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Cultivating the Land and the Heart

Service to the Community On and Off the Groves Their workplaces are the groves of Central Florida, caring for the land that supplies the local and national communities with fresh fruit. But service to the community doesn’t stop at the groves, instead spreading to volunteering for farming organizations, county boards, and local charter schools.

Embracing the Majestic Beauty of Horses

Equine Artist Mary Verrandeaux Uses Her Horse-Show Background and Love of Animals to Bring Her Animal-Inspired Portraits to Life Capturing each unique personality is what equine artist Mary Verrandeaux of Ocala tries to achieve with her portraits of horses, other animals, and sometimes people. “With any portrait you really want to capture the personality, such …

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Introduction to Featured Artists

Chad Anderson: Watching the Prairie Disappear “In this photo I was seeking to capture the reflection of the prairie in the cow’s eye as it watches the range disappear. Cattle are the ultimate symbol for ranching, which represents a way of life, an important ecosystem, and much more that is being lost due to economic …

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A trio of excellence in teaching

| Polk County Farm Bureau recognizes outstanding educators in agriculture | Excellence comes in many forms. This year, it came in the form of three caring and committed teachers who work not only for the future of agriculture, but also for making sure that youth have a comprehensive understanding of its importance in America. Marie …

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The red thread that binds: What connects UF/IFAS with Florida farmers

TEACHING, RESEARCH AND OUTREACH are the core of the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), which is a premier institution within the land-grant university system. But it is the research that is the red thread that connects UF/IFAS with the production of food, biofuel, and the responsible stewardship of Florida’s natural resources. [emember_protected …

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