Category: Agriculture

UF/IFAS Researcher: Arbor Day a Great Way to Remember Importance of Trees

ORLANDO, Fla. – With Florida’s Arbor Day on Jan. 18, more local municipalities are looking for ways to recognize the importance of trees in urban areas. Orlando has a tree giveaway program, while Tampa is currently working to… Read More

UF Researchers to Breed a New Variety of Florida-Friendly Hops

APOPKA, Fla. – Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have been awarded a two-year grant for $194,000 to breed varieties of hops that can grow in Florida. The researchers, based at the… Read More

Former UF/IFAS Extension Director, CALS Alumnus Tim Hurner Inducted into Florida Citrus Hall of Fame

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – G. Tim Hurner Jr. remembers many weekends picking oranges and grapefruits at his grandfather’s farm in Pasco County. As a young boy, barely able to reach the bottom of trees, Hurner became smitten with citrus…. Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Agent: Help your Plants Survive a Freeze

ORLANDO, Fla. – With cold weather upon us, homeowners may want to prepare their plants for a freeze, said Ed Thralls, a horticulturalist with University of Florida IFAS Extension Orange County. “There are several steps that homeowners can… Read More

UF/IFAS Researchers Help Industry Keep Central Florida Green

APOPKA, Fla. – As the lead horticulturalist for Echo Conversions Group, Inc., Kyle Petersen knows his way around plants. But he was still surprised to learn so much more about insects, weeds and fertilizer use when he participated… Read More

UF/IFAS Honors Imogene Yarborough with Extension Advocate Award

APOPKA, Fla. – When Imogene Yarborough and her husband Ed started ranching in Seminole County in 1954, they foresaw a legacy of agriculture for their future generations. “We raised our four children with the guiding principle that this… Read More

UF Horticulturalist: Time to Consider Cooler Season Plants

ORLANDO, Fla. – Now that cooler weather is here, it’s time to consider cool season vegetables for your garden. “Gardeners will have almost five months to grow everything from lettuce and cabbages to spinach, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries… Read More

Central Florida UF Researchers Use Drones to Assess Hurricane Michael Damage in Panhandle

APOPKA, Fla. – Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences recently traveled to Panhandle counties to include Gadsden, Jackson and Calhoun with their drones to assess damage after Hurricane Michael devastated the region…. Read More

UF/IFAS Economists: Hurricane Michael Caused $158 Million in Florida Agricultural Production Losses

Hurricane Michael caused production losses totaling $158 million for Florida’s agricultural industries in the 2018-19 growing season, according to economists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The dollar estimate, along with more detailed… Read More

A Day in the Life of a UF/IFAS Extension Agent: Juanita Popenoe

TAVARES, Fla. – When growers in central Florida need help with an alternative crop to citrus, they turn to Juanita Popenoe. The University of Florida IFAS Extension agent spends her days helping farmers who are looking for options… Read More