THE PEAK OF STRAWBERRY SEASON is right around the corner, meaning America’s favorite fruit is about to be everywhere, from roadside stalls to supermarkets and at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City in March. Strawberries have been grown in Florida since the late 1800s, with Hillsborough County’s Plant City ranked as the undisputed king of winter strawberry production in The Sunshine State, the country, and even the world.
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UF Scientists Get $495,000 Grant to Study Speed of Plant Growth
IN ORDER TO IMPROVE photosynthesis in plant leaves, two University of Florida scientists will study their roots and stems.
U-Pick, U-Eat, U-Love
Take Advantage of the Freshest Strawberries Around
After Almost a Century, Plant City-Based Astin Farms Continues to Expand Acreage, Variety
SIGNS of the SEASON
Florida Strawberries Have Rich History
Strawberries Aren’t Only for Dessert
ON YOUR MARK
Organizers Excited for March’s Run the Ranch 5K
HEMP Approval Program Now Available From UF/IFAS
OWNERS OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP GENETICS can now submit their varieties for approval by the University of Florida for legal sale within the state.
Global Group Recognizes UF/IFAS Engineer for Strawberry Spray App
NOW THAT WE’RE KNEE-DEEP in strawberry season, many growers owe Clyde Fraisse and Natalia Peres a debt of gratitude. About a decade ago, Peres saw a need for a fungicide decision-support tool.
Annual Cracker Trail Ride Re-creates Florida’s Cattle-Herding Roots
BEAT THE HEAT
Try These Tips to Keep Your Horse Cool as Temperatures Rise
On Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals and Freelancers
If you watch a service animal with their human, there is a higher level of nonverbal communication taking place. The training that enables and facilitates that level of connection often takes years of training.
PHIL COLLINS UNLOADS $40M HEARTACHE HOUSE
PHIL COLLINS is selling his $40 million Florida house of broken dreams, following what he described in court documents as an “armed occupation and takeover” by his estranged wife!
SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION
Dr. Haight Dispels COVID-19 Myths and Explains Why He Trusts Vaccine
March Is National Nutrition Month
March is National Nutrition Month and the Florida Department of Health in Polk County is bringing awareness to the importance of a nutritious, healthy lifestyle.
FLORIDA LAWMAKERS CHALLENGE SILICON VALLEY OVER ‘CENSORSHIP'
Florida lawmakers, including Gov. Ron DeSantis, intensified their battle with Facebook, Twitter and Silicon Valley when they announced new proposals this week aimed at reigning in platforms they accuse of squelching the free speech of conservatives.
Minimize Your Risk for Heart Disease
February is American Heart Month, and the Florida Department of Health in Polk County is bringing awareness to the reality of heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year — that’s one in every four deaths.
GASTRONOMIC GALLIVANTS: INDULGE IN THE BAY TAMPA BAY
This destination is quickly growing into its own well-deserved place in the spotlight while embracing all the fabulous aspects of its history, interwoven in the fabric of its burgeoning food scene.
THE COMPETITION CONTINUES
Every spring, Frank Tiano’s Top Gun Scale Invitational has heralded the beginning of the flying season, offering builders an opportunity to show off their projects in Lakeland, Florida after a winter spent finishing them in their workshops.
WALL STREET SOUTH
Florida braces for a gold-plated makeover as finance rethinks its attachment to New York
Glaucoma and Dry Eyes
Eye doctors are excited this year with 2021 rolling in. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to shine some light on eye care topics that we would like to highlight. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.