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realized that the
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ers had trouble keeping food on their family's table
year-round. But there was just one catch she had no
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equipment, but when it was time for her first public
demonstration at the Gainesville courthouse, she just
couldn't get it to work. The jars refused to seal.
Embarrassing as that may have been, Agnes didn't
let her enthusiasm wither. By the end of her first year,
she had enrolled more than 500 girls from 11 counties.
This year, Florida 4-H is celebrating its 100th anni-
versary. The organization started with corn-growing
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new realms that will also be vital to their future suc-
cess, such as computer technology and the environ-
mental and economic issues associated with energy.
Nationally, 4-H has established a goal to create 1 mil-
lion new scientists and engineers, and I have every
confidence they will meet this goal.
In Florida, IFAS is laying a sound foundation for the
future work of 4-H. We're doing that the best way we
know how by taking the lead in addressing some of
the nation's most challenging and important issues.
We are working hard to improve food safety. Along
with statewide efforts to provide education on good
agricultural practices, IFAS researchers are using cut-
ting-edge microbiological techniques to fight food-
borne pathogens. In January, two IFAS experts and
the director of UF's Emerging Pathogens Institute
were chosen to take part in a 13-person task force that
will analyze FDA food safety protocols.
IFAS is also working to ensure the safety of our
crops by developing tools to use against diseases that
damage Florida's agricultural industry, such as a rapid
diagnostic test for laurel wilt, a fungal disease that
threatens Florida's $30 million annual avocado crop.
We are dedicated to developing next-generation
biofuel technologies, novel insect controls, innovative
ways to conserve energy and new cultivars for every-
thing ranging from grass to strawberries. The list goes
on and on.
Both 4-H and IFAS were born of hard times. Seeking
practical and forward-thinking solutions has always
been an essential part of our responsibility. The entre-
preneurial spirit shown by J.J. Vernon and Agnes Ellen
Harris all those years ago is still with us today, and
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4 Redbay Ambrosia Beetle
6 Faculty Profile: Shelda Wilkens
100 Years of Florida 4-H
13 We Are CALS Profile: John Perry
14 How It Works
15 News Briefs
People, Places and Things
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On the Cover
Florida 4-H began in 1909 as a series of "corn clubs" for boys, founded by UF Dean of
Agriculture J.J. Vernon. The clubs taught members about new corn varieties and ways to
increase yields, with the hope that the boys would pass this information along to their parents,
improving Florida agriculture. So what better place to start our salute to Florida 4-H'S centen-
nial than with a photo that pays tribute to the crop that started it all? These five youngsters are
shown in a stand of field corn in late July, near Alachua.
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BATTLE With a
IFAS scientists fight to save Florida's avocado industry
from a devastating disease and its insect vector.
By Tom Nordlie
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JONATHAN CRANE, ALBERT "BUD" MAYFIELD,
MICHAEL C. THOMAS and THOMAS WRIGHT
ot a penny? Take a look at Abraham Lincoln's
nose. That's about the size of a redbay ambro-
The threat posed by this invasive Asian insect is far
larger. It carries a fungus that causes a disease called
laurel wilt. The disease kills redbay and other tree spe-
cies in the laurel family and it could devastate Florida's
Laurel wilt was unknown to science until shortly
after the beetle was detected in Georgia in 2002. In
late July, the laurel wilt pathogen was detected in the
heart of Florida's 7,500-acre commercial avocado
industry. However, more samples are being tested to
confirm the finding. Unlike similar insects, the redbay
ambrosia beetle isn't attracted strictly to weakened
trees, says Jonathan Crane, a horticultural sciences
professor at UF's Tropical Research and Education
Center in Homestead. This means any avocado tree -
including the estimated tens of thousands in residents'
backyards is potentially at risk.
"That's very bad news," Crane says. "I tell people,
'It's not a matter of if it's a matter of when the beetle
will show up in your area.'"
