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UF/IFAS Extension Broward County program prevents tree abuse through education

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A volunteer of the Duval County Tree Stewards trims a tree limb at a park near Jacksonville, Florida.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Have you ever had a tree trimmed back to bare bones because you thought you were getting your money’s worth? You may be guilty of tree abuse, says a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agent.

For the last 16 years, the UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Tree Trimmer Program has been teaching tree trimmers and arborists in South Florida how to avoid tree abuse with best pruning practices. Broward County requires tree trimming businesses to be certified and licensed, and the Extension program provides the certification training. Since its start in 2001, the program has issued between 10,000 and 11,000 certifications.

UF/IFAS Extension Broward County agent Michael Orfanedes developed and now oversees the training program. Orfanedes said that when it comes to pruning trees, “Some customers think that the more that gets removed, the better the job.” However, certain pruning practices are considered tree abuse because they can make trees vulnerable to decay and instability. “When trees decline and fall apart, there can be liability and loss of property,” Orfanedes said.

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Dairy Daze 2009

Topic(s): Agriculture, Stand-Alone Photos

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First-grader Marland Perry reacts to the sensation of suction on his finger as he gets a hands-on look at a milking machine Friday at IFAS’ Dairy Research Unit in Hague. Marland’s Norton Elementary School class and others from several local schools attended Dairy Daze, an educational event that shows youngsters how modern dairy farms operate. UF/IFAS Photo: Tyler Jones.

UF on Discovery’s Science Channel

Topic(s): Landscaping, Stand-Alone Photos, Vegetables

DISCOVERY CHANNEL

In this photo released from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, environmental horticulture professor David Clark discusses chemicals that contribute to the fragrances of flowers and tastes of fruits and vegetables as a cameraman prepares to shoot video footage, in Clark’s laboratory on the main UF campus in Gainesville – Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Clark was one of several researchers interviewed for an upcoming television program on Discovery’s Science Channel. (AP photo/University of Florida/IFAS/Tyler Jones)

Ropin’ in the Swamp

Topic(s): Livestock, Stand-Alone Photos

ROPIN' IN THE SWAMP

In this photo released from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Justin Johnson of Live Oak, Fla., left, and Derrick Davis of Callahan, Fla. rope a steer at the Ropin’ in the Swamp competition at UF’s Horse Teaching Unit in Gainesville — Saturday, March 28, 2009. The annual event involves team roping, where two riders attempt to secure a steer as quickly as possible. (AP photo/University of Florida/IFAS/Thomas Wright)

Bees (stand alone photo – no story available)

Topic(s): Entomology and Nematology, Stand-Alone Photos, Uncategorized
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David Barnes shows participants in the 2009 Bee College how to safely conduct a bee colony inspection
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In this photo released from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, David Barnes, an apiary inspector with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shows participants in the 2009 Bee College how to safely conduct a bee colony inspection – Friday, March 20, 2009. (more …)

UF/IFAS Ethanol Pilot Plant Dedication (stand alone photo – no story available)

Topic(s): Biofuels, Stand-Alone Photos

Lonnie Ingram explains ethanol production to U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, UF Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Jimmy Cheek, state Rep. Larry Cretul and UF President Bernie Machen
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In this photo released from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, microbiologist Lonnie Ingram (foreground) explains ethanol production to (left to right) U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, UF Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Jimmy Cheek, state Rep. Larry Cretul and UF President Bernie Machen at the dedication ceremony for the new cellulosic ethanol pilot plant on the university’s main campus in Gainesville – Friday, October 10, 2008. The facility will help researchers explore new ways to produce fuel from inedible plant material.

(AP photo/University of Florida/IFAS/Thomas Wright)

Ropin’ in the Swamp (stand alone photo – no story available)

Topic(s): 4-H, Families and Consumers, Stand-Alone Photos

Lyndel Kerr and Bobby Lines chase a steer at Ropin' in the Swamp
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In this photo released from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Lyndel Kerr of Lawtey, Fla., left, and Bobby Lines of Okeechobee, Fla., chase a steer at Ropin’ in the Swamp, an annual team roping competition at UF’s Horse Teaching Unit in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, March 22, 2008. Kerr and Lines were among 36 riders who competed. Team roping is a rodeo event where pairs of riders try to lasso a steer’s head and hind legs as quickly as possible.

(AP photo/University of Florida/IFAS/Eric Zamora)

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