IFAS News

University of Florida

Organic Gardening Workshop Series Kicks Off Nov. 18

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Carole L. Jaworski

Source(s):
Jack Hebb
Anita Neal (561) 462-1660

FORT PIERCE – A five-week Organic Gardening Workshop series kicks off Nov. 18 at the University of Florida Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce. The workshop series will run on five consecutive Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Dec. 16.

The workshops are geared to anyone interested in organic gardening, from commercial growers and nurseries to master gardeners and homeowners, says Jack Hebb, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences St. Lucie County Extension agent. (more …)

Ghost Ants Can Be More Trick Than Treat For Homeowners

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Sylvia Beauchamp

Source:
David Williams (352) 374-5982

GAINESVILLE— Florida homeowners may be haunted by more than the usual ghouls and goblins this time of year as ghost ants show up in kitchens in search of a sweet treat.

Ghost ants are pesky little insects who got their name by looking much like tiny, white apparitions who suddenly appear and seem to disappear just as quickly. They don’t sting or bite, but like any good trick-or-treater, ghost ants do have a sweet tooth and prefer nibbling on goodies such as cakes, candy and cookies. (more …)

Distance Education Writing Course Offered

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Carole L. Jaworski

Source:
Jim Nehiley (352) 392-1773

GAINESVILLE – If you’ve ever longed to try your hand at writing, a distance education course being offered by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences may be for you.

“Writing for Agriculture and the Natural Resources” covers strategies and techniques for effective writing, particularly for agricultural and natural resource audiences. (more …)

State Officials Fear Imported Animals Might Introduce Deadly Tick-borne Livestock Disease

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281

Source:
Michael Burridge (352) 392-4700 ext. 3131
Leroy Coffman (850) 488-7747
Sandra Allan (352) 392-4700 ext. 5842

GAINESVILLE—A University of Florida professor and the state veterinarian say large African tortoise ticks found on imported reptiles in Florida could carry and spread heartwater, an exotic disease that kills livestock and wildlife.

To prevent a heartwater epidemic in the United States, they want to improve testing procedures for imported wildlife and develop methods to detect ticks on reptiles. (more …)

Distance Education Food Safety Course Offered

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Carole L. Jaworski

Source(s):
Douglas Archer (352) 392-1991, ext. 202
Marty Marshall (352) 392-1978, ext. 405

GAINESVILLE – If you’re concerned about how nutrition and food safety affect health, a distance education course being offered this spring by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences may be for you.

“Man’s Food” is a three credit hour course offered by UF’s food science and human nutrition department. Instructors are Doug Archer, department chair, and Marty Marshall, food science professor. (more …)

Florida 4-H Youth Compete In National Engineering, Science, And Leadership Event

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ami Neiberger, Florida 4-H Youth Devel

Source:
Michael Talbot, Dept. of Agr, mtt@agen.ufl.edu

GAINESVILLE-Seven Florida teenagers earned national honors when they competed in the 47th annual National 4-H Engineering, Science and Leadership Event at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, September 21-24, 1997. All seven of the teens placed within the top ten rankings in their categories.

The youth showcased skills learned through hands-on educational experiences in the Florida 4-H Youth Development Program. The Florida 4-H Youth Development Program is part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. (more …)

Lombardi To Host Groundbreaking Oct. 28 For New UF Consolidated Center At Apopka

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Carole L. Jaworski

Source(s):
Norm Leppla (407) 884-2034

APOPKA — University of Florida President John V. Lombardi will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new UF consolidated Central Florida Research and Education Center (CFREC) in Apopka on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The ceremony will take place on the grounds adjacent to the existing center at 10:30 a.m.

The new center is the result of merging three UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) centers at Apopka, Leesburg and Sanford into one expanded center. It was made possible by a $12.5 million appropriation from the state legislature. (more …)

UF/IFAS Pilot Program Focuses On Good Food Habits For Teens

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source(s):
Linda Bobroff (352) 392-1895

GAINESVILLE—For teenagers who snack their way through the day, living off candy, chips, cookies and soda, University of Florida researchers have a message: Read a nutrition label.

What’s more, they’ll be happy to teach teens how to read labels and make more earth-friendly choices, with a new pilot program developed at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

South Florida Vegetable Growers Workshop Slated Oct.23

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Carole L. Jaworski

Source(s):
John VanSickle (352) 392-1826 ext. 221
Mary Lamberts (305) 248-3311 ext. 234

GAINESVILLE – “Developing Opportunities for South Florida Vegetable Growers” is the theme of an all-day University of Florida workshop slated for Oct. 23 in Homestead. The workshop will take place at the County Agricultural Center beginning at 9 a.m. (more …)

New “Wonder Peanut” Beats Olive Oil In Healthful Benefits

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Carole L. Jaworski

Source(s):
Daniel W. Gorbet (850) 482-9904
Rachel Shireman (352) 392-2251

GAINESVILLE – A new “wonder peanut” being harvested for the first time in the United States this month beats olive oil in healthful benefits, says a University of Florida peanut breeder.

The SunOleic 97R peanut, developed by Daniel W. Gorbet, a UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences agronomy professor, not only surpasses olive oil in cholesterol-lowering properties, it offers growers better yields than the industry standard, “Florunner” – 10 to 14 percent more peanuts per acre, he says. (more …)

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