Crane, with UF agricultural economists Edward
"Gilly" Evans and Alan Hodges and former extension
agent Jason Osborne, has written a paper for the jour-
nal HortTechnology estimating laurel wilt's financial
impact on Florida's avocado industry, the nation's
According to Evans, if the disease eliminates half
of Florida's $30 million commercial avocado crop -
something that's possible it would eliminate 275
full-time jobs and $27 million per year in total eco-
nomic impact. Moreover, it would cause a substantial
decline in property values because the disease even-
tually kills the trees, and it takes six to seven years to
re-establish an orchard.
But IFAS is fighting to prevent this outcome, work-
ing with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,
and the U.S. Forest Service.
And IFAS faculty are receiving strong financial
support in the battle against laurel wilt. The Florida
Avocado Committee contributed $100,000; IFAS
administration put in $50,000; the U.S. Forest Service
provided $80,000 for research on redbay and a USDA
grant provided $160,000 for short-term control.
Numerous other grant applications have been submit-
ted, Crane says.
These combined resources are being put to use in
attacking three fronts simultaneously: detection and
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ABOVE LEFT The 4-H Agriscience Center in Marion County is the
nation's only dedicated 4-H farm.
ABOVE RIGHT Miniature golf at the 4-H exhibit at the Florida State
Fair in February.
BELOW 4-H'ers attend horsemanship school at Welaka State Forest.
n 100 years, the Florida 4-H Youth Development
Program has come a long way. Originally, it helped
families adopt new farming methods. Today, the
organization boasts almost a quarter million members
and 10,000 volunteers involved in activities ranging
from robotics and engineering to alternative energy
But one thing hasn't changed: 4-H's commitment
to helping youth learn by doing. As state 4-H pro-
gram leader Marilyn Norman explains, every project is
designed to teach 4-H'ers life skills such as leadership,
responsibility and good judgment.
The centennial celebration, known as Florida 4-H: A
Century of Youth Success, is taking place around the
state throughout 2009. Come with us now, as we take
a quick look at Florida 4-H history, noteworthy current
programs and celebration highlights.
1902 The nation's first 4-H club is founded in Clark
1909 "Corn clubs" for boys, the forerunners of
Florida 4-H clubs, are founded in Alachua,
Bradford and Marion counties by UF Dean of
Agriculture J.J. Vernon.
1912 "Tomato clubs" for girls are founded by Agnes
Ellen Harris in 11 Florida counties. As with corn
clubs, the goal is to provide farming innova-
tions to families.
1914 The Smith-Lever Act is passed, creating coop-
erative extension systems in Florida and other
1915 Florida's extension system reaches out to
African-American communities via programs
headquartered at Florida A&M University.
1916 Florida 4-H adds its first new project, raising
1926 Florida's first permanent 4-H camp, Camp
Timpoochee, opens in Niceville.
1939 Florida 4-H projects cover practically every
aspect of the state's agricultural activities.
1957 Camp Cloverleaf is officially established in Lake
1963 The Florida 4-H Foundation is formed to
secure private support for 4-H.
1964 4-H programs from UF, Florida A&M and
Florida State University are combined.
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The programs offered by 4-H clubs are determined
by members' interests and adult volunteers' abilities.
In Florida, that covers a lot of ground.
Some clubs, particularly in rural areas, emphasize
farming and animal husbandry the topics tradition-
ally associated with 4-H. But some of the most pop-
ular 4-H programs today focus on government, busi-
ness and cutting-edge science.
ABOVE RIGHT A 4-H volunteer demonstrates use of a lariat at the
Florida State Fair.
BELOW LEFT Youngsters plant a tree at an Arbor Day event.
BELOW RIGHT This rider rewards her horse with a snack.
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Here are some examples:
Project Butterfly WINGS
Here, 4-H'ers ages 9 to 13 become citizen scientists
by observing and identifying butterflies. WINGS is an
acronym for Winning Investigative Network for Great
Science and it's more than just a slogan. Participants
report their data on a Web site, http://www.flmnh.ufl.
edu/wings/, for use by scientists, other 4-H'ers and the
public. In this way, Project Butterfly WINGS is part of
a larger effort to understand and conserve butterfly
Founded at UF, the program will become available
nationwide this summer as part of national 4-H's new
Science, Engineering and Technology Program.
