Mike Roberts

Stewards of the Land & Water

You see a lot of praise for the hard work Florida farmers and ranchers do to provide the food and fibers we use as a nation and their economic contribution to the state. According to the 2022 Census of Agriculture, there were 44,703 ag operations farming 9.7 million acres and producing $10.2 billion in agricultural

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Know When to Hold ’Em

No one in the field of agriculture has ever claimed that farming is easy, yet growers push on because it’s in their blood. Unfavorable weather conditions, variable yields, diseases, pests, and market fluctuations are nothing new. In fact, most Florida farmers effectively say, “Been there, done that.” Florida growers are resilient and resourceful, well versed

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Innovation & Perspiration

Thomas Edison may have put it best when he said that “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” For the Florida citrus industry, the struggle with greening has been a season of perspiration. Although we have seen some research advancements, it seems like these developments are not coming fast enough. We are simply

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‘Fertilizer’ Antioxidant Supplement Touted as Treatment for Citrus Greening

Brazilian agro-science has released information on what is being called a “groundbreaking study” into the use of an antioxidant supplement as a fertilizer to combat citrus greening and other plant diseases. The research was conducted by biologist and researcher Dr. Simone Cristina Picchi at the labs of the Citrus Center of the Agronomic Institute of

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Dollars and Sense

We’re living in unique times with challenges piling up on all fronts. The nation is wracked by civil and political turmoil, and the cost of living is taking a toll on everyone’s pocketbook and morale.  One of the biggest challenges we face is inflation. It’s getting more and more difficult to keep food in our

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