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Citrus labels go on tour: Historic brands make a comeback in the region

MANY YEARS AGO, Florida citrus was sold in dimly lit warehouses around 3 or 4 a.m. It was packed in wooden crates with bright, colorful labels that attracted the buyers’

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EEE update: Preventing Eastern Equine Encephalitis for your horse

EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS (EEE) has claimed its third victim of the year in Polk County, and officials are recommending that horse owners take precautions, as more cases are expected. A

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Herd sale for new Ona White Angus cattle breed is canceled

THE PLANNNED SALE of a herd of Ona White Angus cattle, a new and Central Florida-hardy breed of cattle, has been canceled.

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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 amplify our voice, not just in our FFA career but in our lives, families, and

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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! One huge countywide fundraiser is the #20BuckTruck, sponsored by Kelley Buick GMC of Bartow, and

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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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Florida roots: A farmer; a superhero — or both?

Christian Spinosa as the voice of Captain Citrus MANY YOUNG KIDS dream of growing up to be a farmer or a superhero, but not usually both. For Central Florida native

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Facing the threat of greening

IT’S RARE TODAY to read an article or column about Florida citrus without seeing a reference to citrus greening (Huanglongbing, or HLB), the tree disease that has seriously compromised citrus

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A new cattle breed emerges with the tough stuff for Florida’s climate

Unique traits of the Ona White Angus herd [date today]   THERE’S A NEW BREED of cattle in town, and it might be coming to a pasture near you; the

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Proposed cattle grazing in state parks

Ranchers and cattle industry experts weigh in on the how and why ALDO LEOPOLD — scientist, environmentalist and father of wildlife management — said, “Conservation will ultimately boil down to