2013 marks 500 years since the discovery of Florida by Juan Ponce de Leon. In celebration of Florida’s 500th anniversary, the Florida State Fair branded this year’s 12-day event “Discover the Fun.” In addition to staples of the fair — the livestock shows, deep-fried Twinkies, and the Giant Slide — there were new, interactive opportunities
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As I shared in last month’s column, one of the big trends in agri-technology this year is computer tablets. Lower prices are making them more popular for managing daily recordkeeping and invoicing, tracking harvest tickets, estimating crops, and handling time keeping and scouting. There will be more software applications and Internet connectivity options. And although
Everyone who lived in Florida during 2004 remembers the impact of the four hurricanes that struck that summer and early fall season. Undoubtedly, these acts of God affected every citrus grower, dealer, broker, and processor in the Florida agriculture industry.
Now that February is here, it’s time to fertilize your fruit and shade trees, along with those woody shrubs. It’s planting time for gardens and tender annuals come mid-month.
With the opening of the 2013 Legislative Session just around the corner, the Polk County Farm Bureau (PCFB) will be keeping a close eye on proposed bills that may have an effect on agriculture production as they are filed and move through committees.
Last month, I presented the kind of effort that Adams Cold Storage (and all the links in the Food Supply Chain) must go through when working to prevent or implement a food recall.
The impacts to an agricultural operation from flooding, whether caused by a neighbor or by a government, are devastating. The law in Florida, while generally considered to be highly favorable to the rights of private property owners, is muddled and sometimes favorable to governments. This month’s column will briefly describe three different situations that occur
January is the perfect time to look at the budget of your small business and ensure that everything is in order for the upcoming year. This month we will talk about some steps you can take to keep your company running smoothly and make certain that your finances are properly budgeted.
Vaccinations serve well as preventative measures in sheep or goats’ health care. Since these ruminant mammals are closely related in their general make-up, they’re easily treated for the same diseases. Delayed vaccinations or missed boosters can lead to spread of disease or, in some instances, death. The most important types of vaccinations for your flock/herd
The gardening tips for this month are a little different from years past. Due to the unusually warm weather we have had this winter, many plants and trees are showing signs of an early bloom. Along with some normal gardening tips, here are precautions to keep your plants and lawn safe in the event we