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Category: Agriculture

UF/IFAS RCREC Graduate Student Highlight: Wes Anderson

By: Bethany Wight, Biologist UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center Wesley “Wes” Anderson was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and raised in Lancaster County where he graduated from Cocalico Senior High School in 2005. Lancaster is the heart… Read More

Vaccine for virus lethal to deer shows promise

A viral disease that impacts deer around the country can be devastating, but a vaccine shows promise for the $8 billion per year deer farming industry. The disease, epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus, or EHDV, is the leading cause… Read More

Understanding Animal Welfare Through Behavior

Animal welfare within the food and agriculture industries has become increasingly important to consumers. For animal researchers like Emily Miller-Cushon, Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior in the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences, studying animal welfare has been her… Read More

New blueberry variety honors benefactor and UF alumnus Alto Straughn

When Patricio Muñoz developed the University of Florida’s newest blueberry variety, he wanted to name the fruit in honor of Alto Straughn, a longtime, strong supporter of UF’s blueberry breeding program. “A ‘sentinel’ is a watcher or guardian,”… Read More

CALS Alumnus Highlight: Jonathan Heavner

Agricultural educator Jonathan Heavner is a 2017 graduate of the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication. He is currently working at Braden River High School. What brought you to CALS and your department? What first sparked your… Read More

CALS Alumna Highlight: Farrah Johnson

As a 7th grade student Farrah Johnson earned her spot on the FFA parliamentary procedure team over two older students. This sparked her interest in FFA and agricultural education. Soon after, she decided she wanted to be an… Read More

CALS Alumna Highlight: Valerie Sledd

University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumna Valerie (McKee) Sledd earned her undergraduate degree from the Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC) Department in 2014 and her Ph.D. from the Department in 2019. She is currently… Read More

Bats- Scary or Awesome?

Note:  All images were taken before 2020 as masks were not required before spring of this year. The blood-sucking vampire bat stereotype of movie lore is not so scary in real life.  In fact, the vampire bat does… Read More