Datil Pepper Cook Off set for October 1

AUGUSTINE, Fla. --- On Oct. 1, about 1,000 people are expected to attend the ninth annual Datil Pepper Cook Off to celebrate the iconic pepper. The Datil Pepper Cook off, as part of the Datil Pepper Fall Festival, is hosted by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension St. Johns County in St. Augustine, Florida. Attendees will sample an array of datil-themed fare prepared by local restaurants, and  More»


UF/IFAS FRED faculty win EPAF awards

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty in the food and resource economics department have each been selected for UF/IFAS Extension Professional and Enhancement awards.  These awards highlight exceptional UF/IFAS Extension programming, and earn faculty additional funding and program support. Tatiana Borisova, associate professor and Extension specialist, has been selected for the  More»


Seahorse Key Marine Lab moves to cross-campus management

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Santa Fe College have teamed up to manage the Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory, an off-shore facility in the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. “This collaboration across our campus and between UF and Santa Fe College will increase our capacity for research, Extension and teaching on the Nature  More»


We Need Your Advice!

Florida Extension is a partnership between the University of Florida and Florida A&M University to improve the quality of life for people like you through education. In the coming decade, decisions will be made by Florida Extension that influence you and your community. We invite you to participate in our Community Input Survey as a way to give your opinions about certain  More»


Jackson County 4-Her selected as Florida junior beef ambassador

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Long before she joined the Jackson County 4-H Livestock Club, Caitlin Caudill liked to pretend she was a veterinarian, treating her teddy bear or stuffed cow for a make-believe illness or injury. When she turned 11 and got her first real cow—a Charolais heifer—she already had a passion for the livestock industry and caring for animals. That passion was on full display when Caudill, now 15, recently competed to become  More»


Suwannee farmers ‘test drive’ valuable water-saving tool

LIVE OAK, Fla. --- During most of this last year, Suwannee County farmer Sammy Starling never had to guess when he did—or didn’t—need to water his corn. With a new smart-agriculture technology, he could access soil moisture readings right from his phone, with updates every three hours. This information helped Starling determine when to turn on the irrigation system and when to skip a cycle. “It’s a window to the underground world,”  More»