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UF/IFAS hosts virtual Urban Landscape Summit, starting January 20

WHO: Faculty and administrators from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), along with landscape industry professionals.

WHAT: Scott Angle, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources and leader of UF/IFAS, will open the virtual summit with an introduction. Then, a panel of business leaders will offer their perspective on the “State of the Florida Landscape Industry.”

During the introductory panel, water and fertilizer restrictions and their impacts on urban landscapes will be discussed. They’ll also talk about what they are doing to address water issues related to landscapes.

After the opening day discussion, the summit will continue, via Zoom, every Wednesday. Topics for those discussions – in chronological order – include:

  • Evaluating and comparing water conservation program impacts
  • Collaborative planning for the future of water resources in central Florida
  • Conserving bird habitat in cities
  • Reducing herbicide use while improving weed control in the landscape through integrated weed management
  • Breeding turf for our future landscapes
  • Homeowner behavior and the future of urban landscaping
  • What’s going on in our stormwater pond
  • Compost amending new residential landscapes in Florida

WHEN: January 20, January 27, February 3, February 10, February 17, February 24, March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31. 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. A different topic from the list above will be discussed on each of these days.

WHERE: To sign up for the seminars, click here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Michael Dukes, director of the UF/IFAS Center for Land Use Efficiency, mddukes@ufl.edu

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The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS works to bring science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents. Visit the UF/IFAS web site at ifas.ufl.edu and follow us on social media at @UF_IFAS.