Extension in Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Agricultural Production: Ecosystem Services, Agroecology, Best Management Practices
UF/IFAS ABE agricultural production extension programs include areas of ecosystem services, agroecology, and best management practices (BMPs). Programs focus on development and evaluation of innovative agriculture production concepts that include multidisciplinary expertise. Specialist work closely with the FDACS BMP program, the UF/IFAS agricultural BMP coordinator, and agricultural producers.
Energy: Renewable, Efficiency, Bio-based Materials, Utilities
UF/IFAS ABE energy related extension programs include areas of renewable and bio-based materials as well as efficiency in energy use and outreach with utilities. Topic areas include state-of-the-art conversion technologies from sustainable biowaste (agricultural residues and forestry biomass) to value-added bioproducts including biofuel, biochemicals and functional biomaterials. Utility and development related energy outreach from ABE is primarily conducted through the Program for Resource Efficient Communities (PREC).
Precision Agriculture: GIS/GPS, Remote Sensing, UAV
UF/IFAS ABE precision agriculture and automation extension programs include development of an educational program to promote adoption and evaluation of state-of-the-art precision agriculture machinery, equipment and techniques with a goal of improving the profitability and environmental sustainability of Florida’s specialty crop industry. Topic areas include smart machinery, GIS/GPS applications, remote sensing, UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine vision and robotics, wireless sensors network, Internet of Things (IoT), and mechatronics.
Water: Quantity and Quality, Management, and Technologies
UF/IFAS ABE water extension programs include expertise focused on water quantity, water quality, new technologies, water management, and irrigation. Programs include agricultural, natural system, and urban applications as well as alternative water sources.
Weather and Climate: Decision Making Tools, Sea Level Rise, Variability and Change
UF/IFAS ABE climate extension programs increase the climate literacy of stakeholders across Florida. Programs provide climate science support to resource managers in multiple sectors including farmers, ranchers, and water resources managers. Topic areas include climate change predictions and climate change adaptation strategies as related to agriculture, water, and land management.