Category Archives: Featured

15 Jul
Peeling back to the good stuff

| Citrus annual conference has become industry staple | More than 650 people attended the eighth Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference in June at the Coconut Point Hyatt in Bonita Springs, making it a smashing success.

15 Jul
Florida roots: One family’s history in Florida hay

IN THE PHOTOS: Left, Dominique “Mingy” Ercoli bales hay on his 90th birthday. Mingy recently passed and left the family farm to his son, Richard Ercoli. Right, Richard Ercoli is pictured with his son, Carson. THIS IS THE STORY of one family’s rise from the damp, darkened and eerie tunnels of the underground coal mines

15 Jul
In the citrus business for the long haul

In the photo: Larry Black with wife Jenny and kids Julia and Varn are among many Florida citrus growers who are in it for the long haul. | Growers making gains against greening | VIC STORY JR. grew up in the middle of an orange grove his father planted. So, in his 66 years he’s

15 Jul
The impact of Tropical Storm Debby

Caption: On June 27, 2012, the flooding in some areas of Florida was 3 to 4 feet deep, as shown in the photos here. | Assessing the potential devastation to Florida agriculture | In late June, Tropical Storm Debby stalled over Apalachicola Bay for more than 24 hours, unloading several inches of rain on Florida’s

15 Jul
DOs and DON’Ts for when your horse gets startled

A horse can startle, spook, or shy from a surprising or strange sight, smell, or sound based on his characteristic reactivity. There are many facets that contribute to the severity of a horse’s reaction, such as the temperance of breed, personality, experiences, trainer or owner management, and medical conditions.

12 Jul
Getting the right breed at the right time

| One rancher’s life pursuit to stay on top of Florida’s cattle commerce while meeting consumer demand | Keeping up with the cattle commerce and pleasing consumers is an ongoing challenge for Florida’s rancher, thus making his paycheck defenseless. What breed brought the highest price the last two or three years may not be the

15 Jun
@griTech: Colony Collapse Disorder causing concern for apiaries

It is estimated by experts that the U.S. honeybee industry is responsible for pollinating almost $15 billion worth of crops each year. This important little bee is an essential part of Florida’s precious ecosystem. Much of the food we eat depends on the health and vitality of these little honeybees. That is why the discovery

15 Jun
The latest story on Mr. Story

| Recognized for putting the world of Florida citrus above himself | Here at Central Florida Ag News, we would like to take a moment to congratulate one of the most dedicated gentleman to represent our state’s citrus industry. Florida Grower has named Mr. Victor “Vic” Story, Jr., the 2012 Citrus Achievement Award winner. Sponsored

15 Jun
Quinn Carter an exhibitor to be reckoned with

High school student has Brangus in the blood Quinn Carter grew up barrel racing, hunting with her father, and enjoying her days on the family’s ranch, Rafter Double C. It wasn’t, however, until her neighbor, Lindsey Chism, invited her to a Future Farmers of America competition that Quinn became interested in showing Brangus. “Before, I

15 Jun
A lifelong career with Florida agriculture

In the photo: At the Polk County Farm Bureau Harvest Celebration, Ray Crawford, left and in inset photo, receives an award from PCFB President Les Dunson for his many years of service to the Farm Bureau. Ray Crawford on ‘retired’ life after the Florida Farm Bureau USUALLY, THE PHRASE “hit the ground running” is used