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Thank the Ag Industry for Making the Season Bright

By | December 24th, 2015|Agriculture, Community|

The ag industry’s fruits of labor are all around us, and the holidays are a good time to appreciate how blessed we are to live in a nation with such a healthy and beneficial agriculture industry. Our holidays are truly made bright by the hard-working men and women in the ag industry. See how the ag industry affects your holiday celebrations. […]

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The Agriculture Statistics of Christmas Trees

By | December 15th, 2015|Agriculture|

Many Americans choose to adorn their homes over the holidays with a Christmas tree, and many of those are real trees. While the American Christmas Tree Association suggests that 80% of U.S. households choose an artificial tree, the USDA Census of Agriculture statistics show that over 17 million trees were harvested in 2012 (the latest data available), and the National Christmas Tree Association maintains that upwards of 30 million will be sold this year.  Read on for more info and Agriculture Statistics related to live Christmas trees. […]

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The Details of the Florida Legacy Bill

By | December 5th, 2015|Agriculture, Community, Law|

The Florida Everglades encompass thousands of square miles of South Florida real estate that are vastly important to the Sunshine State. Water flows south from Central Florida in a “River of Grass,” essentially recycling and recharging the water and providing a unique ecosystem for hundreds of different species, many of them endangered. However, the Everglades once occupied twice as many square miles as they do now, and efforts to help restore them will get a boost if the Florida Legacy bill is passed. […]

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The Agriculture Statistics Behind Your Thanksgiving Meal

By | November 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|

As you enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings—either as you sit down to eat or as you dive into leftovers—I hope you took a moment to give thanks for the men and women in agriculture across our great country that made your meal possible. Explore these agriculture statistics about the ways and means [...]

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Cuba and the U.S. Agriculture Industry

By | November 20th, 2015|Agriculture, Business|

The U.S. has not had diplomatic ties with Cuba since 1961, but the recent efforts by the Obama Administration to renew governmental relations with the Caribbean island nation have put Cuba-U.S. ties on the front burner. It’s front-page news, and the U.S. agriculture industry—especially in Florida—has taken notice. Recently, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack was part [...]

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Try these Ag Apps to Improve Your Farm or Ranch

By | November 14th, 2015|Agriculture, Business, Education|

Agriculture is steeped in history and tradition, but it also utilizes technology to improve, increase production and stay relevant in a global market. Apps simply require a smartphone—which are now pretty inexpensive these days and can be useful in the field—and many will work with computers as well. Try these apps to improve your agribusiness: [...]

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A Salute to Our Veterans and Agriculture

By | November 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|

If you look at any ag operator/owner statistics, you’ll find that the overall number of individuals in agriculture is dropping and the average age or operators is rising. Essentially, if we are going to have all the warm bodies required to meet our country’s ag needs—and that of the world’s—in the future, then we need [...]

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Beware the Creepy-Crawlies of the Florida Ag industry

By | October 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|

If you live in Florida, and work in the Florida ag industry or enjoy nature, then you’re likely used to creepy-crawly things like bugs, arachnids and various reptiles. The tropical nature of Florida’s climate certainly invites a broad spectrum of snakes, spiders and other less-than-welcome creatures. Compared with other states, it seems Florida gets the lion’s share of undesirable pests and creatures. […]

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Love Science and Nature? Become a Citizen Scientist Today

By | October 23rd, 2015|Agriculture, Community|

What was your favorite subject in school? For many, it was science. For many adults, it’s now science and nature. From Earth Science to Biology to Chemistry, in the hands of the right teacher, science was a fun class that teaches about the world around us. Many still harbor a love of science, even if they go to an office everyday rather than a lab or in the field. If your love of science extends to nature, then the USA-National Phenology Network might just have the gig for you as a citizen scientist. It’s volunteer work, but it pays big dividends in helping the environment. […]

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture: Protecting and Sustaining the U.S.’s Water Supply

By | October 16th, 2015|Agriculture, Community|

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, is an organization that wears many hats, and one of those that many don’t know of is a protector of the American water supply. It’s true that agriculture uses a good amount of water, but it’s all in the name of feeding and clothing our nation and providing the materials—such as wood and other products—required to live, work and play. Over the last several years, the USDA has taken on the stewardship of the U.S.’s water supply. […]

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