2014 has been a memorable year for number of reasons--some good, some not so good. But for thousands of Extension agents in Florida, and tens of thousands more across the country, 2014 was notable for one very important thing: it was the 100th ... READ MORE
NOTE: The Family Dairy Day at the UF/IFAS Dairy Research Unit in Hague for October 25 has been CANCELLED.
When the Florida Agricultural Extension Service started in 1915, many agricultural commodities already had a long history in the state, ... READ MORE
Oranges are so closely associated with the State of Florida that it seems like they’ve always grown here in abundance. But in fact, citrus trees are not native to Florida, and the state’s $9 billion a year citrus industry is the product ... READ MORE
The new school year is beginning, and so, inevitably, are jokes about food fights, mystery meat and ketchup-as-a-vegetable. School cafeterias have been a part of public education for such a long time that it's easy to take them for granted. ... READ MORE
Between 1930 to 1949, Extension played a significant role in turning around Florida’s cattle industry, and changed the landscape of the state forever.
The Cracker Kingdom
There have been cattle in Florida ever since Ponce de Leon brought ... READ MORE
Summer's here, school's out, and if you're one of more than 230,000 4-H'ers in Florida, that means four magic words: Cloverleaf, Ocala, Cherry Lake, and Timpoochee. For the uninitiated, those are the names of Florida's residential 4-H camps. ... READ MORE
Florida is a haven for many forms of insect life, from butterflies and honey bees to termites and fireflies. Unfortunately, its miles of coastline and thriving trade also make it vulnerable to harmful invasive species, which enter our state ... READ MORE
May 8, 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established America's Cooperative Extension Service. Let's take a brief look back at Extension's growth and evolution in Florida, year by year.
1862 ... READ MORE
Disaster in the Gulf
On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform killed 11 workers and exposed a deep-sea wellhead that began gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Until the spill was capped 87 days later, more ... READ MORE