Month: July 2013

What’s holding you down?

“When you have an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it’s best to let him run.” ~ Abraham Lincoln You may remember Aaron Ralston, 27, the mountain climber who went canyoneering in 2003 in Utah’s Blue John Canyon, when an 800 pound boulder shifted onto him and pinned his …

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A little relief through tax-deferred exchanges of real estate

If you are in the agriculture business, chances are you have invested in real estate. Whether your business is looking to diversify some agricultural land holdings, or you are selling real estate for other needs, the tax consequences can be quite significant. Thankfully, a little relief is offered through tax-deferred exchanges of real estate.

The search for a cure

Leadership is everything. As the feckless 113th Congress failed to pass the 2013 Farm Bill, Florida’s legislature resolved to address the Florida citrus industry’s greatest challenge — the disease of citrus greening, or HLB. During the 2013 session, the Florida Legislature funded $9.5 million from the state budget for citrus greening research and other activities …

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The Agriculture Unit: Protecting a billion dollar industry

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd values Polk County’s agricultural community, and believes serving their needs and providing protection and education is a high priority for his Office.  Judd knows unique operations are necessary to protect the community in which businesses and individual landowners can be found all over, in every far-reaching corner of the county.  …

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Top 10 highlights of the 2010 Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention

The Turnout – The FCA Convention was just held in June at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, golf club & Spa.  With approximately 1,350 in attendance, the FCA convention 2010 turnout was in line with recent years.[emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”] Let the Show Begin – …

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@griTech: Polk State College has a plan for tomorrow’s farming industry

Florida farmers will have much needed help soon with complex government regulations and technological equipment.  Lakeland’s Polk State College previously operated as a community college offering two-year degree programs until two years ago. At that time, it began offering four-year degrees in a move to ease the load on existing four-year state institutions.  The college …

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The Birth of an Industry

Traveling back 500 years to 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 …

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