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UF Agricultural Economist Says Delay In Pesticide Ban Could Boost Support For Expanding Latin American Trade

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
John VanSickle (352) 392-1826 (Ext.221)
Corinna Gilfillan (202) 783-7400
Michael Stuart (407) 894-1351
Joe Noling (941) 956-1151

GAINESVILLE—A University of Florida professor says agricultural industry support for expanding trade with Latin America could depend on delaying a 2001 ban on a controversial but widely used pesticide.

“It would be a good trade-off,” said John VanSickle, agricultural economist with the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “Basically, we’re talking about delaying the ban on a pesticide our fruit and vegetable growers need in order to compete with Mexico and other countries. The delay could boost Florida agricultural industry support for expanding trade in the hemisphere.” (more …)

UF Professor Has Worked With New Indonesian Leader

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source(s):
Hugh Popenoe (352) 392-1965

GAINESVILLE — Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie is charming and dapper, but it remains to be seen whether he has the political skills to hold his South Pacific nation together, says a University of Florida tropical agriculture expert who met the new Indonesian president 19 years ago.

“He wore a crisp white shirt and a linen suit while the rest of us were working in shirt sleeves,” said UF’s Hugh Popenoe in recalling his first encounter with the new president while advising the Indonesian government. “I was impressed by his sparkling dark eyes, how bright he was and how fluent he was in English.” (more …)

Climbing Fern Swallowing Up More And More Of Florida’s Forests

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Karen Meisenheimer

Source(s):
Randall Stocker (352) 392-9613

GAINESVILLE–It will grow anywhere. In the dark shade and broad open sunlight. In wet, marshy soil and dry brittle ground.

It survives floods and encourages fire. And it’s multiplying at a rate that scares state environmental officials like an old horror movie at the Saturday matinee. (more …)

Global Warming Could Disrupt Agriculture Around The Globe

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Hartwell Allen (352) 392-8194
Ken Boote (352) 392-1811

GAINESVILLE—University of Florida researchers are peeking into the next century at what might happen to food crops if global warming continues at its current rate, and what they found is a good news/bad news situation.

In the short run, the research shows, some crops thrive in warmer temperatures caused By increases in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. But the picture could worsen later in the century if temperatures climb and rainfall patterns change around the globe. (more …)

New Juice Process Takes The Pulp Out Of Fruit Juices

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence
Carole Jaworski

Source(s):
Chin Shu Chen

GAINESVILLE—Citrus and berry growers can squeeze more value out of their crops using a new juice processing technique invented By a University of Florida researcher.

Consumers, too, will benefit from the process, which allows juice-makers to use natural sweeteners, rather than corn syrup, said Chin Shu Chen, a food engineering professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

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