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UF/IFAS-developed blueberry app to help growers battle diseases and pests

A new University of Florida app will help the state’s blueberry growers identify and manage disease and insect injuries commonly encountered in Florida before their crop is ruined. Collectively, blueberries are a $60 million-per-year crop… Read More

Latest non-native lizard to expand in Florida, UF/IFAS scientists warn

image - large lizard Peters's rock agama

Palm trees, beaches and lizards are all common to Florida’s landscape, but did you know not all lizards are native? In fact, University of Florida researchers tell us that there are three times the number… Read More

UF survey requests citrus grower input to help set research directions

By RUTH BORGER   LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — University of Florida entomologist Lauren Diepenbrock is looking to the future of her research program and needs citrus industry professionals to help her see a clear picture…. Read More

UF/IFAS findings show less need for pesticide to control strawberry pest

It’s harvest season for Florida’s $300 million-per-year strawberry season, so those who grow this fruit need help to control pests such as the tiny (up to 2-millimeters long), destructive chilli thrips. Farmers often use pesticides… Read More

Inland fisheries may provide a ‘safety net’ during pandemic, new study finds

Fishermen in Malawi

A new study led by University of Florida researchers has found that the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to shifts in the way people use rivers, lakes and other inland water bodies… Read More

Upcoming Virtual Q&A on Florida’s Food System and COVID-19 | Initial Impressions

WHAT: A question-and-answer session with University of Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University researchers who are investigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Florida’s agriculture and food system industries. The interactive portion will follow… Read More

What’s in store for 2021? UF/IFAS experts predict food and garden trends

Food and garden trends

No one could have predicted the kind of year 2020 has been. But in late 2019, when UF/IFAS experts were asked to predict the top food and garden trends for the coming year, they made… Read More

New UF/IFAS app to ID toxic plants

Some livestock, pets and even children occasionally nibble on poisonous plants, presenting a potential pitfall to the animals and youth. Now, a new, free app designed by UF/IFAS researchers and Extension faculty helps you identify… Read More

Applications online to join UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Master Gardener Volunteer Program, Scholarship Program Introduced

image- master gardener volunteer working on orchids

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Like to dabble in your community, church, or school gardens? Like giving your neighbor a helping hand on how to grow herbs, vegetables, and fruit? Interested in urban sustainable food systems,… Read More

UF/IFAS joins effort to battle farmer, rancher stress

Stressed farmer

The stress level in rural communities is off the charts. Farm and ranch closures, land forfeitures, labor issues and more contribute, and according to a 2015 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Read More