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Escambia County 4-H club celebrates its centennial as oldest continuous club in Florida

Topic(s): 4-H, Extension, Families and Consumers
Watch Chalker, arriving at Club Camp

Watch Chalker, arriving at Club Camp in 1922

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In 1914, cattle in Escambia County grazed in open fields. The fledgling aviation industry, with its flimsy bi-planes and open-air cockpits, got the first United States Navy flight school in Pensacola. Air-conditioning was mere rumor. And University of Florida Extension agent Ed Finlayson started the Cheap North Face Jackets UK near the   Barrineau Park 4-H Club.

A century later, 3,500 head of cattle enjoy Escambia’s fenced-in pastures. Pensacola Naval Air Station trains jet fighter pilots. Escambia residents marvel that anyone ever survived summer without air-conditioning, and Barrineau Park 4-H celebrates its status as Florida’s longest continuously operating 4-H club – and one of the nation’s oldest. (more …)

UF/IFAS to celebrate 100 years of Extension with displays, critters and lunch at Plaza of the Americas

Topic(s): Announcements, Extension, IFAS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Alligators, an insect-petting zoo and lunch prepared by a former White House chef are among the highlights of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ 100th Anniversary of Florida Extension celebration at the Plaza of the Americas April 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act on May 8, 1914, creating the Cooperative Extension Service, which, for a century, has conveyed agricultural-related scientific research from land-grant universities to the public.

Florida has a UF/IFAS Extension office in each of its 67 counties. Residents benefit from educational programs that include everything from agricultural best practices to marriage-preparation courses, to money-management help and water-conservation and environmentally conscious gardening programs.

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UF/IFAS researchers’ Extension paper honored

Topic(s): Agriculture, Announcements, Extension, IFAS, Research

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Cutline: UF/IFAS faculty members co-wrote a paper that the Journal of Exention named as its Oustanding Feature for 2013. Pictured from left are co-authors David Diehl, an associate professor in the department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences; Glenn Israel, a professor of agricultural education and communication and Alexa Lamm, an assistant professor of agricultural education and communication and associate director of the Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources at UF. The reseach asked extension agents in eight states to report how they study and evaluate the long-term outcomes of their best programs.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Three University of Florida/IFAS researchers have been honored with the 2013 Outstanding Feature Award for their study, published in the Journal of Extension.

As part of its 50th anniversary, the journal recognized the article, “A National Perspective on the Current Evaluation Activities in Extension.”

Alexa Lamm, an assistant professor of agricultural education and communication and associate director of the Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources; Glenn Israel, a professor of agricultural education and communication and David Diehl, an associate professor in the department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences co-authored the paper.

The UF/IFAS study surveyed 1,173 county-based Extension agents in eight states ─ Florida, Arizona, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Researchers asked the Extension professionals how they collect and report their evaluation data to measure short- and long-term outcomes while also evaluating their best Extension program.

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Gov. Rick Scott signs resolution honoring Extension service at Florida State Fair

Topic(s): 4-H, Agriculture, Announcements, CALS, Economics, Extension, IFAS

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TAMPA, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott pauses to be in a photograph with 4-H members, left to right,  Marissa Coughlin, Meagan Borg and Krista Baker at the Florida State Fair. Scott attended the fair and the Fresh From Florida breakfast to talk about the importance of agriculture in Florida. In the photograph, he and the 4-H’ers stand in front of cutouts of political leaders who helped create the land-grant university and cooperative extension systems. UF/IFAS photo by Javier Edwards.

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a resolution, sponsored by state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Thursday, at the state fair in Tampa recognizing the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which established the federal Cooperative Extension Service.

Scott formally opened the 110th Florida State Fair and held a cabinet meeting on the fairgrounds as a way to highlight the state’s agricultural heritage. He spoke briefly at the Fresh From Florida Breakfast.

Through the Smith-Lever Act, extension agents in every state work to share research information with various constituents, including farmers. Florida has an Extension office in every one of its 67 counties.

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UF/IFAS to showcase Extension at Florida State Fair

Topic(s): 4-H, Agriculture, Extension, Families and Consumers, IFAS

Feb. 3, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will celebrate 100 years of UF/IFAS Extension achievements and community service at Florida’s 2014 State Fair, scheduled for Feb. 6-17 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

UF/IFAS Extension personnel will be on hand in the State Agricultural Hall of Fame to explain the many services provided by Florida’s leading agricultural and research university. (more …)

UF/IFAS Extension helps North Florida dairies move into grazing using a perennial grass

Topic(s): Agriculture, Extension, IFAS, Livestock
Dairy cows grazing on Tifton-85 grass

Dairy cows grazing on Tifton-85 grass

Jan. 14, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – North Florida dairy farmers are increasing their use of grazing and hay areas thanks to the hybrid, perennial, warm-season Tifton 85 bermudagrass, tested extensively by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Forage Extension and Research programs.

Yoana Newman, an Extension Forage Specialist with the Agronomy department, described Tifton 85 as a highly nutritious grass that was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture more than 20 years ago but has become a ‘game changer’ now because of its high quality, greater yields and some environmental advantages. (more …)

Home for the holidays: UF/IFAS expert shares tips for handling family stress

Topic(s): Extension, Families and Consumers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — At the end of any holiday movie, there’s always a home-and-hearth scene where family is gathered ´round, glasses are raised, lights twinkle and all is aglow.

Then there’s your family.

Arms folded, faces in permanent pout, the TV is blaring, and everyone silently wishing they were anywhere else.

Welcome home!

For many, the holidays bring a lot of stress, particularly connected to extended visits with family. University of Florida expert Heidi Radunovich – an associate professor in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ family, youth and community sciences department and a licensed psychologist – has five quick tips for managing:

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UF/IFAS expands Bee College to South Florida, including courses in Spanish

Topic(s): Agriculture, Announcements, Crops, Entomology and Nematology, Environment, Extension, IFAS, Vegetables

South Florida Bee College

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida will host the first Bee College for South Florida this summer in Fort Lauderdale.

The event is coming to South Florida to meet demand there and will also feature courses taught in Spanish. Event registration is here: http://southfloridabeecollege.eventbrite.com/.

The two-day college will be held Aug. 16-17 at the UF Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie, part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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UF/IFAS associate dean awarded for educational program

Topic(s): Announcements, Conservation, Environment, Extension, Honors and Appointments, IFAS

Marty Main

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Marty Main, associate dean for University of Florida Extension and associate director of Florida Sea Grant, is being recognized for his educational outreach by the Ecological Society of America.

He has been awarded the Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education for the success of the Florida Master Naturalist Program.

The award will be presented in August at the 2013 Ecological Society of America meeting in Minneapolis. It recognizes ecologists for outstanding work in ecology education and their program’s ability to connect basic ecological principles to human affairs.

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