Don Harden Talks Florida Lemons

Explore the niche industry of Florida lemons.

As more details are coming out regarding the full effect of Hurricane Irma on Florida agriculture, most eyes are turned to the first release of the monthly Citrus Forecast in October. It focuses on citrus like oranges and grapefruit, but Florida lemons will not be as great of a concern to most of The Sunshine State’s citrus industry. As I shared in my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, the commercial lemon industry in Florida is a very niche industry, so it’s not as prevalent as other forms of citrus. See the reasons why Florida lemons are such a rarity below, and what it takes to grow a lemon tree in The Sunshine State.
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Florida Ranch Rodeo

If there’s one thing people in the ag industry can agree on, it’s that the rodeo is a good time for all.

The State Ranch Rodeo Finals are September 29th and 30th, and we are proud to be the sponsor for this important event. As a perennial favorite with people from all sectors of the ag industry, the rodeo is a great way to celebrate the heritage of the ranching way of life by exhibiting the necessary skills: riding, roping, and more. Catch a sneak peak of the event below, and then mark your calendars to attend!
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Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting/ Florida Timber Commodity

See the details of The Florida Forestry Association’s Annual Meeting, and some statistics on Florida’s forest industry.

If you’re in the Florida timber industry, chances are you’re heading over to the Florida Forestry Association’s Annual Meeting in Sandestin, Florida, at the end of August. Slated for Tuesday, August 29th through Thursday, August 31st, the event will give those in the timber business in Florida the chance to get together, see the latest innovations at the coinciding trade show, and examine important industry topics. Get a sneak peek at what this year’s Florida Forestry Association’s Annual Meeting will include, as well as take a look at Florida’s timber industry, below.
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Don Harden: The Farmers Ability to Use Drip Irrigation

Pros and Cons to Drip Irrigation

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I discussed how irrigation is an important component of any farm. Drip irrigation is one of the most popular precision irrigation methods, and many Florida farmers are looking to utilize it on their farms. However, to make the best choice for your operation, you’ll need to consider the advantages and disadvantages of drip irrigation.  I explored the factors you should consider when choosing an irrigation management option, and the pros and cons of a drip system in the column. See them below from the perspective of a Florida grower interested in precision irrigation.
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A Look at an Alternative Florida Crop: Artichokes

Explore the prospect of artichokes as an up-and-coming alternative Florida crop.

Florida is one of the leading states for agriculture in the U.S., as the sunshine and warm temperatures that earned the nickname ‘The Sunshine State’ are what most crops are looking for. Most crops. Until now, the delicious and nutritious artichoke has not fared well in Florida, mainly due to the artichoke’s need for ‘chill hours,’ or a certain number of hours of cold weather in order to bloom and grow the edible flowers. However, one University of Florida professor believes he has the key to bringing this lucrative crop to Florida as the next alternative crop. Read the details of his research, and the attractions of artichokes as an alternative Florida crop, below.
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Don Harden: A Look at the History of Citrus and Florida Limes

Florida limes are making a comeback in The Sunshine State.

Florida is well-known for its citrus production, and it used to be well-known for its lime fruit production, too. In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I explored the story of Florida limes, including how Florida citrus growers are giving Florida limes another shot. Limes were once so plentiful in South Florida that one of the varieties grown here was known as a Key lime because it was grown around the Florida Keys. Find out below what happened to Florida limes, and why the tart, green citrus fruit is again looking like a good crop for Florida citrus growers.Read More


Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference

Florida agriculture’s future leaders will be at the Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference this July 14th-16th.

Like most state’s ag industries, Florida’s agriculture industry needs young farmers interested in stepping into the boots of the state’s retiring farmers and ranchers. It’s one reason why the Florida Farm Bureau—like state Farm Bureaus all over the country—hosts a Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference. The Florida Farm Bureau’s YF&R Leadership Conference is slated for this July 14th-16th at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. Explore the offerings of this annual event below.Read More


A Look at Leading Florida Alternative Crops: Pomegranates

Discover a leader in Florida alternative crops: pomegranates.

Florida has a long growing season, and a lot of different crops grow well in The Sunshine State’s tropical and subtropical climate. Growers and producers are always on the lookout for Florida alternative crops, and pomegranates may just be the next big thing. Explore the potential of this leader in specialty crops, below.Read More


A Can’t Miss if You’re in the Florida Cattle Industry: the FCA Annual Convention

The Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Convention is a can’t-miss event if you’re in the Florida cattle industry.

If you’re in the Florida cattle industry, you’re likely headed to the Annual Convention of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, scheduled for Tuesday, June 20th through Thursday, June 22nd at the Hilton Buena Vista Palace in Orlando, Florida. It’s a can’t-miss event for those in Florida’s cattle industry; explore a sampling of the benefits below for those in Florida cattle production.Read More


Don Harden: Celebrating the Country’s Favorite Melon This Watermelon Season

Explore the stats of the nation’s watermelon season.

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, I talked about a major Florida crop commodity: watermelons. Florida has a long watermelon season that produces melons for about six months out of the year. They lead the country in production, with watermelon farmers in Florida producing 18 percent of the nation’s watermelon crop. However, the Sunshine State isn’t the only one that contributes to the country’s watermelon market. Read interesting statistics about watermelons below.Read More


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