Hillsborough County pesticide collection aides farmers, protects environment

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- When a pesticide is discontinued or banned by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection, farmers may opt to store these products until they figure out how to dispose of them properly, says Stephen Gran, director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Hillsborough County. However, this temporary solution should be just that—temporary, Gran explained. “Storing these  More»


UF/IFAS Extension Baker County breaks ground on new teaching orchard

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- If you want to know how best to prune a fruit tree or even how to plant one, Alicia Lamborn can do more than just tell you—she can take you out back and show you. Lamborn, a horticulture agent with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Baker County, recently received a $500 grant from Miracle Grow to establish a fruit tree orchard in the arboretum behind the county office.  More»


50 Florida 4-H youth to attend presidential inauguration

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- On Jan. 20, 50 youth from the Florida 4-H youth development program will attend the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., to learn more about U.S. democracy and civic engagement. “4-H believes in learning by doing, and this is an opportunity for our young people to be really engaged in our political process at the highest level,” said Chris Decubellis, associate state program leader for Florida 4-H youth  More»


Nature Coast research internships give UF students an edge

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Last summer, Cory Gillis found himself waking before dawn at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, where he’d been assigned to track the breeding calls of the northern bobwhite quail as part of an internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. But he wasn’t complaining. “It was amazing to be out in the forest before sunrise in an area without any human influence, not even a sound,” said Gillis, now a  More»


Florida 4-H annual meeting celebrates successes, looks to the future

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Florida 4-H agents spend their careers helping young people learn life skills that put them on the path to becoming successful adults. However, these dedicated professionals also know that learning is a lifelong process. At the 2017 4-H Youth Development Institute, Florida 4-H faculty and staff  from across the state will come together to learn from each other and share success stories from their own 4-H communities. The  More»


Big Bend Science Symposium puts research on public view

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Scientists on Florida’s Big Bend coastline spend their careers studying local ecosystems and finding solutions to challenges such as oyster reef decline or the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Feb 1 to 3, the second annual Big Bend Science Symposium will hold an open forum where the public can meet these scientists and learn about their discoveries and projects. “The goal of the symposium is to  More»