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University of Florida

UF Researchers Test Mulches as Part of Project to Develop Nutsedge Suppression System

Topic(s): Crops

Yasser Shabana and Raghavan Charudattan check tomato beds
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida fruit and vegetable farmers who use mulch to discourage nutsedge may find a bigger payoff if they bet on black – black plastic mulch, that is.

University of Florida researchers found the popular material performed better than five other mulch varieties at suppressing nutsedge in tomatoes. The findings were presented at the 5th International Weed Science Congress, held June 23-27 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (more …)

UF Extension Fact Sheets Offer Energy-Saving Information

Topic(s): Conservation, Families and Consumers, Finances, Green Living

Gainesville, Fla. — Planning to buy a new ceiling fan for your bedroom? Want to make some easy changes to increase your home’s energy efficiency? Wondering if it’s time to replace that 12-year-old refrigerator? Confused about what features to look for when purchasing a new air conditioner? The University of Florida, with the support of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, has developed some answers.

Over the past two months, the statewide UF extension service has released a series of 20 fact sheets with a common theme: conservation of energy and water. The fact sheets give the reader information about making wise, energy- and water-efficient choices when purchasing, occupying or maintaining their home. (more …)

IFAS’ Paul Willis Honored With Distinguished Service Award

Topic(s): Honors and Appointments

Paul Willis, right, is honored by the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Paul Willis, executive assistant to Jimmy Cheek, the University of Florida’s senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, has been honored for his long-term service to the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association.

Willis was presented with the Founders Distinguished Service Award at the NAADA annual conference June 14-17 in Kona, Hawaii. The award recognizes an individual who has made substantial contributions to the association. (more …)

UF’s Jimmy Cheek Honored With Horticulture Association’s “Friend of the Industry” Award

Topic(s): Honors and Appointments

Jimmy Cheek
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s environmental horticulture professionals have a good friend in Jimmy Cheek, the University of Florida’s senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, and now they’re making it official.

June 13, Cheek will receive the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association’s Friend of the Industry Award, as will Rep. Marty Bowen, speaker pro tempore of Florida’s House of Representatives. The awards will be presented at the FNGLA convention in Palm Beach. (more …)

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