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The New Face of Florida Farm Workers – Robots

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March 26, 2020

Migrant workers have long been the greatest asset to Florida growers. Without their hard work and dedication, growers would be unable to feed our nation. However, as immigration laws become more strict, the migrant worker pool has dwindled, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, , Crops, Farm Management, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: AI, Artificial Intelligence, Low Compact Tomato Plants, Pest Management, Precision Agriculture, Robotics, Robots, Smart Sprayer, Thorvald, UV Lighting, Weed Control

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension


March 15, 2020

Updated 03/15/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. The personal health and safety of everyone in the ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agribusiness, Agriculture, Camp, Clubs & Volunteers, Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Crops, Curriculum, Disaster Preparation, Events, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Food Safety, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn, Livestock, Money Matters, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Professional Development, Recreation, Relationships & Family, SFYL Hot Topic, Turf, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, UF/IFAS Teaching, , Water, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Covid-19, Featured Hot Topic, Hot Topic

Inspiring Future Scientists

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March 21, 2017

There's nothing better than having a group of young students visit GCREC for a tour. Well, most groups. No offense to middle school children or their parents, but that age group is a little difficult to keep engaged. They can come up with ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Events, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Entomology, Future Scientist, GCREC, Gulf Coast Research Center, Hands On Learning, Plant Pathology, Strawberries, Student Tour Groups, Tomatoes

Creating Kid Locavores

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June 24, 2016

One of the best part of my job at GCREC is hosting tour groups from local schools. We recently had the opportunity to entertain a group of 45 STEM students from a local school, R. Bruce Wagner, and we introduced them to something new called ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Events, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, UF/IFAS
Tags: Blueberries, Elementary School Kids, Farmers Markets, Fruits And Vegeables, Gulf Coast Research Center, Locavores, Produce, Strawberries, Student, UF/IFAS

GCREC Bug Week 2016

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May 23, 2016

For the past month, I have asked our staff to bring me whatever bugs they might find on our 475-acre farm. This is a very busy time for our faculty and staff, so I only received a few specimens so far, but they are beauties. There's nothing ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Events, Farm Management, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Bagmoth, Bug Week 2016, Bugs, Dragonfly, Entomology, Gulf Coast REC, Horsefly, IFAS, Insects, Mole Crickets, Pests, UF

Birdwatching on the Farm

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April 26, 2016

We had a recent employee, Bill Dermott, who upon his departure gave me a list of all the birds he had observed at our research center over the last 6 months or so. We're talking about 80 different kinds of birds. This list consisted of the ... READ MORE

Category: Academics, Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Research, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Alligators, Bird Watching, Florida Wild Life, Gulf Coast Research, Hawks, IFAS, Sandhill Cranes, Southern Hillsborough County, University Of Florida

Florida Grown Hops – Alternative Crop for the Future? Well, Maybe.

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April 6, 2016

There has been a lot of media attention regarding the possibility of a new alternative crop for Florida growers - hops. Hops are the buds or flowers of the hop plant. Used as a flavoring and stability agent in beer, hops can give this popular ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Horticulture, Research, UF/IFAS
Tags: Agriculture, Alternative Crops, Craft Beer, Farm To Table, Florida Crops, Hops

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