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University of Florida

UF To Host International Agricultural Trade And Policy Conference

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Source(s):
John VanSickle jjvansickle@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1881, ext. 221

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A conference coming to the University of Florida in Gainesville Nov. 14-15 will bring together agricultural policy-makers, industry leaders and producers from the southeast United States to help them understand legislative issues and industry topics that will influence global competitiveness.

U.S. Sen. Bob Graham will discuss the co-dependency of international trade and national security based on his experience as a Senate Intelligence Committee member, while U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam will cover free trade negotiations, along with the new farm bill and components that benefit specialty crop producers. (more …)

Identify Creepy-Crawly Bloodsuckers With Guide From UF/IFAS

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Source(s):
Roxanne Rutledge crr@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (772) 778-7200 ext. 158

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bloodsucking creatures lurk in the woods, waiting to pierce the flesh of their victims with painful, venomous stings. The stuff of Halloween nightmares? Maybe – but these monsters won’t be found in any Stephen King novel. Instead, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has published the humorously titled book “Pests that Suck Your Blood and Try to Kill You!” to give Florida residents important information about biting and stinging bugs that live in the southeastern United States. (more …)

Spreen Appointed Chair Of UF’s Food And Resource Economics Department

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Source(s):
Thomas Spreen thspreen@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1881, ext. 209

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A prominent agricultural economist has been appointed chairman of the food and resource economics department in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Thomas Spreen, a professor in the department who also has served as graduate coordinator, will assume leadership in mid-December. He came to UF in 1977 as an assistant professor after completing his doctorate at Purdue University, where he also received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. (more …)

UF/IFAS Research And Education Center To Break Ground For New Teaching Greenhouse

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Source:
Carolina Revilla-Vendrame, (786) 205-004

Homestead, Fla. — Construction of a 6,000-square-foot teaching greenhouse-headhouse at the University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead will begin with a groundbreaking ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 25.

This $250,000 teaching greenhouse will help UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences provide instruction to a growing number of students working toward baccalaureate degrees in environmental horticulture in the southern-most site in UF/IFAS. Educational programs are open to both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students. (more …)

New University Of Florida Facility Will Study Biological Controls For Invasive Plants, Pest

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By:
Rob

Source(s):
Walter Tabachnick wjt@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (772) 468-3922, ext. 112
William Overholt waoverholt@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (772) 468-3922, ext. 143
Ronald D. Cave rdcave@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (772) 468-3922, ext. 145

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Officials from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will break ground 10 a.m. Wednesday (10/23) as construction begins on a $3.8 million quarantine and research facility at UF’s Indian River Research and Education Center.

The 17,000-square-foot facility, authorized by the Florida Legislature in 1999 and scheduled for completion in May 2004, will be used by scientists to contain, evaluate and release organisms for biological control of invasive plants and pests. (more …)

UF Veterinarian Develops Low-cost Feed For Rescued Manatees

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Source:
Paul Cardeilhac cardeilhacp@mail.vetmed.ufl.edu, (352) 392-4700 ext. 5700

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Fifty pounds of romaine lettuce makes enough Caesar salad for a hundred people, but it’s merely a one-day food supply for a manatee in captivity.

To feed the endangered aquatic mammals more economically while they recover from injuries or medical treatment, a University of Florida veterinarian has developed a new manatee chow that costs one-tenth the price of lettuce. (more …)

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