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10 May
Rootstock and Citrus

By Phillip Rucks, Phillip Rucks Citrus Nursery Whether you are a professional, are thinking about it, or just want fresh citrus on the weekends, when it comes to planting a citrus tree, it is important to consider the appropriate rootstock in order to maximize your investment. Luckily, the new Custom Query Option for the Citrus

10 May
Important Reminders and Tips for How Your Pharmacist Can Help

by MICK PICKOS, RPh Among our 13 convenient locations in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties, we have eight that include an in-house clinical pharmacy. Those locations include Avon Park in Highlands; as well as Dundee, Haines City, Lakeland, Lakeland Pediatrics, Lake Wales, Mulberry and Winter Haven in Polk County. We will also be adding a

10 May
Citrus Grove Borders May Help Reduce Psyllid Control Costs

by MIKE ROBERTS Florida citrus growers routinely spray their citrus groves, targeting the Asian citrus psyllid, a tiny insect that is the vector for citrus greening, also called HLB. It’s a management strategy that is necessary, and, unfortunately, also has a high price tag. However, according to a University of Florida Institute of Food and

10 May
American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers

By Baxter Troutman The folks at the U.S. departments of Labor and Agriculture keep track of a lot of information, and some of it deals with the nation’s farmers. Current information isn’t what leaders in government and agriculture want to see or hear: The average age of farmers and ranchers is 58, and the number

10 May
Problem-Solving Adjuvant Cohere®

By John Baxter Sticker/spreaders are a type of adjuvant that you can mix in a sprayer tank with insecticides, fungicides, or foliar fertilizers to make the product stick to the plant you are spraying and also disperse evenly over your plants. Many sticker/spreaders help reduce drifting, where most of your product blows away with the

10 May
ACS By the Numbers

By Ben Adams, Jr. In business, we deal with numbers — financial tallies, customer data, inventory counts, product variety and identification, order accuracy etc. — and, more often than not, positive numbers translate into successful business. A business also is known by its numbers — numbers that identify it and make it unique. Below are

10 May
Municipal Bonds: Are they right for you?

By Eric Greenhow If you’ve been investing money for any length of time, you might be familiar with municipal bonds. You may also be aware that if you invest in a municipal bond, the interest you receive is – generally – federal income tax free. It would seem appealing to most investors to receive interest

10 May
Gearing up the Garden with Summer Vegetables

By BILL DOTY Backyard vegetable gardening in Central Florida is more than just exercise; it’s an exercise in transition, with each month providing better conditions for growing some plants rather than others. Now that we’re in the heart of May, we can recommend okra, cowpeas, collard greens, mustard, cherry tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and eggplant as

10 May
From the Horse’s Mouth!

By Dr. Katie Hennessy Like ourselves, horse’s need regular dental care for their 36- 40 teeth. Horses have 12 incisors, but past the large gap (where the bit is placed) are premolars and molars. Horses chew in a circular pattern to maintain an occlusive surface and their teeth are hypsodont which means they erupt from

10 May
Have a Business? Know the Value of a Commercial Litigation Lawyer

By Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson, P.A. It is a litigious world we live in, and if you own a business—including an agricultural operation—then it is in your best interest to have a seasoned commercial litigation lawyer looking out for you and your company’s best interests. Both state and federal law govern the operation of

09 Apr
How Drone Advancements Can Help Citrus Growers in the Field

Florida citrus growers have a lot on their plates these days, but recent research from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) shows that drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), can make some of those tasks more efficient. The research shows thus far that drones can accurately detect and count

09 Apr
Vaccines – Are they really that important?

Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system into producing antibodies against a specific disease without actually causing the disease. The antibodies “prime” the body for potential infection and result in a faster immune response against the disease compared to a naïve animal. Vaccines are primarily directed against viruses but there are some against bacteria. High-risk

09 Apr
Allergy Prevention Tips for Farm Workers, Gardeners, and Lovers of the Great Outdoors

Spring is here, and, in Florida, that means several things: It means many farm workers are busy harvesting; that backyard growers and gardeners are in full swing; and outdoor enthusiasts are taking full advantage of the beautiful weather. However, the coming of spring also means that a lot of allergens are out there, where you

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09 Apr
Spring has Sprung!

