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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.

UF study: BP oil spill adds to uncertainty about Florida’s real estate market

Published: Jul 28th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The BP oil spill threatens to swamp a shaky Florida real estate industry that had been bottoming out because of repeated economic blows, the latest University of Florida survey finds.

Consumer confidence falls and views of personal finances reach new low

Published: Jul 27th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Fears about the economic effects of the BP oil spill caused a slight decline in Florida’s consumer confidence in July, while expectations about personal finances reached a record low, according to a new University of Florida survey.

UF study: Florida tourists unfamiliar with aspects of hurricane readiness

Published: Jul 21st, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Many Florida tourists come for the perfect weather but do not know what to do in the perfect storm, finds a new University of Florida study of visiting vacationers and their preparedness for a hurricane strike.

Ultrasound treatment can keep peanuts fresh longer, UF researcher says

Published: Jul 20th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Every peanut lover knows the disappointment of finding rancid goobers in a seemingly fresh package, and a University of Florida researcher is fighting the problem by using familiar technology in a new way.