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UF/IFAS Hurricane Recovery Task Force Targets State’s $64 Billion Agricultural And Natural Resource Industries

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Richard Jones rljones@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1971
Larry Arrington lra@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1761
Wayne Smith whsmith@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1784

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—In response to the four back-to-back hurricanes that pummeled Florida over the past six weeks, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has established a Hurricane Recovery Task Force to assess damage in the state’s $64 billion agriculture and natural resource industries and develop strategies for rapid recovery.

Richard Jones, UF interim senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, said preliminary estimates by the task force indicate total losses from the storms will require months — and in some cases, years — for full recovery. (more …)

UF’s New “Family Album Radio” Series Debuts Oct.4

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Larry Arrington lra@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1761
Donna Davis dzdavis@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-2202 ext. 260
Suzanna Smith sdsmith@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-2202 ext. 255
Ashley Wood amwood@ufl.edu, 352-392-2411 ext. 293

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Topics ranging from marriage and divorce to raising children in today’s changing society and caring for your elderly parents will be discussed on the University of Florida’s new “Family Album Radio” series, starting Oct. 4.

Produced by UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in cooperation with WUFT-FM in the College of Journalism and Communications, Family Album Radio is a two-minute radio series, featuring different topics each weekday. The program will be broadcast on the UF station Monday through Friday at 12:10 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. during “All Things Considered.” (more …)

UF “Hurricane House” In Pensacola Shows No Damage After Hurricane Ivan

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Lamar Christenberry lchristenberry@ifas.ufl.edu, 850-554-2881
Pierce Jones ez@energy.ufl.edu, 352-392-8074
Susanne Murphy Susanne.Murphy@citizensfla.com, 850-513-3750

PENSACOLA, Fla.—When Hurricane Ivan swept through the Pensacola area, 38 people found safe refuge from the storm in the University of Florida’s “hurricane house,” which is designed to withstand winds in excess of 140 miles per hour.

“This was a close hit, and the hurricane house came through the storm with no damage,” said Lamar Christenberry, Escambia County extension director with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “Our hurricane house demonstrates that it is possible to build a home that will come through a hurricane such as Ivan.” (more …)

4-H Teens Make A Difference To Neglected Children

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Barbara Hughes bahughes@ifas.ufl.edu, 407-665-5556
Shelda Wilkens SRW@ifas.ufl.edu, 407-665-5557
Marie Carling mcarling@seminolesheriff.org, 407-665-6508

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SANFORD, Fla.—Teenage 4-H’ers in Seminole county are making the lives of abused or neglected children a little easier with the help of a new program called Packaged with Care.

“When children are removed from their homes by sheriff’s officers, the children often have only the clothing they are wearing at the time,” said Marie Carling, a family services specialist with the Child Protective Services Division of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Sanford, Fla. (more …)

El Niño May Bring Early End To Hurricane Season, But Little Help To Florida Farmers, UF Researcher Says

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Jim Jones JWJones@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1864
Laura Powell lea@ifas.ufl.edu, 561-996-4831
David Zierden zierden@coaps.fsu.edu, 850-644-3417

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The El Niño phenomenon, which some forecasters say already has returned, could bring an early end to one of the toughest hurricane seasons in Florida’s history.

But an El Niño season may bring little help to storm-ravaged farmers in the Sunshine State, and could bring bad news to people in other parts of the country, a University of Florida researcher says. (more …)

Hidden Damage Can Bring Trees Down Weeks After The Storm

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source:
Ed Gilman egilman@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1831 ext. 373

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Weeks have passed since Florida rode out the first major storm of an active hurricane season, but falling trees could cause injuries and property damage for weeks or months to come, says a University of Florida urban tree specialist.

“The next month or so is going to be a dangerous period,” said Ed Gilman, a professor of environmental horticulture at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “There are trees and branches that have been weakened by storms, and some of them won’t fall for weeks, maybe even longer.” (more …)

UF Experts: Long After The Storm, Mold Can Threaten Homes

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Jim Kimbrough jwk@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-2158
Audrey Norman arn@ifas.ufl.edu, 561-233-1742

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Even after they ride out this year’s hurricanes, Florida homeowners may still have another enemy to fight.

Mold, always a threat to homes and property in the humid Sunshine State, is becoming a major problem for people who have faced flooding or roof leaks during this busy storm season, University of Florida experts say. (more …)

UF/IFAS And Florida Foundation Seed Producers Inc. Sign Blueberry Marketing Agreement With The Royal Group Of Spain

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Berry Treat btreat@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-9446
Paul Lyrene pml@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1928 ext. 307
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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Blueberry varieties developed by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) will be marketed in the European Union under a new licensing agreement signed by Florida Foundation Seed Producers Inc. and the Royal group of Sevilla, Spain.

The new licensing agreement does not affect nurseries in Florida and other states that already have access to UF/IFAS-released varieties through Florida Foundation Seed Producers Inc. (more …)

UF “Hurricane House” Shows Little Damage After Direct Hit By Hurricane Frances

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Anita Neal dcfranzen@ifas.ufl.edu, 772-462-1660
Pierce Jones ez@energy.ufl.edu, 352-392-8074
Susanne Murphy Susanne.Murphy@citizensfla.com, 850-513-3750

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FORT PIERCE, Fla.— Built to withstand winds of more the 140 miles per hour, the University of Florida’s “hurricane house” survived Hurricane Frances when the eye of the storm passed through St. Lucie County.

“This was as close as you can get to a direct hit, and the hurricane house came through the storm with little or no damage,” said Anita Neal, the St. Lucie County extension director with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “Our hurricane house demonstrates that it is possible to build a home that will come through a category 4 or 5 hurricane such as Ivan.” (more …)

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