UF/IFAS researchers work to solve mystery of rare Florida tree

An endangered species of magnolia that only grows in the Florida Panhandle has been named the 2017 plant of the year by the Garden Club of America. The timing couldn’t be better, says Gary Knox, professor of environmental horticulture with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. For the last three years, Knox and a team of researchers at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy,  More»


Florida Saves Week starts Monday — how much do you have put away?

Florida may be the sunshine state, but more Floridians should start saving for a rainy day, says a researcher with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “Without an emergency fund, unexpected financial shocks might lead to a financial storm and a vicious cycle,” said Jorge Ruiz-Menjivar, assistant professor of consumer economics in the department of family, youth and community sciences. Research shows  More»


Looking for a summer camp? Key questions to ask

It’s only February, but many parents are already thinking about their child’s summer vacation plans. Summer camp is often high on the list. But before picking a camp, parents should consider a few important questions, said Neva Baltzell, Florida 4-H state camping program coordinator with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. 1. What opportunities will my child have? Find out  More»


Get in touch with science, history at Seahorse Key open house

Visitors of all ages will get up close and personal with local history and wildlife at the next Seahorse Key open house, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m on Feb. 25. A pop-up aquarium of ‘touch tanks’ will let families interact with living marine animals and reptiles collected from the Cedar Key area. Past aquariums have included seahorses, puffer fish and terrapin turtles. During free guided tours of the island’s pre-Civil War lighthouse, guests will  More»


Live stream captures nesting ospreys at UF stadium

Tune into the Osprey Cam and you might catch a glimpse of an osprey dad-to-be returning to a nest at University of Florida’s Alfred McKethan Stadium. He’s often carrying fresh fish from Lake Alice or Bivens Arm, which his mate gobbles up on the spot. Ospreys have been nesting on the stadium’s 100-foot-tall light fixtures for years, but this is the first time a camera has captured a pair’s comings and goings. The live stream is  More»


UF/IFAS program hopes to expand free, fast tax prep to more rural Floridians

The University of Florida IFAS Extension has received a grant of $12,500 from the IRS to help more rural, mid- to low-income Floridians do their taxes for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. This is the first year the UF/IFAS program will received IRS funding. As in previous years, Bank of America continues to support the program. In 2017, 10 UF/IFAS Extension county offices will serve as VITA intake sites, where  More»