While UF/IFAS facilities are closed to the public due to COVID-19, researchers and faculty are still working hard to serve the Florida ag industry.

UF/IFAS facilities have been practicing social distancing well before Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ issued a stay-at-home order that went into effect on April 2nd, but UF/IFAS researchers and faculty are still working hard, either remotely or while taking precautions, to continue to serve the Florida ag industry.  A Citrus Industry article outlined the issue; see the details below.

UF/IFAS Working for the Florida Ag Industry

The director of the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, Michael Rogers shared the efforts UF/IFAS researchers and faculty are taking to continue to serve those in the Florida ag industry in the article. “Agriculture is one of the essential sectors that has to function for our economy and our nation despite COVID-19. We are going to be looking at alternative ways to get that information out,” Rogers said.

The article maintained that growers looking to stay informed should sign up for the UF/IFAS Citrus Team Newsletter. It’s a monthly publication containing news and information concerning Florida citrus and UF/IFAS research. It also contains a monthly installment by Rogers titled “From the Director.” In the last installment, Rogers shared that UF/IFAS faculty are “maintaining our valuable plant, insect, cell cultures and other important resources that have been developed over many decades of work.”

In the article, Rogers added that “we continue to deliver information and provide the services folks have come to expect from IFAS as best we can. We’re working to place more information online, so the flow of information doesn’t stop.”

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