Publisher’s Letter

Santa Lives On

During this time each year, I find myself reflecting on the spirit of giving and the meaning of Christmas. The sentiment is perhaps best summed up in the classic article (and a favorite of mine) that I thought I would share.  Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s The Sun, …

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When Art Imitates Ag Life

For a lot of folks in the ag community, a perfectly kept farm or ranch is a distinct thing of beauty.If you’re like me, you can envision one of God’s artistic agricultural masterpieces in your mind’s eye as you’re reading this. We’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge all the intentional artwork that highlights the …

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There’s No Excuse for Boredom

For generations, my family has called Florida home. My ancestors homesteaded in Medulla (aka Southwest Lakeland) in 1883, which means I have learned how to take full advantage of the recreational opportunities the great state of Florida and our moderate climate offer.  From fishing in Charlotte harbor every chance I get to an annual trip …

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Opening Doors, Opening Minds

If there’s one thing we love about agritourism (although let’s face it, there is a lot more than just one thing to love!) it’s the fact that it gives our farmers and ranchers the chance to shine. There’s so much more to our state than the sprawling concrete tourist destinations that typically pull in the …

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Perspective and Progress

It can be easy to get sidetracked by doom-and-gloom headlines these days, regardless of the topic. But I come from the school of thought that no matter how difficult the challenges may be, they’re not without their lessons. It’s about perspective and progress. That’s particularly true for this edition — our Annual Citrus Roundup Edition.  …

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