April’s warmer temperatures and typically dry weather signal spring is here, meaning it’s time to prune branches damaged by the winter cold and prepare for the growing season. When flowering shrubs finish blooming, it’s time to shape them. Mulch your garden now to control weeds, retain moisture, and protect roots from that hot summer sun.

09 Apr
The Importance of Nitrogen for Your Crops

Fertilizer is vital for crops to produce sufficient yields. Without adequate fertilizer, we wouldn’t be able to produce the amount of viable produce necessary to satisfy the market. That’s why it’s so important that we ensure our crops are getting the right amount of fertilizer at the right times. The 4Rs of nutrient stewardship are

09 Apr
Estate Planning Tips for Ag Families

Family farms—those that operate as “a sole proprietorship, partnership, or family corporations” according to the USDA—make up nearly 96 percent of the over two million farms in the country. Family farms are much more likely to have two or more generations involved in the day-to-day processes of the farm, and are likely to be passed

09 Apr
Preparing Your Investments for a Great Economy

As investors, it feels like we spend a lot of our time thinking about “worst-case scenarios.” We don’t want our money and our asset values to go down! As such, we’re constantly worried about a potential event that would cause us to lose money. Planning for a financial downturn is necessary You do have to

09 Apr
The Livestock Conservancy

With this being the Livestock Edition of Central Florida Ag News, I thought I would focus on an organization that likely isn’t well known outside the world of agriculture. That’s The Livestock Conservancy. The mission of the conservancy is succinct in words but grand in scope: “To protect endangered livestock breeds from extinction.” The Livestock

09 Apr
The Advantages of Tempering

I’ve written recently about the changing landscape in public refrigerated warehousing, especially the cold food chain segment, and how PRW companies are expanding their services to be more competitive, more diversified, and more helpful to their customers. One of the services being offered more frequently by PRWs is tempering. Basically, it’s a well-controlled and closely

25 Mar
Windbreaks for Citrus

As citrus season progresses, let’s take a moment to talk about windbreaks and their importance to citrus trees. The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service defines windbreaks as “plantings of single or multiple rows of trees and shrubs that are established for environmental purposes.” Here are a few different types of windbreaks;

20 Mar
Marching Toward Better Nutrition With Our Teaching Kitchen

by RONALD LUND Do you frequent local farmers’ markets? Are you a fan of Florida-grown fruits and vegetables? (There are over 300 of them grown here.) Are you trying to cook healthier meals, but not sure where to begin? As part of our service to the community, our free monthly Teaching Kitchen class is here

20 Mar
Changes to the Produce Safety Rule that will Impact Growers and Packers

by MIKE ROBERTS The Florida Citrus Show in Fort Pierce saw an update from Mark Ritenour, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) post-harvest Extension specialist, on upcoming changes to the Produce Safety Rule. A recent Citrus Industry article gave a recap of his presentation at the show. The Food Safety

20 Mar
Marching into Spring with these Gardening Steps

by WILLIAM “BILL” DOTY It’s time for the gardening tips for March. We have some great suggestions this month to make anyone a lawn and gardening pro. Your yard needs some much-needed attention during this month. Ensure that you fertilize your lawn now. Many problems are caused by lack of food. A quality 16-4-8 formulation

20 Mar
Helping the Next Generation of Family Farms Find Agricultural Lending Solutions

by PATRICK SPINOSA According to the most recent Census of Agriculture, the average age of the American farmer is approximately 58 years old, with 33% of farmers 65 and older managing approximately 320 million acres of farmland. With the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimating 500,000 farmers will retire in the next 20 years, the question

