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Farmers waiting to see what the cold means to crops

Agriculture agents are working to assess exactly what a hard freeze and persistent cold weather will mean to crops currently growing. Alachua County Extension Agent Barton Wilder says strawberries and citrus would be most affected at farms if freeze protection steps were not effective. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/WILDER1.mp3] He says these farmers have …

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Wasted water sparks flareups among farmers, residents and water managers

Water management districts in North Florida are in the hot seat over the way they distribute water permits.  The current dry conditions are pitting agriculture against residents in a number of north central florida communities.   Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chrissy McLarty reports many people says the agency needs to rethink just how much water everyone …

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Fishing for job growth in Citrus County

With the recent approval of a blue tilapia farm outside of Citrus Springs, Citrus County is showing its support for small businesses. Citrus County Operations and Projects officer Gary Maidhof says the approval of the farm gives hope for the county which was hit hard by unemployment. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/Maidhof1.mp3] He says …

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Turkey and the trimmings come at a cost this year

The cost of your Thanksgiving dinner is on the rise this year.  The American Farm Bureau Federation says the retail cost for holiday staples like turkey and cranberries is up about 13%.  AFBF Agriculture Policy Division Director Frankie Hall says the rise comes from a cost increase at the top …

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Pizza topping its way into the news

According to an agriculture website called agday.org, Americans consume around 350 slices of pizza per second.  Pizza has become a staple in many school lunchrooms around the nation. It’s clear pizza is making its way into many stomachs, but now it’s also making its way into the news. Congress is …

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Springs protection focus of water supply forums

Over the years, the Florida Springs have become a hot issue with concerns of their continuous degradation. H.T.Odom Florida Springs Institute Director and Professor Bob Knight talks with WUFT-FM’s Alyssa Averette about the increasing nitrate levels and the threats caused to the Springs. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/KnightQA.mp3] Knight: There’s a very widespread reduction in flows in …

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