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UF Survey: Florida Farmland Values Continue Upward Trend

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By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281
Source:
John Reynolds reynolds@fred.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1845, ext. 412

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—The value of farmland throughout Florida continues to increase, with grapefruit land posting big gains for the second consecutive year, according to a new University of Florida survey.”During the past year, the value of grapefruit groves increased 25 percent or more — the largest one-year jump ever recorded in our annual agricultural land value survey,” said John Reynolds, professor of agricultural economics with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

“And that’s on top of increases that ranged from 6.7 to 23.8 percent during the previous year. This is in sharp contrast to the decline in value of grapefruit groves from 1990 to 1998,” he said. (more …)

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Workshop Series Teaches New Land Managers Practical Skills

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By:
Ed Hunter (352) 392-1773 x 278
Source(s):
Martha Monroe mcmo@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0878
Doria Gordon dgordon@botany.ufl.edu, (352) 392-5949
Pete Colverson pcolverson@tnc.org, (407) 935-0002
Media Contact for Nature Conservancy fnevill@tnc.org, (407) 682-3664)

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GAINESVILLE — Florida’s preservation-land purchases have outstripped the supply of people trained to manage them, prompting the University of Florida and The Nature Conservancy to create a program designed to teach the day-to-day skills needed to keep the sensitive acreage on an even keel.

Programs such as Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever have resulted in the of acquisition more than 11 million acres of vulnerable land and waterways. That has created an unprecedented need for people who know how to manage natural areas with specific experience in Florida, said Doria Gordon, state ecologist for the Florida chapter of the conservancy and a UF associate professor of botany. (more …)

UF Researchers Seek Help On Miami-Dade Agricultural Survey

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Source(s):
Robert Degner degner@fred.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1871, ext. 454
Tom Stevens stevens@fred.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1845, ext. 429

MIAMI — To evaluate the long-term outlook for agriculture in Miami-Dade County, researchers with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are asking farmers and agribusinesses to participate in a survey.

During the last two weeks of October, UF’s Florida Agricultural Marketing Research Center will send questionnaires to farmers and other businesses engaged in all types of private agricultural activities in Miami-Dade County. Results from the survey will help UF and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services develop recommendations to enhance the industry’s economic viability. (more …)

UF Scientists Trick Strawberry Plants Into Producing Early Crop

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

Source(s):
David Dinkins dad@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (904) 966-6224
Suzanne Stapleton sstapleton@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (904) 362-1725
Larry Gillard (904) 782-3936

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STARKE, Fla. — Sometimes it’s nice to fool Mother Nature. By tricking strawberry plants into acting like spring has arrived, University of Florida scientists are helping North Florida growers produce a crop in November when market prices are high and other U.S. production areas are not harvesting fruit.

“Basically, the process involves putting young strawberry plants in refrigerated trailers for about two weeks, making them think they’ve been through the required winter chilling period,” said David Dinkins, Bradford County extension director with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF/IFAS South Florida Administrative Changes Announced

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Source(s):
Mike Martin mvm@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971
Waldy Klassen klassen@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (305) 246-7000
Van Waddill vhw@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (561) 993-1500

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Two administrative changes in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will improve the effectiveness of research and education programs for producers and consumers in South Florida, according to Mike Martin, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources.

Both changes were announced Oct. 9. Waldy Klassen, director of UF’s Tropical Research and Education Center, or REC, in Homestead since 1994, has been named South Florida director-at-large. He will work with faculty at seven RECs operated by UF in South Florida. (more …)

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