October 28, 2013
The Alachua County Fair has come and gone for another year. Volunteers from FDACS-DPI spent quite a few hours manning our fair display and chatting with fairgoers about our work to detect, intercept and control plant and honey bee pests that threaten Florida’s native plant and agricultural resources.
One of the FDACS-DPI projects on display included the air potato beetle we are rearing and distributing around the state. The beetle attacks only the air potato vine, which is an invasive plant commonly encountered in Alachua County. The beneficial beetles have been released in the county and some attendees told us they have observed them muching away on air potato vines in their neighborhoods in northwest Gainesville.
Wacky Wednesday came with a Halloween theme when this office temp made a brief appearance in our Apiary section.
We expect ghosts, ghouls and other spooks will continue to haunt our halls this week, culminating in the annual chili cookoff and costume competition that takes place at noon Thursday at our Gainesville headquarters, organized to raise donations for the Florida State Employees Charitable Campaign.
Happy Halloween, Y’all.