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Hurricane Heroes: Nicole Walker

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Nicole Walker, director of UF/IFAS Extension Polk County and associate director of the UF/IFAS Extension Southwest District: Even though it’s inland, Polk County has seen its share of damage from hurricanes and tropical storms over… Read More

Timmmberrr! … UF experts try to take subjectivity out of tree-falling assessments

In the eye of hurricane season, you need hardy trees that can withstand the strong winds that come with the storms – and which can topple trees. That’s why University of Florida tree scientists Ryan… Read More

As peach harvest begins, UF scientists find rootstocks that survive flooding

As you bite into a peach, remember farmers are harvesting the fruit this month and next in Florida. Those growers and University of Florida scientists are always concerned about flooding because it can damage peach… 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

Economists estimate $55-100M hit to Florida agriculture due to Hurricane Sally

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The combination of crops, livestock and aquaculture products lost as a result of Hurricane Sally will likely be valued between $55 million and $100 million, University of Florida economists predict. The estimate… Read More

At stake in Sally’s wake: $400 million in Florida Panhandle agricultural products

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As slow-moving Hurricane Sally approached the Gulf Coast – eventually making landfall as a category 2 storm near Gulf Shores, Alabama, early Wednesday morning – its bands enveloped most of the Florida Panhandle. But like… Read More

Mental health during hurricane season

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You have seen the memes that joke about how hurricanes don’t phase Floridians, but in reality, these storms can bring a lot of stress and uncertainty. Heidi Radunovich, a UF/IFAS psychologist, shares tips and tools… Read More

Eight Months Later, Reflecting on Hurricane Michael and UF/IFAS Extension’s Role in Recovery

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As each June brings a new hurricane season, the people of Florida begin to ready themselves for any storm that may target the state’s shorelines. Fresh in the minds of many this… Read More

New UF/IFAS Crop-Damage Assessment System Will Speed Reporting After Disasters

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the wake of Hurricane Irma, economists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences realized that their UF/IFAS Extension colleagues needed a better system for reporting damages and… Read More