Web Exclusives

16 Oct
Growing the Future of Agriculture

Polk County Ag Teacher and Program of the Year Announced These days Florida is most known for citrus, thousands of miles of white sandy beaches, and, of course, amusement parks. However, many of the original settlers to move into Florida were actually ranchers. They were much more interested in land for their cattle than in

17 May
What’s Your Ag Story?

Tristen Walling, Lakeland, FL “At a young age, I was introduced to the agriculture industry where I was taught how to plant crops and nurture an animal. At 4 years old I knew that I wanted to be a veterinarian and help animals feel better, this seemed like a perfect job for a little girl

22 Feb
Ways to use Florida Strawberries in the Health and Beauty Field

Fresh from Florida Strawberries are known as Florida’s favorite winter berry!   The sweet, juicy, red berry is one that attracts visitors from all over. Did you know they can be used in other ways than just consumption? Check out this list for ways to use Florida Strawberries in your everyday beauty. Strawberries are packed full of

18 Dec
Weather Stations in the Field Help Farmers Make Split-Second, Smart Irrigation Decisions

Florida Growers have been installing their own weather stations in increasing numbers. With help from the UF/IFAS Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN), they have been able to more accurately determine when to irrigate to protect their crops from freezes. “The onsite data is exponentially more useful,” explains Rick Lusher, FAWN director. But this fiscal year,

18 Dec
Farm Tech and Environmental Responsibility Come Together: Florida Blue Farms Receive Accolade from FDACS for their Agri-Business Practices

THERE ARE SOME pairings that take no thought at all. If someone asked you to say the first thing that came to your mind after the words “peanut butter,” odds are you would immediately reply, “jelly.” Along those same lines, if someone said, “citrus, ”you more than likely would reply, “Sunshine State,” or if someone

18 Dec
Harvesting Machine Eases Labor Demands for Growers of this New, Alternative Crop

THE FOUNDERS of Caloosa Hops in Lake Wales could harvest their novel crops manually, but the idea does not appeal to them much. It’s been enough of a challenge venturing into growing hops in the Sunshine State, says co-owner Brian Marston. He and longtime pal Kevin Updike, president of the Polk County Farm Bureau and

18 Dec
Microchipped Equine: The Equine Industry is Finding Many Benefits in the Use of RFIDS

IDENTIFYING YOUR HORSE has always been an issue, but it’s one that technology is improving upon. While the means of identifying your horse can be as simple as descriptions like distinctive markings or even a brand, Radiofrequency Implantable Devices, called RFIDs, are offering a technological solution to horse identification. RFIDs have a slew of other

27 Nov
Assistance Available for Irma Damaged Ag Land

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Nov. 27, 2018 — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has established a special Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) sign up Nov. 28-Dec. 28 to help agricultural producers who suffered damage from Hurricane Irma with financial and technical assistance. Conservation practices available through this EQIP funding specifically address natural resource concerns from hurricane flood and wind damage and provide future protection from exceptional

27 Nov
The Symbiotic Relationship of Plants and Soil

Nature has a specific design!  All life on Earth works together in a symbiotic relationship to serve a better purpose.  Soil contains trillions of living organisms, each with a specific role in mining minerals, processing sugars, and protecting the roots of whichever plant species is growing above them.  With such a heavy workload, life can

22 Aug
Raising A Market Hog

Tips from the Experts on Raising Market Hogs for the Annual Polk County Youth Fair Fall is almost here, and for students involved in 4H and FFA programs, that means it will soon be time to purchase livestock animals to raise for the Polk County Youth Fair. Market hogs are a popular choice in Polk, so

19 Jun
Lawn Care Tips

With the recent weather changes, stay updated on how to maintain your lawn with advice from UF/IFAS experts, and Farm and Garden business owner Bill Doty. With the weather changing so much in the last month, it’s important to know the proper way to treat your lawn, whether it is wet or dry outside.

28 Apr
Top Things To Do At An Ag Convention Near You

Don’t let boredom attack this convention season, fight back using our list of top fun things to do around your ag convention area! Spring has sprung and summer is quickly approaching! With that being said, the busiest time for Florida organizations is coming up . . . ag convention season.  

28 Apr
Top Ways To Honor National Arbor Day 2017

Arbor Day is a holiday typically celebrated by planting trees either at home or in your community. Check out our short list of ways to honor National Arbor Day! National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April every year, but states recognize Arbor Day depending on the best time to plant trees

21 Apr
Ag Literacy Day 2017

Take a drive through Florida exploring our unique aquaculture and seafood industry without ever even leaving the classroom. Once a year Florida Agriculture in the Classroom hosts an all day event entitled Ag Literacy Day. A representative of Florida Agriculture can register with an elementary school and read to as many classrooms as he or

21 Apr
Share With Us! Use #CFFarmTour and Snapchat

Central Florida Ag News would like to see what you are doing on your stops along the Farm Tour. The annual Central Florida Farm Tour will be held on April 22 from 8a.m. to 1p.m. This is a time for you to see a side of agriculture that you usually wouldn’t get to see and

21 Mar
7 Things You Can Do in Honor of National Ag Day

The day known as National Ag Day comes only once a year, but there are things you can do in the near future and all year ‘round to show your appreciation for America’s farmers. You may (or may not) know that March 21 marks the celebration of National Ag Day!  While this day only comes

