2020 UF/IFAS Central District Symposium



2020 Central District Symposium Abstracts and Posters, from faculty in multiple programmatic areas. These include: 4-H Youth Development (7), Agriculture (4), Community Development (3), Family & Consumer Sciences (3), Horticulture / Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) / Florida Friendly Landscaping (FFL) (8), and Natural Resources (4).

Disclaimer: These posts for the 2020 Central District Symposium are meant for internal audiences only. Any external comments will be sent to the appropriate faculty and will not be posted.

MANAGING NUTRIENTS IN A WILD & SCENIC RIVER BASIN: PROVOKING BEHAVIOR CHANGE IN RESIDENTIAL FERTILIZER USERS (4/11/2020) by nladd - T. McIntyre, MS, CEP, University of Florida IFAS Extension Seminole County, Sanford, FL, USA and Dr. T. Fullerton University of Florida IFAS extension Seminole county, Sanford, FL, USA Situation: Seminole County (SC) is home to the Wekiva Springs River, a National Wild & Scenic River and an Outstanding Florida Waterbody, and the St. Johns River,… 1
CREATIVE COLLABORATION BRINGS MULTIPLE IMPACTS TO CLIENTS (4/11/2020) by nladd - Tiare Silvasy, Virgilia Zabala, John Roberts UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, 6021 S. Conway Rd. Orlando, FL 32812 Situation: Extension programs that utilize a systems approach by combining horticulture and physical well-being can multiply impacts per client. This is especially critical in areas of high population density with a need for environmentally friendly landscaping practices and… 1
IMPROVING FUNCTIONAL FITNESS AND REDUCING RISK OF SARCOPENIA IN OLDER ADULTS. (4/11/2020) by nladd - W. Lynch, UF/IFAS Extension, Putnam County, East Palatka, FL. Situation: Florida’s 65 and older population is 19.9%[1] and is estimated to reach 32.5% by 2030 [22] ; 23.2% of Putnam[33] County residents are ages 65 or older. Aging is often associated with a decline in muscle mass (sarcopenia). Declining muscle mass “is one of the… 1
TO COMPARE SOIL MOISTURE SENSORS USE VS ROUTING WATERING SCHEDULE ON SOD FARMS (4/11/2020) by nladd - Grantly Ricketts, UF/IFAS Extension, Osceola County, Kissimmee FL. Objective: To reduce water use by 10% on sod farms. Situation: Sod production increased in Osceola County each year. According to Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, about 9808 acres of sod irrigated in 2016 and a projection of 11,353 acres will be irrigated in 2020… 1
AGING WELL IN FLORIDA, A TRI-COUNTY APPROACH (4/11/2020) by nladd - L. Duncan, UF/ IFAS Extension Sumter County, L. Spence, UF/IFAS Extension Marion County, M. Wilchcombe, UF/IFAS Extension Lake County. Situation: The population in The Villages Florida continues to grow. Following a series of programs called Sharing Wisdom, the tri-county Family Consumer Sciences team had requests for additional topics to be added. Sharing Wisdom included six,… 1
IMPROVING CULINARY SKILLS THROUGH THE COOK SMART, EAT SMART PROGRAM. (4/11/2020) by nladd - V. Zabala, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, Orlando, FL. Situation: In general, foods prepared away from home provide more calories, sodium, and saturated fats than foods prepared at home. The Food & Drug Administration reports that for the average adult, eating one meal away from home each week translates to a two pound weight gain per… 1
DRONE LICENSING CLASSES YIELD SUCESSFUL CANDIDATES AND FURTHER BUSINESS CREATION (4/11/2020) by nladd - M. Smith, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter, Pasco, Hernando County; BJ Scharf, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County; KA Taylor, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County; JS Strickland, UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County Situation: Anyone operating a drone for commercial purposes must possess an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Certificate through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The test that they must pass is… 1
RAISING EXTENSION AWARENESS VIA MEET AND GREET OPEN HOUSE (4/11/2020) by nladd - J.E. Davis, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, Bushnell, Florida, K. Taylor, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, Bushnell, N. Samuel, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, Bushnell, M. Smith, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, Bushnell, L. Duncan, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, Bushnell, L. Sanderson, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, Bushnell Situation: Extension is always called the “Best Kept Secret.” The objective of… 1
EVALUATION OF COOL-SEASON FORAGES IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA USING DIFFERENT ESTABLISHMENT METHODS – SJC2018 (4/11/2020) by nladd - T. Wilson, UF/IFAS Extension, St. Johns County, St. Augustine, FL, M. Wallau, UF/IFAS Forage Extension Specialist, Gainesville, FL, C. L de Souza, UF/IFAS Agronomy, Gainesville, FL, C. Dossin, UF/IFAS Extension, Clay County, Green Cove Springs, FL, P. Fletcher, UF/IFAS Extension, St. Johns County, St. Augustine, FL, A. Blount, UF/IFAS Forage Breeding and Management Specialist, Marianna,… 1
LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF GIANT SMUTGRASS CONTROL (4/11/2020) by nladd - B. Justesen, UF/IFAS Extension, Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL, J. Strickland, UF/IFAS Extension, Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL, and J. Yarborough, UF/IFAS Extension. Orange County, Orlando, FL. Situation: Giant Smutgrass (Sporobolus jacquemontii) is a perennial bunch- type grass that produces over 45,000 seeds per plant per year. Weeds in pastures and rangelands cost ranchers and livestock owners… 1
AG AWARENESS: ENGAGING LOCAL CLIENTELE THROUGH INSTAGRAM (4/11/2020) by nladd - E. Fletcher, UF/IFAS Extension, St. Johns County, St. Augustine, FL and Tim Wilson, UF/IFAS Extension, St. Johns County, St. Augustine, FL. Situation: Once upon a time, St. Johns County, Florida was equally as rural as several of its neighboring counties. Now with urban sprawl, our population has doubled in the past 20 years with over… 1
SCIENCE-BASED SOCIAL MEDIA EXPANDS EXTENSION EDUCATION (4/11/2020) by nladd - H. Wooten, UF/IFAS Extension, Orange County, Orlando, FL Situation: The public is increasingly engaged in social media resulting in shifting information gleaning from authoritative sources to social networks. Extension faces challenges reaching new, diverse audiences, while also supporting existing clientele with science-based information. Science-based social media education provides on-demand education that facilitates knowledge gain resulting… 1
YARD & GARDEN FOOD PRODUCTION FOR BEGINNERS (4/11/2020) by nladd - M. Bailey, UF/IFAS Extension, Marion County, Ocala, FL Situation: Florida’s climate and pests create a challenge for growing food crops. The target audience are Marion County residents with little or no experience who want to produce food in their yard or garden. Objective/Purpose: Participants will gain knowledge about how to provide for essential crop needs… 1
‘AROUND THE WORLD’ IN THE KITCHEN. (4/11/2020) by nladd - L. Cash, UF/IFAS Extension, Volusia County, DeLand, FL. Situation and Objectives: Diversity and inclusion are critical concepts for youth to understand and put in practice (Tirell-Corbin, 2015). In 4-H, we focus on life skills related to STEM, Healthy Lifestyles, Citizenship and Leadership, and Workforce Preparation (Myers, 2012). What better way to promote acceptance and address… 1
THE STORY OF A GOAL IN A 4-H PROJECT REPORT. (4/11/2020) by nladd - J.S. Kelly, UF/IFAS Extension, St. Johns County, St. Augustine, FL. Situation: In the 2017-2018 4-H year, the St. Johns County 4-H program had more than 20 volunteer organizational leaders. In an end-of-the-year survey given to 60 youth from a variety of clubs, only 63% of youth surveyed reported writing about their project as part of… 1
YOUTH LEARN LIFE SKILLS THROUGH “SHARE THE FUN” STORYTELLING (4/11/2020) by nladd - K. Henry, UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County, Sanford, FL. Situation: Communication is important for organizations, employers, and life. In a 2010 study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, communication skills ranked first among a job candidate’s “must have” skills and qualities. Research shows that young people who learn effective communication are more successful and… 1
LAKE COUNTY 4-H ASSOCIATION TRAINING (4/11/2020) by nladd - D. Daniels, UF/IFAS Extension, Lake County, Tavares, FL. Situation: Lake County 4-H annually trains 76 organizational leaders to serve over 450 youth through community clubs. In efforts to maintain and increase the quality of programming youth receive through 4-H Community Clubs, it is essential that the Association can provide support for youth programs and volunteer… 1
THE SWEET STORY ABOUT SUGAR. (4/11/2020) by nladd - G. Sachs, UF/IFAS Extension, St. Augustine, St. Johns County, FL. Situation: Youth raised in urban settings tend to be less connected with agriculture, unfamiliar with where their food comes from, and lack basic nutrition and food preparation knowledge. The Sweet Story About Sugar summer day camp provided a well-rounded engaging experience for youth ages 8-15… 1
IMPACTING LIFE SKILL AND RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT THROUGH MENTORING (4/11/2020) by nladd - J. Sprain, UF/IFAS Extension, Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL. Situation: More than 2,000 students in Osceola County are homeless, 25% are English Language Learners (Education Foundation, Osceola County), and more than a quarter of school children are on their own after the school day ends (Afterschool Alliance). All of these factors create a challenging environment for… 1
