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University of Florida

John P. Hayes Named Chairman of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Jimmy Cheek jgcheek@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971
John P. Hayes john.hayes@oregonstate.edu

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — John P. Hayes, a professor and associate dean for international programs at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, has been named chairman of the wildlife ecology and conservation department at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The appointment becomes effective July 27.

In announcing the appointment, Jimmy Cheek, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, said Hayes’ combination of research, teaching, extension and administrative experience made him an ideal candidate for the position. (more …)

UF Study: Asian Swamp Eel Little Threat to State’s $60 Million Aquaculture Industry

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Jeff Hill jehill@ifas.ufl.edu, (813) 671-5230, ext 118
Craig Watson caw@ifas.ufl.edu, (813) 671-5230 ext. 107

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RUSKIN, Fla. – The Asian swamp eel has been described as a voracious predator of fish that could threaten Florida’s $60 million aquarium fish industry, but the exotic eel is not a major problem after all, according to a new University of Florida study.

“When we started this research about two years ago, we were concerned that these eels might affect the state’s ornamental fish industry, especially if they invaded outdoor ponds and began feeding on fish produced for the aquarium trade,” said Jeff Hill, an assistant professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “These small ponds are densely stocked with valuable fish, so we need to protect them.” (more …)

“AgriSmarts” Program Helps Local Children Learn Where Food Comes From

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Sally Williams wsallyk@ufl.edu, (352) 392-2993
Lisa Gaskalla LBGaskalla@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 846-1391
Tyrell Kahan kahant@ufl.edu, (321) 438-3878

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Some fourth graders may believe pizza comes from grocery stores or delivery trucks, but Cynthia Mingo’s students at Prairie View Elementary School know better – pizza comes from farms.

Thanks to University of Florida volunteers and an educational program called AgriSmarts, the youngsters learned that every pizza ingredient they could name – from dough to cheese to pepperoni – is made from items produced on farms. (more …)

UF Student Named to Ag Fraternity’s National Board of Directors

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Jack Cowen chobee9@ufl.edu

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida student has been selected to serve on the national board of directors for Alpha Gamma Rho agriculture fraternity.

Okeechobee native Jack Cowen, a junior majoring in agricultural and biological engineering at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is one of four undergraduate directors named to the board in March. He began serving a one-year term of office April 1. (more …)

Master Gardener Volunteers Help Keep Florida Growing

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Tom Wichman twichman@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1831 ext. 331

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — April showers might bring May flowers, but in Florida the raindrops get a little help from volunteers with the University of Florida’s statewide Master Gardener Program – who provided almost $7 million in services last year.

April 23-29 marks National Volunteer Week, and UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is saluting the state’s 3,900 active Florida Master Gardeners, who help residents keep their lawns green and gardens flourishing in 52 counties. (more …)

Protected Agriculture Project Boosts Crop Yields by 10 Times Over Field-Grown Production

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Dan Cantliffe djc@ufl, (352) 392-1928 ext. 203
Emil Belibasis emil@belifarms.com, (386) 963-4556

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CITRA, Fla. — With a few taps on a computer keyboard, University of Florida researchers can control just about every aspect of growing vegetables and other high-value crops in greenhouses that protect plants from pests and diseases – boosting yields by 10 times over field-grown production.

“It’s all part of the growing trend toward precision, high-tech agriculture in Florida,” said Dan Cantliffe, who leads the Protected Agriculture Project at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “The project demonstrates how vegetable and fruit crops can be produced on a year-round basis – not just when weather conditions or market windows are favorable for Florida growers.” (more …)

UF Extension Agent Says New Pickup Trucks in Cedar Key Reflect Economic Impact of Clam Industry

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Leslie Sturmer lnst@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 543-5057
Chuck Adams cmadams@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1826 ext. 223

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CEDAR KEY, Fla. — After weathering two of the worst hurricane seasons on record, Cedar Key is still one of the nation’s top clam producers. Starting from ground zero in 1993, the small village on Florida’s Gulf Coast – also known as “Clamalot” for its ideal growing conditions – rapidly became the No.1 producer of cultured hard clams in the nation.

“Clam production in Southwest Florida and the Indian River area on the east coast are recovering from the disastrous hurricanes of 2004 and 2005, but the storms had little effect on production in Cedar Key,” said Leslie Sturmer, a University of Florida aquaculture extension agent. (more …)

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