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Category: Agriculture

Is this poisonous? For UF mushroom expert, COVID-19 means more concerned calls, texts

Above: Lactarius paradoxus or ‘milky cap’ mushrooms gathered by Matt Smith in the Gainesville area. While this particular species is edible, there are mushrooms that look similar that are not edible, which is why Smith urges caution. “If… 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

Meet your interim DeSoto County agricultural Extension agent

ARCADIA, Fla. — For many years, Sarah Bostick worked on farms. Now, she brings science-based information to agricultural producers in two counties, including DeSoto. In addition to her role as the sustainable agricultural agent for UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota… Read More

UF/IFAS appoints interim director of Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center to support team’s urban initiatives, successes

DAVIE, Fla. – Jack Rechcigl has been appointed as interim Center Director of the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center (UF/IFAS FLREC) On May 12, Rechcigl stepped in to oversee the operations and research at the UF/IFAS… Read More

Pesticide license testing resumes starting May 18

Due to COVID-19, all pesticide license testing in Florida was suspended for more than six weeks. Now that the state has started to reactivate services, testing will resume at select UF/IFAS Extension offices on May 18. Not all… Read More

UF/IFAS faculty co-launch virtual conference for supporters of early-career agriculture teachers

By Jarred Shellhouse Supporters of early-career agriculture teachers across the United States are encouraged to register for a new digital conference hosted by the University of Florida department of agricultural education and communication and the Ohio FFA Association…. Read More

Survey: Agriculture, natural resources leaders’ concerns about COVID-19 lie in elements outside their control

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In a new survey conducted by University of Florida researchers, agriculture and natural resources leaders indicated most of their concerns regarding the pandemic were in areas they couldn’t control, such as their state’s economy and… Read More

University of Florida researchers find promising new treatment in fight to beat citrus greening

By RUTH BORGER GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have discovered another possible solution to the plague of citrus greening that is impacting Florida’s citrus groves.  This new information adds to the growing portfolio of knowledge that… 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