industrial hemp

UF Board of Trustees Approves Industrial Hemp Research Project

Dan Florida, Nursery Crops, Research

Florida’s farmers may have a new crop to grow if the University of Florida is successful in a pilot project to grow industrial hemp across the state. Researchers with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) received approval  from the UF Board of Trustees to develop hemp management and cropping systems that could be  economically viable for the …


Chefs to Prepare Delectable Delights at Annual Flavors of Florida

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

Some of Florida’s top chefs will showcase their skills, while featuring Florida’s bountiful agricultural products at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ fifth annual Flavors of Florida. Renowned Gainesville chef Bert Gill will lead a team of chefs with Florida producers contributing to the menu. Gill, who owns Blue Gill Quality Foods and Mildred’s Big City …

national ag day

National Ag Day Reminds Us of the Enormous Impact of Agriculture on Our Daily Lives

Dan Education, General, Industry News Release

When most people walk into a grocery store, the shelves are stocked year-round with all the food they want, so they might not consider the origins of their food. Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, said it’s critical to know the origins of our food supply, and not just the sake of being aware. “As …

range cattle

Opening of New Labs Highlights Field Day at Range Cattle REC

Dan Cattle, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

New vials, beakers, test tubes and sinks. More room. Those are just some of the features of laboratories that will open at the annual Field Day on April 5 at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Range Cattle Research and Education Center. “These spaces greatly advance our efforts to modernize our research laboratory and graduate student …


UF/IFAS Researcher Hopes to Breed, Grow Nutritious Pumpkins in Florida

Dan Florida, Fruits, Research, Specialty Crops

Pumpkins and their seeds are good for you. For example, the flesh of the fruit is a good source of many vitamins and fiber, and its seeds provide unsaturated fats that help reduce cholesterol, among their other health benefits. The pumpkin’s nutrient values are driving Geoffrey Meru, a fruit and vegetable geneticist at the University of Florida Institute of Food …

farm safety seminar

UF to Host Seminar on Farm Safety on March 16

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

A leading researcher in farmworker safety will keynote a seminar hosted by the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at the University of Florida. The seminar will be held on March 16. Linda McCauley, dean and professor at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, will speak about the evolution of academic/community partnerships between Emory University …

algal blooms

UF Study: To Help Prevent Harmful Algal Blooms, Limit Nitrogen and Phosphorus

Dan Environment, Florida, Water

Algal blooms can kill fish and harm a lake’s ecosystem, but by reducing two nutrients together such as nitrogen and phosphorus – not just one or the other — water managers might limit the blooms in lakes and rivers, a new University of Florida study shows. To come to this conclusion, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers used …

tiny insect

UF/IFAS Research: Tiny Insect May Help Reduce Hydrilla Presence in Florida Waters

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Water

A tiny insect with a big appetite for hydrilla could help reduce the presence of this troublesome invasive water weed in lakes, springs and rivers, says an entomologist with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. During National Invasive Species Awareness Week (Feb. 26 to March 2), researchers with UF/IFAS want to make residents aware of this …

agricultural safety

Theme of Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week-‘No One Can Take Your Place’

Dan Industry News Release

The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS) has teamed up with the American Farm Bureau and the U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers to raise awareness of agricultural health and safety by promoting Agricultural Safety Awareness Week March 4-10 with the theme “No One Can Take Your Place.” A different safety focus will be highlighted by the …