Agronomy faculty and staff participate in 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act
The University of Florida is one of twenty universities to be featured at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act and the USDA. The Festival will take place on the National Mall in Washington DC from June 27-July 8 and includes the program “Campus and Community: Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150”. Campus and Community will focus on four themes that reflect the current work of public and land-grant universities and the USDA: reinventing agriculture, sustainable solutions, transforming communities and building on tradition. Each theme area of the program will allow visitors to interact with university and USDA staff, professors, students and community members highlighting exciting research and engagement projects. From master gardeners to Hawaiian traditional healing, from managing invasive species to helping communities recover from natural disasters, the program will cover an array of ways universities and the USDA put research to action every day.
The Agronomy Department will be represented at the Festival by aquatic weed scientists Drs. Bill Haller and Lyn Gettys, who will interact with visitors to increase awareness of invasive plants in natural areas, wetlands and aquatic systems. Amy Richard from the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants will also participate in this year’s Festival and is expected to make appearances as “Amelia Exotica”, a walking, talking, costumed invasive species that never fails to garner attention from kids of all ages. Drs. Haller and Gettys will be serving at the Festival from June 27 through July 1 and Ms. Richard will be the invasive plants expert in residence from July 4 through July 8. For more information, please visit the Festival’s website at www.festival.si.edu.