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Windbreaks for Citrus

As citrus season progresses, let’s take a moment to talk about windbreaks and their importance to citrus trees. The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service defines windbreaks

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Marching Toward Better Nutrition With Our Teaching Kitchen

by RONALD LUND Do you frequent local farmers’ markets? Are you a fan of Florida-grown fruits and vegetables? (There are over 300 of them grown here.) Are you trying to

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Changes to the Produce Safety Rule that will Impact Growers and Packers

by MIKE ROBERTS The Florida Citrus Show in Fort Pierce saw an update from Mark Ritenour, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) post-harvest Extension specialist,

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Marching into Spring with these Gardening Steps

by WILLIAM “BILL” DOTY It’s time for the gardening tips for March. We have some great suggestions this month to make anyone a lawn and gardening pro. Your yard needs

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Helping the Next Generation of Family Farms Find Agricultural Lending Solutions

by PATRICK SPINOSA According to the most recent Census of Agriculture, the average age of the American farmer is approximately 58 years old, with 33% of farmers 65 and older

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Importance of 4R Nutrient Stewardship

It’s a given that crops need fertilizer in order to produce successful yields. That’s no secret. However, improper fertilization can actually decrease yields, costing you money and potentially harming the

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Complex Third-Party Logistics in the Food Supply Chain

IN THA LAST MONTH’S column, I began a conversation about the considerable changes in public refrigerated warehousing (PRW) during the past couple of decades — the evolution of a mostly

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Re-evaluating Debt and the Economic Cycle

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as “good” debt! Fixed rate, low-interest debt can allow you access to money that you can reinvest. Using a mortgage to

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Closing on Florida Farmland

By Michael E. Workman Purchasing farmland in Florida, or any farmland in general, comes with its own unique challenges and risks. On top of it being a huge financial decision,

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Strangles

Strangles (Streptococcus equi subspecies equi) is always a concerning buzz word around the horse community. The bacteria causes an upper respiratory infection which results in swelling of the lymph nodes