Category: Agribusiness

UF Research Center Celebrates 50 Years of Keeping Central Florida Green

APOPKA, Fla. – Few residents may think of the University of Florida and a team of researchers when they look at their trees, shrubs, or vegetable gardens. But, UF scientists’ research on pests, urban landscaping and local food… Read More

UF Student Helps Design Corn Maze at Local Farm

By Kim Scotto PLANT CITY, Fla. – Farmers and ranchers across Florida are fighting lack of consumer education on food systems by opening their properties to the public in a practice called agritourism. Agritourism allows non-farming folks to… Read More

UF Plant Clinic First Line of Defense for Growers, Landscapers, Homeowners

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The homeowner has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a new, high-end home in an expensive subdivision. But the white colonial was covered in tiny black spores. Lynn Griffith, a horticultural consultant and expert… Read More

UF Researcher to Study Migration Trends, Health of Emerging Farm Workers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – As the University of Florida IFAS Extension director for Hendry County, Gene McAvoy has seen firsthand a sea change in the types of workers now coming to the United States to work on farms. “It… Read More

New UF/IFAS Crop-Damage Assessment System Will Speed Reporting After Disasters

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the wake of Hurricane Irma, economists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences realized that their UF/IFAS Extension colleagues needed a better system for reporting damages and losses suffered by… Read More

UF/IFAS a Trusted Source of Information

By Ashley McLeod, AshleynMcleod@ufl.edu, 352-273-0793 GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida’s county commissioners look to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) for reliable agricultural-related information, according to a recent study. In May 2018, the UF/IFAS… Read More

UF Hosts Hemp Workshops for Growers, Industry in August

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is taking the first step to introduce industrial hemp to growers and industry across the state. The UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project will host a… Read More

UF/IFAS Experts: Skip the Roses and Go Straight for the Orchids on Mother’s Day

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — What’s better than roses on Mother’s day? Orchids, which are easier to take care of and can last for years, according to University of Florida experts. Wagner Vendrame, a professor of environmental horticulture at the… Read More

UF Leads Trend to Open Food Businesses with Workshops

FELLSMERE, Fla. – Kimberly and George Vecchio wanted to reinvent their 20-acre farm near Vero Beach from mostly animals to produce so they could start a food business. Though George had been a gourmet chef for more than… Read More