Category: Agriculture

UF/IFAS CALS student places first in international graduate student competition

APOPKA, Fla. – Debalina Saha, an environmental horticulture graduate assistant at the University of Florida, has always wanted to study how different mulches and herbicides affect weed growth. Her tenacity has paid off: Saha placed first in the… Read More

UF/IFAS CALS to offer food and resource economics major in Plant City beginning January 2018

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Nathan Cox has worked in the landscaping and lawn maintenance industry in Riverview, Florida, since high school. Six months ago, he began his own landscaping and irrigation company while finishing his associate’s degree at Hillsborough… Read More

Volunteers travel hundreds of miles to rebuild 4-H farms hit by Irma

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After Hurricane Irma swept through south Florida, Jeramy Smith, 4-H agent for UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County, jumped in his car to survey damage at the three agricultural learning sites used by the county’s 4-H youth… Read More

UF researcher: Controlled fires don’t eliminate invasive tree

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers have, in the past, reintroduced fire to restore a forest without considering its effect on exotic species that have become invasive. But a recent study by a University of Florida researcher shows that fire… Read More

UF partners with international organization to combat food insecurity in Africa

DES MOINES, Iowa – The University of Florida and a leading Africa-based international research institute are bringing their scientists together to speed the science of fighting hunger, poverty, and pollution. The UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences… Read More

Green industry contributes more than $20B to Florida economy, up 19 percent from 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s environmental horticulture industry is recovering from the recession of 2007 to 2009, and it is growing in many sectors, with $21.8 billion in annual economic contributions. This is an increase of 19.2 percent from… Read More

UF/IFAS’ top-ranked College of Agricultural and Life Sciences sees record enrollment

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The enrollment of the University of Florida IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) has continued to trend upward over the last several years, resulting in the college’s largest enrollment to date – 6,167… Read More

UF offers free invasive plants tool kit for teachers nationwide

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Science and agriculture teachers across the nation now have a new tool to teach students about invasive plants, thanks to researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The Florida Invasive… Read More

UF researcher identifies new invasive ant in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have discovered a new invasive ant species in south Florida that can have dire consequences for homeowners and for surrounding ecosystems. The yellow ant, Plagiolepis… Read More

4-H youth win college scholarships for grilling flair

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The smell of cooking meat wafted through the covered patio at the UF/IFAS Extension Straughn Professional Development Center last Saturday as 30 youth crouched over charcoal grills, brushing on glazes and checking internal temperatures. Meanwhile,… Read More