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Is this poisonous? For UF mushroom expert, COVID-19 means more concerned calls, texts

Above: Lactarius paradoxus or ‘milky cap’ mushrooms gathered by Matt Smith in the Gainesville area. While this particular species is edible, there are mushrooms that look similar that are not edible, which is why Smith urges caution. “If… Read More

Florida’s agriculture, marine industries report effects of COVID-19 restrictions

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida economists now have a baseline understanding of ways the pandemic has affected the agriculture, aquaculture and marine sectors of Florida’s economy. According to Christa Court, who led a monthlong survey effort along… 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

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

All dressed up and nowhere to go, floral industry takes hit due to COVID-19

With virtually every large gathering across the country canceled due to COVID-19, cut-foliage growers had nowhere to send their product, greenery used to decorate and accent bouquets. But Sunday is Mother’s Day, and some will buy flowers for… Read More

Preliminary reports in COVID-19 impact survey show effects vary by industry

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As University of Florida economists cross the halfway point in their surveys of Florida’s agriculture and marine industries related to the impacts of COVID-19, initial reports indicate that impacts vary widely across industry types in… Read More

With Extension connections – alternative markets taking shape

SOUTHEAST FLORIDA – Thanks to some creative thinking among UF/IFAS Extension agents and community partners throughout the state, alternatives to organic, green and farmers markets are creating business traction on behalf of growers and local food producers. In… 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

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 surveys to identify impact of pandemic on Florida’s agriculture and marine industries

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With agriculture and marine industries occupying a large portion of Florida’s economy, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) wants to better understand how measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19… Read More