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University of Florida/Miami-Dade County Extension receives fifth consecutive NACo award

MIAMI (June 22, 2016)

The University of Florida /Miami-Dade County Extension (Extension), a unit of Miami-Dade’s Park, Recreation and Open Spaces, was recognized by the National Association of County’s (NACo) for its efforts in helping growers and farmers comply with quarantine rules during an Oriental Fruit Fly infestation. The Oriental Fruit Fly public awareness and education campaign received recognition in the Civic Education and Public Information category.  

“When the Oriental Fruit Fly - one of the most destructive agricultural pests - was detected in large numbers in Miami-Dade County, Extension worked with growers and farmers to help them comply with quarantine rules so that economic impacts could be reduced and so that they could get their product to market,” Teresa Olczyk, director of the Extension Office shared. “Extension agents conducted workshops for agriculture producers and packinghouses, wrote fact sheets for growers and homeowners and met with concerned county businesses and residents. Over 1,000 growers and packers participated in these workshops.” 

Extension staff worked closely with regulatory agencies and University of Florida researchers. The results of the campaign included the quarantine being lifted and the eradication of Oriental Fruit Fly, saving Miami-Dade’s and Florida’s agriculture industry and the 2 million jobs it supports. 

The University of Florida/Miami-Dade County Extension is the liaison between research conducted by scientists at the University of Florida and other universities and the local community.

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the nation’s 3,068 counties.  For more information about NACo, visit www.naco.org.