Program Areas

Soil and Water Science

Soil and water science is vital for environmental protection

Citrus Horticulture

Serving growers in the world's renowned citrus production region

Plant Pathology

Providing crop protection research for the region's agricultural crops

Entomology Biological Control

Invasive insects are controlled with natural enemies


Aquaculture program for local industry

Postharvest Technology

Postharvest technology research is conducted in the Postharvest Facility


After Irma, UF/IFAS Extension Collier County continues to serve residents

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The University of Florida IFAS Extension facility in Collier County was rated for a category 3 hurricane. But it was no match for Hurricane Irma. “Before we came to check on the building, we had heard the damage was bad,” said Twyla Leigh, director of UF/IFAS Extension Collier County. “It truly looked like a tornado came through, with twisted metal torn off the roof and daylight coming through the

UF/IFAS County Extension director: Be ready to provide information for FEMA aid

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Hundreds of residents are lining up for assistance from FEMA now that Hurricane Irma has come and gone. But, many may be turned away for not having proper documentation or information. “We want to help as many Florida residents as possible get the help they need,” said University of Florida IFAS Extension Highlands County Director Laurie Hurner. “While you don’t have to provide the documentation,

USDA grant to fund UF undergraduate research and Extension fellowships

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Cassius Winchester grew up with a grandmother who cooked healthy meals for her family with produce from her home garden. These memories developed Winchester’s desire to work with plants, leading the Valencia College graduate to participate in a new undergraduate UF/IFAS research and Extension fellowship project offered through the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). Funding for these

UF scientist recognized for research in mosquito-borne disease control

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- University of Florida entomology professor Jeffrey Bloomquist is known to have a restless curiosity about everything, ranging from insecticide toxicology to mosquito control and resistance. That boundless need to know has paid off for Bloomquist, a faculty member with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. He recently was honored with the American Chemical Society International Award for Research in