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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

Is indoor farming a solution? UF/IFAS scientists explain

DAVIE, Fla. – At one time, the concept of vegetables growing inside a temperature-controlled facility where LED lights and advanced technology set the pace for year-round harvesting, promoted photosynthesis and water use efficiency, and required no pesticides, was… 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

Coming attraction: Florida finger limes could be a new addition to your grocery citrus aisle

By RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — Sweet oranges. Ruby red grapefruit. Sugar Belle mandarins. When one thinks of Florida citrus, these fruits immediately come to mind. But finger limes? A University of Florida Institute of Food and… Read More

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

Can’t sew a face mask? A local 4-H member might have you covered

As part of the 4-H pledge, members commit their hands to larger service. In the time of COVID-19, that looks like hands busy sewing face masks and other supplies for communities across Florida. In at least 18 counties,… 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