UF, FWC: Citizen science key to tracking horseshoe crabs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- As the weather warms, tourists won’t be the only ones heading to Florida’s beaches. Horseshoe crabs also come ashore this time of year, though they are more interested in finding a mate than getting a tan. For Jane Brockmann, professor emeritus of biology at the University of Florida, the horseshoe crabs’ arrival is a chance to track and monitor these primeval-looking creatures. Brockmann and a few dozen volunteer  More»

UF honors Alto Straughn with Distinguished Alumnus Award

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Alto Straughn, a longtime friend of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, was presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the university on April 29. Straughn was honored for this achievement at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences’ spring graduation ceremony. The award is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a graduate of the university and recognizes recipients who  More»

Florida Beef Cattle Short Course

Who:    University of Florida department of animal sciences, part of the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences What:    The 66th annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course is an educational and networking opportunity for beef cattle researchers and ranchers from Florida and across the U.S. It is also a chance to showcase practical applications of beef cattle research at UF/IFAS. About 200 people  More»

UF helps Duval residents get second chance at financial health

If your financial history includes bounced checks or overdrawn funds, it can be very difficult to open an account with a new bank or credit union. At the same time, lack of access to traditional financial institutions makes it harder to save money and practice other good financial habits, says Natasha Parks, Duval County family and consumer sciences agent with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences  More»

For Earth Day, save energy with small steps

It's important to recycle aluminum cans and all other recyclable products because it saves energy, money and helps preserve the environment, says Wendell Porter, senior lecturer in the UF/IFAS department of agricultural and biological engineering. As Earth Day approaches on April 22, Porter also stresses the need for renewable energy and LED lighting. GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Sometimes, Wendell Porter gets a kick out of watching customers  More»

Youth potato project plants seeds of STEM careers

When the Flagler County 4-H members started growing their own potato plants at home, they were a little worried at first. “They would come to me and say, ‘I don’t see any potatoes on my plant. What’s wrong?’” said Amy Hedstrom, a Flagler County 4-H youth development agent with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. “That was the day they learned potatoes grew in the ground, not  More»