Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS)
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The upcoming 11/27/17 UF/IFAS Extension Connections 11am will feature Jim Anderson, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems speaking about collaborative opportunities for Extension engagement. Join via zoom here.

Join us for a special seminar by Jose Mauricio Fernandes of Embrapa, co-sponsored by ISFS and the AgSystems group of ABE: "Wheat Blast: A threat to global food security". Dr. Fernandes will be presenting his talk on December 12 at 11am in 122 Rogers Hall. Refreshments and coffee will be served.

Announcing a new course for Spring 2018 from Cheryl Palm and Mark Musumba: Agricultural Intensification: Tradeoffs or Synergies with the Environment and Livelihoods, AOM 4932/6932.

Congratulations to Jim Anderson and Frank Asche on their recently funded project through the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission:  "Finfish Aquaculture in the Gulf: Market Potential and Interaction with Wild Fisheries"!

Congratulations to Gerrit Hoogenboom on his selection as the 2017 Soil Science Society of America L.R. Ahuja Agricultural Systems Modeling Award recipient.

Congratulations to Senthold Asseng on his appointment to the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project AgMIP executive committee.

Pedro Sanchez, Akinwumi Adesina, and Robert Fraley, all World Food Prize winners, have released a statement encouraging cooperation to address the widespread destruction of African crops by the newly introduced fall armyworm. More information on the threat available here. UF/IFAS and the The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) signed an agreement to work together on the newly created Fall Armyworm Science Advisory Board.

Mark Musumba, Cheryl Palm and collaborators with the USAID Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification have finalized their sustainable indicators framework and launched it at the ASA meetings on October 24, 2017. The framework is available here.

Jim Anderson presented “Global Shrimp Production Review and Forecast” at the 2017 GOAL Conference in Dublin. News summary here.

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.

Brandon McFadden presents "Biofortification as a Response to Malnutrition" at the UF One Health Talks on November 9, 2017.

Arie Havelaar and Trudy Wassenaar presented “Whole Genome Sequencing – Application in Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment” as part of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Science and Technology Seminar Series, with participation by the Interagency Risk Assessment Consortium in October 2017.

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.

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New Metrics

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