[June 12, 2017] Going back to the 2017 UF Agroecology Summit

This past May 15-17th was the first UF Agroecology International Summit: 13 faculty and administrators from 11 universities in 8 countries gathered in Florida to tour much of the state, visiting several UF Research and Education Centers (REC),… Read More

[June 6, 2017] How do the “Three Sister” plants work together ?

“The three sisters planting – corn, beans, and squash – is a perfect example of companion planting! Imagine three sisters in a family. In an ideal world, they would be great companions, cooperating and supporting each other. Each… Read More

[May 10, 2017] International Agroecology Summit May 15th – 18th

Over the past few years, our UF Agroecology program has striven to build a global portfolio of partner institutions around the world, providing students with the opportunity to take part in diversified research. Indeed, some of the offerings… Read More

[April 20, 2017] Can a waste product from cauliflowers help peanuts grow during water shortages?

Kelly Racette is a UF/IFAS Agronomy PhD Student currently doing an Agroecology Research Internship at Harper Adams University, in the U.K.  American researcher Kelly Racette is conducting an experiment at Harper Adams University to see if a wax,… Read More

[April 10, 2017] “Tropical vegetable oils could be produced sustainably”

“Drawn to the social, economic, and environmental impacts of oil crops in the tropics, Derek Byerlee, Walter Falcon, and Roz Naylor provide context and understanding of the booming vegetable oil sector in their new book, The Tropical Oil… Read More

[Mar. 31, 2017] Participatory sorghum breeding in Burkina Faso: creating new varieties with and for farmers.

“In the mid-1990s, sorghum plant breeders adopted a new varietal creation method in Burkina Faso: participatory plant breeding. It is based on a simple principle: involving producers in all stages of research. This was to be a turning… Read More

[Mar. 24, 2017] A brand new Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture is on its way

The Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture (CSRA) is a new inter-disciplinary center consisting of faculty from diverse departments within IFAS working together on addressing the impacts of biotic and abiotic stresses on the environment, society and agricultural production…. Read More

[Mar. 17, 2017] Hops growing in Florida for first time ever

“Some might call Dr. Brian Pearson a hophead. His life revolves around researching, growing and eventually consuming hops. While on a trip in Europe a few years ago, Dr. Pearson tasted a beer not available stateside. “I couldn’t find… Read More

[Mar. 10, 2017] Ph.D. Graduate Assistanship Opportunities

Interested in starting a Ph.D. at the University of Florida ? Accepting Applications through April 1 Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship Opportunities – Apply to Agronomy major for consideration: FAMU Feeder Program McNair  Graduate Assistantship UF/SFC Development Project Agroecology with… Read More

[Mar. 6, 2017] Magic cover crop carpet ?

“Organic farmers have to make hard choices between protecting soil from erosion and controlling weeds. For example, large-scale organic farming relies heavily on tillage. Tilling breaks up the soil to kill weeds and prepare for planting. But intense… Read More