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More agritourism for educational recreation

Farm-time fun for all with crop mazes, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and more RANCHERS TED AND DONNA SMITH have operated their 450-acre farm in North Lakeland for decades, and are proud

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Organic agriculture offers additional economic opportunities

THE ORGANIC agriculture industry is booming in the U.S. and around the globe, despite the fact that conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are as safe and as healthy as their

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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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Harvest time: Hope Now provides alternative living through alternative crops

ANY FARMER worth his or her salt knows that if you want something to grow, you have to give it everything it needs. Essentials include a good foundation of soil,

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Citrus Hall of Fame welcomes three new inductees

THE FLORIDA Citrus Hall of Fame honored three new inductees on March 6 at the 53rd Citrus Celebration Luncheon held at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. The honorees were Nicholas

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Meeting the Family Farmer’s Unique Lending Needs

Family farming. There’s just something about the phrase that brings to mind so many positive thoughts and images — tight-knit bonds; hard but honest and rewarding work; a respect and

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The right lender to grow with the farming industry

A CASUAL DRIVE almost anywhere in Central Florida provides ample evidence of an agricultural boom, particularly in the realm of row crops, the kind providing consumers with fresh produce and

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Thanks, Mr. Speaker of the House

In the spring of 1971 I traveled to Tallahassee as attorney for the Polk County delegation for the Legislative Session. At the time I was wide-eyed and intent on following

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The search for a cure

Leadership is everything. As the feckless 113th Congress failed to pass the 2013 Farm Bill, Florida’s legislature resolved to address the Florida citrus industry’s greatest challenge — the disease of

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Why honesty is the best policy — especially with your lawyer

Honesty is a key component in a successful attorney-client relationship. There is a difference between honesty and accuracy when it comes to reviewing testimony, especially with eyewitness testimony. If there