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University of Florida

Visitation Centers Help Speed Up Children’s Court Cases, UF Researcher Finds

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source(s):
Daniel F. Perkins (352) 392-2201

GAINESVILLE—Families who are referred to a supervised visitation center when children are removed from the home because of abuse or neglect have their court cases resolved sooner than if a caseworker supervised family visits, a University of Florida researcher has found.

The centers also result in more frequent visits between parents and children, which helps to maintain family ties, said Daniel Perkins, in this month’s Journal of Family Relations. (more …)

UF Researcher Enlisting Floridians In Tracking Foreign Villain

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source(s):
Marjorie Hoy (352) 392-1901 ext.153
Lance Osborne (407) 884-2034
Ru Nguyen
Avas Hamon (352) 372-3505

GAINESVILLE — The war on bugs needs you and the other 14.7 million Floridians.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to inspect your hibiscus plants for the pink hibiscus mealybug. The critter has caused tens of millions of dollars of damage to a multitude of plants — including hibiscus, citrus trees, corn, sugarcane, beans and ornamental shrubs — in the Caribbean and is expected to arrive in Florida soon. (more …)

University Of Florida Hosts National Disaster Teleconference

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source:
Carol Lehtola (352) 392-1864

GAINESVILLE — The University of Florida is reaching across the United States to help communities respond to disasters.

UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is producing a satellite videoconference “Are You Ready? Awareness for Preparedness,” which will occur from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 12. (more …)

UF/IFAS Offers Master’s Degree Through Distance Education

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source(s):
Rachel Shireman (352) 392-2251
Jimmy Cheek (392) 392-1963

GAINESVILLE — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is offering a master’s degree in agriculture through distance education, beginning this fall.

Students will be able to take many of the classes for the degree at 12 interactive video classrooms around the state. Some of the classes will be taught By videotape or on the Internet. (more …)

UF Study Shows How Large Dairies Can Practice Organic Farming

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Karen Meisenheimer

Source(s):
Tito French (352)392-1811

GAINESVILLE–While many activists consider dairy waste to be the latest environmental criminal, a University of Florida agronomy expert says it could be a valuable resource if managed correctly.

“Dairies produce a large amount of organic reSources,” said Tito French, of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “Everyone loves organic farming, and here we have an opportunity to put organic farming concepts into practice in large agriculture.” (more …)

The Wildfires — And The Wildlife — Will Return, UF Experts Say

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole

Source(s):
Henry Gholz (352) 846-0889
George Tanner (352) 846-0570

GAINESVILLE — Florida won’t be safe from fire once all this summer’s wildfires are extinguished because development has added to the natural fire hazards already part of the state’s landscape, University of Florida researchers say.

“The conditions that turned the state into a tinder box this summer will continue, and wildfires will return,” said Henry Gholz, a forest ecologist with the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

4-H Camp Ocala Converted Into Fire Command

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ami Neiberger
Chris Eversole

Source(s):
Charles Wolfe (352) 759-2288

OCALA — Normally, 4-H Camp Ocala would be teeming with kids, backpacks, sleeping bags and giggles. But the recent wildfires have displaced campers with firefighters, two helicopters and a military-style command post.

The U.S. Forest Service took over the camp Friday to set up a fire command site that houses more than 100 firefighters and 40 support staff and coordinates firefighting in three central Florida counties. (more …)

UF researcher develops guidelines for soccer field performance

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source:
Grady Miller, (352) 392-7942

GAINESVILLE—University of Florida researcher Grady Miller may be a popular man in soccer circles By the time the World Cup rolls around again in four years.

Miller, a turfgrass specialist, is beginning to answer a question soccer players have asked for years: Is there a way to get soccer fields, city to city and country to country, to perform in a similar manner? (more …)

Agricultural Agencies Form Team To Boost Rural Development

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Karen Meisenheimer

Source:
Elizabeth Bolton (352) 392-1987

BRANFORD—While most of Florida enjoys record growth, local leaders in rural communities are trying to reverse a decade of decline and boost economic recovery with help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Florida.

For the first time, four agencies from USDA and UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have combined forces to help foster rural development in the state, initiating Team USDA. (more …)

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