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Don’t get burned: Tips for protecting your home from wildfires during drought

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- As communities in Florida face a record drought, many residents have been waking up to the smell of smoke from nearby wildfires. And some may even face blazes in their own backyards. “Those most at risk will be those who live near undeveloped land or wooded areas,” said Alan Long, emeritus professor of forest resources and conservation at the University of Florida. Long remains active in fire-related research and

Lifestyle factors, not demographics, tied to CSA membership

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- If you’re a high earner and have a graduate degree, chances are you’d rather eat out than buy your food through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, according to a national survey co-authored by a researcher at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. This was one of the several insights researchers gained into consumers’ intentions to participate in CSA, said Zhifeng Gao,

UF expert: Treat your parched lawn properly

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Many lawns are turning brown and crispy in the drought, but University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences specialists can help homeowners maintain healthy landscapes. Some areas of Florida have received barely half an inch of rain this month, according to the National Weather Service. Fourteen counties in peninsular Florida show drought indices of at least 550, according to the Keetch-Byrum

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