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The Greener Side: Florida Sets the Purity Standard for Other States to Follow

Although it’s nice to hear the word honey as a term of endearment from a ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Exclusive Interview with Delicious Tips for Family Cooking

The only full-time agriculture chef in the United States, Justin Timineri, sat down with us ...
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Harvest Time: Slicing Watermelon Fact from Fiction

There’s almost nothing better on a hot summer day than a tasty ice-cold slice of ...
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Florida Roots: The Latt Maxcy Heritage

In the city of Frostproof, The Friendly City, Latimer Maxcy established one of the largest ...
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Publisher Letter: Getting the blueberries off the bush

While many things in the world of agriculture have changed over the past year, several ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Red, white and blue food for the holiday

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE like the red, white and blue on a patriotic holiday. It’s the ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: A spoonful of facts and forecasts for Florida blueberries

WHILE MANY OTHER industries have suffered during difficult economic times, Florida agriculture remains one of ...
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Recipe Spotlight: All you need is citrus and 30 minutes (or less)

A little splash will do ya when it comes to adding flavor … as long ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Florida should be in control of its own future

In the photos: Left, Rainbow Springs in Dunnellon; center, Blue Spring State Park near Orange ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Proper Pomegranate Procedure 101

Pomegranates might have been the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, but since no ...
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@griTech: Enlisting cellular technology for better fuel management

WITH ALL OF THE AMAZING technologies that are literally available at the tip of a ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Best cooking methods for the best catch

FISH IS LIKE OLD-FASHIONED PEANUTS. It comes in two flavors – plain and salted. Some ...
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@griTech: Hunting tools of the 21st century

WHILE HUMAN BEINGS have been hunting since the dawn of creation, the ways this sacred ...
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Recipe Spotlight: A legume by any other name would taste as salty

Where would we be without peanuts and peanut butter? Kids would be eating a lot ...
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@griTech: New ag software aids timekeeping in the field

A new electronic timekeeping software makes it easier for growers to track employee hours in ...
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Recipe Spotlight: The Fine Line Between Food and Art

We taste with our eyes. If food doesn’t look good, our eyes tell our stomach ...
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Recipe Spotlight: How Local Apiarists Like to Eat Their Honey

When Pat Allen goes to work, he expects to be stung. But his hurt is ...
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@griTech: The Right Bio-Tool for the Job

There is a costly import from Brazil that Floridians don’t want or need: the fire ...
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@griTech: Plant Growth in Outer Space

One of the amazing aspects of the modern technology we’ve known over the past few ...
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Recipe Spotlight: A Four-Course Meal for the Strawberry Fan

Strawberries are like potato chips … it’s hard to eat just one. And since we ...
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@griTech: Tools Used on the Farm that Promote Precision and Conservation

A decade ago, Rich Budell notes, a GPS device wasn’t all that common. Times, he ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Jazz up your jam with Florida fruit

Way back in the Dark Ages, about 1978, I wrote my first food page. It ...
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@griTech: Students learn the value of water through science

During the school year, Melissa Gulvin organizes school trips to agricultural locations, so students attending ...
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Recipe spotlight: Beef for every day of the week

Remember Clara Peller? No? She was the 81-year-old bewigged and wrinkled lady with a bad ...
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Observing a major pest for cattle producers — the gallinipper

In the photo: Entomologist Phil Kaufman shows the size difference between the invasive Asian tiger ...
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Home on the ranch: Cow camp house offers rustic lifestyle

Ranch-style houses proliferate in suburbia across the United States. But the true Florida ranch house ...
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Life after farming: Bill and Maxi Adams

| Couple is feeling at home at Lake Howard Heights | Bill Adams grew his ...
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At the helm of Warner’s ag program

| Lauren Lewis laying the foundation for tomorrow’s industry | After earning her Bachelor’s and ...
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Recipe Spotlight: How a good hunt turns into a great meal

The hunt is over. The kill is cleaned. … Now, what do you do with ...
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@griTech: Getting down to the bottom of the problem at the bay

Man-made disasters can create enormous problems for our natural environment, and the BP oil spill ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Patriotic desserts made with Florida ingredients

July 4: Dad’s done. The ribs are bare and the corn cobs look like modern ...
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Harvest time: Organic blueberry growers battle odds in niche market

