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Category: AGRICULTURE

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,… Read More

UF professor earns national award for innovative research

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — Researcher. Scholar. Change agent.  Nian Wang, a professor at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has been recognized for all of these roles by… Read More

New UF/IFAS rangeland ecologist hopes to protect cattle from predators

ONA, Fla. — Hance Ellington grew up in rural Kentucky, where he and his friends caught crawfish. He loved the outdoors. Later, as an undergraduate student at The Ohio State University, he went on a… Read More

AI helps detect powdery mildew early so growers can manage disease in squash

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IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Plant detectives and engineers from the University of Florida are using artificial intelligence to find a disease early so growers who produce summer squash can keep it under control. Early detection gives… Read More

UF researchers expand vanilla project; hope to meet consumer, grower demands

You can taste it now. A refreshing scoop of vanilla ice cream or a milk shake can be tasty and help cool you down in the sweltering Florida heat. To meet growing consumer demand for… Read More

UF research: Recycle phosphorus before it goes into public waters – and save millions

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Recycle phosphorus while it’s still on the farm, and you can help prevent the nutrient from flowing downstream — where it could pollute water bodies — says a University of Florida scientist…. Read More

UF/IFAS to explore how to support urban farming across Florida

As Florida rapidly becomes more metropolitan and urban agriculture expands, a UF/IFAS grant funds research to address the challenges and opportunities urban farmers face. The research will characterize existing urban agriculture operations across the state… Read More

Sixth-generation farmer uses best management practices to take care of land

By Kelly Aue LIVE OAK, Fla. — As a sixth-generation farmer in Columbia County, Matt Dicks uses Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) to manage his family’s farm, Price Creek Cattle Company. “For farmers to stay… Read More

UF/IFAS engineer earns national honor for work in microirrigation

With his compact-bed geometry design, Sanjay Shukla has helped farmers around the world save on water, fertilizer and money. In Shukla’s design, taller, narrower beds of soil replace shorter, wider ones. Current beds tend to… Read More