"Our goal is for the kids to become excited about
science through butterflies," said Marilyn Martin, direc-
tor of the program with the Florida Museum of Natural
History in Gainesville.
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ABOVE RIGHT All 4-H activities teach skills such as leadership.
Florida 4-H Legislature
Since 1975, the Florida 4-H Legislature program,
known as "Leg" and pronounced "ledge," has been
providing 4-H'ers with hands-on experience in state
government. Participants, ages 14 to 18, spend five
days in Tallahassee each summer conducting a model
legislative session where bills are proposed, consid-
ered and then passed or vetoed.
Some 4-H'ers act as representatives, senators,
Florida Supreme Court justices and the governor.
Others are lawyers, lobbyists, journalists, jurors and
pages. Regardless of their roles, everyone learns how
state government works.
Leg was named a National 4-H Program of
Distinction 2006-2009. It's also the most devel-
oped program of its kind anywhere in the U.S., said
Debbie Nistler, a Bradford County 4-H youth develop-
ment agent who helped organize this year's program.
Nistler should know. She's working on a Ph.D. at UF
and her dissertation concerns civic engagement pro-
grams like Leg.
"Leg is the most impressive 4-H program I've ever
been involved with," said Nistler. "It's pretty amazing
- the kids get so immersed in it."
The most popular Florida 4-H program pre-
pares youngsters for an activity that mortifies many
adults public speaking. The 4-H/Tropicana Public
Speaking Program involves more than 119,000 youth
in grades 4 through 6 in more than 50 counties every
year. Each participant writes a speech and delivers
it in class; the top speakers go on to compete at the
school and county levels.
Benefits of the program include enhanced self-
esteem and communication skills, not to men-
tion experience that can help youth excel in their
careers. Unlike many 4-H programs, this one is avail-
able to youngsters who are not involved in 4-H clubs.
Founded in 1952 by an elementary school teacher,
Inez Pettigrew, the program has been administered by
4-H and sponsored by Tropicana Products Inc. since
A big part of the program's appeal is that young-
sters get to choose the subject matter of their
speeches, said Trisha Aldridge, a 4-H outreach coordi-
nator in Collier County.
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Located in Marion County, the 4-H Agriscience
Center is the nation's only dedicated 4-H farm. It's on
state land that was leased to 4-H by the county about
10 years ago, said Nola Wilson, a Marion County 4-H/
small farms extension agent who directs the center.
The 46-acre facility includes newly built hog and steer
barns, a classroom, a pavilion, a shade house, an edu-
cational walking trail and a garden area for vegeta-
ble crops. Also planned are an orchard and a covered
Events there include 4-H club meetings, a 4-H open
house and picnic, a Flag Day ceremony, two livestock
seminars each year, a gardening competition, youth
safety days for local schools and a Civil War re-enact-
ment each November.
The center benefits not only 4-H'ers but also Marion
County high schools, the Florida Farm Bureau and
the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services, which hold events there. And plans are
under way for the IFAS extension small farms pro-
gram to conduct demonstrations and field trials.
"We've had a lot of buy-in from the community -
that's one reason this has been successful," Wilson
said. "We hope to serve as a model for state and
ABOVE RIGHT Florida 4-H clubs are taking part in the national
Million Trees Project.
BELOW LEFT A 4-H'er and her dog seem to ask each other "Are you
ready?" at the Florida State Fair dog show.
BELOW RIGHT All Florida 4-H'ers are encouraged to perform 100
hours of community service in 2008-09.
It might be impossible to detail all the celebrations
marking the Florida 4-H centennial, but rest assured,
they're happening statewide throughout 2009, says
"The strength of the 4-H program has always been at
the club and county level," she said. "That's where the
celebration is most important, because that's where
the memories were established that helped people
Some of the more noteworthy events:
Florida State Fair The celebration's official kickoff
took place at the Florida State Fair in Tampa, Feb. 5-16.
