Category Archives: Featured

14 Mar
Fair Survival 101

Friendships can be Formed, Lessons Learned and Time Management Skills Developed with Fair Experiences by MARY TOOTHMAN To fair visitors, it may be all about the yummy food, petting animals, and viewing the neat displays.  However, behind the scenes, fair days and showing animals can be a lot of work and a way for youth

16 Feb
Polk County Youth Fair

If you have never been to the Polk County Youth Fair, or any youth fair in our region, you’re missing a one-of-a-kind experience. It is a must-do for any person— from the young to young-at-heart. Kids and youth from all around gather under one roof to show their livestock, crafts, plants, and more. Here’s your

16 Feb
Citrus Report: Halfway Through the Citrus Season

Growers are hoping the forecast will stay on its steady course by ERIKA ALDRICH If the latest USDA Citrus forecast is any indication, the Florida citrus industry continues to be adversely affected by long-term challenges—citrus greening—and recent disasters—Hurricane Irma.  With four months’ worth of citrus forecasts in the history books, it’s easy to see the

16 Feb
Five Fun Facts about the Miniature Horse

Whether for Show, Breeding, or Recreation, there are Many Reasons to Consider Owning this Breed by TERESA SCHIFFER If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a horse, a Miniature Horse could be your dream come true.  Whether you are a first-time horse owner or a veteran breeder, the modern American Miniature Horse is an excellent breed

16 Feb
Strawberry AgriUpdate

Growers Looking Forward to Good Season by CHERYL ROGERS Damage to the Plant City area strawberry crop appears to have been minimal when temperatures dipped below freezing in January.  “We’re not at peak production, but we’re pretty close,” says Joel Connell, production manager at Grimes Farms, where temperatures dipped to 22 degrees Fahrenheit.  “Our freeze

16 Feb
Florida Cattlemen’s Sweetheart Offers Tips on Teaching Youth About the Industry

by MARY TOOTHMAN We asked Sweetheart Milli Jones, 21 and a junior agricultural education and communications major at the University of Florida, for suggestions on getting young people psyched about the cattle industry. Her recent experience working as a substitute teacher has enhanced her insight into how to give young people positive ideas about the industry.

12 Jan
Teaching Teachers at Plant Camp

UF/IFAS Plant Camp Offers Florida Educators a Close Look at Florida Flora and Fauna by GRACE BOGGESS The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has opened applications for its popular and free 2018 Plant Camp and will be accepted until February 18. The five-day workshop takes place from June 11 to

12 Jan
The First of Many Winners

Local Citrus Grower Named 2018 4R Advocate by TFI by ERIKA ALDRICH Fertilizer has always played an important role in agriculture, and it’s more important than ever with a growing world population and the need to grow more on less land. It’s also become apparent that the unsystematic use of fertilizers is bad for the

12 Jan
Landscaping and Gardening Trends of 2018

Homeowners Get Growing with Plants for Pollinators, Succulents, Foodscaping, and More story by CHERYL ROGERS photos by LUIS BETANCOURT HEDGES out of rosemary? Purple cabbage interspersed with croton shrubs? Don’t be surprised. People seem to be looking for something healthy— and something different— in the landscaping and gardening scene. Vegetable gardening, a long-term trend, continues

12 Jan
Looks Can be Deceiving

Beautiful Ornamentals that are Dangerous for Livestock by TERESA SCHIFFER Raising livestock can be a tricky business. There are a lot of details to attend to, especially when it comes to proper nutrition. It can be tempting to simply turn creatures out into the field and let them rummage on their own, but this can