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UF Researcher: After-School Activities Help Kids Stay In School – Study suggests even good students may be at risk without adult supervision

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Glenn Israel reports@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-0502

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Children who participate in adult-supervised extracurricular activities after school are more likely to graduate from high school than latchkey kids who spend their afternoons without adult supervision, a new University of Florida study shows.

UF community sociologist Glenn Israel, lead author of the study, said programs such as school bands, sports teams or after-school clubs provide kids with opportunities to develop relationships with adults who reinforce the idea that school is important. The study indicates these relationships are so important that even good students can be at risk if allowed to go home alone. (more …)

Florida Cattle Pioneer Bud Adams Recalls 50 Years Of Progress And Partnership With UF

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-1773 x 277

Source(s):
Bud Adams (561) 461-6321
Findlay Pate pate@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (941) 735-1314, ext. 203
Jim Handley adamsranch1@prodigy.net, (407) 846-6221
Mike Adams olson@animal.ufl.edu, (561) 461-6321

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FORT PIERCE, Fla.—Until 1948, it seemed that Florida cattle production would be forever limited by the state’s withering heat and humidity.

Then came Alto “Bud” Adams, Jr.

Adams understood the problem firsthand. Growing up on his father’s ranch near Fort Pierce he’d raised the small, hardy Spanish cattle Florida was known for — they tolerated the climate but didn’t perform well in the marketplace. Retailers and consumers favored improved beef breeds like the big Herefords that thrived in the Midwest. (more …)

Gaps In Security May Threaten U.S. Food Supply

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Paul Kimpel

Source:
Marjorie Hoy mahoy@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1901, ext.153

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A group of state lawmakers is scheduled next week to tour Miami International Airport and see first-hand a potential gateway for what a University of Florida researcher says could threaten the nation’s food supply: agricultural bioterrorism.

Entomology Professor Marjorie Hoy said U.S. borders are vulnerable, and bacteria, viruses and insects may at some point be used to attack agricultural targets. (more …)

UF Researcher: Cut Phosphorus To Help Lake Okeechobee Water Quality

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Jack Rechcigl rechcigl@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (941) 751-7636

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BRADENTON, Fla. — To help reduce algae levels in Lake Okeechobee, a University of Florida researcher says ranchers can eliminate phosphorus fertilizer without reducing the healthy growth of forage grasses.

Jack Rechcigl, director of UF’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, said grasses used in beef and dairy cattle grazing fields are capable of using phosphorus found deep in the soil. Plus, he said, phosphorus in grass animals eat is naturally recycled. (more …)

UF Reptile Expert To Display Rare Chinese Alligator At Trade Show – Exhibit is attempt to raise funds for protection of cousin to American alligator

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Perran Ross prosscsg@flmnh.ufl.edu, (352) 846-2566
Franklin Percival percivalf@wec.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1861

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida reptile specialist will display a rare Chinese alligator at a Daytona Beach exposition Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19.

Perran Ross, who heads UF’s Crocodile Specialist Group, said the small Chinese alligator is virtually extinct in the wild. About 130 of the reptiles are living in small ponds near farms and villages in China, he said. (more …)

Cantliffe Receives 2001 ASHS International Award

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Daniel Cantliffe dje@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1928, ext. 203

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Daniel Cantliffe, professor and chairman of the University of Florida’s horticultural sciences department, received the 2001 Outstanding International Horticulturist Award from the American Society for Horticultural Sciences (ASHS) at the organization’s annual meeting, July 21-25, in Sacramento, Calif.

The award was presented to Cantliffe for outstanding work in teaching, research and professional service to horticulture nationally and internationally in more than 20 countries. (more …)

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