It featured a centennial exhibit with miniature golf and
a Florida 4-H timeline, along with numerous entries in
the pet and livestock shows.
History Book The 208-page hardcover "Florida
4-H: A Century of Youth Success" tracks the pro-
gram's development and features many historical pho-
tos. It's available for $57.50, with a portion of the pro-
ceeds funding a Florida 4-H scholarship endowment.
For more information, visit http://florida4h.org/histo-
100 Hours of Service In early 2008, the Florida
4-H State Council Executive Board made up entirely
of youth voted to commemorate the centennial by
encouraging Florida 4-H'ers to perform 100 hours of
community service in 2008-09. One of the most pop-
ular options is the national 4-H Million Trees Project,
which seeks to plant 1 million saplings across the U.S.
Capitol Event On April 14, almost 600 Florida
4-H'ers converged on the state Capitol to commem-
orate the centennial, attending a press conference
with Gov. Charlie Crist and other officials and plant-
ing a crape myrtle with state Attorney General Bill
Banners Colorful banners marking the centennial
are posted on streetlights around the UF campus.
ABOVE LEFT Displays on 4-H history at the Florida State Fair.
ABOVE RIGHT A Clay County 4-H'er has his hands full at the Florida
State Fair livestock show.
Historical Marker On Aug. 4, a historical marker
recognizing Florida 4-H was dedicated on the UF
campus. U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd, D-Fla., attended the
York Lecture U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., will
deliver a lecture Nov. 9 on the UF campus about 4-H
and its impact on his life.
Centennial Gala A formal gala will be held Nov. 14
at the Embassy Suites Baymeadows in Jacksonville.
Tickets are $100 per person. For more information,
contact Julie Wilson at (352) 846-0996, ext. 244. 3
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Marilyn Norman (352) 846-0996
Some of the 4-H Agriscience Center's 46 acres
are devoted to vegetable gardens.
SFRC doctoral candidate John Perry flies high in geomatics
John Perry is a third-generation surveyor.
But he ain't your granddad's surveyor.
For the past 10 months, he's been part of an
interdisciplinary UF team developing a hand-launch-
able airplane that captures aerial landscape views for
civilian use. Called UAVs, for "unmanned aerial vehi-
cles," they need no human pilot and could someday
be used by everyone from citrus growers to wildlife
Perry's role has been to ensure that the plane's pay-
load is as small and lightweight as possible, and to
make the Global Positioning System, navigation and
imaging equipment work together to produce high-
resolution photographic maps.
The 24-year-old led development of something
the team calls the "Burredo" a 2.5 inch-by-5 inch
computer wrapped in a protective layer that synchro-
nizes the plane's sensors and just happened to look
to hungry researchers like the tasty Mexican food
They've since whittled it to 1.25 inches-by-1.75 inches,
edging the project closer to success.
Perry credits School of Forest Resources and
Conservation faculty member Bon Dewitt with steering
him into geomatics. Geomatics refers to the integrated
approach of measurement, analysis and manage-
ment of geospatial data, and includes land surveying
and mapping, remote sensing, photogrammetry and
"Society now demands a lot more of surveyors," he
said. "There's a lot of interest today in things like mea-
suring ecological change." 0 Mickie Anderson
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He was 74.
"The whole IFAS family is sad-
dened by this oss," said Larry
Arrington, UF interim senior vice pres-
ident for agriculture and natural
resources. "Larry has been an active
member of the IFAS family for many
years, and did an outstanding job as
dean of the College of Agricultural and
During Connor's tenure, the college's
enrollment nearly doubled, jumping
from 2,002 in fall 1991 to 3,886 in spring
1998. At his retirement, it was the sixth
largest agriculture college in the coun-
try in undergraduate and graduate
He also created faculty positions,
enhanced distance learning, started
the college honors program and added
Upon retiring in 1999, Connor
remained active in IFAS, serving on
college task forces, writing papers
and making presentations for
national agriculture and education
He was a member of Michigan
State University's agricultural eco-
nomics department faculty from
1966 to 1991. Previously, he spent
two years as an agricultural econ-
omist with the U.S. Department of
He earned three degrees in agri-
cultural economics a bachelor's
from the University of Nebraska
and a master's and doctorate from
Oklahoma State University.
