Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281
Michael V. Martin (352) 392-1971
GAINESVILLE—Michael V. Martin, University of Florida vice president for agriculture and natural reSources, received the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) at its 80th annual meeting in Bloomington, MN. on Nov. 30.
The award was presented to Martin after he left the University of Minnesota to begin leading the statewide teaching, research and extension programs of the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)
Dan Cantliffe (352) 392-1928, ext. 203
GAINESVILLE — Tomato lovers who wonder how to find luscious winter tomatoes — ripe, red, firm but juicy, sweet but tangy — might well ask their grocer whether he’s selling Mexican tomatoes or tomatoes grown in Florida.
University of Florida researcher Dan Cantliffe says it makes a big difference. (more …)
Dan Perkins (352) 392-2201
John Rutledge (352) 846-1003
GAINESVILLE-“Getting” isn’t the top priority for a lot of kids this holiday season.
“Everyone worries about what they will get for Christmas, but I’ve learned that giving is sometimes better than getting,” said Amanda Barnard, 12, of Gainesville. “You realize through service projects that some people don’t have things and you appreciate what you have.” (more …)
Jim Barrett (352) 392-1831
GAINESVILLE—When poinsettias arrived on the U.S. Christmas scene as stage decor for holiday television specials in the 1950s and ’60s, there was red and only red.
Now, four decades later, there are about 100 varieties of poinsettias and almost as many colors and variations, says University of Florida horticulturist Jim Barrett. (more …)