Month: January 2022

Food for the Masses

Brick Street Farms Takes Hydroponic Vertical Farming to Urban Communities    by TERESA SCHIFFER    With a global population now nearly 8 billion with no signs of slowing any time soon, each passing year it becomes more imperative that we develop the most efficient methods of providing nutritious food for people in a sustainable fashion. …

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Ben Adams, Jr.

The Power of Adaptation

Freezing temperatures can be tough on technology, so when freezing temperatures are such a big part of your business model, adapting your technology becomes a high priority.   I was reminded of this because we spent time recalibrating and servicing our RF “guns,” the handheld scanners we use every day to keep track of our …

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Florida’s Agricultural Innovations Ensure More Food Choices and an Economic Boost

by J. SCOTT ANGLE Last summer’s historic heat in the West scorched our food supply. It threatened workers’ health, shriveled crops, and stressed water resources.   More frequent extreme weather events like the heat wave mean we must change the future of farming if we want to be a nation that feeds itself.   Florida …

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Signs of the Season: Ornamental, Horticulture Industries Play Big Role in State’s Economy

by TERESA SCHIFFER Sponsored by Farm Credit of Central Florida Florida’s subtropical climate means the state is well-suited for the mass cultivation of ornamental and tropical plants for the rest of the country. In fact, the state is the second-largest producer of ornamental and horticultural products in the country. The environmental horticulture industry generated roughly …

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An Eye Toward the Future

Woman of the Year in Ag Angela TenBroeck Focusing on Sustainability by PAUL CATALA   Angela TenBroeck’s agricultural roots stem back to the 18th century when her ancestors began working as sharecroppers in Georgia. Farm life has sustained her family for generations since, and now TenBroeck’s varied accomplishments and contributions to agriculture have earned her …

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Polk Gears Up for Youth Fair

This year’s event, set for January 22-28, will have familiar favorites and a new event. by CATHERINE CERVONE photo by TOM HAGERTY (2020)   The Polk County Youth Fair is quickly approaching, and it’s sure to be bigger and better than ever this year.   The 2022 event is set to run from January 22-28 …

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