Seventy-one-year-old Benny McLean Jr.’s family used to grow citrus organically before anybody cared about organics. ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Planting the seeds for growth in the Florida ag industry

Florida agriculture has played an important role in Florida’s 500-year history, providing food and fiber ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: A race against time

Citrus makes up roughly $9 billion of Florida agriculture’s $100 billion yearly contribution to the ...
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@griTech: Polk State College has a plan for tomorrow’s farming industry

Florida farmers will have much needed help soon with complex government regulations and technological equipment.  ...
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Florida Roots: La Florida, home of the noble cracker horse

Crack! An undeniably commanding sound when heard from a ten to twelve foot long whip ...
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Recipe Spotlight: A tribute to citrus and seafood combinations

Ham and eggs, peanut butter and jelly, citrus and fish . . . some things ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Bringing Home the Bacon and the Bunny

Cooking wild pig doesn’t have to be a boar. We can harvest wild hogs all ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Operation Outdoor Freedom Update

Two years ago, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services launched Operation Outdoor Freedom, ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Farm to School Program Update

As Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture, improving the nutritional value of school meals by adding more ...
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Recipe Spotlight: No White after Labor Day (OR in the Kitchen When Cooking with Pomegranates)

We grow a lot of fruits in Florida. Most folks barely know about some of ...
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@griTech: Using Smartphone Apps for Better Irrigation Management

A lot of people today use smartphones and mobile app technology to have up-to-date information ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Celebrating Some of Florida’s Fall Bounty

Fall lasts about three days in our neck of the woods, or so it seems. ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: ‘My Florida Farm Weather’ App

When deciding whether to irrigate during frost-freeze conditions or when to apply nutrients during wet ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Mixing it Up with the Culinary Wealth of Florida

We live in a culinary smoothie. Florida food is a bit of this and a ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Four ideas for ‘crabby’ meals

There was a time when “crabby” was an insult. These days it’s delicious. Stone crabs ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: ‘Florida Ag: By the Numbers’ Report

More than 500 years ago, when European settlers landed in Florida, livestock were raised and ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Tropical Fruits Within Reach

Did you ever sit back, cross your legs on a hassock, pull your hat over ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: About the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program

In November, families representing 50 operational farms and ranches from all across the state gathered ...

Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Expansion of the Panama Canal

Florida exports $4 billion in agricultural commodities each year to more than 140 other countries, ...
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@griTech: Trending Now in Residential Landscaping

Residential landscaping is a big deal in Central Florida and it’s a labor of love ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Creating NEW Interest in Old Favorites

Okay, the holidays are over. Now we settle back into the same-ol’, same-ol’ routines. That ...
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Recipe Spotlight: You cook Tomātoes, we cook Tomătoes!

Is it toe-may-to or toe-maa-to? That depends on where you are from and how you ...
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Commisioner’s AgriCorner: Trade Development Mission to Panama

This year, the Panama Canal will celebrate its 100th anniversary since the first ship passed ...
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@griTech: Drone Applications for Agriculture

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones as they are sometimes called, are emerging as new ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: A ‘Nutrislice’ of Florida’s School Nutrition Program

Florida’s sunshine and temperate climate provide for more than a great vacation destination. Our unique ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Get Kids Eating with Florida-Inspired Cooking

The way kids fuss over food, it’s a wonder any of them grow up. We ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: ‘Don’t Pack a Pest’ Campaign

The psyllids in our citrus groves, the pythons in the Everglades, and the lovebugs on ...
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Recipe Spotlight: A Dash of Sunshine for Southern Food Icons

There’s nothing like taking something Southern and making it something Southerner—a dish with Florida flair. ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Celebrating 100 years of extension

This year, Florida’s land grant universities—the University of Florida and Florida A&M University—celebrate the 100th ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Peaches on parade in the kitchen

It’s Florida and life’s a peach . . . at least it will be if ...
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AgriNews: Farm Credit of Central Florida declares 2014 patronage refunds to members

Farm Credit of Central Florida Chairman of the Board, David J. Stanford, a Winter Garden ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Proposed EPA rule will redefine ‘waters’ of the U.S.

