Month: April 2022

Dream in Progress

With a Decade of Experience Under Her Belt, Teen Sets Her Sights on the Future by TERESA SCHIFFER photos provided by AMANDA SHIVER   For many in the agriculture industry, big dreams start small. For Kyleigh Criswell, the dream started when she was 3 years old.    Kyleigh, now an eighth-grader at Dundee Ridge Middle …

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Holding Steady

Polk County Cattle Industry Doing Well Despite Challenges With Growth, Inflation by PAUL CATALA Even though the total number of cattle in inventory throughout the United States and Florida was down in 2021, the industry has been holding steady throughout Polk County.  According to a United States Department of Agriculture, cattle and calves in the …

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Mike Roberts

Nutrient Recommendation Needs Revisited

During the summer of 2021, Florida citrus growers raised concerns about nutrient recommendations for Florida’s Best Management Practices (BMPs) being too low for citrus trees in the era of citrus greening. In response, UF/IFAS researchers committed to re-evaluating recommendations based on past and ongoing research, and because citrus greening is endemic in the state. UF/IFAS assistant professor …

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Rescue, Rehabilitate, Re-Home

RVR Horse Rescue Helps Horses in Need Get Back on Their Feet by PAUL CATALA photos by MICHAEL WILSON One horse has a medical condition that leaves it unable to sweat, another is extremely emaciated, while another is learning to rebuild its trust. But the goal is to eventually have each of these horses back …

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