GAINESVILLE — In breakthrough research that will protect U.S. livestock and wildlife from a deadly African tick-borne disease, University of Florida scientists have developed two new vaccines along with environmentally sound measures to battle ticks and check the health of imported animals.
The target is heartwater disease, which has already spread from Africa to the eastern Caribbean and now threatens the United States. (more …)
TAMPA, FL — A tropical fruit grower, an agricultural development pioneer, a champion quarter horse breeder, the “father” of low-density farming, and a dairy farmer have been selected for induction into the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame this winter. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—They produce mountains of manure and stinky, ozone- depleting (some scientists contend), methane gas. They also supply the nation with sweet, fresh milk. It’s a real public relations quandary for the nation’s dairy cattle.
But a survey of the state’s dairy industry conducted by University of Florida scientists brings “moo-ving” news for the bucolic bovines, often condemned as environmental criminals. Cattle are also major-league recyclers who eat about 600,000 cubic yards of by-products that otherwise would end up as waste in a landfill. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—For all you Halloween skeptics, Jim Stephens has this to report: The Great Pumpkin is real.
How does he know? Stephens, a University of Florida vegetable crops specialist, is the keeper of the state’s official list of biggest vegetables, and the only one who can proclaim a Florida veggie a champion. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—A velvety, short-growing turfgrass specimen collected on a municipal golf course in Hawaii and developed at a University of Florida laboratory may bring hole-in-one success to the nation’s golf courses.
The Bermuda grass, named FloraDwarf for its height, is the first variety of turfgrass from UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to receive a patent. Used primarily for putting greens, FloraDwarf shows so much promise that one professional golfer joined forces with UF scientists to grow it on his sod farm and plant it on a golf course he helped design. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—The John Gray Fund for Excellence is sponsoring a distinguished lecture series in forest resources and conservation. Professor William R. Bentley, a senior research scholar at Yale University and president of Salmon Brook Associates in Granby, Conn., will present the university-wide lecture on Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. in Room 282 of the J. Wayne Reitz Union on the University of Florida campus. His topic is: The Seventh American Forest Congress and its Next Steps – Evidence of a Paradigm Shift? (more …)
GAINESVILLE—Devaluation of the peso by the Mexican government is to blame for trade disadvantages that have hurt Florida’s vegetable growers for the past two years, according to University of Florida research.
Monetary policies set forth by Mexico’s Zedillo administration not only have caused U.S growers to lose money, but “artificial inflation” of the peso also has hurt Mexicans by reducing the spending power of the country’s lower classes, said Professor John Van Sickle, an agricultural economist at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—The University of Florida’s Department of 4-H and Other Youth Programs will formally accept a donation of land from a Daytona Beach company at a celebration set for Oct. 28 near Lake Placid.
The Consolidated Tomoka Land Co. will officially transfer to the UF Foundation a deed for 24 acres of property earmarked for the Camp Cloverleaf 4-H Center. The public is invited to the ceremony from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—For the sixth consecutive year, the market value of Florida’s citrus lands has declined, according to a recent statewide survey conducted at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Results of the annual Florida Land Value Survey by UF/IFAS’ Department of Food and Resource Economics show that in the past year, overall agricultural land values declined in the state’s southern regions, while they increased in northern areas. Agricultural land values have declined each year since 1990 in southern regions, but have increased since 1992 in the Northwest and since 1993 in the Northeast. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—The University of Florida’s Cooperative Extension Service has joined forces with the Alachua County Affordable Housing Coalition to offer a series of workshops, “Up the Organization.”
The four-part workshops series, which begins Sept. 24 and continues with sessions on Oct. 1, Oct. 8 and Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will help non-profit community organizations increase their productivity through better organization and leadership skill development, said Elizabeth Bolton, a professor of home economics at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)