University of Florida

UF Studies Show Home Buyers Like ‘Green’ Features but May Not Understand Green Living

Topic(s): Conservation, Finances, Florida Friendly, Green Living, Landscaping, Lawn & Garden

Mark Hostetler poses in a suburban neighborhood in Gainesville, Florida
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Home buyers appreciate the benefits of “green” communities, but residents don’t necessarily lead more eco-friendly lives than their neighbors in traditional homes, according to two University of Florida studies conducted in the fast-growing state.

The findings could mean some homeowners in green communities don’t know enough about how to reduce their environmental impact, said Mark Hostetler, an associate professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Playing Santa for Oneself Can Lead to a Debt-Filled New Year, UF Expert Warns

Topic(s): Economics, Finances

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With more than half of us expecting to play Santa for ourselves this holiday season, a University of Florida family finance expert warns that being self-indulgent – even at bargain prices – can lead to a bad case of buyer’s remorse.

According to an annual consumer survey conducted for the National Retail Federation, 56 percent of us expect to treat ourselves this season, taking advantage of holiday sales. Another 30 percent aren’t sure, and 13 percent say they can resist temptation. (more …)

Space Station Experiment to Test Bacteria Hitchhiking to the Red Planet

Topic(s): Invasive Species, Research

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If a trip to Mars seems like it would be a tough journey, imagine what it would be like on the outside of the spaceship.

Earth bacteria can be extraordinarily tough—rugged enough, in fact, to survive on the outside of a space capsule. Now, a set of experiments on their way to the International Space Station via this week’s scheduled shuttle flight is designed to test exactly what effect the rigors of space could have on bacterial spores on a Mars-bound vessel. (more …)

Outspoken Environmentalist Nathaniel Reed to Visit UF November 28

Topic(s): Announcements, Conservation, Environment

Nathaniel Reed

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nathaniel Reed, a lifelong environmentalist who worked under more than one president despite a controversial style that transcended party politics, will speak at the University of Florida November 28.

Reed is being named the first Distinguished Leader in Fish and Wildlife Conservation, a new award bestowed jointly by UF’s departments of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Both departments are part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Marion County Farm Bureau Establishes Endowment with UF to Support Local Ag Students

Topic(s): Agriculture, CALS

Jimmy Cheek, far left, accepts a $100,000 check from Richard Barber of the Marion County Farm Bureau to establish an endowment for UF students
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Everyone knows farmers grow food, and now one farming organization is helping the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences grow the next generation of agricultural professionals.

The Marion County Farm Bureau has established a $100,000 endowment to benefit students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences who hail from Marion County and pursue agricultural careers. (more …)

Former UF Vice President for Agricultural Affairs Kenneth Tefertiller Dies at 77

Topic(s): Announcements, IFAS

Kenneth R. Tefertiller
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Agricultural economist Kenneth Ray Tefertiller, head of the University of Florida’s agriculture program from 1973 to 1988 and a retired professor of food and resource economics, died Tuesday, Nov. 13. He was 77.

Tefertiller had lived in Gainesville since 1965, when he arrived at UF to take a position as a professor and chairman of what was then called the agricultural economics department. He retired in 2000 but remained a professor emeritus. (more …)

Soil-moisture Sensors May Produce Big Water Savings for Homeowners, UF Study Shows

Topic(s): Conservation, Florida Friendly, Green Living, Landscaping, Lawn & Garden

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Soil-moisture sensors hooked to sprinkler systems could put a huge dent in homeowners’ utility bills – and help conserve much-needed water, a new University of Florida study says.

Researcher Michael Dukes found that for three of four soil-moisture sensors tested, water savings ranged from 69 percent to 92 percent, compared to grass watered without the help of sensors. (more …)

Free Breakfast to Raise Folic Acid Awareness at UF

Topic(s): Families and Consumers, Nutrition

Gail Rampersaud discusses plans for the group's upcoming 'grab-and-go' breakfast event
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — October is Folic Acid Awareness Month in Florida, and to educate the University of Florida community about this important nutrient, the Florida Folic Acid Coalition and the March of Dimes, North Central Florida Division will offer a pre-Halloween treat on campus.

The two organizations are sponsoring a free "grab-and-go" breakfast featuring foods rich in folic acid, such as bagels and oranges, from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 on the Reitz Union Colonnade. Multivitamins and folic acid information will be available at the event. (more …)

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