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UF/IFAS Program Highly
Successful in Keeping Phosphorus Out of the Everglades

Some of the aprticipants of the 11th Annual Scholarship Fundaraiser

Welcome New
County Extension Agents

SStewart SwansonStewart Swanson (Hendry County) started early August. His home base is in LaBelle and he replaces Les Baucum. Stewart has loads of experience in the EAA and in south Florida agriculture and water quality issues in general, it's great to have him on board.

Matt van WeeldenMatt van Weelden (Palm Beach County) will start October 19 ... Matt has some graduate school obligations to attend to, thus the delay on his part. As an FYI, Matt has done considerable studies and extension work on Mexican Rice Borer in sugarcane, in both Louisiana and Texas. Matt's office will be in Belle Glade and he replaces Ron Rice.

Ronald Cherry in
The Palm Beach Post

Our Entomologist Ron Cherry speaks with Susan Salisbury from The Palm Beach Post about the research related to the lovebug. More...


Rena Borkhataria completes Extension Faculty Development Academy at UF

Rena Borkhataria, Assistant Research Professor, who recently participated in two orientation and training sessions for new county extension faculty at the University of Florida in Gainesville, will be publicly recognized at a statewide extension conference next August and will receive a Certificate of Completion from Dr. Nick Place, Dean for the Florida Cooperative Extension Service. More...


Mexican Rice Borer

Mexican rice borer (Eoreuma loftini), discovered in Florida in March 2012, has now been found in 4 counties: Levy, Marion, Citrus and Sumter.  The stalk-boring larvae of this species feed in cultivated grass crops such as sugarcane, rice, corn, sorghum and sudangrass, but also feed in landscape plants such as pampasgrass. (Distribution map updated 02/05/15) More...  


lovebug trapResearch on Love Bugs

Dr. Ron Cherry, and Biologist, Alvin Wilson, are conducting field trials to help homeowners enjoy their yards more during lovebug season by finding a better lovebug trap.

Barn Owl ResearchBarn Owl Research Updates

An experiment is currently underway to determine if rodent populations can be reduced by Barn Owl predation. More...

sugarcane harvestSugarcane Handbook

Use this guide to learn about growing sugarcane, varieties, combating pests, economics, and soil conditions. More...

Florida Agriculture

Agriculture, natural resources and related industries are an economic powerhouse in Florida, providing more than 2 million jobs, $141.8 billion in direct output (revenues), $119.9 billion in value added contributions, and accounting for 14.9 percent of total economic activity in 2012. More...

Did You Know?

The Everglades REC is situated on approximately 800 acres; 420 sugarcane acres are planted in sugarcane, 45 in vegetable research. More...

Solutions for
Your Life

UF/IFAS Extension launches an easy-to-use, comprehensive Web site, Solutions for Your Life.  More...