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Setting a Path for the Future

Scarlett Jackson Working on Establishing Ag Education Standards by PAMELA PALONGUE   Where do the farmers of tomorrow learn the skills needed for contemporary agriculture, which may involve business management skills and even the analysis of complex data to ensure the most productive crop? It starts with awareness of farming as a highly skilled profession …

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Chomping at the Bit?

Learn These Five Basics of Horseback Riding and the Rest Will Come Easily Have you signed up your youth for riding lessons? Horseback riding lessons can help teach patience, discipline, understanding, empathy, compassion, self-control, and dedication. If you are thinking about signing up your youth or are about to start your riding lessons, here are …

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Agricultural Crimes Unit Protects Polk’s Multi-Billion Dollar Industry

by TERESA SCHIFFER Here in Polk County, agriculture is big business. Nearly half of Polk’s land area is devoted to agriculture, which is over half a million acres. This usage accounts for about 25% of the county’s business revenue. This includes citrus groves, aquaculture, cattle ranches, and more. With such a large percentage of the …

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Living with Greening, Citrus Growers Still Expecting Good Crop

Florida’s citrus growers are expecting a decent crop this year after learning work arounds for citrus greening disease. What growers are relying on is a toolbox of remedies, among them boosting nutrition, newer greening-resistant varieties, and growing trees under cover. “Citrus greening is still a big issue. Growers have learned to manage it. They’re doing …

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