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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: About the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program

In November, families representing 50 operational farms and ranches from all across the state gathered in Tallahassee for one reason: preserving Florida’s invaluable agricultural lands. These families, many with three

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Recipe Spotlight: Tropical Fruits Within Reach

Did you ever sit back, cross your legs on a hassock, pull your hat over your closed eyes and think about how lucky we are to live in Central Florida?

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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: ‘Florida Ag: By the Numbers’ Report

More than 500 years ago, when European settlers landed in Florida, livestock were raised and produce was grown for subsistence. The settlers produced just enough to feed themselves and their

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Recipe Spotlight: Four ideas for ‘crabby’ meals

There was a time when “crabby” was an insult. These days it’s delicious. Stone crabs are the stars of Florida’s crustacean show, but they are available only from October through

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Recipe Spotlight: Mixing it Up with the Culinary Wealth of Florida

We live in a culinary smoothie. Florida food is a bit of this and a bit of that from many countries, all smooshed together as immigrants settled here and they

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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: ‘My Florida Farm Weather’ App

When deciding whether to irrigate during frost-freeze conditions or when to apply nutrients during wet months, agricultural producers depend on accurate weather information. Producers often have to settle for information

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Recipe Spotlight: Celebrating Some of Florida’s Fall Bounty

Fall lasts about three days in our neck of the woods, or so it seems. One day the crepe myrtle has its leaves, a couple of days later it’s just

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@griTech: Using Smartphone Apps for Better Irrigation Management

A lot of people today use smartphones and mobile app technology to have up-to-date information right at their fingertips, but not every profession, Clyde Fraisse notes, has been quick to

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Recipe Spotlight: No White after Labor Day (OR in the Kitchen When Cooking with Pomegranates)

We grow a lot of fruits in Florida. Most folks barely know about some of them. They are experimental or they come from tiny groves or large backyards. We think

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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Farm to School Program Update

As Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture, improving the nutritional value of school meals by adding more locally grown produce to school trays is one of my top priorities. In 2011, I