Despite the federal government’s long history of egregious overreach and land grabs, it recently outdid ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Give your favorite desserts the blue switch

Life is all about choices. Pick and choose what you want to do with what ...
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@griTech: Sparkleberry may offer new hope to blueberry growers

Florida’s blueberry growers spend $6,000 to $8,000 an acre on pine bark to make sandy ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Committed to saving Florida’s groves

As many of you know, one of America’s favorite beverages is at grave risk.  Though ...
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7 reasons why grapefruit is a GREAT fruit

They are pretty and they smell good. Inside, they look like marvels of engineering. Or, ...
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Looking for Florida-Friendly plants? (There’s a NEW app for that!)

Thanks to a new technological development by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and ...
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Florida Roots: Uniting hunters to help feed the hungry

They say that all great ideas come from finding a solution to a problem.  The ...
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From Fancy to Jerky— Cooking for Wild Game

Bringing home the bacon is easy if you have money and a store nearby. But ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award recipients

Florida’s farmers and ranchers have not only fueled our people and economy for the last ...
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FFA Corner: Ag Time with Abby – How FFA can help feed the hungry

Hello Everyone! I’m very excited to be a new member of the Central Florida Ag ...
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Recipe Spotlight: How to cook like a pro with food from your farmers’ market

A foodie in a farmers’ market is like being a kid in an old fashioned ...
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AgriBiz Profiles

Advantage Hedging & Topping: Citrus Trees Responding to Nutrition and ‘Drastic Cuts’ Like many people ...
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@griTech: New technology strives to give shoppers even fresher produce

There’s nothing more frustrating than picking out strawberries at the grocery store, just to find ...
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Florida’s roadmap to living healthy

We think we know what the face of hunger looks like when we see starving ...
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FFA Corner: Ag Time with Abby – Serving the community, protecting your show animals

“Living to Serve” is the last phrase in the FFA motto, and Florida FFA members ...
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Grab-and-go citrus smoothies to help you get-up-and-go

I’m late. I’m late for a very important… These hectic days it seems like we ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Woman of the Year in Agriculture

For 30 years, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer ...
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Creative prep and presentation for the holidays

If food looks wonderful, chances are that it tastes as good as it looks. Our ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Our work is not done

It has been a great privilege to represent Florida as Commissioner of Agriculture for the ...
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FFA Corner: Ag Time with Abby – Adding STEM classes to Dundee Elementary’s ag program

As I reflect on things I am thankful for this month, I would like to ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Making the perfect holiday gift basket with Florida produce

IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS, BUT THAT’S NOT NEWS. The problem is what to get for the ...
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FFA Corner: Ag Time with Abby

| ’Tis the season to serve and think about your future in the ag industry ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Florida farmers stay one step ahead of winter

KNOWN AS THE NATION’S “winter salad bowl,” Florida produces an abundance of the freshest and ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: With increased trade, comes new threats

OUR ECONOMY is more global than ever. Boundaries, currencies, and cultures are no longer impediments ...
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Ag Time with Abby: Can you smell what’s in the air?

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can you smell that? It smells like pigs, cows, barbecue, cake, walking ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Cooking with your edible garden

THE RADISHES are poking their little green heads up in the garden. It won’t be ...
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Ag Time with Abby: Day-by-day highlights from the Polk County Youth Fair

Photo captions: (Top left) The Fat Chance Show Team won the Team Herdsman Award. (Bottom ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Woe to us if we don’t stop the EPA’s proposed regulations on W.O.T.U.S.

The EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) has once again made an attempt to expand federal ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Sharing the red, juicy strawberry bounty

WE HARVEST STRAWBERRIES in spring and pull off the road to buy them at farm ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Strengthening Florida’s livestock industry

FLORIDA’S FARMERS and ranchers face a variety of threats, including pests, disease, and market changes. ...
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Ag Time with Abby: Spotlighting the Frostproof FFA chapter

In the photo: Members of the Frostproof Middle FFA get together for a photo on ...
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One student’s journey in the 4-H Leadership Program

| Thomas Perry discovers his ability to be a frontrunner for his community | AT ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Pizza night made delicious with a Fresh-from-Florida pie

WHEN IS A CHEESE and tomato sandwich not a sandwich? When it’s a pizza. ...
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Ag Time with Abby: Spotlighting FFA member Miss Bailey Buchanon

BAILEY BUCHANON, 17, of Lake Gibson FFA, was recently selected to represent the Polk County ...

