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Agri-Update

UF Study Uses UV Lamps to Control Strawberry Pest by UF/IFAS With about 11,000 acres — mostly in west-central Florida — strawberries are worth $399 million annually in Florida. That represents 10% of the national strawberry value and most of the domestically produced winter crop in the United States. Those economic figures make it critical …

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Agri-News

UF/IFAS Research Fuels the Future, Feeds the Less Fortunate by UF/IFAS UF/IFAS research and education centers (RECs) grow fruits and vegetables all across Florida to develop growing techniques and cultivars that benefit farmers. These centers are spread from Jay in the Panhandle to Homestead in Southeast Florida.  So, what happens to all that fresh food?  …

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In the Heartland

Ag Angels’ Success Makes Way for Even More Opportunities For the last 15 years, Scott Kirouac and the Ag Angels program he founded have been making a difference in the lives of children who need it the most throughout Central Florida.  The Ag Angels program was established to help schools provide Christmas gifts for children …

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O Christmas Tree

Each year around this time, I field the same question: Where can I go to cut down my own real Florida Christmas tree? Let’s get one thing straight before we get any further: If you’re hoping to take a drive out to the Florida countryside and haul home a classic blue spruce, you’re going to …

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FFA Corner

Students Score Well in Competitions, Gear Up for Sub-Districts by JESSICA ANDERSON Polk County FFA members have been hard at work the past few months preparing for a variety of events. Everything from creed speaking, public speaking, practicing forestry skills, citrus evaluation, tool identification, and even tractor driving have been on the agenda for the …

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In Search of Solutions

Citrus Greening Bacteria’s Complex Relationship With Tree Defense System Creates Challenges by UF/IFAS At the heart of the disease that threatens the Florida citrus industry is a complex exchange between the citrus tree and an insidious bacterium.  Huanglongbing, or HLB, also known as citrus greening, has wreaked havoc on Florida’s citrus groves for more than …

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Recipe Spotlight

Southern Comfort Foods Make Holidays Cozy, Bright by CAROL CORLEY Although we live in the South, the concept of Christmas seems to coincide with snow — a white blanket covering the world, snowmen, Santa’s reindeer pulling a sleigh. The classic songs talk of dreaming of a white Christmas, and we put an evergreen tree covered …

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