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Category: Food Safety

Victory gardens: How UF helped communities grow during the pandemic and beyond

COVID-19 brought national food supply-chain disruptions, increased pressure on food banks and struggle for families across the country. The statewide UF/IFAS Extension victory garden program began as an effort to empower those in need to grow their own… Read More

Water Wednesday Recap – Emergency Water Supplies

The Atlantic hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30.  NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season.  Forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season,… Read More

Fish of Florida: Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) Species Profile

Northern Red Snapper, Lutjanus campechanus Florida State Record: 46 lbs 8 oz, Destin 1985 IGFA World Record: 50 lbs 4 oz, Louisiana 1996 For most current red snapper regulations please check out this the FWC snapper page, Gulf… Read More

Food Allergies and Food Allergens: Focus on Sesame

Many Americans have food allergies and are affected by food allergens when a specific food is eaten. Food allergies occur when the body’s immune system reacts to certain proteins in food. Food allergies are a growing food safety… Read More

Disaster preparedness: consider shelf-stable food safety

As you know, our official storm/hurricane season starts June 1. Have you begun to prepare? A good first step is to look in your pantry for shelf-stable foods. Of course, what IS a shelf-stable food? And, how does… Read More

Video: Growing and Saving Blackberries

Blackberries are one of the easiest fruiting crops to grow in the North Florida garden. Fruits mature during the month of May and early June. If you don’t plan to eat your blackberries fresh, learn some quick tips… Read More

New UF research sets stage for development of salmonella vaccine

Worldwide, there are more than 95 million salmonella infections each year, with 1.35 million occurring in the United States. There is no effective human vaccine for this common germ. Researchers with the University of Florida have developed a… Read More

Providing science-based programming to schools

By Dr. Katherine Clements, Sophia Moundous, Sarah Davis, Lee Hayes Byron, and contributors from all program areas UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County provides many opportunities for educational programming – not only for adults in our community, but also for… Read More