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University of Florida

UF Helps At-Risk Youth Learn Conflict Resolution

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Damon Miller (352) 846-0996, ext. 225
Linda McClellan (850) 643-2229
Gloria Keenan (850) 643-5235

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BRISTOL, Fla.—To prevent school violence in Liberty County, University of Florida extension agents are helping at-risk youth learn to settle disputes peacefully, as part of a new federally funded delinquency prevention program.

Liberty Investing For Tomorrow, or LIFT, combines conflict resolution training with character development, tutoring and cultural enrichment, said Damon Miller, assistant dean for 4-H youth development with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Books And Videos On Disaster Available Through UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Suzanne Ackermann

Source(s):
Carol Lehtola clehtola@agen.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1864, x 223
Chic Hinton cmh@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1764, x 224

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks, many people are wondering what to do when disaster strikes.

New books and videos on disaster preparedness and recovery are available from safety experts at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). (more …)

UF Aquaculture Center Re-Defines Its Mission

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Debbie Britt Pouder dcb@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu
Lance Riley lwriley@ufl.edu
Frank Chapman fchapman@ufl.edu
Jeffrey Hill jcichla@ufl.edu
Dave Carpenter davebc2@ufl.edu

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. — To further improve service to industry and consumers, the University of Florida’s Sam Mitchell Aquaculture Demonstration Facility in Blountstown is expanding its horizons.

Launched in 1988 to help establish and promote catfish farming in West Florida, the Sam Mitchell Aquaculture Demonstration Facility has offered a variety of extension education programs. Now, with the help of a new coordinator, the facility’s new mission statement includes research and teaching. (more …)

University Of FLorida Will “Force” Compost To The Next Level

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Paul Kimpel

Source:
Everett Emino everettemino@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-7935

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers say that food, paper and yard waste comprise 40 percent of Florida’s municipal waste, yet little attention has been paid to recovering those organic resources.

Everett R. Emino, professor of environmental horticulture with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, said that in addition to the abundance of organic matter, Florida has many farms, a crucial part of any composting program. (more …)

UF/IFAS Faculty And Staff Honored At Florida Associations Of Extension Professionals Conference

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Christine Waddill ctwaddill@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1761
Richard Jones rlj@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1784

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WEST PALM BEACH — Two interdisciplinary teams in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) were honored for outstanding contributions in research and extension at the Florida Associations of Extension Professionals (FAEP) conference in West Palm Beach, Sept. 13.

In addition, four extension faculty members received professional awards named in honor of former UF extension deans Marshall Watkins and John Woeste. (more …)

Gourmet-Style Thai Jasmine Rice May Be Future U.S. Crop

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Paul Kimpel

Source:
Chris Deren cwd@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (561) 993-1533

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BELLE GLADE, Fla. — An experimental plot of rice known as Thai jasmine comprises only a tiny fraction of the rice grown annually in Florida, but that humble beginning may one day lead to thousands of acres of the prized crop if a University of Florida researcher is successful.

To accomplish that, Chris Deren has been bombarding rice seeds with gamma rays. (more …)

UF Joins Partnership To Build Wind-Resistant Homes

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Pierce Jones (352) 392-8074
Perry Green (352) 392-0760
Craig Miller (352) 392-8074

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MELBOURNE, Fla. — In an effort to protect Florida residents from hurricane devastation, the University of Florida has joined federal agencies and private businesses to develop affordable wind-resistant homes.

The two-year project is part of a federal initiative to aid windstorm mitigation efforts in several states, said Pierce Jones, an energy extension specialist with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Jones helps coordinate efforts by UF, an architect, a builder, a mortgage lender, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (more …)

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