Antique turpentine still to be unveiled at UF Austin Cary Forest

If you’ve ever sipped Gatorade, eaten a Cadbury Crème Egg, put on a Band-Aid or used a Post-It note, you have a forest to thank. These products are on a long list of items with ingredients derived from pine gum, the sticky substance that oozes from tapped pine trees, said Wayne Smith, emeritus professor with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. One hundred years ago, Florida was the world’s leading  More»


Lake County 4-H club opens first of five miniature community libraries

Who:    The Deep Roots 4-H club supported through the Lake County 4-H Youth Development Program of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. What:    Thanks to funding and donations from the Florida State 4-H Foundation, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Bob Strier of Bookman Bob, Ace Hardware and local residents, the Deep Roots 4-H club members have planned and  More»


UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station raises $9,000 for aquarium, local causes

More than 50 residents from Florida’s Nature Coast and Gainesville paddled, jogged or cheered during the Workout on the Waterfront event held in Cedar Key, Florida to raise money for local causes. The event, held March 18, was sponsored by the Nature Coast Biological Station, part of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The goal of Workout on the Waterfront was to raise funds for the future UF/IFAS NCBS  More»


UF/IFAS Extension agent: Smart eating tips for National Nutrition Month

How’s that New Year’s resolution holding up? If you resolved to eat healthier in 2017, you have a second chance during National Nutrition Month, which runs through March. The theme for this year’s observance is “Put your best fork forward,” according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Experts from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have a few tips to help you get started. “Putting  More»


UF researcher: Online tool helps make neighborhoods more bird-friendly

When it comes to urban planning, sometimes a bird in hand is not worth two in the bush. Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have created an online tool to help planners strategically conserve forest fragments and tree canopy that will attract more birds and enhance future biodiversity. The Building for Birds web tool predicts  More»


4-H youth have voices heard at state Capitol on March 23

The Florida State Capitol will be a sea of clover green on March 23 when approximately 500 4-H youth visit with state representatives and senators, and learn about the legislative process firsthand. The day will include a group photo in front of the Historic Capitol building, a speech from Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, meetings with state legislatures and a tour of the Capitol complex. “This is a very special event and  More»