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New Extension agent builds on legacy of those before her

By Ruth Borger LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — When you meet Ajia Paolillo, you might think that everything old is new again. That’s because Paolillo, the new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension citrus agent… Read More

Blueberry growers can use updated, UF/IFAS web-based tool to fight fungus

Instead of spraying every two or three weeks, Florida blueberry growers can use an updated web-based tool to fight anthracnose fruit rot (AFR) with more precision, thanks to work by UF/IFAS experts. Blueberries grow throughout much of Florida… Read More

New Website is All About Harmful Algal Blooms

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has unveiled a new website to address the public’s confusion surrounding harmful algal blooms (HABs) – the causes of such events, effects and attempts to combat future blooms. Scientists from several departments… Read More

Peanut Butter Challenge Back on Track After Hurricane Michael Recovery

Last year’s UF/IFAS Extension Peanut Butter Challenge was just getting started when Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle. As the communities dealt with the aftermath and UF/IFAS Extension offices became collection points for all varieties of donations, the… Read More

New guide helps charter captains navigate regulations

By Rhett Register GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Running a guide business in Florida involves more than leading clients to fish. It also means steering through the complicated world of licenses, permits and safety regulations. Recently, Betty Staugler, a UF/IFAS… Read More

From the ‘Garden Bench’: Pomegranate

Growing a Pomegranate Tree By: Joy Derksen, Master Gardener Volunteer 2004 Come the holidays and I think of the pomegranate tree. Dressed up for the holidays with a quantity of ornament-like fruits hanging on the edges of the… Read More

Long UF/IFAS Tradition: Citrus Growers Can Call for Frost Protection Information

Just one freeze could cripple much of Florida’s citrus crop. It happened 30 years ago. Chris Oswalt, a multi-county commercial citrus agent  for UF/IFAS Extension, remembers the frost-bitten evenings. Christmas 1983, January 1985 and Christmas 1989 marked three… Read More

Home Gardeners Continue to Seek Advice on EDIS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Only one new title joined this year’s top-10 UF/IFAS Extension EDIS publications, and like five others making the list, it appeals to horticulture interests. In all, the Electronic Data Information Source saw 4.6 million visits… Read More

Graduate Student Highlight: Mackenzie Bell

By Katie Ray, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) Intern Originally from Palm Desert in southern California, Mackenzie Bell is a graduate research assistant at the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. Mackenzie’s thesis surrounds improving Brazilian Peppertree… Read More