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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.

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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.

The 2017 Florida Tomato Conference will be held September 5-10, 2017 in Naples Florida. More information about registration and the program is available 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 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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