Category Archives: Column

27 Mar
Windbreaks embraced for limiting crop damage, disease

Spring is upon us and, with it, more persistent winds that spread disease in the fields. It’s time to reconsider the benefits of windbreaks, or trees and shrubs used to limit crop damage from the wind. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”] On the plus side, windbreaks have

15 Mar
Garden beckons as spring weather arrives

The birds are chirping, the trees are sprouting new leaves, and the azaleas are in bloom. Warmer temperatures are here, helping to lure you into the garden. There is a lot to be done, so roll up your sleeves and put on your gardening gloves. It is time to treat your soil. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here

15 Mar
Let’s have an auction

What is my property worth in today’s market? If you are selling stocks and bonds, vehicles, firearms, livestock, or real estate, the competitive bidding process is the time-tested way to convert your treasures into dollars. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”] If you have a property for sale,

15 Mar
Refrigeration standards in the food supply chain

Food products and ingredients of all sorts move through the food supply chain (FSC) daily, and so much of it is quickly perishable, making freezing or refrigeration necessary from the producer to the end user. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”] But, with such a wide variety of

15 Mar
The economic outlook

1. Fear your losses and let your profits run. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”] 2. It was never my thinking that made me money, but my sitting tight. 3. Markets are never wrong; opinions are. 4. The tape knows all. For more information or to request the

15 Mar
Commissioner’s AgriCorner: The importance of continued research for citrus greening


For most of Florida’s 500-year history, Florida has been synonymous with citrus. Introduced to Florida in 1565 by Spanish settlers, citrus found Florida to provide the ideal environment for production. Today, there are more than 70 million citrus trees in Florida on 473,000 acres. The citrus industry employs 76,000 Floridians and has a $9 billion

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15 Mar
The right thing to do

The weeds infesting the field made for slow walking. The torn plastic on the raised soil beds that once bore a bumper crop now hosted decaying leaves and rotted remains of fruit. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”] “What do we do?” She said. “We did everything IFAS

15 Mar
Editor’s Blog: Ag Literacy Day is coming!

The Youth in Ag edition is here! This is always one of my favorite editions to put together. All of the smiling faces are reason enough to relish in these pages, but the stories about these young people make this issue all-the-more memorable. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the

15 Mar
Publisher Letter: The journey has just begun

This month marks the third anniversary of Central Florida Media Group. Three years ago last month, as I packed up boxes and took down 24 years worth of plaques, awards and pictures off the walls in my office at the newspaper, I could not have imagined how things would work out three short years later.

15 Mar
Securing against Equine Herpesvirus Myelencephalopathy (EHM)

According to a February 22 report from the University of Florida’s Veterinary Hospital, a horse tested positive for Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) at the HITS Ocala show grounds. EHV-1 is a common strain of the equine herpes virus and most often causes respiratory disease, but it can also cause outbreaks of abortions, neonatal death, and