2019 Legislative Budget Requests
- Workload $3,874,528 - Provides an increase to the UF/IFAS base funding to meet the increased demand for research and extension. This provides resources for agricultural research needs, providing solutions to problems and challenges faced by the industry as well as extension services. A portion of these funds will be dedicated to developing next generation BMPs including updating and expanding fertilizer application rates.
- STEM, Workforce & Student 4H Programs $1,943,200: 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.
- Upgrade/Repair Student Research Fields, Immokalee $1,257,000: Enables renovation of the experimental fields used to conduct research, train graduate students and support the agriculture industry at the SWFREC in Immokalee. The renovation would include automation of irrigation and drainage systems and improved mechanization of field operations to facilitate cutting-edge research and graduate student training. There is a critical need to replace an out-dated system that doesn’t correlate to what is being used by the industry. It will also prevent future loss of research from flooding due to an inefficient system.
- Aquaculture, Geomatics & Horticulture Research and Education $ 2,986,050: UF/IFAS supports the surveying and mapping, the tropical aquaculture, and Horticulture industries in Florida. Individual producers, industry groups, and professional associations within these sectors have repeatedly called upon UF/IFAS to provide additional support. There is a critical need for industry professionals in all three of these sectors in the state of Florida. This request provides resources to increase delivery of Geomatics education, providing additional faculty and resources to address a shortage of graduates for professional licensures. It provides core faculty and staff for the Tropical Aquaculture Lab to provide support for Florida’s expanding ornamental aquaculture and fish food production industry. It provides for expansion of existing efforts of the UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology (CLCE) to enhance workforce development in collaboration with Florida Nursery Growers and Landscapers Association (FNGLA).
- Tropical Research & Education Center $2,430,000: 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.