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From scientist to farmer, today’s farmers come from all walks of life

Fulltime farmers used to be the norm. Now, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, more than half of Florida’s principal farm operators report primary occupations other than farming. Richard McGinley is a good example.

Okeechobee dairy farmer awarded for innovations

Okeechobee dairy farmers Sutton and Kris Rucks are the 2014 winners of Florida’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award. NRCS district conservationist Howard Harrison and his staff have worked with the Rucks' for more than 20 years.

Businessman-Rancher Preserves Old Florida, Panther Corridor

Learn how a successful businessman turned rancher is keeping his land from development and protecting a panther corridor  eight miles east of LaBelle, Fla.

Growing Blueberries at Brooksville Ridge

Blueberries were not a trendy super food when MaryAnn Stein first heard about growing them in Florida 30-years ago. After raising two children and working an office job, with a degree in anthropology and no experience in agriculture, she decided to give it a try.

Conservation Easements Preserve, Restore Florida Wetlands

Archbold Biological Station has a third of its 3,648-acre reserve in easements through NRCS programs, keeping the land from development and restoring previously drained wetlands in this threatened Northern Everglades watershed.

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