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University of Florida

UF To Host Third International Agricultural Trade and Policy Conference In Naples Dec. 3-4

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

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

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NAPLES, Fla.—The competitiveness of Southern agriculture in global markets will be one of the key topics discussed Dec. 3-4 at the Third International Agricultural Trade and Policy Conference in Naples, Fla. The conference is expected to attract agricultural producers and industry leaders from across the nation.

“With new and existing trade agreements drastically changing the competitive outlook for producers, agriculture in the southern United States is clearly at a crossroads,” said John VanSickle, a professor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, which is hosting the conference at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. (more …)

Four New Plum Varieties Developed By UF Researcher

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Source(s):
Wayne Sherman wbs@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 846-2638
Paul Miller epm@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-4711 ext. 298

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Four Japanese-type plum varieties, bred in Florida for subtropical growing conditions, may become the basis for a new commercial fruit crop in the state.

“Until now, we could not grow plums commercially in Florida because our winters are too warm. However, we’ve used conventional breeding to modify plum varieties for Florida climatic conditions,” said Wayne Sherman, a professor of fruit genetics at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Halloween Happening: UF Wildlife Expert Helps Others Overcome Fear Of Bats

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Source(s):
Ken Gioeli ktg@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 772-462-1660

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. —Costume? Check. Candy? Check. Bat detector and hiking boots? Check and check.

Welcome to Halloween in St. Lucie County, where a University of Florida wildlife expert plans to take hundreds of revelers on a midnight ramble through the woods in search of the holiday’s unofficial mascot – the bat. (more …)

Martha Roberts Named To UF/IFAS Post

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

Source(s):
Don Poucher info@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-0437
Michael Martin mvm@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1971

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GAINESVILLE, FLA.—Martha Rhodes Roberts, the retiring deputy commissioner with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has been named director of industry relations for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).

Roberts’ appointment was announced today by Michael Martin, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources and chief executive officer of UF/IFAS. (more …)

E. Jane Luzar Receives Faculty Award For Service To UF Students

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

Source(s):
E. Jane Luzar EJLuzar@ufl.edu, 352-392-2251
J. Michael Rollo jmrollo@ufl.edu, 352-392-1265

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GAINESVILLE, FLA.—E. Jane Luzar, associate dean of the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, is the 2003 recipient of the Morton Wolfson Faculty Award for outstanding service to students.

The award was presented to Luzar by Michael Rollo, UF interim vice president for student affairs, during the 31st Annual Student Affairs “Kick-Off” in the Reitz Union. The award was presented Sept. 12. (more …)

New Web Site Offers Research-Based Information On Children, Youth And Families

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Source(s):
Nayda Torres NITorres@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1778 ext. 221
Betty Miller Bettym@mail.co.leon.fl.us, 850-487-3006
Suzanne Wilson shw@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 850-547-7433
Nicole Walker Nwalker@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, 863-519-8677

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Worried about finding the right day-care program for your kids? Wondering about how much television they should watch? Anxious about moving your parents to an assisted-living facility?

The answers to these and other nagging questions are now just a few clicks away, thanks to a new Web site. (more …)

Strong Nonagricultural Demand Boosts Florida Farmland Values

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
John Reynolds Reynolds@fred.ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1845 ext.412
Julie Young Julie@armfield-wagner.com, 772-562-0532

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—The value of agricultural land in all regions of the state increased during the past year, ending the double-digit drop in prices for orange and grapefruit groves in two previous years, according to a new University of Florida survey.

“The jump in values across the state can be attributed to the continued strong demand for farmland by developers, speculators, government agencies, as well as those who want land for homes and recreation away from urban areas,” said John Reynolds, a professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

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