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Recipe Spotlight: Sweet satisfaction of a Florida peach

MOVE OVER GEORGIA. Florida is on the way to a peachy crop. The trouble with growing peaches in Florida has always been that the Sunshine State can’t give peaches the cold shoulder. The fuzzy fruit needs a certain number of chilly hours to rest and relax and regenerate to produce a crop.

Greenhouses, Hoophouses, and Hydroponics, OH MY!

Three Methods for Farmers on the Road to Maximizing Production Farming has made tremendous strides and advancements since the pioneer days, when crops were at the mercy of Mother Nature and the ability of farmers and animals to handle the labor. Today, such options as greenhouses, hoophouses (also known as high tunnels), and hydroponic farming

Small Farmers Mean BIG Business

Sewing and Reaping the Knowledge for Success Small farms have always existed, but in Florida, they historically represented a less visible portion of the agriculture industry.  Demand has sparked new opportunities, however, and a more definitive view of this agricultural segment has surfaced. Small farmers have new opportunities from consumer demand, experts say, and support

FAWN: Providing the Tools for Weather Preparedness

The Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) was established in 1998 in response to the discontinuation of the National Weather Service (NWS) agricultural weather forecast products.  What began as a network of 11 Cooperative Extension Service sites in Lake and Orange counties is now a statewide system of 36 sites located from Homestead to Jay, near

Top 10 Reasons to Join FFA

1. BE PART OF THE SOLUTION – “Be part of the industry that sustains mankind,” says David Byrd, an Agricultural Resource Specialist for Polk County Schools and Future Farmers of America’s District Advisor, citing the need to provide food for the Earth’s growing population.

Worst Case Scenario: Be Prepared for Hurricane Season

According to the expert team at and Joe Bastardi, the Chief Long-Range Meteorologist and Hurricane Forecaster, the 2010 Hurricane season has the potential to be “extreme” and “much more like 2008 than 2009 as far as the overall threat to the United States’ East and Gulf coasts. ”  Fortunately, threats to inland Polk County

The Power of Healing in Therapeutic Riding

The gentle nature of the horse has made it a much sought-after creature for therapy, especially among children.  The movement of the horse has addressed many physical disabilities, giving experts a special interest in these animals.  Heike Reeves, a physical therapist at Our Children’s Academy in Lake Wales, explains, “A horse has the same rhythm

The Green Monster: At War with a Potentially Devastating Citrus Disease

Jerry Newlin has weathered many disease outbreaks in the citrus industry, from canker to Tristeza and Blossom Blight, but citrus greening has proven the worst outbreak he’s seen, and the worst the Florida citrus industry has had to face. Newlin is vice president of citrus operations for Orange-Co, a citrus grove near Arcadia that, like

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, New Fish

| What Crystal Lake Middle School is teaching students with their Aquaculture Program | Crystal Lake Middle School (CLMS), Lakeland, is land-locked in the middle of the peninsula, but that hasn’t stopped the school’s agricultural education program from exploring new areas, specifically aquaculture, by introducing saltwater fish into urban Polk County and immersing the students