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Consumer confidence remains stagnant without future economic signals

Published: Aug 31st, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With no clear signs the nation is either on the road to economic recovery or showing signs of entering another recession, Florida’s consumer confidence remained stagnant, inching up only one point to 67 in August, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Sponsored research funding at UF hits record $678 million

Published: Aug 26th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Research awards to University of Florida faculty increased $104 million last year to a record $678 million, thanks primarily to a 45 percent increase in federal funding. […]

New UF program helps smaller farms maintain high food-safety standards

Published: Aug 18th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With food safety a major health concern, larger farms routinely use customized safety plans to ensure everything’s done by the book—now, University of Florida experts are helping smaller farms follow suit.

Florida’s economy could benefit from biomass for electricity, UF researcher says

Florida’s economy could benefit from biomass for electricity, UF researcher says

Published: Aug 11th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumers know that buying locally produced food stimulates the local economy, and a University of Florida researcher says the same idea applies when power plants use locally produced wood as fuel.

Artificial sweetener could help soybean plants resist rust disease, UF researchers say

Published: Aug 10th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Saccharin, the artificial sweetener used in diet drinks and other consumer products, has an unexpected sweet agricultural benefit: It helps soybean plants ward off a disease that threatens the entire soybean industry, University of Florida researchers say.

Participants sign up for real-life Florida ‘FarmVille’

Published: Aug 5th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — FarmVille, Facebook’s most popular game, allows millions to till digital soil and trade products in a virtual market. Now, University of Florida faculty are bringing social networking to real-life agriculture, and they want players.