19 Mar
Importance of 4R Nutrient Stewardship

It’s a given that crops need fertilizer in order to produce successful yields. That’s no secret. However, improper fertilization can actually decrease yields, costing you money and potentially harming the environment in the process. That’s what makes 4R nutrient stewardship so important. In case you aren’t familiar, 4R stands for the Right fertilizer source at

18 Mar
Complex Third-Party Logistics in the Food Supply Chain

IN THA LAST MONTH’S column, I began a conversation about the considerable changes in public refrigerated warehousing (PRW) during the past couple of decades — the evolution of a mostly “pallet-in, pallet-out” business to a more complex 3PL enterprise offering many more services to PRW customers. I promised more on the topic for this month’s

18 Mar
Re-evaluating Debt and the Economic Cycle

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as “good” debt! Fixed rate, low-interest debt can allow you access to money that you can reinvest. Using a mortgage to buy a house is a great example. Of course, there is “bad” debt – floating-rate and high-interest loans such as credit cards are often not

18 Mar
Closing on Florida Farmland

By Michael E. Workman Purchasing farmland in Florida, or any farmland in general, comes with its own unique challenges and risks. On top of it being a huge financial decision, there are a variety of different factors to determine throughout the land-buying process. Here are some recommendations to consider helping make the process go as

18 Mar
Strangles

Strangles (Streptococcus equi subspecies equi) is always a concerning buzz word around the horse community. The bacteria causes an upper respiratory infection which results in swelling of the lymph nodes in the upper neck and head region. The strangles bacteria is extremely resilient and contagious. It can survive on buckets, water troughs, equipment, and in

14 Feb
3 Ways the 10-Year Line of Credit Helps Strawberry Growers with Costs of Production

Florida is second in the U.S. for commercial strawberry production and has a farm-gate value of approximately $300 million (USDA 2015). What most people don’t know— and what every Florida strawberry grower knows all too well— is that this commodity is one of the costliest to grow in Florida. For example, in a 2017 UF/IFAS

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14 Feb
Garden Tips: Things To Do Before Spring Has Sprung

It’s February, which means it’s planting time in your garden. Get busy by putting your tender annuals in the ground now, as well as fertilize your fruit and shade trees. Before you go plant-crazy for the impending spring season, however, you’ll want to have your soil pH checked. Most plants like a pH of 5.5

14 Feb
Using IPM to Continue the Fight Against Citrus Greening

Florida citrus growers have been hoping for a “silver bullet” to take down citrus greening disease (aka HLB). However, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researcher and plant pathologist, Ozgur Batuman, shared that there isn’t one yet, and he doesn’t think there ever will be, according to a recent Citrus Industry

14 Feb
Getting the Most Health Care with the Least Worry

Last edition, Dr. Kimber Vasquez, one of our general practice physicians here at Central Florida Health Care, Inc., talked about our roots in agriculture. Since the 1972 founding of the first practice location in Frostproof, we have come a long way in helping provide affordable healthcare services for farmworkers and all of the local community

14 Feb
Pre-Purchase Examinations

A thorough examination of a potential new horse is always a great idea! Your veterinarian’s pre-purchase examination can help you to make the best decision about your prospective new equine companion. A pre-purchase examination is not a pass/fail test, nor can it predict the long term prospects and health of the horse, but it can

14 Feb
Progress in the PRW Industry

A few weeks back, I was reading an industry trade article that quoted a longtime public refrigerated warehousing (PRW) veteran about the changes he’s seen in the business since he first got into it many years ago. The way the fellow described it, PRW was a simple business way back then, “mostly pallet-in, pallet-out.” He

14 Feb
A Few Things to Remember About Potassium, an Essential Nutrient

To the everyday person, potassium (K) is an essential nutrient for physical health. What the grower knows, is this chemical element— the same one that is good for the human body— is also one of the most important nutrients for Florida citrus trees and is applied as fertilizer in the groves. On a fertilizer label,

