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Cottage industry expo for local food entrepreneurs

Jars of honey

Have you ever dreamed of selling your own cheese or marketing your grandmother’s jam recipe? Budding entrepreneurs are invited to the first annual Tampa Bay Cottage Industry Expo to hear experts from the University of Florida Institute of… Read More

New director of UF/IFAS Extension south central district

Rear view of McCarty Hall D on the University of Florida campus

Brenda Rogers has been named director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension south central district. This district encompasses 11 Florida counties in southwestern Florida, from Pasco County in the north down to… Read More

Five tips to reduce mosquitoes around your home

Plants such as bromeliads, pictured here, can catch water in their leaves and become breeding areas for mosquitoes. DeValerio recommends flushing these plants out every two to three days.

During Florida’s wet summers, your backyard or patio area can easily become a breeding area for container mosquitoes, said Jim DeValerio, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension horticulture agent. Though there are no… Read More

Kids get hooked on science at UF/IFAS Gulf Coast REC

Student looking through a microscope

To the naked eye, a spider mite isn’t much to look at, but when a group of second graders huddles around one of Hugh Smith’s microscopes, they see more than just a bug. “They see a tiny monster… Read More

Five tips for keeping your beach clean this summer

People visiting a St. Augustine beach

Maia McGuire was leading middle-schoolers on a local beach clean-up when she noticed a cluster of deflated balloons on the sand. It’s not unusual to find balloons on the beach, McGuire said, but these were different: Each balloon… Read More

Zika Challenge

Jim Davis is studying hard for his public health pest control license exam. In the past, getting this license wouldn’t be a usual part of his job. But with the recent public concern about the mosquito-borne Zika virus,… Read More