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Meet your interim DeSoto County agricultural Extension agent

ARCADIA, Fla. — For many years, Sarah Bostick worked on farms. Now, she brings science-based information to agricultural producers in two counties, including DeSoto. In addition to her role as the sustainable agricultural agent for UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota… Read More

Is indoor farming a solution? UF/IFAS scientists explain

DAVIE, Fla. – At one time, the concept of vegetables growing inside a temperature-controlled facility where LED lights and advanced technology set the pace for year-round harvesting, promoted photosynthesis and water use efficiency, and required no pesticides, was… Read More

UF/IFAS appoints interim director of Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center to support team’s urban initiatives, successes

DAVIE, Fla. – Jack Rechcigl has been appointed as interim Center Director of the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center (UF/IFAS FLREC) On May 12, Rechcigl stepped in to oversee the operations and research at the UF/IFAS… Read More

Pesticide license testing resumes starting May 18

Due to COVID-19, all pesticide license testing in Florida was suspended for more than six weeks. Now that the state has started to reactivate services, testing will resume at select UF/IFAS Extension offices on May 18. Not all… Read More

Coming attraction: Florida finger limes could be a new addition to your grocery citrus aisle

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — Sweet oranges. Ruby red grapefruit. Sugar Belle mandarins. When one thinks of Florida citrus, these fruits immediately come to mind. But finger limes? A University of Florida Institute of Food and… Read More

Are you ‘positive’ you want to conserve water?

PLANT CITY, Fla. — As Americans collectively use billions of gallons of water each day, social scientists are taking a holistic approach to figure out what motivates people to save this precious commodity. For example, UF/IFAS assistant professor… Read More

Can’t sew a face mask? A local 4-H member might have you covered

As part of the 4-H pledge, members commit their hands to larger service. In the time of COVID-19, that looks like hands busy sewing face masks and other supplies for communities across Florida. In at least 18 counties,… Read More

UF/IFAS faculty co-launch virtual conference for supporters of early-career agriculture teachers

By Jarred Shellhouse Supporters of early-career agriculture teachers across the United States are encouraged to register for a new digital conference hosted by the University of Florida department of agricultural education and communication and the Ohio FFA Association…. Read More

UF researchers to investigate socioeconomic impacts of algal blooms

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is among the awardees of a grant that aims to discover the aftermath, both socially and economically, of Florida’s prolonged red tide event of 2017-19. The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists on the lookout for Argentine tegus, Nile monitors, seeking assistance from south Florida residents

DAVIE, Fla. – Nile monitors and Argentine giant tegus are predatory lizards that are an immediate threat to the Greater Everglades ecosystems. UF/IFAS scientists are looking to engage residents in south Florida currently in extended stay-at-home orders to… Read More