Archive | November, 2015

Happy 50th anniversary to the Redlands Christian Migrant Association

A group of good-hearted Mennonites had a wonderful idea in 1965: Providing child care and education to children of migrant farmworkers and other low-income rural families. Fifty years later, the effort is still going strong. Since the Mennonites began operating child care centers in south Dade County those decades ago, their nonprofit corporation, the Redlands [...]

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Special to Harvester – Ag’s economic impact to Florida

– By Jack Payne – Those of us who work with Florida agriculture know it is a huge economic engine for the state. What we don’t know is how huge until someone crunches the numbers. That’s where UF/IFAS comes in. We’ve just done it again. We can now say that the annual economic impact of [...]

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Producer member profile – Casey Simmons Runkles, Simmons Farms, Inc.

Simmons Farms was founded in 1977. At the time, Runkles’ father had taken a break from farming with his dad, but he realized agriculture was in his blood. So he, his wife and his dad founded the operation near Plant City and planted their first crop of strawberries. “The first strawberry crop was picked the [...]

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Trade associate member update – Farm Credit: On the threshold of a century of serving America’s farmers

From mules to GPS, American agriculture has seen countless changes in the last century. Farm Credit’s Florida locations have served agriculture for many of those years. The Farm Credit System is a nationwide network of borrower-owned lending institutions and specialized service organizations established by Congress in 1916 as a reliable source of credit for the [...]

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Flashback: From the FFVA Rap-Up newsletter, November 1, 1993

– Four new members to be inducted into Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford has announced the names of the four new members to be inducted into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Florida State Fair in February. George H. Wedgworth, Elton L. Hinton, Dr. J. Wayne [...]

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Featured video

Did you attend FFVA 2015, FFVA’s 72nd Annual Convention? You may be in the highlights video. Take a look.

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