Author: J.D. Vivian

Will history be made at the Plant City Strawberry Festival?

Fresh Plant City strawberries have always been well known to those who savor their succulence. But on Friday, March 3, delectable Plant City Fragaria × ananassas might become world famous. Beginning at 10 a.m. during the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, the Cabot Creamery Co-operative is joining forces with the festival to create the world’s largest smoothie. The Guinness World Record attempt will benefit two nonprofits: United Food Bank of Plant City and Feeding Tampa Bay. This is the 87th annual Florida Strawberry Festival held in Plant City, known as the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World. The...

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Agriculture-related funding bills moving through Florida House

The following funding bills have been filed in the Florida House of Representatives. Unless otherwise noted, the funding covers fiscal year 2017-18. The subject and official synopsis of each bill are in italics. House Bill 333; sponsor: Charles “Chuck” Clemons (R-District 21). (A similar bill, SB 600, has been filed in the state Senate.) Rural Economic Development Initiative: Requires analysis of Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) & rural areas of opportunity; revises legislative intent; redefines term “rural area of opportunity”; revises duties, responsibilities, & membership of REDI; revises reporting requirements. HB 333 seeks to help economically depressed rural communities and...

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