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Publisher Letter: A video worth sharing

Every once in a while, we watch a commercial that is more than just a marketing ploy meant to try and get us to buy something. They are diamonds in

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Land Management: Time for Fertilizer and Pesticide Applications

As winter fades and crops begin to blossom, it is once again time to diligently apply granular and spray fertilizers and pesticides. We have inventoried how much of each material

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Two Questions from My Client Equine Owners

I’m often asked similar questions by animal owners dealing with health of their animals. Taking care of large animals is what I love to do, so answering these questions is

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Conserving Water Just Got Easier

If you are a city water customer, you may be eligible for a free landscape and irrigation system evaluation to help you conserve water. The cities of Lakeland, Winter Haven,

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Editor’s Blog: An Opportunity at Agri-Fest

For 25 years, Polk County Agri-Fest has been educating fourth-graders at this annual event to help cultivate future leaders for the agriculture industry. But most importantly, their efforts show children

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Protecting Your Business Before — and After — Disaster Strikes

It’s never too early to protect you, your farm and ranch from disaster. Freezes, drought, fires, disease, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes pose a continual threat, so preparedness can help ensure

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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: State History Learning Made Fun

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

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Tablet Trends: Buyers Choosing Microsoft, Apple and Android

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

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Wording in Contracts Matter: Acts of God

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

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Garden Tips: Before Spring is in Full Swing

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.