IFAS News

University of Florida

Raspberries Can Be A Moneymaker For Florida Farmers

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source(s):
Bob Knight (305) 246-6340

GAINESVILLE—Raspberries, long considered a Northern crop, may find the South hospitable after all, researchers at the University of Florida have found.

“This is a crop with some real potential,” said researcher Bob Knight, of UF’s Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead. “We’ve heard from farmers as far away as North Florida who are interested in raspberries.” (more …)

Frogs, Toads Seek Ranches As Safe Haven From Development

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source(s):
George Tanner (352) 846-0570

LAKE PLACID — Threatened with urban development as never before, frogs and toads increasingly are finding refuge on Florida ranch lands, a University of Florida study finds.

“Why are we so interested in frogs and toads? Because they’re a crucial link in the food chain for all kinds of other wildlife,” said George Tanner, a wildlife conservationist with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “They’re like canaries in a coal mine, giving us an early warning on the overall health of the environment for all wildlife.” (more …)

Battles Over Land Use Coming To North Florida, UF Researchers Say

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source(s):
David Denslow (352) 392-0171 ext. 340
David Mulkey (352) 352-1845 ext. 406
Burl Long (352) 392-1826 ext. 207

GAINESVILLE — Florida’s urban mass could grow by almost half in the next 15 years, bringing gridlock and fights over water, taxes and land use to North Florida, according to new projections by University of Florida economists.Retiring baby boomers will fuel population growth, said UF economist David Denslow. “The first surge of boomers will retire in 2006. We need to be thinking about how we will handle their impact because it’s not that long before they arrive,” he said. (more …)

Hare-Raising Ventures On The Brink Of Success

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source(s):
David Zimet (850) 875-7125
Beth Seely (352) 489-8353

GAINESVILLE—Florida rabbit farmers have cleared a major hurdle in stocking supermarket meat cases with rabbit cutlets, with recent approval from the USDA of a meat processing facility.

And although the Easter Bunny might keep some Americans from indulging in rabbit recipes, Florida’s diversity makes the state a prime market for rabbit, says University of Florida economist David Zimet. (more …)

Campaign For UF/IFAS Will Benefit Florida Agriculture

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Debra Amirin

Source(s):
Melda Bassett, Assistant VP fo (352) 392-1975

GAINESVILLE – Many growers and producers credit the success, if not the very survival, of Florida agriculture to teaching, research and extension efforts By the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). Many of these efforts have been funded through the generosity of donors in the private sector.

Florida agriculture is once again expected to be the winner following the successful completion of UF’s $500 million “It’s Performance That Counts” Capital Campaign in the year 2000, provided that IFAS is successful in raising its $54.125 million ($36,450,000 in gifts plus $17,675,000 in state matches) portion of the overall goal in this major fundraising effort. With the campaign half over, UF/IFAS has raised $25 million-plus. (more …)

Private Support Boosts Belle Glade REC

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Debra Amirin

Source(s):
Melda Bassett, Assistant VP fo (352) 392-1975

GAINESVILLE – Nearly $4 million in gifts and state matches through the SHARE program has helped the Everglades Research and Education Center reach the forefront of academic and research excellence and become one of the top REC’s in Florida in the acquisition of grants. Success breeds success, and Director of the UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center Van Waddill knows that better than anyone. Nearly $4 million in gifts, pledges and state matches through SHARE in the past ten years from a grateful Belle Glade agricultural community have helped the Center to achieve the academic and research excellence vital to the acquisition of grant funding and made the EREC the number one research and education center in Florida in the acquisition of such support. (more …)

UF’s Sand Architects Try To Rebuild Coastal Dunes

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source(s):
Mack Thetford
Deborah Miller (850) 983-2632

GAINESVILLE—The side panel on Deborah Miller and Mack Thetford’s state vehicle could easily read: Dunes R Us.

Instead, it carries the University of Florida logo as the two dune builders travel Northwest Florida beaches, renourishing sand dunes torn asunder by Hurricane Opal in 1995. (more …)

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