PCFB President’s Column: Polk Agri-Fest features special and big-name guests

AS I WRITE this column, Polk County Agri-Fest is in full swing! Our special guests ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: An update on Operation Outdoor Freedom and Camp Prairie

FLORIDA IS HOME to more than 1.5 million veterans who have served our nation proudly. ...
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Recipe Spotlight: A good bell pepper deserves a great stuffing

NOW IS THE TIME to get stuffing. Not turkeys, that’s months away, but sweet peppers. ...
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Ag Time with Abby: Memoirs of an Ag Literacy Day reader

AG LITERACY DAY was held April 21, and our local FFA chapters spent their day ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Growing ‘Fresh From Florida’

MORE THAN 47,000 farms in Florida work day in and day out to produce the ...

PCFB President’s Column: Legislative Wrap-Up event gets bumped

EACH YEAR, immediately following the end of the Legislative Session, the Polk County Farm Bureau ...
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Recipe Spotlight: In peach anticipation

ANTICIPATION can be disappointing. We were at a dog show in Georgia — you know, ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Century Pioneer Family Farms

SINCE THE ARRIVAL of European explorers in the 1500s, agriculture has played a critical role ...
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Ag Time with Abby: Class of 2015, you did it!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL the graduating seniors — the Class of 2015! You have made it ...
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Ag Time with Abby: Being part of the revolution

IN THE PHOTOS: Left, FFA youth ham it up during the 87th Annual Florida FFA ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Employing every tool in the toolbox to find a solution for HLB

FLORIDA GROWERS just harvested the smallest orange crop in nearly 50 years, and all because ...
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PCFB President’s Column: Many deserve thanks for giving ag a boost in legislative session

“WHY DO YOU FARM?” This is a question that most farmers and ranchers hear over ...
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Recipe Spotlight: When life gives you lemons, make more than just lemonade

WHEN FLORIDA gives you lemons, you should make something tasty. Maybe tart. Could be tangy. ...
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Ag Time with Abby: There’s something for everyone in ag

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN. The school buses will in route, the bells will be ringing, ...
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Recipe Spotlight: What’s cooking this fall from your local farmers’ market

IT’S TOO darn hot ! That’s a given in Central Florida. But we still have ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Bringing Florida’s harvest to school cafeterias

IN THE PHOTO: Since the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services assumed responsibility of ...
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Ag Time with Abby: Local agri-educators and why teaching is their passion

THE 2015-2016 school year is well under way! We have a lot of exciting events ...
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Recipe Spotlight: What to cook up with your fresh catch

THERE’S SOMETHING fishy in the state of Florida. And it’s all over the place. Just ...
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Ag Time with Abby: The #20BuckTruck fundraiser for the Polk County Youth Fair

THE POLK COUNTY FFA chapters and 4-H clubs have been all about fundraising this year! ...
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Ag Time with Abby: FFA wants to amplify on ag causes and careers

{Amp•li•fy — increase of volume} THE THEME of the 2014-15 National FFA year was to ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: The time for bold water policy is now

WATER IS THE BIGGEST long-term challenge facing Florida. And that is exactly why I have ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Cooking with herbs to dress up any plate

FRESH IS BIG in the world of food. And food doesn’t get much fresher than ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Color your plate red and green for the holidays

THE REASON for Christmas , the birth of baby Jesus, goes back more than 2,000 ...
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Ag Time with Abby: New FFA chapter takes root

IT IS ALWAYS exciting to have a new chapter established in the FFA, especially when ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Water is top priority this legislative session

THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE will begin its annual 60-day legislative session on January 12, and I’m ...
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Ag Time with Abby: Careers in ag — Top 10 fields of interest

AS WE ARE KICKING OFF our new year, I am sure most, if not all, ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Rolling out a multifaceted plan for continued support of Florida citrus

FLORIDA IS KNOWN for its white sandy beaches, world-class attractions, and (my personal favorite) citrus. ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: State preserves record 2,500 acres of environmentally sensitive ag land

FOR CENTURIES, Florida’s farmers and ranchers have served as Florida’s original conservationists and great stewards ...
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Ag Time with Abby: What does ag education actually teach?

