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All dressed up and nowhere to go, floral industry takes hit due to COVID-19

With virtually every large gathering across the country canceled due to COVID-19, cut-foliage growers had nowhere to send their product, greenery used to decorate and accent bouquets. But Sunday is Mother’s Day, and some will buy flowers for… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists help national team breed better pomegranates

BALM, Fla. — You can enjoy pomegranates in myriad ways. You can toss them in salads, sprinkle their seeds on yogurt or oatmeal or add them to smoothies. When you consume pomegranates, you’ll savor their sweet and sour… Read More

Preliminary reports in COVID-19 impact survey show effects vary by industry

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As University of Florida economists cross the halfway point in their surveys of Florida’s agriculture and marine industries related to the impacts of COVID-19, initial reports indicate that impacts vary widely across industry types in… Read More

With Extension connections – alternative markets taking shape

SOUTHEAST FLORIDA – Thanks to some creative thinking among UF/IFAS Extension agents and community partners throughout the state, alternatives to organic, green and farmers markets are creating business traction on behalf of growers and local food producers. In… Read More

In Florida two invasive termite species are mating due to sex pheromone confusion

DAVIE, Fla. – When species exhibit unexpected mating behaviors, it begs the critical question as to why. A study published back in 2015 by UF/IFAS researchers reported unusual mating behaviors between two invasive termite species in Florida known… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension helps develop campaign to connect Southwest Florida consumers, growers

NAPLES, Fla. – Southwest Florida’s farmers want you to eat their produce, and many consumers crave locally grown food. To meet those desires, a UF/IFAS Extension agent is helping launch a new marketing campaign to urge consumers to… Read More

Updated citrus nutrition guide helps growers deal with greening

Florida citrus growers hit hard by the citrus greening disease can benefit from UF/IFAS expertise in an updated book — the third edition of the Nutrition of Florida Citrus Trees. Greening, known scientifically as huanglongbing (HLB) has caused… Read More

4-H hatches virtual learning ‘egg-sperience’ at Palm Beach schools

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – Fluffy yellow chicks are typically crowd pleasers, especially with young children and teachers. For almost a decade, hundreds of chicks have been the featured attraction in a popular 4-H educational program known as… Read More

Hands to harvest, food system challenges during COVID-19

With disruptions to our food system at nearly every level, food banks need community support. UF/IFAS Extension Lake County donated 64 pounds of fresh produce to the Lake Cares food pantry this week, with more to come. “The… Read More

COVID-19 response: New UF/IFAS web page to give tips on home-grown food

For some, few activities beat the satisfaction of growing food at home. They find it fascinating to pull peas from pods, which in turn satisfies a need to create something from soil, water, seeds and sun. With the… Read More