Category Archives: Column

11 May
Tree and lawn care tips for May

Most backyard citrus trees suffer from starvation or scale. Don’t let it happen to yours! May is the time to feed and spray your citrus. In fact, May is the time to feed all your fruit and shade trees, as well as woody landscape plants. Utilize Ferti-lome’s Fruit, Citrus and Pecan Tree Food on these

15 Apr
PCFB: President’s column

Representatives from the Polk County Farm Bureau attended Florida Farm Bureau Days in Tallahassee on March 18 and 19 and met with the Polk delegation on legislative issues effecting agriculture businesses. With the session just past the halfway mark, I encourage our members to visit Florida Farm Bureau’s Legislative Action Center at http://capwiz.com/flfb/home/ to track

15 Apr
Keeping it in the family: Succession planning for farmers

In many cases, farmers are not only in the business of agriculture, they are in the business of family. Many farms are driven by a family effort, with children learning the ropes as they grow up. The average age of farmers in Florida is 57, only a few years shy of the average retirement age.

15 Apr
Getting in some springtime action and auctions

Today we enjoy the modern conveniences of super highways, air-conditioned homes, cars, even tractors … but where did we come from? Five hundred springtimes ago, Juan Ponce de Leon landed in “La Florida.” [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”] Now the Florida Department of Agriculture and Commissioner Adam

15 Apr
Preparing for summer growth

April’s warmer temperatures and typically dry weather signal spring is here, meaning it’s time to prune branches damaged by the winter cold and prepare for the growing season. When flowering shrubs finish blooming, it’s time to shape them. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”] Mulch your garden now

15 Apr
Food safety guideline changes on the way

Food safety is becoming a hot issue for all farmers, no matter what the crop. Change is coming and it’s best to prepare for it now by cleaning your groves and cropland, if necessary. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”] Fresh fruit growers, in particular, will have tighter

15 Apr
Key players in the cold supply chain

From highly efficient mobile and warehouse refrigeration units to digital time-and-temperature recorders and temperature-reading infrared “guns,” significant technology is employed in the cold supply chain to maintain food product freshness and ensure the safety of food consumers. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”] But, it’s still people —

15 Apr
Estate taxes for 2013 and beyond

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was signed into law by President Obama on January 2, 2013, to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. In addition to many other changes to existing tax laws, the Act makes several specific and substantial changes to the Federal Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Taxes, some of which are discussed

15 Apr
Do you know your long-term care insurance options?

By checking the boxes that apply to you below, you can address some of the main concerns you have with long-term care insurance and offer alternative solutions. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”] ____ “Never Considered It”: You have never considered the cost of long-term care expenses. You

15 Apr
Growth strategies for your ag business

To successfully grow your farm, ranch or other agriculture-related business, you need to plan and develop a vision for its future. As its leader, you’ll need to think strategically. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”] You want to envision your business the way you want it to be,