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  • Plant a Palm

    Palms provide that tropical look to the landscape while adding to your property value. Most palms are well adapted to our soils and require minimum care to establish and maintain. Factors to consider when selecting a palm include eventual mature size, single or multi trunked and feather or fan shap...

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  • Loblolly Bay - A Florida Native Tree

    Residents are planting more native trees, shrubs and ground covers into their home landscape. Florida native plants can withstand the stresses of South Florida temperatures, rainfall, insects and diseases. The right native plant, planted into the right location often require less maintenance than ...

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  • "Before You Tie The Knot" Marriage Preparation Class

    Before You Tie the Knot (BYTK) is a research-based premarital education program designed to offer constructive guidance to couples as they begin their lives as a married couple. The program aims to help couples understand that it takes both partners working together to make a marriage successful. T...

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  • Chocolate - The Cocoa Tree

    Our ever increasing warm tropical climate is helping gardeners to grow Cocoa, the chocolate bean tree. Cocoa-(Theobroma cacao) is an ancient crop, grown and harvested for thousands of years by native Central and South Americans. Cocoa trees can grow up to 25 ft and must be planted into a partially ...

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  • Our State Butterfly - Zebra Longwing

    Florida is home for more than 180 species of butterflies. Our state butterfly is the Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charitonius)....

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  • Valuable Mangroves

    Mangroves play an extremely important role in maintaining the quality and productivity of coastal waters....

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  • Fragrant Summer Landscape Tradition

    A southern landscape tradition, Magnolia grandiflora is an American native tree. ...

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  • New Whitefly Threat in Palm Beach County

    The silverleaf whitefly Q-Biotype is now here in Palm Beach County....

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  • Tropical Fruits Make Summer Sweet

    Tropical Fruit can be a great addition to your diet and if home grown can assist with family food expenses. ...

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  • Pepper Variety Evaluation

    Fall Pepper Variety Evaluation....

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  • Trimming Your Hedges

    Trimming hedges properly is key to beautiful, full and healthy long-lived shrubs....

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  • Zika Mosquito-Transmitted Virus

    The Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted disease that is causing concern in Florida and around the world....

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  • Fragrant Plants

    My mother-in-law had a mantra, ‘take time to smell the roses’. It is a good thing, to be able to walk out into your backyard and smell fragrant flowers....

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  • New! 2016 Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Revisions Information Web Page

    The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) applies to farm, forest, nursery and, greenhouse operations that produce agricultural plants....

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  • New! Sugar Cane Mosaic Virus on Floratam St. Augustinegrass

    Sugarcane Mosaic Virus (SCMV) on Floratam St. Augustinegrass was identified via laboratory analysis in Palm Beach County in November 2014....

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  • Palm Pruning Caution

    University of Florida research scientists are advising our landscape maintenance community to sterilize their pruning tools before and after they trim their Canary Island Date Palms-Phoenix canariensis to avoid spreading a deadly disease. ...

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  • Millipede Invasion!

    You may have noticed large numbers of millipedes seemingly invading homes and businesses this year. These dark, rounded, worm-like looking creatures often curl up into a coil when disturbed....

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  • Cattle Identification

    The Cattle Identification Rule (Chapter 5C-31, Florida Administrative Code) has been published with an effective date of September 4, 2014....

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 Contact Us

Ronald Rice
Cooperative Extension Director

The Clayton E. Hutcheson
Agricultural Services Center
559 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach
Florida 33415

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