Archive | January, 2014

Succession planning – Start with the hard stuff

When it comes to succession planning for an agricultural operation, the first thoughts that come to mind may not be the most important ones or those that should be addressed first. Insurance planning? Getting a tax plan going for transferring property from one generation to another? Hold on for a second. What should be tackled [...]

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Harnessing the threat of resistant weeds in citrus

  Weed management is a critical piece of citrus pest management programs and plays a key role in a successful harvest. According to the University of Florida IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center, more than 100 species of weeds commonly occur in Florida citrus groves and, if left uncontrolled, can cause yield losses of 23 [...]

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Producer member profile: Rick Kress – Determined to fight citrus greening disease

  Rick Kress’ timing was perfect. After a long, successful career in the food industry up north, he decided to take on the position of president of Clewiston-based Southern Gardens Citrus in September 2005 —  the same time citrus greening disease first hit Florida. Citrus greening is also known as Huanglongbing, HLB or yellow dragon [...]

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Trade associate member update: Kelly Tractor

  For decades, FFVA trade associate member Kelly Tractor Co. has provided rentals, leasing, sales and servicing of all types of construction and industrial equipment. In addition to agricultural customers, it also serves industries such as highway and bridge building, water and sewer, land development, housing, aggregate quarries, warehousing, seaports, marinas, and other markets. The [...]

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Flashback 1968: Communication vital to agriculture

  From the Harvester, November 1968 – The importance of letters and contacts with legislators was vividly described by State Sen. Jerry Thomas, chairman of the Agriculture and Livestock Committee, in a speech at the recent FFVA convention Thomas told of agricultural bills vetoed by Gov. Claude Kirk including the “essential appropriations supplement for IFAS” [...]

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Farm life – Florida tomatoes

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