UF professor inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Joy Cantrell Jordan, University of Florida associate professor emerita, has been named to the National 4-H Hall of Fame. Jordan is considered a pioneer in 4-H curriculum, developing programs now used by educators across the county. On Oct. 6, Jordan will be inducted with 15 other 4-H leaders at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Laureates are recognized for their significant  More»

Learn to prevent plastic pollution July 21 at Depot Park

Who: Maia McGuire, Sea Grant agent with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. What: Residents are invited to a free science café, “Eight ways to save the ocean: How to reduce microplastic pollution,” to learn about microplastics and how to prevent plastic pollution in our oceans. Attendees will have a chance to see microplastics under a microscope and ask McGuire  More»

Air Potato Patrol mobilizes public in recon of problem plant

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- In Florida, air potato is a state-wide problem, but the battle against the invasive plant starts in greenbelts and back yards, according to scientists with the University of Florida and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Experts are calling on the public to join the Air Potato Patrol, a citizen science project that trains residents to identify and report air potato vines in Florida and the  More»

Free air potato beetles available in St. Lucie County

Who:    UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County in partnership with the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center will host a free air potato beetle give away for residents who have the invasive air potato vine on their properties or who want to learn more about scientists’ efforts to control it. What:    Air potato is one of Florida’s most problematic invasive plants. Air potato vines were  More»

Next Seahorse Key open house July 8

Families who missed the last Seahorse Key open house have another chance to encounter history, wildlife and more on July 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will get to see aquarium critters, tour the island’s pre-Civil War lighthouse and learn a bit of local lore. The last open house held in February attracted more than 250 people to the small island 3 miles off the coast of Cedar Key in the Gulf of Mexico. Seahorse Key is only open to the  More»

UF/IFAS expert: How to protect your yard during drought

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- As drought conditions continue, some Florida yards and gardens may start to look less than lush. “Certain ornamental plants such as roses, azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas and many annuals are more vulnerable to drought conditions,” said Denise DeBusk, environmental horticulture agent in Alachua County with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension. Lawns with St. Augustine  More»