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When the Student Becomes the Teacher

Jessica Anderson Receives Polk County Farm Bureau Accolade for Her Outstanding Dedication to Students and Agriculture by TERESA SCHIFFER Jessica Anderson is this year’s Outstanding Agriculture Teacher of the Year recipient from the Polk County Farm Bureau (PCFB). She is outstanding in a field of many dedicated educators. Anderson has been teaching ag at George


Honey Bee Lab Central Florida

UF/IFAS Partners with the Florida State Beekeepers Association to Protect Bees, Advance the Industry by TERESA SCHIFFER FOR SOME YEARS NOW, we’ve been hearing about the plight of the bees and the repercussions that could have on the agricultural community. Besides being the only source of natural, delicious honey, bees are important pollinators. Many of


A Way to Grow Sales through Exporting

A new program hosted by the Florida Small Business Development Center is helping local farmers and producers to maximize their growth potential through export sales! This program provides a scholarship to qualified recipients, which facilities the development of a uniquely customized Agribusiness Export Marketing Plan. These plans assist “new-to-export” and “currently exporting” growers and value-added


Recipe Spotlight

Southern Staples For Your Farmhouse Table There’s nothing like good, old Southern cookin’ to make a body feel satisfied – physically and mentally.  You just want to kick back and put your feet up for a while. Some of it is the raw ingredients that say stability and love – chicken, green beans, sweet potatoes


Dr. Robert Gukich Honored for Excellence in His Field

Local Large Animal Vet Specializing in Bovine and Equine Species Recognized for his Service When Dr. Robert “Doc” Gukich was honored with a prestigious award recently, he said he was taken aback because he didn’t realize anyone had particularly noticed what he was doing at his veterinary practice.  But people had indeed noticed. In recognition


Growing Lemons in Florida— Could They Make a Comeback?

  While Florida agriculture works to recover from the damage left behind by Hurricane Irma, the industry has turned its attention to citrus with the monthly Citrus Forecast from the USDA.  From this forecast, which was first released on October 12, you’ll hear a lot about oranges and grapefruit, but not Florida lemons and limes.  The


The Plan for Recovery, Post Hurricane Irma

Grove Owners Take in the Damage and Map Out a Strategy for Bringing Fields Back to Full Health It was supposed to be a good year for Florida’s citrus growers. With post bloom fruit drop under control, some growers were expecting a rebound— despite the dreaded citrus greening disease. But then came Hurricane Irma, wreaking


RCMA Hurricane Relief Fund: Help our Farmworkers

South Florida’s farmworker families are suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The storm’s disruption of early-season farm work has left many jobless, homeless and running out of cash. Please join Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association in raising funds to help the Redlands Christian Migrant Association provide immediate basic living essentials and temporary housing needs


Keeping the Land Alive

Florida Cattle Ranchers Work To Preserve Natural Resources   From goldfish to formalized best management practices, farmers and ranchers are working together to save resources that the land has provided. According to thisfarmcares.org: Best Management Practices are a set of guidelines that advises producers on how to manage the water, nutrient, and pesticides they are


Keeping the Ranch Rodeo Tradition Alive with Florida Cattlemen

A Tradition as Old as Time, Florida Cowboys Compete to Show the Public What it is Like on a Working Cattle Operation The Hardee County Cattlemen’s Association Ranch Rodeo is not your typical bull riding, entertainment rodeo.  It’s a fun way to present Florida ranching, and the unique Cracker Cowman way of life to the