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Orchard update: A growing alternative crop in the Sunshine State

MOTHER NATURE may hand Central Florida fruit growers plenty of problems and obstacles, but they are a tenacious group — difficult to discourage and impossible to stop.

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The proposed Safe Food Act of 2015

MANY WILL REMEMBER the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Established in 2002 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America a year earlier, DHS combined

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What is a Coggins test?

IF YOU OWN HORSES, then you have probably heard of a Coggins test, but what is it and why do you need to have one?

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What statistics say about the ‘agrilifestyle’

WHEN THE FOLKS from Central Florida Ag News told me that this was the magazine’s annual “AgriLiving” issue, I thought to myself: “I sure have been ‘agriliving’ for quite a

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From the Editor’s Desk: Furthering agriculture through education

SOME OF MY FAVORITE pictures from the Florida Strawberry Festival and the Florida State Fair capture the lessons that are taught to — and learned by — future generations. To

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Citrus forecast projects slight decline; HLB funding announced

THE GOVERNMENT is intensifying the war on Huanglongbing, or HLB, as the disease tightens its grip on Florida’s citrus industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) projected Feb. 10 that

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Has the blue gold of Florida run dry?

| A tough 2010 harvest has blueberry growers talking | The state of Florida has long had an enviable position as a supplier of fresh blueberries.  In early spring of

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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. Before herbicides and chemical fertilizers were introduced in the mid-1960s, they sprayed with sulphur and

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Obtaining official identification devices for cattle

| How Florida is implementing the federal Cattle Identification Rule | The rancher community is aware of a new Cattle Identification Rule promulgated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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The National School Lunch Program and the food chain, Part I

Have you ever considered the magnitude of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)? It was huge even before it was expanded to include summer programs, breakfast meals and, at some