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April 5 Family Day at the Dairy Farm canceled due to flooded parking areas

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has canceled its 2014 Family Day at the Dairy Farm open house, which was set for Saturday, April 5 at the UF dairy farm in Hague. The event has not been rescheduled.

“Recent storms have flooded the pastures where visitors normally park,” said Albert De Vries, an associate professor with the animal sciences department, part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “We believe that cars would get stuck in the mud if we went forward with the event as planned.”

Organizers are considering options for the next Family Day at the Dairy Farm, but the event will not take place this spring, De Vries said.

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April 5 UF/IFAS Family Day at the Dairy Farm canceled

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Milking of dairy cows at the University of Florida's Dairy Research Unit Open House in Hague, Florida on April 30th, 2008.  Bos taurus, dairy cattle, milk, industry, DRU.  UF/IFAS Photo: Tyler Jones.



The University of Florida has postponed its open-house event, Family Day at the Dairy Farm, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 15.

Instead, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at the same location, the UF dairy farm in Hague.

Organizers with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences plan to issue a news release in early April confirming the new date.


Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars adds two UF/IFAS members

Topic(s): Announcements, Uncategorized

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty members are among the three named this year to UF’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, which honors exceptional teaching and scholarship accomplishments.

The program inducts faculty members who have demonstrated sustained innovation and commitment in both areas.

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Healthier processed food? Essence of strawberry could be the key

Topic(s): Cultivars, Research, Uncategorized

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists believe they have pinpointed the exact compounds in strawberries that give the fruit its delightfully unique flavor – findings that will allow UF breeders to create more flavorful varieties even faster.

What’s more, the researchers believe that eventually, those naturally occurring compounds will be used to make processed foods taste sweeter, using far less sugar and no artificial sweeteners. And if fruits and vegetables taste better, people will be more likely to eat them, the researchers say.

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UF/IFAS research demonstrates improved appeal of crop-saving sterile flies

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Irradiated, sterile flies dropped over seaports and agricultural areas to mate with unsuspecting females save food crops and millions of dollars in prevented infestations and the ensuing eradication efforts.

But blasting these secret-suitor insects with radiation via electron beams, X-rays or gamma-rays, tends to make them weaker than typical males — and not so appealing to females as possible mates.

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Seventh annual UF Bee College event returns March 7-8

Topic(s): Entomology and Nematology, Uncategorized


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The state’s biggest educational event for honey bee hobbyists, professionals and anyone interested in honey bees is back for a seventh year, University of Florida officials announced this week.

UF’s Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory has organized and hosted the event since 2008. The event will be held at the UF Whitney Marine Laboratory in Marineland, Fla., March 7-8.

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PIE Center survey: Floridians value water, but not ‘all in’ on conservation

Topic(s): Conservation, Environment, Research, Uncategorized

Lake Okeechobee.  Florida lakes, freshwater.  2010 Annual Research Report Photo.  UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Floridians value water, almost as much as they value money and their health — just don’t ask them to time themselves in the shower.

An online survey of 516 Floridians found that interest in water ranked third in a list of public issues, just behind the economy and health care, but ahead of taxes and public education. Eighty-three percent of respondents considered water a highly or extremely important issue.

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UF/IFAS names Kevin Folta as horticultural sciences chairman

Topic(s): Announcements, Departments, IFAS, Uncategorized


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kevin Folta, the interim chair of the University of Florida’s horticultural sciences department, has accepted the permanent job, Jack Payne, UF’s senior vice president for agricultural and natural resources, announced Friday.

Folta is an associate professor with internationally-recognized programs in strawberry genomics and light regulation of plant traits. Recently he has gained national visibility in relating science to public audiences, particularly in the area of genetically-modified organisms, or GMOs.

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New study sheds light for those working to save world’s endangered crocodiles

Topic(s): Conservation, Research, Uncategorized


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — African crocodiles, long thought of as just three known species, are among the most iconic creatures on that continent. But recent University of Florida research now finds that there are at least seven distinct African crocodile species.

The UF team’s latest discovery, led by then-doctoral candidate Matthew H. Shirley, is that what had been believed to be a single species of slender-snouted crocodile, is actually two.

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Experts see food trends that may end up on your plate in 2014

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida’sInstitute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty work on just about any food-related topic imaginable. As 2014 approaches, here are just a few of their food-related predictions – everything from better fruit packaging to a new focus on reducing food waste – that may soon be on the public’s radar:

Good taste, less waste: Food researchers say roughly one-third of food produced for humans around the globe is lost or wasted each year – 1.3 billion tons of it. Discussion of this problem is expected to make its way from food industry and academic circles and into American homes, with home food preparers becoming more sensitive to reducing food waste.  Doug Archer, dlarcher@ufl.edu, 352-392-1784, 352-226-5507

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