STEM INVESTIGATORS (4/11/2020) by nladd - N.M. Moores1, B.J. Hall-Scharf2, S.E. Taylor3, W.J. Lester4 1 4-H Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Hernando County, Brooksville, FL 2 Marine Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Hernando County, Brooksville, FL 3 Family Consumer Sciences Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Hernando County, Brooksville, FL 4 Horticulture Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Hernando County, Brooksville, FL Situation: There are approximately 1,600* homeschooled youth who reside… 1
FLORIDA MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEERS’ EXPLORATION OF FOOD SYSTEMS IN SOUTHERN ITALY PRODUCES STATEWIDE IMPACT (4/11/2020) by nladd - T. Freeman, UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County, St. Augustine, FL W. Wilber, UF/IFAS Extension, Center for Land Use Efficiency, Gainesville, FL Situation: An important aspect of supporting Florida’s agricultural industry is creating awareness and appreciation of food systems among citizens. Studying food systems internationally provides a unique opportunity to learn new information that Extension agents… 1
ENTOMOLOGY DAY CAMPS USED FOR ECOLOGICAL OUTREACH & SCIENCE CAREER EDUCATION (4/11/2020) by nladd - McCormick, Kaydie, Woodard, Chelsea, McIntyre, Tina, UF/IFAS Extension, Seminole County, 250 W. County Home Road, Sanford, FL Situation: Many of the integrated pest management (IPM) principles used in the home and garden to encourage beneficial insects and reduce pest species are also ecologically sound practices that increase biodiversity and reduce the overuse of chemical pesticides… 1
DEMONSTRATING A BETTER WAY TO COUNT: UTILIZING DRONES FOR MANATEE SYNOPTIC SURVEYS (4/11/2020) by nladd - B.J. Scharf1 and J.S. Strickland2 1 Marine Science Agent – UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County; 16110 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville, FL 2 County Extension Director and Agricultural Agent – UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County; 1921 Kissimmee Valley Ln, Kissimmee, FL Situation: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) uses airplanes to monitor Florida’s manatee population. Unfortunately,… 1
HERBICIDE MIXING MATH FOR NATURAL AREAS (4/11/2020) by nladd - K. Stump, UF/IFAS Extension, Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL Situation: Land managers rely on herbicide to control invasive species in natural areas. However, improper application can have unintended environmental impacts and waste time, money, and resources. In addition, there can be legal consequences for not properly following an herbicide label. Herbicide workshops for continuing education units… 1
GO SPRINGS & GET WET! EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ABOUT WATER ON THE WATER (4/11/2020) by nladd - A. Marek, UF/IFAS Extension, Marion County, Ocala, FL and Y. Zhuang, UF/IFAS Extension, Central District, Apopka, FL. Situation: The projected population of Marion County is expected to reach over 411,000 people in 2025. With increasing urban development, Marion County must meet the growing demand for fresh water. To help mitigate the overuse of water for… 1
LANDSCAPING FOR LIVESTOCK (4/11/2020) by nladd - Maxine Hunter*1, Caitlin Bainum*2 1. UF/IFAS Extension Marion County Horticulture Agent 2. UF/IFAS Extension Marion County Livestock Agent Corresponding author: Maxine32666@ufl.edu Marion County, FL is home to the “horse capital of the world” with 350,000 acres of pasture land used for livestock. With that comes yards, fence rows, and other landscaping features that are often… 1
RESTORING A 1920’S GOLF COURSE INTO AN ECOLOGICAL PARK: A CASE STUDY OF THE ROLLING HILLS (4/11/2020) by nladd - T. McIntyre, MS, CEP, University of Florida IFAS Extension Seminole County, Sanford, FL, USA and K. McCormick, University of Florida IFAS Extension Seminole County, Sanford, FL, USA Situation: The Rolling Hills Park project is a Florida Communities Trust (FCT) grant to convert a non-operational golf course to a passive park. Seminole County purchased the 98-acre… 1
INCREASING ACCESSIBILITY TO FRESH PRODUCE IN URBAN FOOD DESERTS IN VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA. (4/11/2020) by nladd - J. Sewards, University of Florida/IFAS Extension, Volusia County, DeLand, Fl. Situation: Many communities search for ways to increase access to fresh produce as a way to improve overall health outcomes and build a sense of community. The Derbyshire community in Volusia County, (the 32117 zip code of Daytona Beach) has a median household income of… 1
PROGRAMS TRANSFORM WATER USE (4/11/2020) by nladd - L. Sanderson, UF/IFAS Extension, Sumter County, Bushnell, FL Situation: The water resources in Florida are at risk with a 2019 population estimate of 21.48 million people which is growing by almost 1,000 new residents daily. These new residents can exert pressure on Florida’s water resources. In Sumter County, the population growth is primarily in The… 1

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