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UF: Florida’s consumer confidence unchanged for December

Published: Dec 27th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence remained unchanged in December, according to a monthly University of Florida survey. December’s figure was 74, the same as the revised November reading. Overall confidence reached a post-recession peak in September and October at 80, but is down six points for the second month.

UF researcher exploring plant preservation method that could help endangered species

Published: Dec 4th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida scientist is researching a method to freeze and preserve orchid seeds, and besides aiding producers, it might also give endangered plants a better chance at survival.

University of Florida moves up in national rankings for research spending

Published: Dec 3rd, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new report from the National Science Foundation shows the University of Florida jumped from 14th to 12th in a national ranking of research and development spending at the top 30 public universities in 2011.

UF: Florida’s consumer confidence shows post-election decline

Published: Nov 27th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence declined in November to 76, down four points from the revised October reading of 80, according to a new University of Florida study. However, while consumer confidence is historically low, it is still relatively high post-recession, said Chris McCarty, director of UF’s Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

Tunnel technology could help Florida blueberry growers, UF/IFAS study suggests

Published: Nov 20th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Protecting Florida’s $80 million blueberry crop from freeze damage is always a wintertime challenge, but a University of Florida study shows that structures called high tunnels could shield plants from cold and promote earlier fruit ripening.

UF: Florida’s consumer confidence remains at near post-recession high

Published: Oct 30th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Floridians’ consumer confidence remained near a post-recession high in October, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.

UF/IFAS part of team to receive $9 million USDA citrus greening grant

Published: Oct 2nd, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Citrus Research and Development Foundation, a University of Florida direct-support organization, will receive a $9 million federal grant to try to prevent the insect that transmits citrus greening from spreading the disease.

Buyers may not understand risks in coastal purchases, new UF study shows

Published: Oct 2nd, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Living along a Florida beach sounds like a dream, but it can bring nightmarish worries, including severe weather, erosion and regulations limiting how the land is used.

UF: Florida consumer confidence hits five-year high

Published: Sep 25th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s September consumer confidence reached a post-recession high of 79 — up three points from a revised August reading of 76, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.

Farmers’ market phonies raise ire of some customers — but not all, UF researchers say

Farmers’ market phonies raise ire of some customers — but not all, UF researchers say

Published: Sep 25th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Doing business with a farmers’ market phony selling non-local food might bother some shoppers, but not all, according to a new University of Florida study.