FFA Training Center: A Place for Social Distancing

By |2020-09-14T11:18:24-04:00September 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|

We often see articles about places to go with family, friends, or associates for relaxation or meetings that provide open and interesting spaces, or accommodations and dining that make us feel safe from the unpredictable world of COVID. When the FFA Training Center first opened more than 20 years ago, I thought its use was [...]

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A Nostalgic View of Ben Hill Griffin

By |2020-08-20T10:59:41-04:00August 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

While in law school in the ’60s at the University of Florida, I rode with my dad, Snow Martin, to Tallahassee. The legislature was in session. My dad, a former member of the legislature and co-author of the Florida Citrus Code, was lobbying for various interests. We paid a social visit to Ben Hill Griffin [...]

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Six Thousand Points Of Light

By |2020-07-14T09:39:45-04:00July 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The week of June 10, the 29,000 members of Florida FFA and their advisors pulled off an amazing technological achievement while demonstrating responsible behavior for themselves and setting an example for the rest of us at their annual convention. At any given time during the days of meeting by distant virtual communication, as many as [...]

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Study Identifies Ornamental Plants with Potential to Benefit Bees and Others

By |2016-10-21T16:42:13-04:00October 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

There’s no denying that bees and other insects are vastly important to our lives. From pollinating the bulk of our agriculture crops to benefiting the environment, bees and other beneficial bugs are vital to our way of life. In an effort to protect pollinators like bees and other beneficial insects, one study looked into using [...]

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Florida’s Citrus Harvest by the Numbers

By |2018-11-13T08:52:19-05:00July 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The USDA just released the season’s final citrus forecast for Florida. It’s one that’s been greeted with both praise and dismay, a bit like winning a skirmish but still facing a difficult war. The forecast increased slightly—as it has for the several past months, in contrast with what’s par for the course since citrus greening [...]

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Improving Water Conservation in Florida

By |2018-11-13T08:52:20-05:00June 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Water conservation is an important topic in Florida, and there are many in The Sunshine State who could be doing more to help conserve water. However, one of the most promising groups for water conservation targeting may be those who already conserve water in some measure, but who could stand to improve. According to a [...]

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The Latest in Citrus Greening Research

By |2018-11-13T08:52:20-05:00June 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|

With every report of citrus greening’s destructive toll, there’s also a story of how researchers and scientists are working alongside growers and others in the industry to beat the disease once and for all. Read up on the latest developments in citrus greening (HLB) research. […]

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Environmental Efforts of the USDA

By |2016-04-20T20:06:51-04:00April 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, is a household name in the U.S., though this large department of the government is best known for their work in the agriculture setting, but the reality is that the USDA does so much more. In addition to agrarian efforts, overseeing nutrition in public settings and administering [...]

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Farm Diversification Options for Florida Citrus Producers

By |2018-11-13T08:52:22-05:00January 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Farming and ranching are ventures fraught with pitfalls, and Florida has its fair share of difficulties and hardships. Considering factors such as fickle weather that can be hot as a furnace, dry as a bone, wet as a fish or downright dangerous, and Florida’s host of pathogens and pests, being in agriculture in Florida is [...]

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The Agriculture Statistics Behind Your Thanksgiving Meal

By |2018-11-13T08:52:22-05:00November 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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