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Category: Horticulture

New UF/IFAS website helps consumers understand importance of plant breeding program

Peruse the produce section of a grocery store and you can find citrus, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, sugarcane, corn and lettuce developed by UF/IFAS researchers. Go to a business that sells plants, and you’ll see lantanas, coleuses, caladiums and… Read More

Florida Master Gardener Volunteers help youth grow up Florida-Friendly

Florida students can now learn the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) — guidelines that help yards thrive and protect Florida’s waterways — from a new illustrated book, thanks to UF/IFAS Florida Master Gardener Volunteers. The book, “Growing Up… Read More

With COVID case concerns in key southeast industries, Department of Health, UF/IFAS Extension amplify workplace safety outreach

A concern for the agribusinesses, pest management and lawn care industries in southeast Florida is the motive behind a bolstered safety initiative led by the collaboration between UF/IFAS and the Department of Health in four counties. UF/IFAS Cooperative… Read More

Florida’s agriculture, marine industries report effects of COVID-19 restrictions

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida economists now have a baseline understanding of ways the pandemic has affected the agriculture, aquaculture and marine sectors of Florida’s economy. According to Christa Court, who led a monthlong survey effort along… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Greenhouse Training Online adds bilingual video content

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For several years, UF/IFAS Extension has offered online certification courses in greenhouse management, with more than 650 growers completing the courses in 2019. The Greenhouse Training Online program recently expanded to launch a new YouTube… Read More

All dressed up and nowhere to go, floral industry takes hit due to COVID-19

With virtually every large gathering across the country canceled due to COVID-19, cut-foliage growers had nowhere to send their product, greenery used to decorate and accent bouquets. But Sunday is Mother’s Day, and some will buy flowers for… Read More

UF/IFAS Spotlights: Jackie Burns the First and Only Woman to be Named UF/IFAS Dean of Research

Jackie Burns, a University of Florida professor emeritus, was the first and only woman to be named UF/IFAS dean of research, a position she held from 2014 until her retirement in January 2019. A trailblazer in more than… Read More

UF plant and soil diagnostic labs essential to Florida agriculture, economy during COVID-19

In the time of COVID-19, plants still get sick, and the soil that nourishes them needs care. The health of plants and soil is critical to agriculture, an industry designated an essential service in response to the pandemic…. Read More

Master Gardener training cultivates new volunteers through virtual learning

DAVIE, Fla. – You can’t stop the Master Gardeners from learning. Amid social distancing brought on by COVID-19 and just as Master Gardeners hit their peak training season, UF/IFAS Extension Broward County program administrators and participants are taking… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

UFIFAS Extension Dean Nick Place

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More