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What do genetically modified citrus trees mean for the Florida industry?

Still years out from a fix for HLB, biotechnology offers a possible solution IT’S NOT a silver bullet, but genetically modified citrus trees could prove the most effective of the

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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 working closely with members of the Legislature to address one of the state’s greatest challenges:

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2015 Farm Income Forecast: Profitability expected to weaken, but with a ‘however’

THE USDA’s ANNUAL Farm Income Forecast has been released, and it predicts that profitability will continue a weakening trend that started in 2014. Net cash income is projected to fall

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Stewards of the land and our environment

OFTENTIMES, FARMERS, RANCHERS and other ag folks are portrayed as being at odds with environmentalists and conservationists. Nothing could be further from the truth. As an agriculture and environmental lawyer,

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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. The success — and in some cases the survival — of Florida’s 500-year-old agriculture industry

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Publisher Letter: The local economy and agriculture’s major impact

YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD me say before that agriculture is one of the “sweet spots” of Florida’s economy. As an economic powerhouse, the state’s agriculture industry is a multibillion-dollar trade,

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Ways to expand your farm-related business

If it’s time to grow your farm-related business, expanding into new markets is a good way to do it. One way is to market to government through Florida’s “Farm to

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Essential Reminders When Budget Planning

January is the perfect time to look at the budget of your small business and ensure that everything is in order for the upcoming year. This month we will talk

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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: A Mid-Term Update

What’s Been Done and What’s Left to Do? Just two years ago, I was sworn in to serve as Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture, and this month marks the halfway point

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PCFB: President’s Column (December 2012)

Over the past year, the Polk County Farm Bureau (PCFB) and its members have worked to continue to develop and promote partnerships that will not only support our industry, but