Connor lived in Gainesvlle. He is
survived by his wife, Dee Ann, and
two children. Tom Nordlie
while marking its 30th anniversary this year,
Florida's Master Gardener program has
reached another milestone its volunteers
have logged more than 5 million hours of service.
Today, there are 4,000 master gardeners in Florida, in
58 of the state's 67 counties. Since the program's incep-
tion in 1979, volunteers have donated 5.4 million hours,
worth $83 million to taxpayers, said Tom Wichman, state
coordinator for the IFAS-run program.
Here's how it works: Volunteers undergo at least 50
hours of training that includes everything from gardening
to nematology to soil testing. Then they must serve at
east 75 volunteer hours within the first year of certifica-
tion and 35 hours per year afterward. They also complete
at least 10 hours of additional training annually.
Duties include everything from manning the desk in the
county extension office to fielding questions from callers
and walk-in clients. Other tasks might include tending a
demonstration garden, teaching residents how to prune
trees or grapevines or how to start a garden.
"I think master gardeners have one of the toughest
jobs in extension," Wichman said. "The questions that
come in are very diverse."
In spite of the challenges, Wichman says you don't
need a green thumb to be a great master gardener. Much
of the training focuses on teaching volunteers how to
find the information they need.
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University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-0810. Submissions may be edited
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ing as interim UF
senior vice presi-
dent for agricul-
ture and natural
has been named interim dean
for extension. The appointment
became effective in January.
Ferrer-Chancy previous y was
associate dean for extension, a
position she'd he d since 2005. As
associate dean, she worked with
directors and educators across
the state to establish and support
extension programs and policy -
often with an eye toward better
reaching Florida's growing multi-
District has a
new director -
it's Eric Smonne,
an assoc ate
the horticu tura sciences depart-
ment. Smonne took the position in
January, succeeding John Ba dwin,
who'd he d the post since 2005.
The district, one of five statewide,
inc udes A achua, Baker, Bradford,
Clay, Coumbia, Dixie, Duval,
G christ, Haml ton, Lafayette,
Levy, Madison, Nassau, Suwannee,
Tay or and Union counties.
of the agricul-
the E.T. York
Distinguished Service Award in
November 2008. Beeman was
the chairman from 1975 until his
retirement in 1996, and presided
over a period of tremendous
deve opment, which saw the pro-
gram move from UF's College
of Education to the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences.
the York award in
November 2008 was
Larry Connor, former
dean of the College
of Agricultural and
Life Sciences. He
was head of the col-
lege from 1991 until 1999, when he
retired. Sadly, Connor passed away
March 30, 2009. Please see the News
Briefs section of this issue for more
Mary Ann Gosa has
been named the new
IFAS director of gov-
She assumed the
post in November
Gosa was direc-
tor of government and community
affairs for the Florida Farm Bureau
Federation. Her areas of expertise
include water, land use, growth man-
agement, environmental relations and
endangered species. Gosa succeeds
Cindy Littlejohn, who'd held the posi-
tion since 2001.
. Mitch Knutson, an
with the food science
and human nutrition
department, is one of
two scientists nation-
wide to be named a
Life Sciences Institute Future Leader
in Nutritional Sciences. The annual
award recognizes scientists early in
their careers who show promise of
becoming leaders in nutrition and
Two IFAS researchers have
been honored by the International
Programs office for their efforts
around the globe. Joseph Funderburk,
an entomologist at the North Florida
Research and Education Center in
Quincy, is the IFAS International
Fellow recipient for 2008. An expert
on thrips, Funderburk focuses on
ecology, management and tax-
onomy of these pest insects. Rafael
Munoz-Carpena of the agricultural
and biological engineering depart-
ment is the 2008 International
Achievement Award recipient. He
works on water quality issues and
helped start programs to recruit
Latin American graduate students
fessor with the
ment, was one of
two UF faculty
members named 2008 Fellows
by the American Association for
the Advancement of Science.
