Signs of The Season

Florida a Heavy Hitter in U.S. Tomato Production by TERESA SCHIFFERSponsored by Farm Credit of Central Florida Tomatoes are one of the most widely consumed vegetables worldwide, and a favorite among home gardeners. They tend to be easy to grow and are as nutritious as they are versatile. The United States is a global leader …

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The Power of ‘Can’

Frostproof Boy Doesn’t Let Condition Limit His Drive by PAUL CATALA photos by MICHAEL WILSON If anyone thinks Mason Berry’s condition keeps him from doing what he loves, he has plenty of ways to show that simply isn’t true. Mason was born with spina bifida, a congenital defect of the spine in which part of the …

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Struggle, Not Surrender

Florida’s Citrus Industry Still a Vital Economic Force by RUTH BORGER, UF/IFAS correspondent Despite challenges from diseases, land development trends, and extreme weather, Florida’s citrus industry contributed $6.9 billion to the state’s economy in 2020-21. A just-released report from University of Florida economists, “2020-2021 Economic Contributions of the Florida Citrus Industry,” estimates the economic contributions …

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Seminar to Shed Light on Beekeeping in Florida by LOUIS RODRIGUEZ ROSADO Introduction to the Western Honey Bee Western Honey Bees are one of 300 bee pollinator species in Florida. Although they are not the only pollinators in the state, these bees are credited for approximately 85% of the pollination of all crops in Florida. …

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In The Heartland

Photos provided by HIGHLANDS COUNTY CATTLEWOMEN On Saturday, March 4, the Highlands County Cattlewomen hosted their Run the Ranch 5K at the Rafter T Ranch in Sebring. Roughly 50 people participated in the event, which benefited the Cattlewomen’s Scholarship fund. Great job to all who joined in the fun for a good cause!

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2023 Polk County Agri-Fest photos provided by POLK COUNTY FARM BUREAU

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