Month: October 2019

Florida Roots

From Family Farm to County Extension Director, Citrus Is in Laurie Hurner’s Blood by BRAD BUCK, UF/IFAS correspondent Laurie Hurner grew up in a fifth-generation Florida citrus-growing family, and she and her sisters worked their farm in Highlands County. “My parents had three daughters,” says Hurner, the director of UF/IFAS Extension Highlands County and the …

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Adventures in Agriculture

Highlands County Ag-Venture Teaches Children the Importance of Agriculture by TERESA SCHIFFER It’s never too early to start teaching kids about the importance of agriculture, and Highlands County Ag-Venture, Inc. is taking that education seriously.  Every year, the program provides the opportunity for third-grade students to learn firsthand valuable lessons from various agricultural industries. It’s …

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In Appreciation of Our Farmers

“Agriculture is the greatest and fundamentally the most important of our industries. The cities are but the branches of the tree of national life, the roots of which go deeply into the land. We all flourish or decline with the farmer.”  —Bernard Baruch American financier and philanthropist In what ways do we manifest our appreciation …

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Mike Roberts

Fertilizers Playing a Big Role in High-Density Citrus Plantings

High-density citrus plantings are something many Florida citrus growers are turning to in order to try to maximize production in the face of citrus greening. The idea is simple enough: more trees per acre means higher harvests and shared inputs. However, there are many vital considerations that must be managed. Providing adequate nutrients through fertilizers …

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