03 Feb
Your backyard chicken coop checklist

Encouragement and cautions for Central Florida homeowners on starting your very own backyard chicken coop According to a UF/IFAS Pinellaas County Extension blog, “One of the latest trends in gardening is raising backyard chickens. Many people appreciate having fresh, locally grown eggs, and gardeners like chickens because they can help manage insect pests and aerate

28 Jul
Bartow Tractor Supply store wins class award for efforts in 4-H fundraising campaign

The Bartow Tractor Supply Company (TSC) store was recently recognized for winning the “Class Champion” award for meeting the company’s goals during the 4-H/TSC Spring 2014 Paper Clover Promotion. Store employees at the Bartow TSC store had at least 20% of all transactions include a 4-H Paper Clover purchase and raised over $300 for 4-H.

18 Jan
Citrus Heritage Exhibit 5

Preserving the Future of Citrus through Environmental Stewardship The 21st century dawned on a citrus industry that was more determined than ever to preserve and sustain its cultural heritage, natural environment and ecosystems for future generations. Citrus growers continually contribute to this cause in numerous ways. 525,000 acres of Florida are used for the production

18 Jan
Citrus Heritage Exhibit 1

Traveling Back to 1513 and the Beginning of Florida Citrus To taste citrus today and to take in its fragrance is to taste history. Wherever citrus was planted, their aromatic blossoms lured the adventurous and innovative. In their fragrant scent we catch a remnant of the ancient civilizations, exploration, and discovery. Though once believed to

18 Jan
Citrus Heritage Exhibit 4

The Rise of Nutrient Application Technology and the Market for Juice When the citrus industry first began in the mid-1800s, there was limited understanding of citrus nutritional requirements. The growers and nurserymen had a basic knowledge for the need of macronutrients like nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K), for healthy grove development. These were

18 Jan
Citrus Heritage Exhibit 3

A Look Back at the Roots of Citrus Variety Development and Disease Management Citrus varieties have changed through the years with intricate and thoughtful cultivation. Prior to the Great Freeze, Dr. H.J. Webber and Mr. Walter T. Swingle of the United States Department of Agriculture founded the Subtropical Laboratory at Eustis, Florida in 1892. There

18 Jan
Citrus Heritage Exhibit 2

From Past to Present: Environmental Stewardship through Irrigation Methods and Cold Protection The northeastern citrus production never fully recovered from the Great Freeze of 1894-95 and during their rehabilitation another damaging freeze occurred in 1899. The crippling devastation forced growers to relocate to Central Florida and southward, seeking out warmer climates in what is known

24 Oct
Florida Blueberries on TV!

Blueberry fans may be interested in a recent TV segment from the Florida Channel that focused on the history of the University of Florida Blueberry Breeding Program, as well as those of a couple other major commodities produced in the state: http://thefloridachannel.org/video/seeds-of-change/

23 Sep
Kathleen Sr. and Lake Gibson Middle FFA chapters accomplish major feats

| CFAN September/October 2013 Web Exclusive Feature | Agriculture students in the Lakeland area have excelled in a variety of areas outside the traditional scope of agriculture.   Students in Kathleen Sr. and Lake Gibson Middle School FFA chapters have accomplished major feats this year in the areas of Agriscience Research, Parliamentary Procedure and Supervised Agricultural

30 Aug
@griTech: Using Smartphone Apps for Better Irrigation Practices

| CFAN August/September 2013 Web Exclusive Feature | A lot of people today use smartphones and mobile app technology to have up-to-date information right at their fingertips, but not every profession, Clyde Fraisse notes, has been quick to embrace these advances. For one thing, even though there are now smartphone apps specifically made for rural

06 Aug
A convention that blooms

| CFAN July/August 2013 Web Exclusive Feature | Paradise was found recently by members of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association at last month’s annual convention, the 61st year of the event. Set in a tropical theme at the Bonaventure Resorts in Weston, Florida, more than 150 members attended the annual business meeting and

04 Jun
Teaching young agriculturists to ‘imagine’ at the Future Farmers of America Eighty-fifth Annual Convention

| CFAN June/July 2013 Web Exclusive Feature | Orlando, Florida opened her heart and arms to the eighty-fifth Annual Future Farmers of America State Convention from June 10-14. With their commanding yet humble arrival, these young delegates, representing high school chapters from all over the state, descended on the Caribe Royale Orlando in the second

30 Apr
Kathleen FFA Land Judging Teams take top honors at state contest

| CFAN April/May 2013 Web Exclusive Feature | FFA members from across the county gathered in a field on Monday, March 4 to demonstrate their knowledge of soils in the annual Polk FFA Land Judging and Homesite Evaluation contest.  The Land Judging event requires students to understand the makeup of soils and how they affect

30 Mar
Harvest Time: Update on the 2013 Florida peach season

| CFAN March/April 2013 Web Exclusive Feature | If there’s one thing that peach growers worry about it, it’s something that Central Floridians don’t think about much: a cold spell. “Frost is the biggest concern,” says Mercy A. Olmstead, who works with a lot growers at the UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences.  She also works quite extensively