Tag: News

Volunteers travel hundreds of miles to rebuild 4-H farms hit by Irma

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After Hurricane Irma swept through south Florida, Jeramy Smith, 4-H agent for UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County, jumped in his car to survey damage at the three agricultural learning sites used by the county’s 4-H youth… Read More

UF researcher: Controlled fires don’t eliminate invasive tree

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers have, in the past, reintroduced fire to restore a forest without considering its effect on exotic species that have become invasive. But a recent study by a University of Florida researcher shows that fire… Read More

See science in action as UF/IFAS celebrates 100 years of Citrus REC

 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and limes. Most people think of these as signature plants of Florida, but scientists have traced their origins back millions of years and across continental land masses, said Fred Gmitter, a UF/IFAS… Read More

UF/IFAS program inspires Flagler County students’ green initiative

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Flagler County School District officially switched  to lunch trays made of recycled paper, thanks to the efforts of students, teachers and a University of Florida pollution awareness program. According to organizers, the transition to… Read More

Florida Ag Expo to feature ‘state of industry’ talks, field tours

Who: Agricultural industry leaders are set to speak on the state of the industry at the annual Florida Ag Expo on Nov. 8. Speakers include: Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources. Mike Stuart, president… Read More

UF/IFAS CALS students join in hurricane relief efforts

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – This year’s hurricane season has left Florida, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and many other states and countries with severe damage. However, the aftermath of these storms has led students within the University… Read More

UF partners with international organization to combat food insecurity in Africa

DES MOINES, Iowa – The University of Florida and a leading Africa-based international research institute are bringing their scientists together to speed the science of fighting hunger, poverty, and pollution. The UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences… Read More

UF study: Red makes consumers retain attention to food labels

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For many people, red means “stop,” and that’s what consumers are doing when they see that color on food information labels, according to a new study led by a University of Florida researcher. Zhifeng Gao,… Read More

Green industry contributes more than $20B to Florida economy, up 19 percent from 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s environmental horticulture industry is recovering from the recession of 2007 to 2009, and it is growing in many sectors, with $21.8 billion in annual economic contributions. This is an increase of 19.2 percent from… Read More