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Vaccine for virus lethal to deer shows promise

Researcher collects insect samples off of a deer.

A viral disease that impacts deer around the country can be devastating, but a vaccine shows promise for the $8 billion per year deer farming industry. The disease, epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus, or EHDV, is… Read More

Blue-green algal blooms polluting your ponds? UF/IFAS scientists empower communities with resources

blue green algae

For decades, stormwater ponds have served master-planned communities and commerce parks with environmental and aesthetic benefits. In some cases, these same stormwater ponds, have developed excessive amounts of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, blooming… Read More

Newly banned beach weed threatens sea turtle nesting sites

With this year’s sea turtle nesting season nearing its conclusion in Florida, many of the protected species’ newest hatchlings have completed their first big journey from their sandy nests to the water. But a crawling… Read More

Lynnette Jean Named Family Nutrition Program Associate Director

By Stella Harbilas Lynnette Jean has been named the new associate director for the UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program. She began her official duties July 10, 2020 “My focus in leading the Family Nutrition Program is on leveraging our… Read More

Jamie Ellis, director of UF/IFAS honey bee lab, wins national Excellence in Extension award

awards and recognitions

Recognizing visionary leadership and diversity in educational programming, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Cooperative Extension, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced that Jamie… Read More

Florida Sea Grant, DOH launch outreach to help dog owners protect pets from becoming a blue-green algae fatality statistic

Some dogs love to swim in the water, and some may even take a bite from fish they locate floating on the water’s surface. The danger comes when dogs are exposed to waters with blue-green… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension works with FDACS to help farmworkers stay safe from COVID

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By Lourdes Rodriguez and Brad Buck UF/IFAS Extension experts are communicating with agricultural workers to connect them with COVID-19 free testing, safety information and training – a role they have been serving throughout the pandemic.   UF/IFAS Extension agents are partnering with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer… Read More

Homeowner’s Handbook updated to prepare Florida residents for disasters

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Hurricanes and natural disasters are nothing new to Floridians, but we are in uncharted territory when we try to manage disasters during a pandemic. That makes making planning for disasters paramount. The second edition of… Read More