The other honoree is H. Jane
Brockmann, a professor with the
zoology department who holds an
affiliate appointment with IFAS.
Both were formally inducted in
February at the AAAS annual
meeting in Chicago.
Monroe, a pro-
fessor with the
School of Forest
has received the
bestowed by the North American
Association for Environmental
Education. She was presented
the Walter E. Jeske Award at the
NAAEE annual meeting in October
2008 in Wichita, Kan. The award,
given annually since 1982, rec-
ognizes outstanding service to
NAAEE and leadership within the
The horticultural sciences
department now boasts its own
library, thanks to funds and pub-
lications donated by Indra Vasil, a
graduate research professor emeri-
tus with the department, and other
faculty members. The Indra and
Vimla Vasil Library and Reading
Room was dedicated in January.
Located in 2546 Fifield Hall, it
includes thousands of volumes on
horticulture, botany, genetics and
Mike Waldron, president of the Florida 4-H
Foundation Inc. board of directors, left,
with Ray and Karola Passage. PHOTO BY
Gifts from Ray and Karola
Passage benefit 4-H
Ray and Karola Passage of
Spring Hill, Fla., are longtime sup-
porters of the Florida 4-H Youth
Development Program through
planned gift arrangements
with the University of Florida
Foundation Inc. Their commit-
ment to 4-H goes back to Ray
Passage's career with Gerber
Products Co. in Michigan, where
he served as a Michigan 4-H
"It is our desire to provide
young people exposure to new
and different opportunities out-
side of their immediate com-
munity and environment," Ray
Using qualified charitable distri-
butions from an individual retire-
ment account, the Passages have
established The Raymond E.
and Karola M. Passage IFAS/4-H
Endowment. The annual income
available from this permanent
endowment will provide support
for 4-H teaching and academic
programs throughout Florida.
The Passages also donated
appreciated securities to the UF
Foundation. Proceeds from the
sale of the securities funded two
gift annuities. These annuities will
provide the Passages with joint
life incomes, immediate income
tax deductions and estate tax
Wayne Davis stands before a painting of UF,
where he earned his bachelor's degree from
the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in
1963. PHOTO BY TYLER JONES
Future proceeds from the principals
of these annuities will establish The
Raymond E. and Karola M. Passage
4-H Scholarship Endowment. This
endowment will provide unrestricted
support to Florida 4-H, as well as
scholarships for youth in Hernando
County to attend 4-H camps.
"We hope our support will make
a positive impact on young people
from our area of Florida through par-
ticipation in Florida 4-H programs,"
Ray Passage said. "We need to enable
and encourage our young people to
become positive, productive citizens
for the future."
Wayne T. Davis establishes
new entrepreneur program
SHARE Council volunteer mem-
ber and IFAS alumnus Wayne T. Davis
(B.S., Agriculture, 1963) of Brandon,
Fla., has pledged $50,000 to estab-
lish the Entrepreneur in Residence
Program in the food and resource
"Mr. Davis' gift will help IFAS cap-
ture the next generation of Florida's
agricultural entrepreneurs," said Ray
Huffaker, department chairman. "It's
his way of giving back to IFAS."
The program will help identify,
study and solve the most pressing
issues facing agricultural entrepre-
neurs. It will also prepare students
to become successful entrepre-
neurs, resulting in more competitive
and profitable businesses, innovative
products, new jobs and expanded
incomes in Florida's agricultural
and natural resource sectors.
Davis raises cattle and grows
turfgrass on about 400 acres in
the Brandon area. He credits the
education he received from IFAS
for his success.
Giving: Philanthropy for
By Matthew A. Tavrides, J.D.
Do you know that by making
gifts to The University of Florida
Foundation Inc. in support of
IFAS, you can:
* Increase the value of your
estate to pass on to your
producing assets into an
income stream for you?