17 Jan
Our Commitment to Providing Care for Farm Workers, Migrant Patients, and the Local Community

Agriculture has deep roots in our Central Florida community and there are many different groups that work to make agriculture one of our leading industries. Adequate healthcare is a key component in overall health and wellness and our organization was started to ensure all groups, including those in the agricultural community, have access to healthcare

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17 Jan
Prepping the Soil for Watermelons

Everyone loves the sweet, juicy treats that summertime brings in the form of watermelons. If you plan on having a healthy harvest of melons this summer, now is the time to consider your soil. Watermelons can grow well in most soils, from clay to sand, but management is key. The ideal soil for watermelon is

17 Jan
The Economy: Form Your Own Opinion

There is certainly a lot of negative news on television and on the internet these days. Notably, regarding the trade war, Chinese tariffs, the government shutdown, and the Federal Reserve increasing interest rates…just to name a few. However, going into the new year I’d encourage you to look around you and form your own opinion

17 Jan
High-Density Citrus Plantings Could be Path to Increased Profits

Florida citrus growers have seen harvests decrease and production costs increase ever since citrus greening was discovered in south Florida in 2005. Profits have decreased due to the damage caused by the disease, but researchers with UF/IFAS advise that high-density plantings could possibly allow citrus growers to increase profits, until a more viable treatment or

17 Jan
Being Proactive in Food Protection

Public refrigerated warehousing (PRW) — cold storage — is about much more than large buildings, floor space, storage racks, dimensions, a refrigerated or frozen environment, and thousands of bundled, boxed or cased packages or storage containers on pallets. In a word, it’s about protection. When it comes to food and food ingredients, PRW is the

17 Jan
Getting Ready for a Great Year in Your Yard and in Your Garden

The New Year has arrived, it’s time for new year’s resolutions and you should include plant and garden resolutions too. Resolutions that will add life to your outdoor space. Here are the gardening tips for the month of January to get your lawn and garden started off the right way. One of the first things

17 Jan
New Year, New Horse!

It’s that time of year again, when we all think about, getting healthier and being more organized. This is also a great time to evaluate your horse supplies and daily activities. Checking expiration dates on medications, refreshing your first aid kid, cleaning out cobwebs and feed bins. Starting fresh will allow you to toss unusable

12 Dec
The Results of a UF/IFAS Study on Controlled-Release Fertilizer

by MIKE ROBERTS Nutrition is a major force in the fight to combat the citrus production losses caused by citrus greening. A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) horticulturist, Tripti Vashisth, shares the results of a recent study that indicates that citrus yield and fruit quality can be improved with constant

12 Dec
Deck the Lawns with These Care Tips

by WILLIAM “BILL” DOTY Like the holiday song says, most people indoors at this time of year decking the halls with boughs of holly and decorations.  What it doesn’t tell us— and most homeowners wish it was spelled out as easy as the lyrics to a song— is how to deck our lawns with just

12 Dec
Planting the First Seed

By Baxter Troutman What is farming? I can give you some dictionary definitions — the practice of agriculture or aquaculture, or the activity or business of growing crops and raising livestock — and I can list some synonyms from the thesaurus — agriculture, cultivation, ranching, husbandry, and agronomy, just to name a few — but

12 Dec
The Right People, Protection, and Equipment for Cold Storage

By Ben Adams, Jr Like Santa Claus and his elves at their toy-making tasks in the bitter cold of the North Pole, it takes hardy souls to help keep food products “on ice” and safe for future preparation and consumption. It also takes highly protected transport equipment to help them do their jobs. I’m referring

12 Dec
Drone Use in Agriculture

By Patrick Spinosa The use of technology in agriculture is becoming a more common method to efficiently keep ag operations running smoothly. The rise of agriculture technology can be seen in the increasing popularity of drone use on the farm. The advanced sensors and digital imaging capabilities of drones make them ideal for gathering information

12 Dec
Why Asset Titling Is Important

By Eric Greenhow Asset titling is of the utmost importance for you and your family – but you might be asking why. Do you have your children listed on any of your accounts as a joint owner?   Do your parents or other individuals have you listed on some of their accounts as a joint

