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UF Hosts Conference On International Agricultural Trade Disputes March 20-21

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source:
Andrew Schmitz aschmitz@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1845, ext. 415

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — International agricultural trade disputes will be the focus of a March 20-21 conference hosted by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in Gainesville.

“The conference, which will examine ongoing trade disputes in North America involving the United States, Canada, Mexico and China, will include case studies on beef, dairy, garlic, grain, lumber, shrimp, sugar and tomato imports and exports,” said Andrew Schmitz, a professor and eminent scholar in UF’s food and resource economics department. (more …)

UF Experts Say Precision Agriculture is Changing Farming in Florida and The Southeast

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie

Source(s):
Larry Halsey lah@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (850) 342-0187
Daniel Lee wlee@agen.ufl.edu, (352) 392-7664 ext. 227
Craig Kvien ckvien@tifton.cpes.peachnet.edu, (229) 386-7274
Charles Moss cmoss@fred.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1845 ext. 404

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MONTICELLO, Fla. — Old MacDonald had a… global positioning system?

Don’t laugh, it’s already happening. Precision agriculture, which uses satellites, portable computers and other high-tech hardware to improve farming efficiency, is a sophisticated new way to apply traditional methods, say experts with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Brian Scully Named Director Of UF’s Indian River Research And Education Center In Fort Pierce

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Mike Martin mvmartin@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971
Brian Scully scully@ifas.ufl.edu, (561) 993-1572
Walter Tabachnick wjt@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (772) 778-7200 ext. 124

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FORT PIERCE, Fla.— A plant breeding and biometrics expert has been named director of the University of Florida’s Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce.

Brian Scully, a professor of horticulture at UF’s Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade, replaces Walter Tabachnick, who has served as interim director of the Fort Pierce facility since January 2002. Scully’s appointment becomes effective March 1. (more …)

4-H Literacy Initiative Helps Others: Today’s Teens Strive To Make A Difference

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source:
Marilyn Norman mnn@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0996 ext. 225

GAINESVILLE, Fla. In a high-tech society, reading and literacy have take on even greater importance. A Florida 4-H program, “Tales From Teens: a 4-H Literacy Initiative,” is involving thousands of youth in battling illiteracy.

According to the 2000 Kids Count State Profile for Florida, 46 percent of fourth-graders scored below the basic reading level in 1998. The Florida Adult Literacy Survey revealed that approximately 1.7 million adults in Florida have reading skills below the eighth-grade level. (more …)

UF Expert: United States Can’t Stop Terrorism Aimed At Agriculture

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Marjorie Hoy mahoy@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (353) 392-1901 ext. 153

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The United States can’t stop terrorists from using biological weapons to target its farms, crops or cattle, according to a University of Florida expert.

Marjorie Hoy, a UF professor who participated in a study on bioterrorism funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said the study concluded U.S. borders are too leaky to prevent a biological attack against agricultural targets. (more …)

Florida Phytopathological Society Meeting May 5-7 In Fort Pierce

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source:
Pete Timmer lwtimmer@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (863) 956-1151, ext. 267

FORT PIERCE, FLA. — The Florida Phytopathological Society (FPS) will hold its eighth biennial meeting May 5-7 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Horticultural Research Laboratory and the University of Florida’s Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce.

Pete Timmer, a professor at UF’s Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred and president of the society, said the organization was formed in 1989 to maintain and renew contacts, exchange news, views and information with other plant pathologists in the state on a regular basis. The Lake Alfred and Fort Pierce research and education centers are part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

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