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Welcome to the website for the CASE APB Institute to be held in Gainesville, Florida on June 16-27, 2013!

The Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC) at the University of Florida (UF) is pleased to host a 2013 CASE Institute for those preparing to teach the Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) course. UF is located in North Central Florida about 90 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, two hours from Orlando, and only 45 minutes from the beautiful horse country in Ocala. The Gainesville area is home to natural springs, museums, nature trails, and many other local attractions, including, of course, alligators. The University of Florida is a comprehensive land-grant institution that enrolls about 50,000 students, including one of the five largest colleges of agriculture in the nation.

The CASE Curriculum

Due to the pace and rigor of the APB course, certain prerequisites are necessary for student success. The preferred method of student acceptance into Animal and Plant Biotechnology is through a CASE Sequence of Courses. Students should take Introduction to AFNR followed by either Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal or Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant prior to registering for this course. Students enrolled in the APB course complete hands-on activities, projects, and problems designed to build content knowledge and technical skills in the field of biotechnology. See the CASE website for more information about the curriculum.

APB Institute Schedule and Venue

The Florida APB Institute will follow the suggested nine-day schedule, with registration beginning at 4:00 pm on Sunday, June 16. Eight full days of instruction (8:00 am to 5:00 pm) will be held with a weekend break on June 22-23. The Institute will adjourn at noon on Thursday, June 27. Lodging will be reserved for all Institute participants at the Reitz Union Hotel in the center of campus, and Institute sessions will be held in nearby McCarty Hall. Free parking and Internet access are available to Reitz Union Hotel guests. Homework during the evening hours can be completed in various areas in the Reitz Union and nearby campus buildings. ALL participants must be present for the entire Institute – NO EXCEPTIONS! The Gainesville Regional Airport, located about 15 minutes from the UF campus, is serviced by Delta, US Airways, American Airlines, and United. The Institute host will provide airport shuttle service for those arriving at and departing from the Gainesville Regional Airport. Nearby airports includes Jacksonville (90 minutes), Orlando (two hours), and Tampa (two hours). Rental cars are available at all airports. Optional sightseeing and tours are being planned for the weekend break (details forthcoming). Be sure to arrange your travel so you will be present at the 4:00 pm registration on Sunday, June 16, and so you can stay for the full morning session on the last day, June 27. For additional information on the UF APB CASE Institute contact Dr. Andrew Thoron, Institute host at or via phone at 352-294-1992.

The APB course requires extensive lab supplies, materials, and equipment. The cost of the Institute is $3,000 for double lodging and $3,500 for single lodging. This includes all lodging, continental breakfast each morning, Internet, parking, a daily meal allocation of $36, all workshop materials, polo shirt, and all instructional costs.

To reserve your seat in the Florida APB Institute click here.Your reservation is not confirmed until payment is received. Purchase orders and checks should be made payable to the University of Florida immediately after online registration. Submit purchase orders c/o Holly O’Ferrell via fax at 352-392-9585, email to, or postal mail to Holly O’Ferrell, University of Florida, PO Box 110540, Gainesville, FL 32611-0540. The full registration fee will be returned for cancellations received on or before April 30, 2013. No portion of the registration fee will be returned for cancellations received after this date.

College credit option

Participants have the option of enrolling in AEC 5302, Technical Skill Development for Agriscience Education, for three hours of graduate-level credit. The cost per credit hour is $527.56, regardless of the state of residence. Follow these steps for applying for admission as a non-degree/post-baccalaureate studies. Contact Dr. Brian Myers, AEC Department Graduate Coordinator, or (352)273-2567, with any questions. Once you are admitted, we can assist you in enrolling in AEC 5302.

  1. Mail the application ( and $30 non-refundable application fee to the University of Florida, Office of Admissions, PO Box 2946, Gainesville, FL 32602-2946. Note: Applications must be received no later than March 1, 2013.
  2. Send official transcripts from all universities attended to the Office of Admissions address above. Those who previously attended the University of Florida do not need to request UF transcripts.

Down Time

The University of Florida, our workshop site, and the Reitz Union Hotel are within walking distance of numerous restaurants and shops. Many other eateries, shops, and entertainment sites are only a few miles away. UF is a great college town with small, rural communities in the surrounding area and major metropolitan centers 1½ to 2 hours away. There’ll be plenty to do during your weekend break and when you have some time to relax after finishing your homework! Click here for more information about Gainesville.