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Category: Natural Resources

UF staff track thousands of buildings during, after hurricane

  Sure, you have to worry about your home during Hurricane Irma, wondering if the roof will suffer damage, or the siding will be ripped off. But imagine worrying about 1,298 buildings during the storm? That job falls… Read More

UF Extension gives tips on how to protect livestock during hurricane

EDITOR’S NOTE: This information was compiled in 2017 and remains relevant to any future storm preparation and recovery needs. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While Florida residents scramble to prepare for another hurricane, agriculture operators are working to make sure… Read More

UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station grand opening Sept. 22 and 23

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers working on Florida’s Nature Coast finally have a place to call home. The grand opening of the Nature Coast Biological Station facility, part of the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural… Read More

UF/IFAS WATER

Enhancing and protecting water quality, water quantity, and water supply are high-priorities of the UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service. This is because water plays a critical role in sustaining Florida’s environment and economic vitality, which are keys to a high quality of life. Florida must enhance and protect its domestic water supply while also meeting the water requirements of agriculture, horticulture, tourism, and industry, as well as the state’s 20 million inhabitants and its natural systems, all without placing undue pressure on a finite resource.

New UF center updating research on Southeastern agricultural health and safety

By Ricky Telg GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Data about the safety and health of agricultural, forestry and fisheries workers in Florida is severely outdated, according to the director of a newly formed agricultural health and safety center, and is… Read More

Q and A: I am concerned about mistaking the Florida Bobcat for the Florida Panther. Could you enlighten your readers?

from J.C., via eMail Answer: The bobcat (Felis rufus) is found from southern Canada, throughout the United States, and to the higher elevations of southeastern Mexico. In Florida, the bobcat occurs statewide. A solitary, mostly nocturnal creature, the bobcat… Read More

Q and A: I have heard that there is a type of mosquito that is an indicator for poor water quality. What are these mosquitoes called and do they exist in this area?

from C.R., Bonita Springs Answer: Blind mosquitoes, also known as aquatic midges, are mosquito-like insects often associated with poor water quality. Blind mosquito is a common name that may refer to various species of midges. One thing to… Read More