Tag: UF IFAS Extension

Graduate Student Highlight: Mackenzie Bell

By Katie Ray, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) Intern Originally from Palm Desert in southern California, Mackenzie Bell is a graduate research assistant at the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. Mackenzie’s thesis surrounds improving Brazilian Peppertree… Read More

A Cornucopia of Alternatives to Turkey at Thanksgiving

It may be juicy, tender and traditional, but not everyone wants to eat turkey at Thanksgiving. UF/IFAS nutrition experts say you could eat any of the following as your entrée: protein-packed dishes – with or without meat —… Read More

There’s no Stopping This ‘Retired’ UF/IFAS Extension Agent

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — He may hold the title “emeritus,” which means “retired,” but Gene McAvoy remains active with UF/IFAS Extension and research, helping bring farmers’ concerns back to UF/IFAS scientists. In fact, he just won the Researcher of… Read More

Graduate Student Highlight: Jessica Solomon

By Katie Ray, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) Intern Jessica Solomon was born and raised a Florida native. Growing up in Miami and Clearwater, she spent most of her time exploring the outdoors after school…. Read More

Fourth Citrus Nutrition Workshop Added, Prompted by Strong Grower Interest

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Responding to strong grower interest, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has added a fourth event to its roster of citrus nutrition workshops this fall. The event happens 9:30 a.m. to… Read More

Hurricanes: Friend or Foe to Invasive Plants?

By: Dr. Candice Prince, Assistant Professor Flooded homes, torn off roofs, and downed powerlines – these are usually the first images that spring to mind when talking about hurricanes. While it is true hurricanes can be a major… Read More

Integrated Management Approach Increases Water Flow

By: Dr. Benjamin Sperry, UF/IFAS CAIP Research Assistant Scientist The Issue: The outlet river connecting Lake Panasoffkee and the Withlacoochee River was infested with hydrilla earlier this year. The infestation resulted in significantly reduced water flow from the… Read More

Potential Impacts of Invasive Plants

Contributor: Lara Colley, UF/IFAS CAIP Education Coordinator Approximately 130 invasive plant species currently impact the state of Florida, often escaping from yard environments. An invasive species is one not native to a specific location and has a tendency… Read More

Laurie Hurner: From the Family Farm to County Extension Director, Citrus is in Her Blood

SEBRING, Fla. — Laurie Hurner grew up in a fifth-generation Florida citrus-growing family, and she and her sisters worked their farm in Highlands County. “My parents had three daughters,” said Hurner, the director of UF/IFAS Extension Highlands County… Read More