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Are you ‘positive’ you want to conserve water?

PLANT CITY, Fla. — As Americans collectively use billions of gallons of water each day, social scientists are taking a holistic approach to figure out what motivates people to save this precious commodity. For example, UF/IFAS assistant professor… Read More

Hands to harvest, food system challenges during COVID-19

With disruptions to our food system at nearly every level, food banks need community support. UF/IFAS Extension Lake County donated 64 pounds of fresh produce to the Lake Cares food pantry this week, with more to come. “The… Read More

COVID-19 response: New UF/IFAS web page to give tips on home-grown food

For some, few activities beat the satisfaction of growing food at home. They find it fascinating to pull peas from pods, which in turn satisfies a need to create something from soil, water, seeds and sun. With the… Read More

COVID-19 and food safety: Fact and fiction for food production and disinfection

By Ruth Borger LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — Consumers are being bombarded with tips for what to do with their groceries during the coronavirus crisis.  Leave them in the garage for three days? Wash the produce with soapy water?… Read More

COVID 19 response: Your grocery disinfection and food-safety questions answered

It’s a battle of facts vs. myths in the rush to get information to the public about how consumers can safely shop for groceries and handle food without too much stress during the coronavirus pandemic. To get the… Read More

COVID-19 response: One person plants food gardens; Floridians get useful data from UF/IFAS; FAMU Extension

COVID-19 may take jobs away from people, but it can’t take away Tanya Murillo’s resilient spirit and her desire to grow vegetables in her yard. Murillo’s employer closed March 13 because of the coronavirus. So, she went home,… 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

Extension dropbox, online services offer solutions to consumer concerns

DAVIE, Fla. – Unique times call for unique measures. In lieu of the CDC’s recommendations to practice social distancing against COVID-19 spread, UF/IFAS Extension Broward has developed new approaches to providing continued services. Need to identify if there… 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