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New UF Farm Safety Program Targets 200,000 Migrant Workers

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281
Tim Lockette, a former UF/IFAS news writer, contributed to this story.

Source(s):
Cesar Asuaje crasuaje@ifas.ufl.edu, (561) 233-1727
Luis Santiago santiago.luis@dol.gov (954) 424-0242 ext. 29

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Down on the farm, it can be downright dangerous — especially for thousands of Florida migrant farm workers who may not be familiar with rules and regulations designed to ensure their safety on the job. But help is on the way, thanks to a new University of Florida farm safety-training program aimed at the state’s 200,000 migrant farm workers.

“What these workers don’t know about agriculture, it seems, can truly hurt them,” said Cesar Asuaje, an extension agent with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “In recent years, Hispanic workers have accounted for a growing number of injuries and fatalities in agriculture and related industries such as landscaping.” (more …)

Bee Aware! African Honeybees Becoming Established In Florida

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source:
Glenn Hall hgh@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1901 ext. 149

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—African honeybees — also known as killer bees — have entered Florida, and a University of Florida researcher says the aggressive insects may eventually spread throughout the state and move into other areas of the southeastern United States.

The bees, which tend to sting in large numbers, have been found and stopped at various Florida ports over the past decade, but now it looks like they’re here to stay, said Glenn Hall, an associate professor of entomology at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. He said Florida’s warm climate is ideal for the bees, which could be bad news for the state’s $16 million honeybee industry. (more …)

UF Researchers Declare Victory In 25-Year Battle Against Invasive Mole Cricket Pests

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source:
Howard Frank jhf@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1901 ext. 128

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.— After a quarter-century fight against three invasive insects from South America, University of Florida researchers are declaring victory against the pests that caused $94 million in damage to turf and pastures each year.

The successful battle against mole crickets is a prime example of how biological control agents can be used to manage pests without conventional pesticides, said Howard Frank, a professor of entomology at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Summer Rains Likely To Continue, Benefit Crops, Forecast Says

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Clyde Fraisse cfraisse@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1864 ext. 239
John Beasley jbeasley@uga.edu, (229) 386-3328
David Zierden zierden@coaps.fsu.edu, (850) 644-3417

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Recent rains came just in time for Southeastern cotton and peanut crops, and farmers can look forward to adequate rainfall throughout the summer.

That’s the word from the Southeast Climate Consortium, or SECC, which issues quarterly forecasts to help farmers in Alabama, Florida and Georgia manage their crops. (more …)

R. Kirby Barrick Named Dean Of UF/IFAS College Of Agricultural And Life Sciences

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Don Poucher

Source(s):
Don Poucher info@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-0437
R. Kirby Barrick kbarrick@uiuc.edu, (217) 333-3380

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—An associate dean from the University of Illinois has been named dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, or UF/IFAS. His appointment becomes effective Aug. 25, 2005.

R. Kirby Barrick, associate dean for academic programs in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was selected to lead the UF/IFAS college by Jimmy Cheek, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources. (more …)

Mark McLellan Named UF/IFAS Dean For Research

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Don Poucher

Source(s):
Don Poucher info@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-0437
Mark McLellan mrm1@tamu.edu, (979) 862-2036

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Texas scientist and administrator Mark McLellan has been named dean for research and director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, or UF/IFAS. His appointment becomes effective July 11.

McLellan, who currently serves as director of Texas A&M University’s Institute of Food Science and Engineering, was selected to head the statewide research enterprise for UF/IFAS by Jimmy Cheek, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources. (more …)

Hog Wild In Florida! UF Experts Say Feral Pig Problem Here To Stay

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Bill Giuliano giulianob@wec.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0575
George Tanner tannerg@wec.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0570

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Florida’s population boom now includes some 500,000 wild hogs whose piggish habits are causing problems for farmers, residents and health officials as well as native flora and fauna.

“Nothing personal, but the only state with more wild hogs than Florida is Texas,” said Bill Giuliano, an assistant professor of wildlife ecology at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Wild or feral hogs can now be found in every Florida county and in at least 35 states — including 1 to 2 million hogs in the Southeast. Nationwide, their population totals about 3 million. (more …)

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