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27 Oct
When the Student Becomes the Teacher

Jessica Anderson Receives Polk County Farm Bureau Accolade for Her Outstanding Dedication to Students and Agriculture by TERESA SCHIFFER Jessica Anderson is this year’s Outstanding Agriculture Teacher of the Year recipient from the Polk County Farm Bureau (PCFB). She is outstanding in a field of many dedicated educators. Anderson has been teaching ag at George

27 Oct
Honey Bee Lab Central Florida

UF/IFAS Partners with the Florida State Beekeepers Association to Protect Bees, Advance the Industry by TERESA SCHIFFER FOR SOME YEARS NOW, we’ve been hearing about the plight of the bees and the repercussions that could have on the agricultural community. Besides being the only source of natural, delicious honey, bees are important pollinators. Many of

21 Mar
Publisher Letter: Happy birthday to Central Florida Media Group — and ‘Thank you!’

IT WAS FIVE YEARS AGO this month that I filed for Central Florida Media Group’s federal ID number. That’s the number the government assigns to each incorporated business, and with it the tiny media company was on its way … but who could have known for sure to where and how far? In the weeks

18 Mar
PCFB President’s Column: Ag impact study will be a useful resource for years

We held our Polk Agriculture Economic Summit event on February 26, and by all accounts the event was a huge success. I believe the Polk Agriculture Economic Impact Study results presented at the event will continue to be a useful resource for years to come. The results of the study can be viewed on our

15 Nov
Adam Putnam Election Night 2014

On the lawn of the Historic Polk County Court House in Bartow, Florida, supporters of Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam came out to watch the polls come in on Election Night 2014. Attendees were able to enjoy refreshments from an assortment of food trucks while the numbers came in. photos by MATT COBBLE

11 Jul
2014 Blueberry Festival

On the state level, every year Brooksville is host to a grand celebration of Florida’s blueberry harvest, including entertainment, art, exhibitors and much more that attracts thousands of guests from around the country. Mark your calendars for next year’s Florida Blueberry Festival, which will be held on April 11 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.,

15 Nov
@griTech … Florida Tomatoes: Searching for Answers

The UF/IFAS Extension services are often credited with numerous benefits to Florida’s $70 billion-a-year agriculture industry. Improving sustainability, identifying pests, increasing agritourism, and providing advice at the state and local level are a few of the benefits most folks in the ag sector have come to expect. Operationalizing one of the program’s latest scientific discoveries

15 Sep
Misconceptions about lean, finely textured beef get debunked

Would you eat pink slime? Yes, I would! The media has brought much negative and untruthful attention to “Lean, Finely Textured Beef,” or what they have referred to as “pink slime.” One county commission, Miami-Dade, has even adopted a resolution against the use of the product in county government-prepared meals and has encouraged other Florida

12 Jul
@griTech: In search of a formula that will put Florida tangerines on the map

If there is one fruit that is synonymous with Florida’s agriculture community and it’s history, the orange would be first on the list for many people. However, there are scientists at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences who are attempting to bring the Florida tangerine into more of the spotlight. With