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‘Green Roofs’ Face Building Code Barriers

Despite their eco-friendliness, green roofs are still not entirely implemented in Florida due to concerns over their resistance to natural catastrophes like Hurricanes. Glenn Acomb, senior lecturer in landscape architecture at UF, has done extensive research has yielded positive results so far, but the Florida Building Code has been reluctant to accept their implementation.

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Florida’s Orange Crop In “Free Fall”

The outlook for production of Florida oranges, the state's signature crop, continues to drop. For the second consecutive month, the Florida orange-harvest forecast for the 2015-2016 growing season was adjusted down Wednesday by the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Micanopy Man Collecting Pumpkins To Feed His Farm Animals

Johnny Green is collecting old pumpkins to feed to his four baby pigs and 12 chickens in Micanopy. Green spread the word about his search for old pumpkins through Facebook, and community members have already donated. Green will pick them up around town or community members can drop them off at his Micanopy farm.

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UF Student Starts Produce Delivery Service

UF finance senior Vivek Kumar has created a program to deliver quality organic fruits and vegetables the Union Street Farmers Market to local residents every Wednesday. The program is an alternative to traditional farmers' markets and encourages residents to eat local and organic.

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Unwanted Chicken Farm Prompts Land Regulation, Environmental Concerns

JTC Farm Chicken Houses has started construction of a facility that will house up to 270,000 chickens. Legally, no wastewater permit is required for the operation. But local residents who live close to where the chicken farm is being built as well as the Ichetucknee Alliance have raised concerns about the possible increase on nitrate levels in the Floridan aquifer due to runoff from the chicken farm.

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