Don Jackson (352) 392-1837
Leslie Sturmer (352) 486-5131
GAINESVILLE—Blue crab aficionados have something to smile about: In the wake of the 1995 net ban, soft-shell crab production is on the rise in Florida.
Last year’s Florida Department of Environmental Protection annual landings summary shows that soft-shell crab production has increased 20 percent from 1996 to almost 46,000 dozen soft-shell crabs being sold to wholesalers, retailers and restaurants. Meantime, the price per pound had remained stable or, in some cases, increased. (more …)
Rodney Clouser (352) 392-1781
Earnest Jett (352) 379-4521
GAINESVILLE Florida farmers should keep good records this summer in case they need them to obtain federal assistance, University of Florida agricultural specialists said.
“Good records always are important because money is the lifeblood of any business,” said Rodney Clouser of the Cooperative Extension Service, part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “But records are especially important now because of the potential for weather-related disasters.” (more …)
Martha Monroe firstname.lastname@example.org, (352) 846-0891
Alan Long email@example.com, (352) 846-0878
GAINESVILLE—Some Floridians are creating fire risks by nestling their homes in wooded landscapes, University of Florida forestry experts say.
“There are many good reasons to have trees and native shrubs near your home,” said Martha Monroe, an environmental educator with the School of Forest Resources and Conservation in UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)
Dr. Daniel Perkins (850) 623-3868
See and hear Dr. Perkins talk: http://news.ifas.ufl.edu/print
GAINESVILLE—In a study of almost 15,000 teens, a University of Florida researcher has found that community involvement plays an important role in preventing suicide.
“Until now, we had never taken a community-based look at suicide,” said Daniel Perkins, a researcher in UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. "Previously, we had only used data collected from clinics or gathered on a post-mortem basis. Few studies have assessed risk factors related to suicidal behaviors among a ‘normal,’ or community, sample of adolescents. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—Dan Sharp, left, animal science professor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, with graduate students Mark Gunderson and Stefan Kools, observe as Louis Guillette, professor in the UF Department of Zoology, operates on a male alligator.
The 11-foot animal was pulled from Lake Woodruff near Ocala National Forest so his tissues could be harvested and used for research. Guillette said the tissues and blood samples would be shared among several university departments and with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate the need to take other alligators. Tissues from this healthy gator will provide a point of comparision with tissues from alligators in other Florida lakes, where the animals are suffering from long-term pesticide exposure.
Dan Mullins firstname.lastname@example.org, (850) 623-3868
MILTON—Panhandle farmers can trade in snap beans for snapdragons in a move to boost their earnings. University of Florida extension specialist Dan Mullins says adding sunflowers, zinnias and verbena to fields of corn, cotton and beans could make a big difference in the bottom line for farmers.
“We became interested in cut flowers because we’re always looking for alternative crops,” said Mullins, a horticulture and vegetable specialist with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “Diversity is the name of the game these days. Growers, even successful growers, are always looking for alternatives so they can spread out the risk and avoid investing their resources in only one crop. (more …)