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Our own Cheryl Palm presents a Soil and Water Sciences Department Distinguished Speaker Seminar on Monday, September 25 3-4pm in MCCA G186. Live stream here. Archive here.


We welcome seven new scholars to visit our group for 6-12 months from Norway, China, and Turkey: Ole Bergesen, Ursula Landazuri-Tveteras, Baohua Liu, Xiaolin Li, Sigbjorn Tveteras, Omer Vanli, and Jinghua Xie.


Jim Anderson has been named a 2018 Fellow of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field.


On September 19, we hosted a visit from Dr. Lisa Conti, Chief Scientist of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Dr. Krystal Pree and Dr. Makyba Charles-Ayinde, both National Academy of Sciences Policy Fellows serving with FL DACS. We discussed the goals of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, and barriers to and opportunities for sustainable terrestrial and aquatic food system development in Florida.


Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom recently traveled to Bangkok, Thailand. He conducted a Small Farm Precision Agriculture Workshop “A Training Program on DSSAT v4.6 and CropDSS tool” at the Sakhon Rice Research Center and gave an invited presentation at the Small Farm Precision Agriculture Seminar sponsored by the Thai Research Foundation.


Want to learn more about big data and agriculture? Gerrit Hoogenboom is presenting the 1st annual CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture convention hosted by CIAT in Cali, Columbia. A live stream available here.


Dr. Karen Garrett traveled with IFAS Global and CLAS to Colombia in September to plan collaborations with Corpoica.


This month’s issue of Phytopathology is focused on epidemiology, with a strong contribution from Karen Garrett’s lab.


The PLOS ONE article introducing the Fishery Performance Indicators has become one of the top 25% most cited papers in the journal in only 2 years. Anderson JL, Anderson CM, Chu J, Meredith J, Asche F, Sylvia G, et al. (2015) The Fishery Performance Indicators: A Management Tool for Triple Bottom Line Outcomes. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0122809. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122809.

A new paper applies FPI to evaluate a development project: Impact Evaluation of a Fisheries Development Project by Jingjie Chu, Taryn Garlock, Patrick Sayon, Frank Asche and James Anderson, Marine Policy (2017) 141-149. Free access through October 28 here.


Dr. Anderson, Dr. Asche, Dr. Garlock, and Dr. Chu have authored Aquaculture: Its Role in the Future of Food, a chapter in the recently published book “World Agricultural Resources and Food Security: International Food Security”, number 17 in the Frontiers of Economics and Globalization series, available here.


Karen Garrett is teaching a new 2 credit course this fall: Impact through Networks, PLP6905 Section 27CE, TR Period 5. Outcomes in systems such as agriculture, natural ecosystems, and health care are often determined by processes that act through networks. Networks can describe the spread of pathogens, invasive species, consumer goods, ideas, and technologies. Networks can also describe associations, interactions, and transactions among people, species, and other agents. This course addresses how to anlayze the impact of system changes in networks, including an introduction to network science in R, a review of applicaitons in biological and social sciences, including current methods in evaluating impact. More information here.


The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) advocates for the establishment of June 7 as World Food Safety Day as a means to raise awareness of the issue. The proposal was made by Awilo Ocheing Pernet, Chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Arie Havelaar’s work with the WHO Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group forms part of the basis for this plan.


The UF International Center Office for Global Research Engagement’s Global Fellows Program is open for applications through October 3, 2017. More information here.


Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom recently traveled to Bangkok, Thailand. He conducted a Small Farm Precision Agriculture Workshop “A Training Program on DSSAT v4.6 and CropDSS tool” at the Sakhon Rice Research Center and gave an invited presentation at the Small Farm Precision Agriculture Seminar sponsored by the Thai Research Foundation.


Congratulations to Dr. Senthold Asseng and Dr. Greg Kiker on their selection to the inaugural 2017 class of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems’ Faculty Fellows Program! Click here for a brief description of their proposed work.

Congratulations to James Anderson and Frank Asche for their recently funded proposal to the NSF/NIFA Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems program:  “Reducing Resource Use at the Seafood- Energy- Water Nexus: Focus on Efficient Production and Waste Reduction”. This $2.5 million effort, a collaboration with researchers at Johns Hopkins and Arizona State, will measure energy and water use along the production chain of top products in the US seafood supply to target the most impactful energy and water use waste-reduction strategies for producers, processors, and consumers.


Arie Havelaar was interviewed on Radio NZ National about a range of food safety issues. The recording is available here.


Congratulations to James Fulton, a graduate student of Karen Garrett, for his selection to participate in the Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security.


The newly created Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Safety and Health will be housed at UF under the direction of J. Glenn Morris. The center will develop new data sources with the goal of improving worker safety in farming, fishing and forestry as part of the CDC/NIOSH Agricultural Health & Safety Initiative.


Chilean_purse_seine_smallThe Fishery Performance Indicators Manual version 1.3, by James L. Anderson, Christopher M. Anderson, Jingjie Chu & Jennifer Meredith has been released. This manual provides a framework for assessing fisheries health based on a triple bottom line, incorporating information across ecosystem health, economic health, and social health axes. It is available here.


The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems has created an infographic “Nurturing Development with Animal-Source Foods”, available through their website.


The 2017 Florida Tomato Conference will be held September 5-10, 2017 in Naples Florida. More information here.


Florida A&M University's Energy Water Food Nexus International Summit 2017 will be in Orlando, FL September 21-22.  Registration and information here.


The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association presents their Annual Conference September 25-27, 2017 in Amelia Island, FL. Register here.


UF/ IFAS Live Oak and Balm Ag Research Centers will be hosting the 2017 Florida Protected Ag and Hydroponics Conference December 5 and 6. Registration here.


The 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security: Global Challenges, Local Solutions and Connected Pathways will be held December 3-6, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.  More information here.


The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has released the National Organic Farming Handbook, available in pdf here.


Pedro A. Sanchez has been appointed as a Member of the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science and will serve a 3 year term, beginning January 2017.


Gerrit Hoogenboom hosted the largest crop modeling workshop of the year, the 2017 DSSAT 2017 International Training Program from May 15-20 at the University of Georgia at Griffin.  A total of 50 participants representing more than 20 countries attended to learn more about the science and application of crop simulation models and decision support systems using DSSAT as the main tool. A new version of DSSAT, v4.6.5, was used in the training program.  In case you missed this workshop, next year’s training will be held in the same venue May 14-19, 2018.


The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems has created an infographic “Nurturing Development with Animal-Source Foods”, available through their website.

UF/ IFAS Live Oak and Balm Ag Research Centers will be hosting the 2017 Florida Protected Ag and Hydroponics Conference December 5 and 6. Registration here.


The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has released the National Organic Farming Handbook, available in pdf here.


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New Metrics

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