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Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

UF/IFAS Divisions, Schools, and Departments


The UF/IFAS research mission is to invent, discover, and develop knowledge to enhance the agricultural and natural resources of Florida. Faculty members pursue fundamental and applied research that furthers understanding of natural and human systems. Research is supported by state and federally-appropriated funds and supplemented by grants and contracts. UF/IFAS’ sponsored research awards for 2011-2012 exceeded $112 million. ‌

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The Florida Agricultural Experiment Station administers and supports research programs in UF/IFAS. The research program was created in 1887 by federal legislation known as the Hatch Act - a follow-up to the 1862 Morrill Act that established U.S. land-grant universities.

The research programs support 496 active tenure and non-tenured faculty with a research appointment in 14 academic departments on UF’s Gainesville campus, two schools, two graduate research programs, and at 12 Research and Education Centers around the state.


The 1914 Smith-Lever Act provided federal support for land-grant institutions to offer educational programs to enhance the application of useful and practical information beyond their campuses through cooperative extension efforts with states and local communities. 

UF/IFAS Extension provides Floridians with life-long learning programs in cooperation with county government, the United States Department of Agriculture, and Florida A&M University. The educational programs offered in each county respond to the local needs of residents, schools, regulatory agencies, community organizations, and industry.

UF/IFAS Extension programs promote:

  • sustainable agriculture
  • environmental stewardship
  • financial literacy
  • food nutrition and safety
  • consumer and parenting skills

Extension programs also provide leadership opportunities for youth through programs in areas, such as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), entrepreneurship, and core life skills. By partnering with local government, advisory committees, concerned citizens, commodity groups, and youth, UF/IFAS Extension creates an important link between the public and research conducted on campus and at 12 Research and Education Centers.

Solutions for Your Life is the official website of UF/IFAS Extension, making UF/IFAS faculty expertise available online under categories, such as lawn and garden care, family life and consumer choices, agriculture, community development, the environment, and youth development. The website is focused on providing timely and relevant solutions.

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences 

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The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) offers students an education that results in knowledge and skills for employment, productive citizenship, and lifelong learning. With more than 20 undergraduate majors, the college is an educational leader in the areas of food, agriculture, natural resources, and life sciences as they relate to human resources, the environment, and communities. Graduate degrees are offered in every department and school. The college enrolls more than 5,100 students, including more than 1,200 graduate students. This student body is among the most diverse of the agricultural and natural resources colleges within land-grant institutions in the nation.

A majority of CALS students are women, 23 percent are minorities, and 13 percent are from international origins. Known for its student-centered focus, the college prides itself on educating society-ready graduates. In addition to the Gainesville campus programs, the college offers baccalaureate degrees, professional graduate degrees, and teacher certification courses at selected UF/IFAS Research and Education Centers. Distance education courses, degree programs, and certificates are also offered.

Through productive partnerships with private business, industry, and research organizations, CALS students enjoy superior internships, and graduates benefit from outstanding employment opportunities. Students gain a global perspective through a variety of study-abroad programs, and they participate in research and development projects with premier faculty researchers.

Statewide Undergraduate Programs

Recognizing the specialized needs of nontraditional students, CALS established Bachelor of Science degree programs at UF/IFAS Research and Education Centers in Apopka, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Pierce, Milton, and Plant City. Degree programs include agricultural education, geomatics, plant sciences, and natural resource conservation. Students must have an associate’s degree to enter these programs, which are partnerships with local community colleges and our sister state universities. Two Bachelor of Science programs (microbiology and cell science, and interdisciplinary studies - environmental management in agriculture and natural resources) are now offered through distance education.