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Hands to harvest, food system challenges during COVID-19

With disruptions to our food system at nearly every level, food banks need community support. UF/IFAS Extension Lake County donated 64 pounds of fresh produce to the Lake Cares food pantry this week, with more to come. “The… Read More

COVID-19 response: New UF/IFAS web page to give tips on home-grown food

For some, few activities beat the satisfaction of growing food at home. They find it fascinating to pull peas from pods, which in turn satisfies a need to create something from soil, water, seeds and sun. With the… Read More

Let’s Walk Florida to address community wellness for all

Let’s Walk Florida will stretch statewide in May to address community wellness across diverse communities. The free, virtual UF/IFAS Extension program helps Floridians achieve their health and wellness goals through physical activity. Let’s Walk Florida was originally scheduled… Read More

UF weather alert website for farms now mobile-friendly, among other updates

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN), a University of Florida-operated service aiding agricultural decision-makers statewide since 1997, just relaunched its website with a new look and additional user-focused features. “Our main goal in revamping the… 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

Florida 4-H pen pal program goes national

This seems like a lost art: Writing a letter using a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper. Florida 4-H youth and many of their counterparts are using this method to communicate to friends. They put it… Read More

UF/IFAS names new director for Range Cattle Research and Education Center

ONA, Fla. — As a child working and living on the family farm, Brent Sellers took on the nickname, “Weedhopper,” because an acquaintance said he was always jumping around in the weeds. “Who knew at age 5 or… Read More

UF/IFAS Spotlights: Jackie Burns the First and Only Woman to be Named UF/IFAS Dean of Research

Jackie Burns, a University of Florida professor emeritus, was the first and only woman to be named UF/IFAS dean of research, a position she held from 2014 until her retirement in January 2019. A trailblazer in more than… Read More

UF/IFAS faculty and Extension agents working hard to deliver for the citrus industry

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla., — While the scenery may have changed, the work remains the same for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences citrus faculty and Extension agents. “The coronavirus pandemic has… Read More