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University of Florida

Rechcigl Named Associate Director Of UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research And Education Center At Bradenton And Dover

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Mike Martin mvm@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu
Jack Rechcigl rechcigl@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (941) 735-1314

BRADENTON—Jack Rechcigl, a University of Florida Research Foundation professor in the Department of Soil and Water Science, has been named as part of a two-person team to manage the UF’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center at Bradenton and Dover.

Rechcigl, a forage fertilization expert, will serve full time in a transitional role as associate director of the Bradenton and Dover facilities, which are part of the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). He will coordinate the day-to-day activities of the center and its faculty and staff, according to Mike Martin, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources. (more …)

UF Researcher Develops New Strawberry Varieties

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source:
Craig Chandler (813) 659-2801

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DOVER—Florida strawberry growers soon will have not one but two new varieties to choose from in planting their crops.

University of Florida strawberry breeder Craig Chandler released Earlibrite and Strawberry Festival this month, following extensive field trials in which the berries performed well under typical growing conditions. (more …)

UF Opens New Bull-Testing Facility At North Florida Research And Education Center In Marianna

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Serya Yesilcay

Source: Bob Sand (352) 392-7529

MARIANNA—Purebred cattle producers across Florida, Alabama and Georgia can get ready to consign their bulls for a worthy cause — to improve cattle industry genetics while showing off some of their best animals.

A new bull-testing facility at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna is preparing to host Florida Bull Test 2000, said Bob Sand, extension livestock specialist with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). (more …)

State 4-H Youth Dog Show Wows Watchers & Teaches Life-Long Lessons

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ami Neiberger

Source(s):
Damon Miller (352) 846-0996

TAMPA-Furry friends and fun are what it’s all about, say kids participating in the State 4-H Youth Dog Show at the Florida State Fair. But parents and organizers think that kids who train dogs walk away with far more than just the ability to show off in front of judges and win ribbons. Self-confidence, responsibility and knowledge are just a few of the side benefits kids get from training a dog. (more …)

Name Change: It’s Now IFAS Communication Services

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Mike Martin (352) 392-1971
Ashley Wood (352) 392-7228 ext. 293

GAINESVILLE—Mike Martin, University of Florida vice president for agriculture and natural resources, has announced a name change for the Educational Media and Services (EMS) unit in the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Effectively immediately, EMS will be identified as IFAS Communication Services (ICS).

“The state and national visibility of UF/IFAS programs is more important than ever before,” Martin said. “The new name is a simpler, more concise way of identifying the many essential support services this unit provides to our statewide faculty and staff. We do not anticipate any change in the range of services provided by the unit.” (more …)

4-H Fashion Show At The Florida State Fair Teaches Skills & More

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ami Neiberger

Source(s):
Joy Jordan (352) 846-1000

TAMPA-If you think sewing has gone out of style, you don’t know the full story. One hundred youth ages 8-18 competed in the 4-H Fashion Show at the Florida State Fair in Tampa last weekend. And if you think sewing is just for girls, think again. There were 16 boys competing.

The contestants sewed clothing for themselves or someone else and modeled it before the judges and a crowd of onlookers at the state fairgrounds. They were able to demonstrate sewing skills and build self-esteem, according to Joy Jordan, associate professor in the department of family, youth and comunity sciences at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. She said that contest participation is up 30 percent over last year. (more …)

Use Fruit To Make Chocolate A Healthy Treat For Valentine’s Day

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Linda Bobroff lebn@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1895
Elaine Turner ret@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1991 ext. 223

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GAINESVILLE — Valentine’s Day is Monday, and stores are full of enticing treats friends and lovers can use to express their undying devotion. There are the traditional boxes of chocolate, not to mention other kinds of candy, cards, flowers and fruit.

Fruit? Well, you might not want to give just a bushel of oranges or bunch of grapes to that special someone, but a University of Florida nutritionist says that combining fruit with the more traditional chocolate can allow couples to enjoy a sweet and, yes, healthy expression of their affection. (more …)

Manners Matter: Preparing Youth To Enter Tomorrow’s Workforce

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ami Neiberger

Source(s):
Vickie Mullins vbm@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (850) 623-3868
Joy Jordan mjca@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu (352) 846-1000

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MILTON, Fla.—Breathe a sigh of relief, Miss Manners, good etiquette is coming back into fashion.

A new program organized by 4-H youth educators from the University of Florida aims to teach teens that using the right fork, writing thank-you notes and dressing professionally really do count in the business world they’ll soon be entering. (more …)

Program Gives Students A Chance To See What Extension Work Is Like

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ed Hunter (352) 392-1773 x 278

Source(s):
Christine Waddill (352) 392-1761
Lynne Michaels (352) 378-7541

GAINESVILLE — Officials with the Florida Cooperative Extension Service are looking for students to work this summer in the University of Florida’s Extension Intern Program.

The program, designed both to give students exposure to the extension service and to provide extension offices with much-needed help, is open to students statewide. Most students are assigned to extension offices in each of Florida’s 67 counties around the state and earn $400 per week for the six-week program. (more …)

UF Initiates Statewide Welfare-To-Work Training

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Eric Lowe

Source:
Elizabeth Bolton (352) 392-1987

GAINESVILLE—To assist the almost 200,000 welfare recipients in Florida in achieving economic self sufficiency, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has started a statewide welfare-to-work training initiative under a $2.5 million grant from the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security.

The purpose of the initiative is to provide valuable labor skills to those on welfare and to assist them in job placement, said Elizabeth Bolton, a professor in the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences. (more …)

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