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Category: Agriculture

UF Beekeeper Program Now Available Online

Bee lovers can now start their journey to becoming Master Beekeepers through a new online training program from the UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab. “The number of people keeping bees in Florida increased about 500% since… Read More

Drone Images Detect Two Tomato Diseases with 99% Accuracy

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — New technology being developed by University of Florida scientists identifies two dangerous tomato diseases with 99 percent accuracy. This finding is critical because diseases can cost growers millions of dollars annually in the state’s third… Read More

UF Convenes International Experts to Advance Sustainable Food

As the world’s population grows, producing enough food — and doing it sustainably — will be one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. So how can Florida, one of the most diverse agricultural states in the… Read More

UF Adds New Beekeeping Class and Apiculture Study Abroad Program to Course Offerings

After seeing beekeeping named on a Top 10 list of neat classes at the University of Florida, Carson Beattie wanted to see what the hype was all about. “That’s when I fell in love with beekeeping,” said Beattie,… Read More

Peanut Butter Challenge Back on Track After Hurricane Michael Recovery

Last year’s UF/IFAS Extension Peanut Butter Challenge was just getting started when Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle. As the communities dealt with the aftermath and UF/IFAS Extension offices became collection points for all varieties of donations, the… Read More

Featured UF/IFAS Cultivars Released in 2019 Include Fruits, Oat and Zoysiagrass

… 2019 Plant Cultivars Showcase2019 UF/IFAS Plant Cultivar Showcasefocallength 70flash 16cameramake Canonheight 3648fnumber 4exposuretime 0.0125orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 4/7/2018 3:50:10 PMwidth 5472cameramodel Canon EOS 6D‘Collossus’ (U.S. Patent Pending) – a new blueberry variety. Developed by the… Read More

Two UF Scientists Part of $12.8 Million Blueberry Breeding Grant

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A plant breeder and a food scientist, both with the University of Florida, will join a $12.8 million, multistate research grant to broaden the nation’s blueberry breeding capabilities. For the project, Patricio Muñoz, a UF/IFAS… Read More

Brazilian Peppertree, Hemp Among Top UF/IFAS Stories for 2019

A year of impactful teaching, research and outreach meant UF/IFAS was frequently in the headlines in 2019. Here is a round-up of some of the biggest stories from this year. Brazilian peppertree Brazilian peppertree is an invasive plant… Read More

New Precision Ag Facility Adds to UF/IFAS Arsenal to Fight Pests, Diseases

In a new, 8,500-square-foot building at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, weed scientist Nathan Boyd uses images of weeds to train computers to identify them. Those pictures can be used to help growers know when,… Read More

UF Graduates First Class of Food and Resource Economics Students from Plant City

With an interest in marketing and a goal to eventually start her own cattle business, Marlena Moore searched for a college degree program that would allow her to meld those two aspirations together while staying near her hometown… Read More