12 Dec
Florida Strawberries and Fertigation— ‘It’s the Hard that Makes it Great’

by JOHN BAXTER It’s no secret that Florida strawberries are delicious.  You would be hard-pressed to meet someone who doesn’t agree.  It’s also no secret, at least among Florida growers and members of the industry, that Florida strawberries are one of the costliest crops to produce.  Whenever I think about the cost (and potential return)

12 Dec
Common problems seen in Central Florida Camelids

By Dr Katie Hennessy Camelids (llamas and alpacas) are becoming increasingly popular pets in central Florida. These animals are native to the high altitudes and relatively dry climates in South America where the days are hot and the nights are sub-zero. Central Florida, however, has a much more humid climate and it rarely freezes, which

26 Nov
Health Care for You and Your Family— Getting Covered

by CINDY DeBORD, Director of Patient Finance Here at Central Florida Health Care, Inc., we understand that there are many health care coverage options out there and that many families may not be able to afford private health insurance. For this reason, we have Patient Navigators on staff here to help you and your family

26 Nov
Lasers Could be New Treatment for Citrus Greening

by MIKE ROBERTS            Citrus greening bacteria gets into the very fiber of citrus trees, and getting treatments and cures into those internal cells has proven a struggle up to now. UF/IFAS horticultural sciences professor, Ed Etxeberria, recently shared how lasers have proven effective during recent testing in helping spray treatments like bactericides to penetrate

26 Nov
Thank A Farmer

By Baxter Troutman With the holiday season upon us, I have a request from the heart — a couple of them, actually. First, when you’re sitting around the Thanksgiving table with family and friends and before you enjoy the fine feast, please do take time to count your blessings. Like the stars that shine more

26 Nov
Strong Economy Boosting Cold Storage Market

By Ben Adams, Jr. By and large, Americans are enjoying a robust U.S. economy, and its impact seems to have been highly positive for a wide swath of industries. From where I sit, it’s clear that the economy has been good for the cold chain industry and the public refrigerated warehouses (PRWs) that operate within

26 Nov
Long Term Care Insurance: Assessing Cost and Needs

By Eric Greenhow Have you had an elderly family member who has entered a nursing home or assisted living facility?  Or possibly a parent or grandparent who requires long term care, provided by a nurse, physical therapist or caregiver in-home? If you haven’t yet, you may be unaware of just how costly these services can

26 Nov
The Role of Phosphite for Your Citrus and Other Crops

by JOHN BAXTER   Phosphorous (P).  It might be a single word, but it has a complex meaning for Florida growers.  Part of that meaning includes how it enhances nutrient uptake and translocation. However, it does much more than that.  When a tree or plant has the right nutrient balance, it is able to correct

26 Nov
November Means it’s Time to Feed Your Lawn

by WILLIAM “BILL” DOTY It’s time for the most important fertilization of the year.  For a green lawn this winter and quick take-off next spring, feed it now.  A combination of weed and feed may be advisable, especially if your lawn is weedy.  Winterizer fertilizer would follow 2 – 4 weeks later.   Tips for

26 Nov
Clean life, healthy life!

By Dr. Katie Hennessy Our horses love to get dirty, but one area we should strive to maintain as clean a condition as possible is their stalls. A clean stall and barn can help prevent disease and maintain your horse’s health. Not only will you keep their coat clean, you can also keep ammonia and

14 Nov
Imagery Captures Florida Cattle Ranchers at Daylight

Story Behind AgAmerica’s Award Winning Cattle Rancher Photo American farmers and ranchers dedicate every hour of their day to running their operation – whether its late nights harvesting crops or early mornings feeding cattle – their job is never done. AgAmerica understands the commitment and resilience it takes to be a farmer or rancher and

