John Stevely (941) 722-4524, ext. 239
SARASOTA—Imagine you’re the captain of a charter vessel taking a bunch of anglers to sea for a day of fishing. They catch a beautiful grouper, but it’s a few inches undersize, so you have to take the fish off the line and throw it back.
After all, it’s the law. Now imagine that the fish floats away on the waves, unable to descend to its normal depth, and is snapped up by a bird looking for dinner. (more …)
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281
Marion Clarke (352) 392-1837
Tom Quinn (850) 488-6253
GAINESVILLE—Fears that zebra mussels could become the next nuisance pest to invade Florida have prompted University of Florida officials to start broadcasting warnings to visitors about the meddlesome mollusks.
Two new low-power radio stations on Interstates 75 and 95 near the Georgia border now broadcast zebra mussel advisories, and a third station is planned for I-10 near the Alabama border. Signs give station frequencies and ask motorists to tune in. (more …)
Richard Tyson, (407) 665-5554
Frank Chapman (352) 392-9617 ext. 247
John Jackson (352) 343-4101
SANFORD — There’s nothing fishy about the fish story; you can make a big catch financially raising tropical fish.
Learn how it’s done at a workshop on urban farming sponsored by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The workshop is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. March 6 at the Seminole County Extension Auditorium in Sanford. (more …)
Charlie Price, Central Florida (407) 295-3247
Melda Bassett, assistant vicep (352) 392-1975
ORLANDO — The Central Florida Fair has pledged $100,000 to support scholarships for students of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences from the six counties it serves.
Pending the availability of state funds, the gift will be eligible for an additional $50,000 in matching money. (more …)
Robert Hochmuth (904) 362-1725
George Hochmuth (352) 392-2134 ext. 208
LIVE OAK — The Florida vegetable industry is moving under cover.
Greenhouse production of vegetables is surging in the state, with the vast majority of growers using hydroponics, said Bob Hochmuth, a vegetable specialist with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
“Today’s discriminating consumers are demanding higher quality and more specialized vegetables, and the hydroponic growers are in a position to deliver them,” Hochmuth said. “What we’re seeing in Florida is part of an international trend.” (more …)
Michael Kane (352) 392-7937
GAINESVILLE–Gulf Coast sea oats are genetically different from sea oats on the Atlantic Coast, a University of Florida researcher has found.
The differences, says Michael Kane, may be the key to preserving Florida’s dune system — and keeping coastal residents safe — in the face of tropical storms and hurricanes. (more …)