Don’t get burned: Tips for protecting your home from wildfires during drought

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- As communities in Florida face a record drought, many residents have been waking up to the smell of smoke from nearby wildfires. And some may even face blazes in their own backyards. “Those most at risk will be those who live near undeveloped land or wooded areas,” said Alan Long, emeritus professor of forest resources and conservation at the University of Florida. Long remains active in fire-related research and  More»

Talk about, plan for end-of-life decisions, care

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- As Sallie Maxwell got older, she knew she had to start getting her and her husband’s affairs in order. “Life will be a lot easier for our two children if we are proactive with regard to such things as wills, advance directives and funeral arrangements,” she said. To gain this peace of mind, Maxwell turned to the Art of Goodbye program offered through the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural  More»

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»