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Homeowners and Educators Honored at First Florida-Friendly Landscaping Awards

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The first-ever Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) Awards Celebration, held Oct. 20, recognized leaders in applying the program’s principles and in educating others on the program. The awards were divided into two categories: seven landscape awards, which… 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

Tips for eating well during holiday travel

Holiday travel can make selecting healthy meals and snacks a challenge. UF/IFAS Extension shares some tips that can help you stay on track. “When we talk about making healthy food choices in general, we always want to practice… 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

Breaking Down Biodegradable: UF Scientist Creates Guide to Bioplastics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The term “bioplastics” describes plastics made of a biological source, as opposed to traditional plastics made of petroleum. But as products using bioplastics increasingly become fixtures on store shelves, consumers may not understand the various… Read More

Ruppert Receives Florida Climate Institute Award

By Rhett Register GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Thomas Ruppert, UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant coastal planning specialist, was recently named a 2019 Florida Climate Institute Faculty Fellow for his work helping coastal communities understand the legal and financial implications of… Read More

UF Study: Wildflowers on Golf Courses Help Pollinators, Save Resources

A new study from the University of Florida/IFAS shows that planting wildflowers on golf courses not only benefits pollinating insects but also saves time and resources. “Putting wildflowers on golf courses to help pollinators isn’t a new idea…. Read More

2020 Plant Trends Head Off the Beaten Garden Path

Expect to see more eco-conscious and unconventional plants in homes and gardens for 2020, according to horticultural experts with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Below are some of the hottest trends to look… Read More

Taller, Higher Soil Bed Design Can Help Save Farmers Thousands of Dollars

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — From Florida to Virginia, farmers are enjoying the fruits of Sanjay Shukla’s labor. His compact-bed geometry system allows growers to plant crops in tall soil beds, and the result is thousands of dollars in annual… Read More

Make Your Holidays ‘Green’

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As holiday preparations begin, University of Florida experts say there are plenty of ways for people to incorporate environmental considerations into their plans. Decorations There are pros and cons to both sides of the real-versus-artificial… Read More