2018 Legislative Budget Requests

Education Budget

  1. Workload $3,705,379 - Provides funds for increased demand for IFAS research and extension activities based on the delivery of research information to IFAS clientele throughout Florida.  The costs are determined based on a formula that accounts for everything from patents and licenses, field consultations, research materials, educational materials, group learning events, etc.
  2. 4-H and Family Initiative $1 Million: This funding request is to restore funds that were vetoed this past year.  This funding provides support for regional specialized agents (RSAs) who provide resources to county 4-H agents.  They provide the support structure for local and regional programs, including logistical and operational support.  These RSAs help county agents implement and grow their programs. They provide continuity and quality among programs providing training for the agents and volunteers who work with our children.  Without these RSAs the county 4-H agents lose a critical resource that helps them implement 4-H programs.
  3. Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (TAL) $778,987: This funding request is to restore funds that were vetoed this past year.  These funds provide resources for the UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (TAL), located in Ruskin, Florida.  TAL provides research, extension education, and graduate student education focused on the state’s unique tropical fish industry. Program focus areas include new species development, non-native aquatic species management, aquatic animal disease diagnostics, restoration aquaculture, and general production management.  The TAL, through Extension programs and research, has a long-term program designed to assist farms with training and testing for their applications, and labeling of new products
  4. Geomatics Education $636,120: This funding request is to restore funds that were vetoed this past year.  These funds provide the resources for the UF/IFAS Geomatics Education program to address a shortage of graduates for professional licensure.  Geomatics, also known as Surveying and Mapping, has applications in all disciplines which depend on spatial data, including engineering, planning, forestry, environmental studies, and geophysics
  5. Florida Horticulture, Research, Science & Education $1,450,000: This funding request is to restore funds that were vetoed this past year. These funds provide the resources for the partnership between the UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology (CLCE) and the UF/IFAS Public Information and Education Center (PIE). The CLCE conducts research that focuses on the sciences such as horticulture, economics, water quantity and quality. The partnership provides the public/stakeholder groups with the information and technology developed at the CLCE to increase implementation of new techniques, practices and technology as well as the social science needed to communicate more effectively to and with the public.
  6. Florida Ag Initiative $125,000: This funding request is to restore funds that were vetoed this past year.  These funds provide the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) with the resources to offer the Florida Youth Institute in Agriculture and Natural Resources (FYI), a week-long residential immersion program for rising 11th and 12th graders from across the state.  The mission of FYI is to recruit future students and expose them to academic programs that will build the next generation of the agricultural and natural resources industries in areas of interest that match industry needs.  
  7. Tropical Research & Education Center: This funding request is to provide the first steps of critical upgrades to TREC facility including, green houses and shade houses as well as planning and permitting.  An investment in TREC would provide funds to better serve the local agricultural industry and help it remain competitive. Upgrades and renovation to TREC’s campus would greatly improve responsiveness to its clientele.

Agriculture Budget