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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


PCFB: President’s column

Representatives from the Polk County Farm Bureau attended Florida Farm Bureau Days in Tallahassee on March 18 and 19 and met with the Polk delegation on legislative issues effecting agriculture


Home on the ranch: Cow camp house offers rustic lifestyle

Ranch-style houses proliferate in suburbia across the United States. But the true Florida ranch house is distinctive and reminiscent of a lifestyle that some southerners still practice today. Ask Earlow


Keeping it in the family: Succession planning for farmers

In many cases, farmers are not only in the business of agriculture, they are in the business of family. Many farms are driven by a family effort, with children learning


Getting in some springtime action and auctions

Today we enjoy the modern conveniences of super highways, air-conditioned homes, cars, even tractors … but where did we come from? Five hundred springtimes ago, Juan Ponce de Leon landed


Preparing for summer growth

April’s warmer temperatures and typically dry weather signal spring is here, meaning it’s time to prune branches damaged by the winter cold and prepare for the growing season. When flowering


Artifacts of a bygone era

| Preserving the history of Florida’s citrus industry | The Florida Citrus Hall of Fame has received several significant collections this past year of historical artifacts from notable collectors of


Food safety guideline changes on the way

Food safety is becoming a hot issue for all farmers, no matter what the crop. Change is coming and it’s best to prepare for it now by cleaning your groves


Key players in the cold supply chain

From highly efficient mobile and warehouse refrigeration units to digital time-and-temperature recorders and temperature-reading infrared “guns,” significant technology is employed in the cold supply chain to maintain food product freshness


Estate taxes for 2013 and beyond

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was signed into law by President Obama on January 2, 2013, to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. In addition to many other changes