22 Oct
Is the Citrus Commodity Due for a Comeback this Harvest

As the Industry Prepares to Hear the First USDA Florida Citrus Crop Estimate in Early October, Experts Are Making Their Own Predictions IT’S NO SECRET that Hurricane Irma had a devastating effect on the 2017-2018 Florida citrus harvest. After Irma plowed through the center of the state, making landfall on September 10, 2017, the subsequent citrus

22 Oct
Falling in Love with Your Lawn & Garden

In Florida, the fall season means something very different than in other areas of the country. For us, it means a break from the relentless heat and an opportunity to fall in love with being outside among the plants and flowers. This time of year also means special care for your landscape. Here at Doty

22 Oct
Annuities: Two Most Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve noticed over the years – with many clients throughout my career – that there are many concerns among investors specific to annuities. While it’s true that annuities are not an appropriate investment for everyone, there are many concerns and misconceptions that deserve to have a little light shed on them! A good place to

22 Oct
Deadline for Assistance Through NRCS EQIP Approaching

There’s a lot of thought and planning that goes into farming, and that includes the four Rs of nutrient stewardship (right fertilizer source, at the right rate, in the right time, and in the right place).  As a farmer or rancher in Florida, you understand what it takes to match nutrient supply with crop requirements

22 Oct
ACS and Food Safety Technology

When Congress passes far-reaching legislation, it often triggers American ingenuity in developing better methods and tools to meet new regulations. Such was the case with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). I’ve previously written about the FSMA, and the topic list for this Act is almost endless. Signed into law in 2011, FSMA was

22 Oct
A Solution for Your Child’s Health Coverage

If your child is uninsured or you’re spending too much on a job-based family insurance plan, then you need to know about your option to apply for Florida KidCare. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the state of Florida is called Florida KidCare. Florida’s CHIP program consists of Medicaid, MediKids, Healthy Kids, and CMS.

22 Oct
HLB Effects on Citrus Tree Root Mass

It’s a somewhat obvious fact of biology and botany: The healthier a plant is below the ground, the healthier it tends to be above the ground. In the case of a fruit-bearing plant or tree — like a Florida citrus tree — the healthier its fruit tends to be. A big and dense root system

22 Oct
Fighting Ag Labor Shortages Through FFA

Like their counterparts in the U.S. construction industry, leaders and producers in U.S. agriculture are telling anyone who will listen that they need more help to get their work done. In a nutshell, there’s a labor shortage in key industries in this booming economy. In addition to agriculture, the number of people who can do

22 Oct
Pythiosis and Your Equine

Pythiosis or otherwise known as “Swamp Cancer” is caused by Pythium insidiosum which has long been regarded as a fungus. This tropical disease is contracted after exposure to the spores which are found in stagnant water (swamps, ponds, lakes, and wet fields). Most often the spores infect damaged skin thru sores or mucosa where they

17 Oct
Is the Citrus Commodity Due for a Comeback this Harvest?

As the Industry Prepares to Hear the First USDA Florida Citrus Crop Estimate in Early October, Experts Are Marking Their Own Predictions by PATRICK SPINOSA It’s no secret that Hurricane Irma had a devastating effect on the 2017-2018 Florida citrus harvest. After Irma plowed through the center of the state, making landfall on September 10,

19 Sep
Along with Harvest Season Comes Flu Season

by Guerson Guerrier, MD Last year’s flu season was one of the worst outbreaks we have seen in a long time. Traditionally, flu season in Central Florida starts around September, picks up speed in October, and then peaks around January. However, the 2017-18 outbreak of influenza hit early, hit hard, and lasted well into the

14 Sep
Benefits of Food Plots on Your Recreational Land

Hunting, whether enjoyed solely by the landowners’ family and friends or if the landowner hosts hunts on his private property to bring in supplemental income, is a longstanding cultural way of life for the rural and farming family. The state of Florida is known for the wide range of animals available to hunt. The animals

