-H youth in a shiitake mushroom making workshop at 4-H University. Photo taken 07-31-19.

Positive Youth Development (PYD) promotes building life skills, leadership, and relationships, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) promotes knowledge, responsibility, and caring. Just as 4-H uses PYD as a framework, so schools use SEL. A whole program approach with appropriate curriculum provide the skills necessary for youth to succeed. This new 5-page publication of the UF/IFAS 4-H Youth Development Program explores the complementary relationship between PYD and SEL in a school-based program setting. Written by Vanessa Spero-Swingle.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/4h404

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