Category: Agriculture

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

Study: Biosolids Produce Less Nitrogen and Phosphorus Runoff than Inorganic Fertilizer

By Mike Loizzo GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New research from University of Florida scientists found that some nutrients from inorganic fertilizers enter surface water more easily than those from biosolids. Maria Silveira, a professor in the UF/IFAS department of… Read More

Southwest Florida Research and Education Center to Add Student Housing

WHO: Southwest Florida agricultural leaders, farmers, producers, local business people, friends of UF/IFAS and UF/IFAS faculty and staff. WHAT: Join Southwest Florida agricultural leaders, business people and UF/IFAS scientists, administrators and friends as they break ground for a… Read More

Two UF/IFAS Leaders Selected for 2019 Florida 500 List

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida/IFAS earned two spots on this year’s Florida 500, Florida Trend Magazine’s second annual list of the state’s most influential business leaders. Among the 18 agricultural sector leaders the magazine identified for… Read More

UF/IFAS Researchers Continue Work on Saving Guacamole’s Key Ingredient

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — There is no shortage of interest or appetite for guacamole. When you consider the endless variety of recipes for dishes and dips that you can dig into, coupled with an annual designation of September 16… Read More

Cloud-Based Software Helps Farmers on the Ground

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — A University of Florida agricultural engineer has developed software that can help farmers find the best places to plant crops and to identify fruit and vegetable varieties that perform better against diseases. Now, Yiannis Ampatzidis… Read More

New Chair: UF Agronomy ‘At the Cutting Edge of Feeding the World’

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Diane Rowland’s first professional job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Peanut Research Laboratory set her on what she says has been an unanticipated path concerning the world’s food supply. Now, as the new… Read More

Agricultural Producers Urged to Learn About Irrigating Wisely at Free UF Event

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County will host a free event highlighting water-saving technologies available to agricultural producers and how this equipment has already aided growers in the area. Irrigating Wisely in Florida’s Agriculture, held at Brown’s… Read More

UF/IFAS Economist: Hurricane Dorian’s Impact on Florida Agriculture Was Minimal

Hurricane Dorian Updates - Palm Trees In a Storm

One day after Hurricane Dorian crept past Florida’s Atlantic coast, impacts to the state’s agricultural and natural resources-based industries appear to be minimal, according to an economist with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences…. Read More

Horse Care Questions Answered at the Florida Equine Institute

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — From recreational horse owners to large-scale equine operations, the 2019 Florida Equine Institute and Allied Trade Show, hosted by UF/IFAS Extension Marion County, will provide a one-stop shop for research-based information on horse needs. The… Read More