14 Sep
ACS – A Global Connection

All the ongoing news reports about foreign trade, tariffs, and the related political maneuverings in Washington and capital cities around the world have us thinking about trade, too. That would be the international trade that comes right through our warehouse doors here at Adams Cold Storage in Auburndale. It really is interesting to consider the

14 Sep
Pay Off Debt, Refinance, or Keep It?

The term “debt” often has a negative connotation.  Many business owners or farmers I meet with aim to be completely debt-free, or couples looking to retire soon, want to have their home mortgage paid off prior to retirement.  Why? Should we be debt-free? There can certainly be a “peace of mind” factor that comes with

14 Sep
How to Manage Your Horse In Rainy Weather

There has been a lot of rain this summer in Central Florida and there’s a feeling it could be close to a record.   When it rains, humans have many ways to escape it — like ducking into a vehicle, a house, or an office building — but what about our grazing horses in the

14 Sep
Back to Basics – What Nutrients Are Essential?

Did you know there are 17 essential elements? Without any one of these essential elements, some aspect of plant development will suffer, and no other nutrient can make up for the deficient element. The first group of essential elements are the non-mineral elements—hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon. These elements account for the majority of the dry

14 Sep
Benefits of Keeping Cattle Cool

A recent UF/IFAS study revealed that heat and agitation has an impact on meat and milk production in our cattle. Cooler cows maintain a lower body temperature, and having cooler dispositions allows for increased meat and milk production when compared to cows who are hot and agitated. Raluca Mateescu, an associate professor of animal sciences

14 Sep
Hunting Wild Hogs

Hunting is a favorite pastime in Florida, and the second-most popular, large animal hunted in Florida is the wild hog, also called wild boars, wild pigs, and feral pigs. Second in popularity behind only the White-tailed deer, wild hogs are so popular with hunters due to two factors: the prevalence of the animal and the

14 Sep
Getting in the Gardening Game with a Good Offensive Plan for Your Plants

Football isn’t the only thing that kicks off in September; so does our fall gardening season.  Now is the time to think differently about your garden and landscape’s health. It’s time to plant annual flowers and vegetable plants.  Also, if you’re looking to transplant any trees and shrubs, now is a good time. Here are

14 Aug
Why bother having disability insurance?

I get it—nobody looks forward to paying their disability insurance premiums every year! It’s not exactly an exciting expense that people enjoy having to pay. However, think of the ramifications of an unexpected or tragic event occurring without this protection in place. Here’s some examples of why it’s so important. Disability insurance can protect you

14 Aug
ACS – Prepared for Anything

By Ben Adams, Jr Two months ago, the headline for this column was “The ACS Food Defense Plan.” The focus was on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the act’s most recent shoe to drop — the element dealing with “malicious contamination” or “intentional adulteration” of food and how businesses in the food supply

14 Aug
Take Advantage of What Florida Has to Offer

Hunting is a pastime enjoyed by many. It offers the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy nature while bonding with friends and family. Plus, if things go well, there will be plenty of fresh, locally-sourced meat afterwards. Florida has some excellent hunting grounds that can be enjoyed by those new to the sport or seasoned

14 Aug
Safety Reminders for Work on the Farm

by Andrew Hein, DO There’s no doubt about it— working in the agricultural industry can be one of the hardest (albeit one of the most rewarding) jobs on the planet. Members of the farming community are the first to point this out, but with that truth, there are also plenty of hazards associated with working

14 Aug
Eastern Equine Encephalitis

By Dr. Katie Hennessy “Triple E,” or EEE, is a mosquito spread virus that is spread to animals — most often to horses — and also to humans by infected mosquitoes. In horses, EEE causes inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal cord, and in 70 to 95 percent of all cases, the disease

14 Aug
Cost Share Programs Promote Ag Conservation

By Patrck Spinosa Farmers, ranchers, and ag landowners in Florida know how important our natural resources are in running a successful operation and take their roles as environmental stewards very seriously. Increasing operational efficiencies and improving conservation and management practices can be expensive, though. Fortunately, there are programs in place that offer financial assistance to encourage

