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Highest jobless rate in three decades causes drop in consumer confidence

Published: Nov 24th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence fell three points to 69 in November amid continued concerns over the state’s high unemployment rate, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Floridians plan to spend little more than last year this gift-giving season

Published: Nov 24th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s retailers are in for a repeat of last year’s dismal holiday season, with consumers expecting to spend about the same amount of money on gifts, a new University of Florida survey finds.

UF grape research aims to push wine, grape industries beyond climate and pest obstacles

Published: Nov 18th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Research that could transform grape production around the world is under way in the heart of Florida.

UF/IFAS research harnesses sun’s power to kill weeds

UF/IFAS research harnesses sun’s power to kill weeds

Published: Nov 12th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sunshine helps flowers grow, and it can help rid soil of harmful organisms that hurt Florida’s $9 million cut flower industry, a University of Florida expert says.

Uncertainty about jobs holds back real estate resurgence, UF study shows

Published: Nov 3rd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the state’s high jobless rate, Florida’s real estate outlook is plagued by the most dangerous condition to delay an economic recovery: uncertainty, according to the latest University of Florida survey.