Category Archives: Column

15 Feb
Commissioner’s AgriCorner: State History Learning Made Fun

2013 marks 500 years since the discovery of Florida by Juan Ponce de Leon. In celebration of Florida’s 500th anniversary, the Florida State Fair branded this year’s 12-day event “Discover the Fun.” In addition to staples of the fair — the livestock shows, deep-fried Twinkies, and the Giant Slide — there were new, interactive opportunities

15 Feb
Tablet Trends: Buyers Choosing Microsoft, Apple and Android

As I shared in last month’s column, one of the big trends in agri-technology this year is computer tablets. Lower prices are making them more popular for managing daily recordkeeping and invoicing, tracking harvest tickets, estimating crops, and handling time keeping and scouting. There will be more software applications and Internet connectivity options. And although

15 Feb
Wording in Contracts Matter: Acts of God

Everyone who lived in Florida during 2004 remembers the impact of the four hurricanes that struck that summer and early fall season. Undoubtedly, these acts of God affected every citrus grower, dealer, broker, and processor in the Florida agriculture industry.

15 Feb
PCFB President’s Column (February 2013)

With the opening of the 2013 Legislative Session just around the corner, the Polk County Farm Bureau (PCFB) will be keeping a close eye on proposed bills that may have an effect on agriculture production as they are filed and move through committees.

15 Jan
Flooding in Florida?

The impacts to an agricultural operation from flooding, whether caused by a neighbor or by a government, are devastating. The law in Florida, while generally considered to be highly favorable to the rights of private property owners, is muddled and sometimes favorable to governments. This month’s column will briefly describe three different situations that occur

15 Jan
Essential Reminders When Budget Planning

January is the perfect time to look at the budget of your small business and ensure that everything is in order for the upcoming year. This month we will talk about some steps you can take to keep your company running smoothly and make certain that your finances are properly budgeted.

15 Jan
Don’t Be Sheepish About Vaccinations: Important Vaccines for Sheep and Goats

Vaccinations serve well as preventative measures in sheep or goats’ health care. Since these ruminant mammals are closely related in their general make-up, they’re easily treated for the same diseases. Delayed vaccinations or missed boosters can lead to spread of disease or, in some instances, death. The most important types of vaccinations for your flock/herd