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Do You Know the Signs of Equine Gastric Ulcers?

Equine gastric ulcers are a significant concern for horse owners, as they can cause discomfort...
Mike Roberts

‘Fertilizer’ Antioxidant Supplement Touted as Treatment for Citrus Greening

Brazilian agro-science has released information on what is being called a “groundbreaking study” into the...

Dollars and Sense

We’re living in unique times with challenges piling up on all fronts. The nation is...

Act Now but Keep an Eye on the Future

A February 2024 report from the USDA Agricultural Research Service indicates that scientists may be...

The Sweet Bounty of Florida: A Peek Into the Florida Peach Industry

Just as Florida is synonymous with oranges, our neighbors to the north in Georgia are...

Cultivating Resilience: Precision Breeding for Florida Citrus

In the idyllic groves of orange trees, a silent battle rages on—one that threatens the...

Expanding Our Reach

We spend a lot of time in this monthly column focused on Tree Defender’s impact...

Building an Agribusiness

Nobody is born an entrepreneur. Not Steve Jobs, not Henry Ford, not even John Deere...
Mike Roberts

Don’t Overlook the Basics

With so much focus on the new treatments for greening, it can be easy to...

Understanding Equine Navicular Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Management

Equine navicular disease, also known as navicular syndrome, is a common and often challenging problem...

Essential Elements of Proper Hoof Care

Hoof health should be a top priority if you’re a horse owner, but did you...
Mike Roberts

Research Sheds Light on Water Needs of HLB-Infected Trees

Citrus greening, also called Huanglongbing (HLB), is known to affect the fibrous root growth of...

New to Buying Beef? Top Tips From a Rancher 

The option to shop online for pretty much anything and everything has changed the way...

What Remains Unchanged

How many of us in the citrus industry breathed a slight sigh of relief when...

2024 Likely to be Biggest Cycle Yet for CRAFT

For nearly five years now, the CRAFT (Citrus Research and Field Trial) Foundation has worked...

It’s Showtime … Time to Show Your Support for Youth in Ag

In life, it is through trial and error, success and strife, that we find our...
Mike Roberts

Florida Farm TEAM Card Aims to Ease the Process

January 1 marked the beginning of when Florida farmers can start applying for the Florida...

New Year, New Hope

January is the time of the year when football abounds, New Year’s resolutions ignite before...

Keep Your Horse Safe While Trailering

One crucial aspect of equine care that often goes unnoticed is trailer safety. Transporting horses...

Reportable Equine Diseases in Florida

Horses get sick and most of the time they can be treated with traditional medication...
Mike Roberts

Let’s Talk About Best Management Practices for Florida Growers

If you’re a Florida grower looking to increase your efficiency, reduce your costs, protect the...

Fortifying the Foundation

Exactly one year ago this month, I was on the verge of watching my dream...

A Million Reasons … and Growing

As November gives way to December and the sprint toward the new year quickens, it...
Mike Roberts

Time for Citrus Growers to Switch Gears for Fall

As citrus growers enter the season buoyed by the positive USDA forecast and success with...

Supporting Our Youth & Giving Thanks

We’ve officially hit that period when we begin the holiday season in earnest, and the...

Equine Care Transitions: A Seasonal Guide for Fall and Winter

As the seasons slowly shift and the air becomes crisper, it’s a signal for horse...

Action Brings Action

If there is one true constant in life, it’s change. You must learn to embrace...
Mike Roberts

Fall Is a Time of Suspense With OTC Now in Play

Fall is always an unpredictable time for the Florida citrus industry.  To begin with, October...

Make Your Voice Count

If you have been keeping up at all with the craziness coming out of Washington...

When Even the Basics Aren’t Basic

There’s been so much buzz about the overhaul and new location for Chop-N-Block that it’s...

Fall Vet Visits Should Focus on Respiratory Vaccines, Tapeworm Treatment 

With the seasons changing and the weather getting cooler, this is the perfect time of...

Rizome, Grower Work to Jumpstart Bamboo in Florida

From fabrics to pharmaceuticals, bamboo is a growth industry, and will remain so for the...
Mike Roberts

Deadline for Hurricane Relief Extended 

Florida was ravaged by Hurricane Ian in September of 2022, and many industries suffered damage...

Adaptation, Communication, Preparation

Although it has been some time since Hurricane Ian came and went last year, many...

Bringing Back the Old-Fashioned Meat Market

I’ve been talking a lot lately about F1 Meat Co. — my new professionally run...

Heat, Humidity, and Insects Threaten Horse Health

Florida has its unique challenges for horses. A combination of the climate, humidity, wet ground...

Assistance for Growers Interested in Bamboo

Florida’s citrus industry has been under siege for many years. Between the relentlesscitrus greening disease...
Mike Roberts

Citrus Cooperative Research Projects Advance the Industry

Great things happen when we put our heads together. There are many instances where advancements...

Puns, Analogies, and Opportunity

Many people, including myself, often use analogies when trying to convey a position or point...

The Power of a Plan

Is there anything better than when a plan comes together? This is turning out to...

Take a Systematic Approach to Horse Lameness

There is a systematic plan for diagnosing a lameness in your horse that includes an...

Battling Blue-Green Algae With Bamboo Biochar

There’s been a problem lately with cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, affecting Florida’s lakes and waterways...