Central Florida Youth in Agriculture Results

Beef Showmanship Results Champion Novice Showman: Finley Quattlebaum Reserve Champion Novice Showman: Bhodie Sherouse 3rd Overall Novice Showman: Bryton Cranor 4th Overall Novice Showman: Boone Kiddey Champion Junior Showman: Adalyn Compton Reserve Champion Junior Showman: Aubrey White 3rd Overall Junior Showman: Graysie Sherouse 4th Overall Junior Showman: Addison Pilla 5th Overall Junior Showman: Harlow Quattlebaum […]

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‘Climate Indicators Tool’ Will Help Growers Track Weather Patterns

by BRAD BUCK, UF/IFAS  A new University of Florida-developed web-based tool will help growers reduce risks that come with climate variability.  It’s called the “climate indicators tool,” the newest addition to AgroClimate, a web-based platform designed 15 years ago by Clyde Fraisse, a UF/IFAS professor of agricultural and biological engineering.  Growers can use the new

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100 Years

Miss Florida Citrus Celebrates Centennial With the Crowning of Alana Scheuerer by RYAN MILEJCZAK Back in 1924, the Miss Florida Citrus title, then known as Florida Citrus Queen, began with the crowning of Dorothy Williams in Winter Haven. Now, 100 years later, the tradition continues with the crowning of the latest Miss Florida Citrus, Alana

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Bigger & Better

Bone Valley Visitors Can Preview 300-Acre Expansion at Rally in the Valley on May 4  by JEFF FOLEY, Polk County Communications Division Many throttle-gripping thrill-seekers would say there’s nothing better than 200 acres of all-terrain vehicle riding trails, especially when those trails include rocky hillsides and Instagram-worthy scenery. But 500 acres is definitely better than

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Riding High

Polk & Florida Cattle Ranchers Say Market Is Highest They’ve Seen by REBEKAH PIERCE The cattle industry in Polk County is a testament to the agricultural spirit and profuse grit of the people in the Sunshine State.  Through market fluctuation, land scarcity, and environmental challenges, the farmers and ranchers here have continued to rise to

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Care Crisis

Large Animal Vet Shortage Overwhelming Polk County Providers by RYAN MILEJCZAK Large animal vets are crucial for the livestock industry and our food supply. Despite this, we’re facing an issue here in Polk County and the nation at large: a severe shortage of large animal vets. Dr. LuJean Waters, a large animal vet with 12

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