14 Aug
Beat the Heat for a Lawn Budding with Beauty

by BILL DOTY It’s August, and while the heat comes as no surprise, the rainfall we’ve had so far this season puts us ahead of the average, and that’s affecting our lawns and gardens. Here are some helpful tips to keep your garden and lawn healthy and beautiful. First, during this month it’s important to

14 Aug
The Story of Agriculture

The story about agriculture, in Florida and across the nation, is a great story. It’s a story worth telling — a story with sharing with people of all ages and from all walks of life. I’m among those who think it’s important to get out the good word about agriculture to our children — if

14 Aug
Citrus Irrigation Scheduling

Citrus irrigation scheduling is a must-do for Florida citrus growers to walk that fine line between adequately irrigating their citrus groves and maintaining water conservation efforts. There are many different considerations concerning irrigation scheduling for citrus, and those factors also affect nutrition and fertilizer management, so citrus producers will want to ensure they are checking

14 Aug
The Benefits of Hydra-Hume

By JOHN BAXTER With water being absolutely the key resource in farming — cropland without it practically has no value — and water conservation a high priority in agriculture, a question among farmers and growers is this: “How can I get the most and best use out of every drop of water available to me?”

20 Jul
What Do I Need to Retire?

Having been a financial advisor for nearly two decades, I’ve helped with planning retirement for people from all walks of life: agriculture business owners, medical professionals, school teachers, firefighters, and many others.  Some people have been planning for years, with a large retirement nest egg to show for it. Others haven’t asked themselves the tough

20 Jul
The ACS Emergency Plan

Here at Adams Cold Storage (ACS) in Auburndale, we have a lot of confidence in the emergency plan we’ve developed for severe weather and other disaster scenarios. You might be surprised to learn, several weeks now into the Atlantic hurricane season, that the plan has already been activated once this year — and that it

20 Jul
Reduce Your Risk of Heat Stroke While Working Outdoors

Those of us who have lived and worked under the Florida sun know first-hand what the summer heat is like. Working outdoors in the summer heat may require taking some extra precautions to protect yourself from the possibility of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Heat stroke is a very serious medical condition that occurs in

20 Jul
Beat the Heat— and the Pests— in Your Lawn this Month

It’s summer time in Central Florida, which means it is hot, humid, and (this year) wet.  Besides staying hydrated while working in the yard, there are several things you should be thinking about when it comes to summer lawn and garden care.  Now is the time for summer fertilization. Repairing, renovating, or planting are also

20 Jul
Summer Heat and Your Horse

Horses are remarkable for many things — one of them being their ability to adapt to weather extremes including the summertime heat and humidity of Central Florida. If you own a horse or horses, it is important to provide shelter — natural or constructed — so your horses are able to regulate their temperature by

20 Jul
Hurricane Preparation to be Ready for the Next Storm

June 1st was the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane season. While some climatologists are backing off the active hurricane prediction, it is still important to be prepared, especially for the high winds and flooding that are common with a hurricane. We shared two blogs with UF/IFAS tips on hurricane preparation for your farm or

19 Jul
The Future of Our Farms

Here’s a fact that tends to bring cheers: due in large part to better science, technology, and horticultural practices, U.S. farming productivity and efficiency rates today are the best they’ve ever been. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the level of farm output in 2015 was 2.7 times greater than its 1948 level. That’s

19 Jul
Hunters on a Mission

The Wild Game Food Bank is committed to serving our community through a partnership with local hunters and area food banks. A great example of how this is applied is our relationship with the Mission of Winter Haven. This Christian organization seeks to lend a hand to those in need, and serves roughly 100-150 meals

19 Jul
Adjuvants and Your Operation

What are adjuvants, and how do they help your operation? Adjuvants are inputs that aid the activity and/or modify the physical characteristics of a spray mixture. In other words, they simplify ease of use and improve the application performance of what you are spraying. Adjuvants are a relatively small cost for helping you get more