Delay the capital-gains taxes
on the sale of your highly
Increase your own income
while supporting the causes
that matter to you?
See and enjoy the benefits of
Initiate new and exciting family
Whether you regularly engage
in philanthropy or are just begin-
ning to develop a planned giv-
ing program, there are a num-
ber of ways that you may create
a meaningful, charitable giving
plan that also incorporates fam-
ily values and financial, retire-
ment, estate and business plan-
ning issues. To learn more about
gifting and planned giving to
support IFAS, contact the IFAS
THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
What Is IFAS Development?
The IFAS Development program serves as the cen-
tral fundraising effort to secure private support
for the University of Florida's Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences in partnership with the SHARE
Council direct support organization and the University
of Florida Foundation Inc. Charitable gifts provide the
"margin of excellence" for IFAS academic programs,
research, extension and facilities.
Ways to Give
There are several ways to support IFAS:
Charitable Bequests (wills and trusts)
Real Estate (residential or farmhand)
Life Income Gifts (charitable remainder trusts,
annuities, retained fife estates and retirement
Stocks (especially appreciated stocks)
Life Insurance (new or existing policy)
Endowments are named permanent funds that pro-
vide annual renewable support for donor
designated IFAS programs. Endowments are man-
aged and invested by the University of Florida
Foundation. As of June 30, 2009, there are more than
250 IFAS endowments valued at more than $78 mil-
lion that were established by individual alumni, busi-
nesses, organizations, associations and friends.
IFAS Endowment Values
June 2006 June 2007 June 2008 June 2009
Matching Gift Programs
The state of Florida currently provides generous
matching funds for endowed gifts of $100,000 or
more through its Major Gifts Trust Fund according to
the following state matching gift levels:
$100,000 to $599,999................................................50%
$600,000 to $1,000,000 ......................................... 70%
$1,000,001 to $1,500,000 ........................................ 75%
$1,500,001 to $2,000,000 ........................................ 80%
$2,000,001 or more .................. ......... ........... 100%
Florida Tomorrow Campaign
In July 2005, the University of Florida launched its
third and largest ever comprehensive campaign with
a goal to raise $1.5 billion in private gifts. To enhance
funding for its teaching, research and extension pro-
grams and facilities, IFAS has set its campaign goal at
UF/IFAS Campaign Goals
Faculty Support ........................................ $42,500,000
Graduate Support........................ ...........$9,000,000
Undergraduate Student Support...........$8,000,000
Program Support and Research ..........$29,500,000
Campus Enhancement............................... $11,000,000
Total ........................... ....................... $10 0,00 0,0 0 0
IFAS Florida Tomorrow
June 2006 June 2007 June 2008 June 2009
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE IFAS DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
Ken DeVries, assistant vice president for IFAS Development (352) 392-5424
Joe Mandernach, director of development (352) 392-5457
Jake Logan, director of development (352) 392-5427
Office: (352) 392-1975 Fax: (352) 392-5115 Online giving: http://www.uff.ufl.edu
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SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
The University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
P.O. Box 110180
Gainesville, FL 32611-0180
U.S. POSTAGE PAID
PERMIT NO. 94
The Language of Light
By Tom Nordlie
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TYLER JONES
To the human eye, colored lights can be a treat.
But to plants, they're more like a set of instruc-
tions: one might say, "grow faster," another says,
"produce flowers now."
The reason is that plants are highly sensitive to dis-
crete wavelengths of light what we humans per-
ceive as color and respond to wavelengths well
beyond the narrow bounds of human vision. Kevin
Folta, an associate professor with the horticultural sci-
ences department, is studying ways of directing plant
growth with light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, which use
up to 90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs.
"Light is the language plants listen to when decid-
ing how to grow and how to behave," he says. "We're
learning how to master the commands in the light-
plant vocabulary to make the plant do what we want it
to do, when we want them to do it." 0
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Kevin Folta (352) 392-1928
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences I University of Florida I All programs and related activities sponsored for, or assisted by, the
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