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UF Study: Boost in jobs and stocks lifts Florida consumer confidence

Published: Jan 31st, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence rose four points in January to 95, its highest level in six months, reflecting optimism about record-high employment, an upswing in the stock market and a pre-holiday dip in gas prices, University of Florida economists report.

UF researchers say citrus greening can be managed with new biological and chemical controls

Published: Jan 19th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Canker topped the list of worries for the Florida citrus industry until citrus greening – described as the world’s most serious citrus disease – was found in groves last year.

Florida land boom: New UF survey shows Florida farmland values increased by 50 percent to 88 percent during past year

Florida land boom: New UF survey shows Florida farmland values increased by 50 percent to 88 percent during past year

Published: Jan 13th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Demand for land by developers, investors and speculators pushed the value of agricultural land to record levels in all regions of the state during the past year, according to a new University of Florida survey.

UF researcher: Florida voucher ruling not a threat to other states

Published: Jan 11th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — School tuition vouchers are likely to survive in other states, despite the Florida Supreme Court’s decision last week to strike down the program for students attending failing schools, said a University of Florida economist.

UF study shows Florida’s three-strikes law fails to curb crime

Published: Jan 10th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s three-strikes law is a swing and a miss as a crime-fighting tool, finds a new University of Florida study about the legislation that imposes increasingly stiff mandatory jail terms for gun-wielding criminals.

When freezes threaten crops, UF’s automated weather network helps growers avoid losses

When freezes threaten crops, UF’s automated weather network helps growers avoid losses

Published: Jan 6th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When freezes threaten crops, growers rely on the Florida Automated Weather Network for accurate weather data to protect their crops. In addition to delivering weather data 24 hours daily, the University of Florida network helps farmers improve their irrigation efficiency and provides reliable climate predictions months in advance.