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After summer rains, look for this giant mushroom in backyards, parking lots

Summer is here in Florida, and that means one thing for fungi identification expert Matt Smith. “More mushrooms, and more questions about mushrooms,” said Smith, an associate professor of plant pathology at UF/IFAS. The rainy summer months are… Read More

Animal sciences graduate creates resources for horse owners during COVID-19

When Aly Morrison was approached about creating national resources for horse owners on essential equine care and personal preparedness plans during the initial outbreak of COVID-19, she immediately offered her design skills and talents. Since October 2019, Morrison,… Read More

Animal sciences graduate shares how extracurriculars led to her career path

During her time as a member of the National FFA Organization through middle and high school, Shelby Bundy learned about the variety of careers in agriculture. After showing livestock at local fairs, Shelby became interested in the animal… Read More

UF/IFAS CALS offers new environmental microbiology graduate certificate

Typically, we hear of microscopic organisms causing problems, such as harmful algal blooms in Florida. But what if we could harness these creatures for good, such as using tiny organisms that thrive in environments with increased sun exposure… Read More

UF/IFAS appoints interim director of Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center to support team’s urban initiatives, successes

DAVIE, Fla. – Jack Rechcigl has been appointed as interim Center Director of the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center (UF/IFAS FLREC) On May 12, Rechcigl stepped in to oversee the operations and research at the UF/IFAS… Read More

UF/IFAS faculty co-launch virtual conference for supporters of early-career agriculture teachers

By Jarred Shellhouse Supporters of early-career agriculture teachers across the United States are encouraged to register for a new digital conference hosted by the University of Florida department of agricultural education and communication and the Ohio FFA Association…. Read More

International student earns doctoral degree to help develop Iraqi horticultural education curriculum

Horticulture is in Kawther Al-Jasim’s DNA. Her mother and father had a farm and always discussed how to care for their trees. “I believe hearing this kind of conversation makes me attached to the plants,” Kawther said. “I… Read More

CALS alumna leads 2020 spring graduate to family, youth and community sciences major

An encounter with a family, youth and community sciences (FYCS) alumna led Merari Flores Saldana to the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). While working as a volunteer one summer, Merari asked one of the employees… Read More

UF develops online graduate certificate to help K-12 schools address Florida’s agriscience teacher shortage

Across the nation, schools are experiencing an agriscience teacher shortage. Agriscience teachers educate middle and high school students through applied STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) lab and classroom techniques, specifically using animal science, plant science and food science… Read More

Spring 2020 Graduation Feature: High School Mentor Leads Student to Pursue Agricultural Education Career

After enrolling in an agriculture course her freshman year of high school, Heather Yoder saw her teacher, Mrs. Everett, as a role model and the reason she majored in an agricultural education and communication at the University of… Read More