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UF Vice President Michael Martin Honored By Minnesota Farm Bureau

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source:
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 …)

Florida Tomatoes Worth Asking For, New UF Taste Tests Show

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chris Eversole
Cindy Spence

Source:
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 …)

Parents Can Teach Kids Giving Is Better Than Getting

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ami Neiberger

Source(s):
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 …)

UF horticulturist says there’s a poinsettia to suit everyone

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source:
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 …)

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