GAINESVILLE –Faculty, staff and students recently presented research from the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education at the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS) annual convention February 3-7, 2017, in Mobile, Alabama.
Each year SAAS gives scientists the opportunity to present papers and posters on the research they have conducted. Further, it allows individuals from a variety of agricultural disciplines to discover new research happenings.
Faculty and students from a variety of universities from across the southern United States shared their ongoing research during formal poster and paper presentations. While at the conference, attendees had the opportunity to share research from a collection of disciplines including horticulture sciences, agricultural communication, agricultural education and rural sociology.
PIE Center research was used to develop many of the research posters and papers. Undergraduate research assistant from the Food and Resource Economics department, Brandon McKee, was able to share his findings regarding the government’s impact on water conservation.
“I am thankful to be able to share the research I have been studying at the PIE Center,” McKee said. “The opportunity to build connections with other universities and agriculture education programs was invaluable.”
The conference also awards individuals for outstanding research, and the PIE Center was recognized for exceptional work in various areas.
- FIRST PLACE RESEARCH PAPER, Agricultural Communication Section
Identifying publics in Florida, California, and Texas as they relate to citrus greening
Taylor Ruth, Alexa Lamm, & Joy Rumble
- SECOND RUNNER-UP RESEARCH POSTER, Agricultural Communication Section
Communicating about genetic modification: Desired information and trusted sources
Brie Bird, Peyton Beattie, Alexa Lamm, & Joy Rumble
- DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH POSTER, Agricultural Education Section
Citrus greening solutions: Extension’s role in Florida, California and Texas
Taylor Ruth, Peyton Beattie, Alexa Lamm, & Joy Rumble
- DISTINGUISHED MANUSCRIPT, Agricultural Education Section
Using the theory of planned behavior to understand extension client’s water conservation intentions
Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Laura Warner, Alexa Lamm, Glenn Israel, Joy Rumble, & Randy Cantrell
- Outstanding Young Member Award
Lamm and Rumble serve as assistant professors in the Agricultural Education and Communication department. Lamm is also the associate director for the PIE Center. Ruth, Bird, and Beattie are all graduate students in the agricultural education and communication department and serve as research assistants with the PIE Center.
“I enjoy going to SAAS for the opportunity to present research I am truly passionate about,” said Ruth. “I simply feel lucky that the PIE Center has equipped me with the skills and provided me with the support to conduct such high quality and meaningful research.”
The Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists works to bridge the gap between research projects being conducted in various agricultural industries. This annual convention will continue to provide ideas for future collaborations with scientists across the southern region for years to come.Download the research posters from SAAS