IN RECENT REPORTS, there has been talk of doing away with agriculture education due to ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Strengthening Florida’s livestock industry

State’s Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory modernized FLORIDA’S FARMERS AND RANCHERS face a variety of ...
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Summer BreakSpot: Spreading Florida’s agricultural bounty when school is out

AS FLORIDA’S COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE, directing more locally grown products to Florida’s school cafeterias and ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Farm to School program update

THE BEGINNING OF EACH school year ushers in a whole new set of experiences for ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Judi Whitson is the 2016 Woman of the Year in Agriculture

AGRICULTURE IN FLORIDA is high-tech. It’s not Old McDonald’s Farm anymore, and in order to ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Cooking ideas for your fresh catch

THE SHOPPER in the family knows how pricey meat is. It’s easy to spend what ...
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Ag Time with Abby: Recreation and fun for the whole family while supporting FFA

WHEN I SAY we’re off to a great year, boy, oh boy, do I mean ...
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Ag Time with Abby: Farm highlight at Roosevelt Academy

OVER THE PAST few years, schools around Polk County have been adding new components to ...
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Recipe Spotlight: There’s citrus you can pair with that

ONE OF THE JOYS of living in Central Florida is just-picked citrus. We had citrus ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Just for wounded veterans

TWO AMERICAN SOLDIERS sustained significant injuries across the street from one another, a year apart, ...
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Ag Time with Abby: Celebrating the many ‘firsts’ from the Polk County Youth Fair

THE 2017 ANNUAL POLK COUNTY YOUTH FAIR has come and gone. Every year is a ...
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Recipe Spotlight: What to do with all those strawberries from your U-pick adventures

SO, YOU AND THE KIDS went strawberry picking. Or, you and the kids went strawberry ...
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Recipe Spotlight: It’s easy cooking green

  For good health and good rating, snap the beans and boil the collards FARM-GROWN ...
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Recipe Spotlight: Favorite Recipes that Paint Your Plate Blue

WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF FUN cooking and eating Central Florida blueberries since I ...
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Commissioner’s AgriCorner

Preserving Our Way of Life With more than 1,000 people moving to Florida every day, ...
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Recipe Spotlight

Adding Citrus to Your Summertime Cookout We have determined that every day is cookout day ...
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@griTech

Looking to the Soil for Solutions in the Fight Against Greening On 15 acres at ...
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Harvest Time: Catching up With Tom West Blueberries

How Did the Farm’s Switch from Citrus to Berries Pan Out? by MARY TOOTHMAN  The ...
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Florida Roots

Florida’s Favorite Red, Juicy, Triangle by MARY TOOTHMAN There’s no question that watermelon is a ...
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Harvest Time

Farm Safety 101 While the total number of agricultural fatalities has been decreasing in recent ...
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AgriShopper: Tools for Making Cooking Easier

When you live in an agriculture minded state and strive to keep a healthy lifestyle, ...
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Kidz Outdoors Forming Relationships, Fighting Childhood Diseases

by MATT NORMAN The great outdoors have long served as a way to explore and ...
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Polk County Farm Bureau President’s Letter: December 2019

Polk County Farm Bureau members traveled to Tallahassee this month to hold discussions of key ...
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Ag Rec Update: The Florida Python Challenge™ 2020 Python Bowl

The Florida Everglades is an extraordinary ecosystem unlike any other in the world! It is ...
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In the Heartland: Mark Your Calendar

Cattlewomen’s Annual Fun Shoot Funds to Go to Scholarships by DAPHNE RENELUS If you’ve never ...
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Summer Didn’t Slow FFA Member Participation

by CHARLEIGH WOOD, Polk County FFA Federation President School may have been out for the ...
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Plenty of FFA Events on Tap for Fall

by LINDSEY TRUE, Polk County FFA Federation Vice President Hey everybody! Welcome to the 2022-23 ...
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Kicking Off Competition Season With Fall Preliminaries

by TESSA MULLIS, Polk County FFA Federation Officer With school back in session, FFA chapters ...
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Students Accept the Challenge to Promote Agriculture Literacy

by JASMYN BILLANO, Polk County FFA Federation Vice-President From hurricanes to cold fronts, Polk County ...
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FFA Corner

Students Score Well in Competitions, Gear Up for Sub-Districts by JESSICA ANDERSON Polk County FFA ...

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