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Category: Agriculture

Brazilian Peppertree, Hemp Among Top UF/IFAS Stories for 2019

A year of impactful teaching, research and outreach meant UF/IFAS was frequently in the headlines in 2019. Here is a round-up of some of the biggest stories from this year. Brazilian peppertree Brazilian peppertree is an invasive plant… Read More

New Precision Ag Facility Adds to UF/IFAS Arsenal to Fight Pests, Diseases

In a new, 8,500-square-foot building at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, weed scientist Nathan Boyd uses images of weeds to train computers to identify them. Those pictures can be used to help growers know when,… Read More

UF Graduates First Class of Food and Resource Economics Students from Plant City

With an interest in marketing and a goal to eventually start her own cattle business, Marlena Moore searched for a college degree program that would allow her to meld those two aspirations together while staying near her hometown… Read More

New ‘Identification of Weeds in Florida Citrus’ Guide Available Now

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The UF/IFAS Extension bookstore has released an updated version of “Identification of Weeds in Florida Citrus,” a pocket-sized quick reference guide to weeds commonly observed throughout the state that may be frequently found in citrus… Read More

Interest in UF/IFAS Hops Experiment Grows

BALM, Fla. — Tampa Bay microbreweries have a hankering for hops, and some see a University of Florida experimental farm as a source for the crop that will help quench their customers’ thirsts. Several Tampa Bay area breweries… 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

UF/IFAS Scientists Generating Recipe for Growing Vanilla in South Florida

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – A tablespoon of vanilla goes a long way. As a key spice in baking, the intoxicating aromatic bean that reminds folks of delicious holiday desserts has a variety of uses throughout the year. As a… Read More

Shop Florida-grown gifts this holiday season

While you can’t bottle up and send the Florida sunshine to friends and family this holiday season, shop local Saturday and send some other tasty and beautiful Florida-grown items. Citrus is the traditional Florida-grown gift to send to… Read More

Researching the Next Niche Crop in South Florida: New Breeds of Pumpkins, Calabazas Making Headway

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Shultz yielded popularity to an almighty pumpkin in the 1966 animated TV Special “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” Today, pumpkin popularity for holiday decor, healthy snacking, and scrumptious recipes during… Read More

There’s Plenty to See, Do, Learn: UF Open House on Dec. 4 Invites Community to Engage with Science

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is committed to discovering science-based solutions that make tangible positive impacts on the lives of people worldwide. On December 4, the South Florida community… Read More