University of Florida

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 …)

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