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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agriculture 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 the 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.

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  • Dr. Michael Dukes - Irrigation/Water Conservation
    Dr. Michael Dukes
    Irrigation/Water Conservation
    352-392-1864 ext. 205
    • Director of Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology
    • Chair of UF IFAS Extension Water Initiative
    • General irrigation efficiency, sensor-based irrigation control of landscape irrigation, and sensor-based drip irrigation control on vegetables
    • Interacts with policymakers and utilities regarding irrigation; EPA WaterSense
    • Irrigation and fertility best management practices

  • Dr. Young Gu Her - Hydrology and Water Quality
    Dr. Young Gu Her
    Assistant Professor
    Hydrology and Water Quality
    • Provide information helping stakeholders better prepare for the potential impacts of climate change and sea water level rise on hydrology and agriculture
    • Provide tools and information useful in identifying agricultural conservation (or best management) practices effective and applicable to cropping areas of Florida
    • Interacts with stakeholders including water management districts, agricultural extensions, farmers, and citizens to help them make more informed decisions about water and agricultural management practices
  • Dr. Vivek Sharma - Precision Water Management

    Dr. Vivek Sharma
    Assistant Professor
    Precision Water Management

    • Precision water management
    • Crop water use/ Evapotranspiration
    • Crop water productivity
    • Impact of integrated water and fertilizer management practices on ground and surface water quality.
    • Impact of climatic variability/change on crop water productivity
    • Application of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for greater understanding and decision making in agricultural sustainability and water resources
    • Collaborate, provide leadership and development of educational programs on water conservation, irrigation, water quality, and related issues

  • Dr. Sanjay Shukla - Watershed Hydrology
    Dr. Sanjay Shukla
    Watershed Hydrology
    • Ecosystem services, watersheds
    • Agricultural bed geometry