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PCFB President’s Column (February 2013)

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

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Food Recalls in the Food Supply Chain, Part II

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

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Flooding in Florida?

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

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Essential Reminders When Budget Planning

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

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Don’t Be Sheepish About Vaccinations: Important Vaccines for Sheep and Goats

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.

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Tips to Keep Your Lawn Healthy, Come What May

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

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Managing Your Land During Unpredictable Weather

The cold weather blast that came through the weekend prior to Christmas seemed to sneak up on us. Once again, I was amazed by the difference between the forecasted temperatures

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The Year Ahead for Agritechnology

So, what’s in store for 2013 from an agritechnology perspective? For agriculture, we will see a significant increase in tablet computing at the farming level because of decreased prices and

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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: A Mid-Term Update

What’s Been Done and What’s Left to Do? Just two years ago, I was sworn in to serve as Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture, and this month marks the halfway point

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Late-Season Cold Front Preparedness

January 2013 has definitely started out warmer than past years. This burst of temperate weather has altered the way many of the bushes and trees around Central Florida are behaving.