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he PIE Center conducts and disseminates relevant and objective interdisciplinary research and educational programs to promote a more informed and engaged public. PIE Center faculty, staff and students identify current and emerging agricultural and natural resources issues and gather public input to forecast possible solutions. By improving the connections among the industry, consumers and constituent, people will be motivated to engage these challenging issues together. Issue guides were created to compile the most important findings from each study to show the research results in an easy-to-understand manner. Click the following button to view the full collection. 

Issue guides

Food

As consumers become more interested in how their food is grown and processed, PIE Center research promotes transparency, interactions and effective communications between farmers and the public. PIE Center researchers talk with consumers and producers to understand purchasing habits, communication preferences and perceptions of the food they grow or eat. PIE Center research helps farmers and organizations communicate and market effectively with consumers who are eager to support their local economies.

Agriculture

Through its research and outreach, the PIE Center continually looks for ways to help farmers and consumers communicate more effectively with each other. Broad principles can be applied across agricultural sectors to assist in communicating effectively about agricultural practices.

Water

Living in a state surrounded by water, Floridians prioritize water issues over public education and taxes in the PIE Center's annual public opinion surveys. Whether the water is used for drinking, recreation or irrigation, farmers and consumers alike recognize the need to protect and conserve this important resource. PIE Center research explores new technologies, behaviors and policies that can improve how producers and residents use water.

Natural resources

Biodiversity and ecological health are key issues to Florida, a state rich in natural resources. While many plant and animal populations have suffered from habitat loss and the spread of invasive species, PIE Center researchers explore people’s awareness and behaviors to measure how to best inspire environmentally sound decisions. Environmental conservation and management balances human and wildlife needs to ensure the long-term well-being of wildlife and people alike.

Community

Strong support networks empowers individuals and families to build healthy lives and achieve social and economic success. PIE Center researchers examine and evaluate educational and extension programs in addition to fostering and promoting resilience and preparedness at the community level to strengthening urban and rural community resources and economic development.

Workforce

A strong workforce enables businesses to succeed. PIE Center research into workforce development includes focuses on undocumented immigration, differences in critical thinking styles, team-building, tracking opinion leaders’ perceptions of agricultural and natural resources and effective communications.