An estimated 2.5 million Floridians rely on private wells for home drinking water, according to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). These systems are sensitive to environmental changes, like flooding, and owners are responsible for the ... READ MORE
As the Florida Forest Service provides updates on multiple wildfires affecting Bay, Calhoun and Gulf counties, people may encounter unfamiliar fire science terminology.
To provide some explanation, we asked David Godwin, a fire ecologist ... READ MORE
Jonathan Crane is all about multi-tasking and promoting resilience in agriculture. He serves as the tropical fruit crop specialist and associate director at UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) in Homestead, FL.
He is also ... READ MORE
At the mention of climate change, most people think of melting ice and increasing global temperatures. While those are key elements of climate change, one of the lesser-known aspects is the direct impact on human health. Low-income communities, ... READ MORE
Nicole Walker, director of UF/IFAS Extension Polk County and associate director of the UF/IFAS Extension Southwest District:
Even though it’s inland, Polk County has seen its share of damage from hurricanes and tropical storms over the years. ... READ MORE
Angie Lindsey is an assistant professor of family, youth and community sciences working within the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education. She is also the UF/IFAS point of contact for the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).
How ... READ MORE
Hurricane season has officially begun.
Over the next six months, we must stay alert to news reports and be ready to face a tropical storm or hurricane in the state of Florida. Early forecasts predict an average of 13-20 named storms. Of those, ... READ MORE
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 some startlingly accurate predictions.
Today, these trends ... READ MORE
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 — a full five years before ... READ MORE
Annie Iannotti was helping her mom with some chores when she looked out the window and saw smoke coming from her neighbor’s house catty-corner from hers.
Annie, a high school senior, knew what to do. She grabbed her 4-H Youth Emergency ... READ MORE