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FWC Hosts First Statewide Nonnative Fish Catch

By on February 27th, 2015 | Last updated: February 27, 2015 at 3:18 pm

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hosts the first statewide nonnative fish catch. The contest was created to raise awareness and help reduce the growing population of invasive fish species in Florida’s waters.

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Siembra Farm Encourages Sustainability Through Local Community Food System

By on February 27th, 2015 | Last updated: February 27, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Local farm practices sustainable farming techniques through community supported agriculture. The University of Florida Office of Sustainability has been working with the farm to provide sustainable food options to the community.

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Hydroponic Farm Finds A Cleaner, More Natural Way To Grow Crops

By on February 19th, 2015 | Last updated: February 21, 2015 at 9:22 am

A farm that uses Blue Grotto Spring water is finding a cleaner and more natural way to grow produce through hydroponic farming, a method that grows plants without soil.

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Alachua County Approves Resolution In Support Of Statewide Ban On Fracking

By on February 16th, 2015 | Last updated: February 16, 2015 at 5:56 pm

The Alachua Board of County Commissioners approved two bills that could help keep the water supply safe. The resolution supports the statewide ban of fracking, which opponents say could contribute to underground water pollution.

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Cold Front Threatens Strawberry Crops

By and on February 13th, 2015 | Last updated: February 13, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Twenty minutes outside of Gainesville, farmer Roy Brown, runs the family-owned Brown’s Farm. Their 4-acre strawberry field was covered Thursday, as Brown prepared for a wind chill around 20 degrees.

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Gainesville Regional Utilities Customers Pay More To Use Less

By on February 4th, 2015 | Last updated: February 4, 2015 at 11:30 am

Gainesville residents using less energy means generating less money for Gainesville services such as police and parks. To offset the loss, the average bill for a GRU customer increased about $6 in October, resulting in the second highest ranked residential bill in the state.

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Florida Forever Program Confirms 2015 Priority List

By on December 22nd, 2014 | Last updated: December 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm

The Florida Forever Program, a land acquisition program, hopes to obtain 119 new properties, many of which located in North Central Florida. The lands are assessed based on several criteria to determine their environmental value.

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Historic Orange Grove’s Fate Undecided

By on December 21st, 2014 | Last updated: December 19, 2014 at 5:46 pm

The historic Carney Island orange grove has switched caretakers’ hands many times, but the Marion County Board of Commissioners now must face a decision on its future owners and use.

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Solution Found For Disease Threatening Avocado Production

By on December 5th, 2014 | Last updated: December 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm

UF Researchers and researchers from the Tropical Research and Education Center, USDA and the Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce have found an alternate way to control the spread of Laurel wilt, a disease that threatens Florida’s avocado industry.

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Cigarette Receptacles Making Impact Downtown

By on November 13th, 2014 | Last updated: November 13, 2014 at 5:26 pm

The local Cigarette Litter Prevention Program is seeing success after the installation of more than two dozen cigarette receptacles in the downtown area. The program hopes to expand into midtown, despite vandalization by the homeless.

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