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A letter to FFVA members from UF/IFAS VP Dr. Scott Angle

An essential part of the work of University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is also one of the most enjoyable. It’s the ongoing conversation with FFVA partners to ensure our science is relevant to farmers’ needs.

It started even before I was hired as the UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources. Mike Joyner served on the search committee, and he’s been a valuable source of counsel in my first weeks on the job.

Ultimately, I work for you. My job will always be to listen and learn from you, but even more so in the next few months as I develop a deeper understanding of Florida agriculture and natural resources. I want to visit with as many FFVA leaders as time and travel will allow.
 
The primary role of UF/IFAS is to support Florida agriculture and help it thrive economically and continue its tradition of environmental stewardship. The way I see it, a bankrupt farm is not just damaging to the economy. It’s bad for the environment. I fear that whatever replaces a defunct farm would no longer sequester carbon, shelter wildlife, provide flood control, or filter water.

It hasn’t taken long to see that the UF/IFAS-FFVA partnership is strong because you see us as responsive to your needs. Together we’ll continue to build on that partnership, and my background prepares me to help meet your needs in several ways...