SWFREC Partnership with Immokalee 1 By 1 Leadership Foundation Offers Student Internships

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Alfredo Villalobos-Perez watches intently as entomology assistant Jose Castillo explains the relevance of the number of psyllids (vector insects of citrus greening) on the other side of the microscope in front of them. As the whirling machines around them gather data, Villalobos-Perez and Castillo are seeking some answers of their own. Villalobos-Perez is one of the students who have recently …

Water-Saving Technology Proves Beneficial

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A new agricultural technology has been tested by several farmers to see if it saves water usage. The technology allows farmers to access soil-moisture readings right from their phones, with updates every three hours. A University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension trial included three farmers from the Suwannee River Valley who tested the new system. The technology …

FAWN Helping Growers with More Efficient Irrigation Practices

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Florida farmers are encouraged to learn how the “My Florida Farm Weather Program” can be used as a tool to access data and information for irrigation purposes. Rick Lusher, project manager for the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN), says they have had a lot of great success with the program so far.     Click here for more information through …

UF/IFAS Extension Team Wins National Award for Water Sustainability Program

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The National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) has recognized Mace Bauer, agriculture agent with University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Columbia County, for excellence in sustainability education aimed at young, beginning or small-scale producers. Bauer and a team of UF/IFAS Extension faculty received this national award, sponsored by Farm Credit, for the annual Drip Irrigation …

UF/IFAS Scientists Find Top 10 Muscadine Grape Varieties For Health, Taste, Smell

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You may eventually tempt your palette with more muscadine grape varieties, and they’ll be good for you, with new findings from University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers. Muscadine grapes are known for their health benefits and other nutritive values – even for potential preventive measures against cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The fruits are rich in antioxidants …

UF/IFAS Research Findings Could Eventually Save $30 million Annually for Strawberry Growers

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  Strawberry growers may eventually save $30 million a year with genetic findings from a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) study. UF/IFAS researchers are looking for ways to thwart angular leaf spot, a pathogen that can destroy up to 10 percent of Florida’s $300 million-a-year strawberry crop in years with multiple freezes. In the research, …

New Method Could Quash Squash Pests

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    Florida grows more zucchini squash than anywhere else in America – to the tune of $70 million a year. To help improve production, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are developing a method to keep squash pests at bay. For a newly published study, Janine Spies, a post-doctoral researcher in the UF/IFAS entomology department, simultaneously …

Web Tool Saves Money For Strawberry Growers in Several States

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    A UF/IFAS-developed web tool – which has been shown to save Florida strawberry growers $1.7 million a year – is now being used in several other states, including Maryland, Georgia, South Carolina and California. Florida’s strawberry crop is worth $300 million a year. It’s also important to the national economy. For example, in 2014, the United States produced …