Secretary Perdue Hears from Youth in Ag

Abbey Taylor Education, Farm Bill, Florida, Legislative

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue hosted a roundtable meeting about youth in agriculture at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) on Dec. 8 in Tallahassee. Those involved in the discussion included FAMU President Larry Robinson, Florida Congressman Al Lawson, FAMU students, Florida FFA state officers and members of Florida 4-H. Perdue began the meeting by asking the participants what …


Challenge Raises More Than 20,000 Pounds of Peanut Butter for the Hungry

Dan Economy, Education, Florida, Peanuts

Spread the cheer and the protein! Some families will get more healthy food to eat, now that Florida Panhandle residents donated a record of more than 20,000 pounds of peanut butter for this year’s UF/IFAS Extension Peanut Butter Challenge, organizers said. Combine nearly 9,000 pounds in donations to UF/IFAS Extension county offices with 11,340 pounds from the Florida Peanut Producers …


UF study: Farm to School Program Boosts Fruit, Veggie Intake

Dan Education, Fruits, Industry News Release, Vegetables

It’s one thing to offer students fruits and vegetables for school lunch; it’s another for them to actually eat them. Children who attend schools with Farm to School programs eat more fruits and vegetables, new University of Florida research shows. In 2010, Congress passed the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. In approving the legislation, lawmakers wanted to improve children’s nutrition. …


UF Professor Helps Write Latest Edition of Gold Standard Propagation Textbook

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release

Growers, students and professors use this textbook across the world, and now a UF/IFAS environmental horticulture professor has helped write the new edition of what those in the industry and academia consider the Bible of propagation texts. Sandra Wilson is now the fifth author in the nearly 60-year history of the book, Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices. Wilson co-authored the …


So, You’ve Inherited a Farm, Now What?

Dan Economy, Education, Industry News Release

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is sponsoring a series of seminars next week focusing on issues that involve inheriting farmland. The seminar is titled “So, You’ve Inherited a Farm, Now What?” and will provide information and education about farmland ownership.  Extension Educator Allan Vyhnalek  will be one of the presenters at the two and half hour seminar. Info Vyhnalek says …


100th Anniversary of the Citrus Research and Education Center

Dan Citrus, Education, Research

University of Florida officials, citrus scientists, growers and other stakeholders will gather at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) in Lake Alfred this Wednesday, November 29 for the 100th anniversary of the CREC. Dr. Jack Payne, University of Florida senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, is looking forward to the big event. UF/IFAS Citrus REC celebrates …


NIFA-Support for Education, Mentoring, and Technical Assistance Programs to Help New Farmers and Ranchers

Dan Education, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $17.7 million in available funding to support the delivery of education, mentoring, and technical assistance programs that help beginning farmers and ranchers in the U.S. and its territories. Funding is made through NIFA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “BFRDP …

Alabama’s Beginning Farmer Program

Abbey Taylor Alabama, Education

The Beginning Farmer Program has come to Alabama. The Alabama Beginning Farmer Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant, aims to provide a knowledge infrastructure for new and developing farmers. Ayanava Majumdar, Auburn University Extension entomologist, is working on the program, which he calls a “very important project.” The Alabama project started …


UF/IFAS CALS Student Places First in International Graduate Student Competition

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops

Debalina Saha, an environmental horticulture graduate assistant at the University of Florida, has always wanted to study how different mulches and herbicides affect weed growth. Her tenacity has paid off: Saha placed first in the International Plant Propagation Society Southern Region graduate student research competition at its 42nd annual conference. “Measuring light under different mulch depths was something that had …