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Backyard Bat Houses Promote Pest Control, Says UF Expert

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Mark Hostetler hostetlerm@wec.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0643
Debbie Kemmerer weah@atlantic.net, (352) 472-7626
Mark Kiser mkiser@batcon.org, (512) 327-9721

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Forget the garlic and put away those wooden stakes.

If you’re seeing more bats this Halloween, it’s probably because homeowners are installing backyard bat houses to encourage the flying mammals to hang around and provide natural pest control, says a University of Florida expert. (more …)

UF Experts Hope To Solve Mysteries Of Sturgeon Migration

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Debra Murie dmurie@ufl.edu, (352) 392-9617, ext. 245
Daryl Parkyn dparkyn@ufl.edu, (352) 392-9617, ext. 288
Don Fore don.b.fore@usace.army.mil, (904) 232-3729

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s a migratory mystery.

Each fall, threatened Gulf of Mexico sturgeon swim south down the Suwannee River out into the Gulf of Mexico. In the spring, they return to the Suwannee, sometimes swimming as far north as the Florida-Georgia border. But where they go during the winter no one knows, and that’s what University of Florida researchers want to find out. (more …)

P.K. Nair Receives Three National Awards In Charlotte, N.C.

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
P.K. Nair pknair@ufl.edu, (352) 392-846-0880
Ramesh Reddy krr@mail.ifas.ufl.edu

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — P.K. Nair, distinguished professor of agroforestry with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, received three national awards at professional meetings in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 23.

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) presented its 2001 International Soil Science Award to Nair and named him a Fellow in recognition of superior achievements in research, education and public service. He is the first UF faculty member to receive the SSSA international award. (more …)

Lynn Bailey, Folic Acid Expert, Receives March Of Dimes Award

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source:
Lynn Bailey (352) 392-1991, ext.213

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ATLANTA — Lynn Bailey, professor of human nutrition in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, today (10/22) received the March of Dimes Agnes Higgins Award for outstanding achievements in the field of maternal-fetal nutrition.

The award was presented to Bailey by Jennifer Howse, president of the March of Dimes, at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in Atlanta. (more …)

UF Releases New Soybean With Extended Growing Season

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Ann Blount (850) 482-9849
Ron Barnett (850) 875-7118
Paul Mislevy (863) 735-1314
Joe Wright (863) 453-2499
David Wright (850) 875-7119

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QUINCY, Fla. — A new soybean released by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences offers forage and grain producers a longer planting season, through its unique ability to keep growing under short-day conditions.

“Conventional soybeans must be planted between mid-May and mid-June if they are to attain full size,” said Ann Blount, an agronomist at UF’s North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna. “Our new cultivar enlarges that window of opportunity to April through July.” (more …)

UF Experts Suggest Alternative Fruit Crops After Canker-Eradication Program

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Suzanne Ackermann

Source:
Carlos Barlerdi cfb@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (305) 248-3311, x 233

GAINESVILLE, Fla.— While many South Florida residents have lost citrus trees in the state canker eradication program, there are other types of fruit trees that can be planted in backyards across the region.

Tropical fruit experts at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have developed a new document, which is located on the Web, for residents looking for new plants to replace citrus trees that have been removed. (more …)

UF Issues Reports On Economic Impact Of Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks; Documents Available On EDIS Web Site

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Timothy Hewitt thewitt@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (850) 482-9941
David Mulkey wdmulkey@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1845, ext. 406
Thomas Spreen thspreen@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1881, ext 209
John VanSickle sickle@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1881, ext 221
P.J. van Blokland pjvanblokland@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1845, ext 408
William Messina wamessina@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1826, ext 308

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As aftershocks from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks continue to ripple through nearly every sector of the economy, the outlook for Florida agriculture isn’t all bad, according to a series of new reports from the University of Florida.

“Tourism, consumer confidence and state tax revenues have all been hit hard, but impacts on Florida agriculture are likely to be less dramatic due to the basic nature of products produced by the industry,” said David Mulkey, agricultural economist with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). (more …)

UF Survey: Citrus Land Values Decline As Other Farmland Values Increase

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
John Reynolds jereynolds@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1845, ext. 412

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the exception of citrus groves, the value of farmland in Florida increased during the past year, according to a new University of Florida survey.

More than 200 respondents from around the state attributed the increases to various nonagricultural factors, said John Reynolds, agricultural economist with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Cane Syrup Makes A Comeback, With Help From UF

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
David Wright dlw@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (850) 875-7119
Charles Brasher clb@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu (850) 482-9620
Royce Lowery

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QUINCY, Fla. — Grab a biscuit: Homegrown cane syrup is making a comeback.

The richly flavored, distinctly Southern sweetener is returning from obscurity, as small producers revive the art of syrup making and generate new interest in sugarcane farming. (more …)

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