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Research Trials Focus on Winter Pasture Stocking Strategies

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Profits in stocker production can be as green as winter pastures when conditions are right and producers apply correct stocking strategies, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert. And research trials at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton are focusing on identifying optimal strategies and stocking rates for producers.

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UF/IFAS Model Delivers Growers Severe Weather Data Specific to Their Farms

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“Growers kept asking us, ‘What is the probability of getting an extreme weather event on my farm when my crop is ready to harvest,’” said Caroline Staub, a post-doctoral researcher in the UF/IFAS agricultural and biological engineering department.

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WVU Researcher Uncovers Influence of Microorganisms on Soil Carbon Storage

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West Virginia University researcher is uncovering critical information about tiny organisms under our feet, which although small, can have a huge impact on the environment.

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UF/IFAS Celebrates Arbor Day with Research, Extension Activities, Including Tree Giveaways

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“Arbor Day is a great time for everyone to be reminded of the importance of trees and forests in their everyday lives and to contribute to the approximately 70 million trees that are planted each year in Florida for reforestation,” said Tim Martin, professor and co-interim director of the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation.

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Diversification Key to Resilient Fishing Communities

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Fishing communities can survive ― and even thrive ― as fish abundance and market prices shift if they can catch a variety of species and nimbly move from one fishery to the next, a new University of Washington study finds.

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UF/IFAS Experts to Stress Environment, Immigration, Production at AG Policy Conference

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“Our goal is to bring industry experts, researchers, policy and business leaders together to discuss the current and emerging challenges related to Florida as an engine of innovation, policy related to food, nutrition and consumer decision making, water quality and management, agricultural labor and the prospects for our fruit and vegetable industry.” -- Spiro Stefanou, chair of the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department.

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Why Are Australia’s Shrublands Like ‘Knee-High Tropical Rainforests’?

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A new UdeM study of the flora "Down Under" breaks new ground by showing that soil biota play an important role in the maintenance of plant diversity in species-rich ecosystems.

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Changing Climate Changes Soils

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In a new study, researchers used digital techniques to predict how one vital soil characteristic, soil organic carbon, may be altered by climate change.

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UF/IFAS Researchers Show Potential Market for Locally Grown Asian Vegetables

Asian-Americans in three East Coast states, including Florida, yearn for more of their native vegetables, and those crops can be grown in the East, say two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers.

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Research Looks at Growing More Nutritional, Flavorful Strawberries in Kansas

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A doctoral student at K-State Olathe, completed a series of studies focused on helping Kansas growers produce more strawberries in the state — particularly Greater Kansas City.

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Spinning the (X-ray) Light Fantastic

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For the first time, X-ray scientists have access to wavelength-tunable circularly polarized free-electron laser pulses in the range between 280 and 1200 eV. Several types of experiments can benefit from the short and intense pulses.

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Species Diversity Reduces Chances of Crop Failure in Algal Biofuel Systems

When growing algae in outdoor ponds as a next-generation biofuel, a naturally diverse mix of species will help reduce the chance of crop failure, according to a federally funded study by University of Michigan researchers.

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Longtime Duda Executive Named UF/IFAS Champion for 2016

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Hugh English helped launch southwest Florida’s fledgling citrus industry. He started his career as a citrus grove manager at A. Duda & Sons in 1965, and through his work, English began many citrus research and Extension demonstrations in the Duda groves. He retired in 2001 as a corporate vice president.

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UF/IFAS Researcher to Lead $1 Million Study to Increase Global Wheat Production

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Md Ali Babar, a UF/IFAS agronomy assistant professor and his team of researchers, hope to increase the harvest index from 45 to 60 percent, which translates to much more wheat. The harvest index quantifies a crop’s yield versus the amount of biomass – shoots and roots – that it produces.

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Food Waste, Sustainability, Composting, Landfills

Worries About Food Waste Appear to Vanish When Diners Know Scraps Go to Compost

Diners waste far less food when they’re schooled on the harm their leftovers can inflict on the environment. But if they know the food is going to be composted instead of dumped in a landfill, the educational benefit disappears.

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Learn More About Florida’s Water Resources with New UF/IFAS Website

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Are you concerned about how your water tastes? Do you want to know how much you use, or whether we’ll have enough water for the next generation? A new UF/IFAS website links users with UF/IFAS programs on how to preserve and, perhaps improve the quantity and quality of water in Florida.

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Putting Sidewalks on Low-Sodium Diet

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Wintry weather can pack a slippery punch. While use of salt on roads and sidewalks can return surfaces to a safer status, too much salt can have long-term effects on soil. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) January 1 Soils Matter blog post explains how too much salt reduces soils’ ability to retain plant nutrients and water, and damage soil structure.

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Cowpeas, crop breeding, Genome, black-eyed peas, Food Security

A Library for Food Security

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Researchers are uncovering the genome of cowpeas, also known as black-eyed peas, in response to challenging growing conditions and the need for food security.

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2016’s Top 10 UF/IFAS Extension Publications Cover Snakes, Avocados, Vegetable Gardening, More

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Faculty at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences write Extension documents that bring top-notch, science-based information to the public for free. Topics cover myriad issues from reptiles to rivers and from crops to food safety. These documents are found on a website, www.edis.ifas.ufl.edu.

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Berkeley Lab Awarded $4.6 Million for Transformational Agriculture Technologies

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ARPA-E has awarded Berkeley Lab $4.6 million for two projects to “see” into the soil and ultimately develop crops that take carbon out of the atmosphere. One technology aims to use electrical current to image the root system. The other will use neutron scattering to measure the distribution of carbon and other elements in the soil.







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