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UF researchers receive a multi-million grant to improve food safety in fresh produce

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla.— Outbreaks of foodborne diseases threaten the daily lives of millions of Americans, resulting in recalls and sometimes loss of life. Providing an integrated food safety system for fresh fruits and vegetables that… Read More

As organic food sales soar, growers look to essential oils to suppress pests, diseases

Organic food sales topped $50 billion in the United States in 2018. Statistics from the Organic Trade Association tell part of the story of this growing market: Fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops combined to make up 36.3%… Read More

UF/IFAS faculty to use $141M in research funding to improve corn, manage citrus greening, suppress mosquito-borne diseases and more

Scientists at UF/IFAS are using this year’s allotment of $141 million in research funding to develop better sweet corn, improve cow-calf breeding, make further progress toward controlling citrus greening disease and more. Robert Gilbert, dean of UF/IFAS Research… Read More

UF/IFAS experts outline hurricane prep, recovery for citrus growers

Like all farmers, Florida’s citrus producers must prepare for the worst before a hurricane strikes. That’s why Fernando Alferez co-wrote a manual that gives growers tips on how to get their citrus farm ready for – and recover… Read More

Farms deliver produce to local food banks through USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

When COVID-19 shut down the food service industry, which supplies entertainment venues like sports arenas, cruise ships and theme parks, many farmers had crops out in the field without their usual buyers open to purchase the goods. The… Read More

High Schoolers Explore Food Security Issues in Agriculture, Natural Resources at Florida Youth Institute

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – During a summer program with the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), 38 rising high school juniors and seniors were given a taste of college life while they learned about agricultural,… Read More

SmartPath Technology to Lead to Smart Farm Irrigation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — By testing new technology, University of Florida scientists will work with  growers to encourage their use of alternatives to fresh water by using new smart irrigation systems. This way, growers can lower their risk of… Read More

UF/IFAS Researchers Will Try to Educate Public on Genetically Edited Food

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Genetic improvement of food crops sometimes gets a bad rap, but University of Florida researchers plan to educate consumers so they can make more informed decisions at the grocery store. To help combat misinformation, four… Read More

USDA honors 2 UF/IFAS faculty with teaching excellence awards

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two faculty members with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences received Excellence in Teaching honors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The awards were announced at the annual meeting of… Read More