The captivating beauty of tropical fish has long mesmerized aquarium enthusiasts and pet lovers alike. But have you ever wondered about the origins of these exquisite creatures that grace pet store tanks? In this intriguing episode, we embark on a virtual tour of Urban Tropical, a local gem nestled in Lakeland, Florida. This fish farm, specializing in breeding high-quality ornamental freshwater tropical fish, takes us behind the scenes to unveil the intricate journey from fish eggs to vibrant aquatic wonders.
In a world where farming often conjures images of sprawling fields and neatly organized livestock, the story of Shogun Farms breaks the mold. In this captivating episode of Real Farms, Real Stories, we are introduced to Pamela and David Fay, the visionaries behind a wild hog farm that is as unique as it is fascinating. Their journey from trapping wild hogs to transforming them into a sustainable source of nourishment showcases innovation, determination, and a commitment to responsible land management.
In a world where the journey from farm to table often remains shrouded in mystery, the McClellan family of M & B Dairy and M & B Products stands as a beacon of transparency, dedication, and unwavering passion. In this insightful episode, we are treated to a behind-the-scenes tour that uncovers the intricate process of dairy farming and the transformation of farm-fresh produce into beloved products. From the fields to the store shelves, the McClellan family's commitment to quality has become the driving force that permeates every aspect of their business.
In a world brimming with entrepreneurial aspirations, Bisser Georgiev's remarkable journey stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of the American dream. The story of Live Trends Group is a true embodiment of how dedication, innovation, and vision can transform a shoe-string startup into an awe-inspiring success story. Georgiev's pursuit of changing the way living decor is perceived and cherished in homes showcases not only his personal drive but also the potential for limitless growth and achievement.
In the heart of Central Florida's verdant landscape, a tale of tradition, growth, and succession unfolds. Their story sheds light on the inspiring journey of Ray and Matt Roberts, the founder and current owner of Central Florida Ferns, as they navigate the intricate path of transitioning the family business to the capable hands of the next generation.
Happy National Intern Day to all past and present interns! National Intern Day was created in 2017 to thank interns for their hard work, bring attention to the challenges many interns face, and encourage organizations to invest more in their current or future internship programs. Internships are an excellent way for current college students, as well as graduated students, to test the professional waters as they enter the workforce with their newfound knowledge and skills.
Chicken and waffles – an iconic dish. The mention of it immediately invokes an image for the hearer or reader, the consumer, whether that looks like “soul food,” Southern, sweet, savory, with or without white gravy. While some have rendered it “as American as shoefly pie,” a deeper dive into the dish’s history renders it more akin to apple pie: originating across the pond.
When it comes to US strawberry imports, we pretty much covered it in the last blog. More than 99% of the berries Americans eat from outside the country originate from Mexico. But that does not mean what little we consume from other countries is unimportant, though relatively insignificant. Consistently over the past five years, the US has purchased multi-million dollar totals from Canada, an increasing contingency of which is greenhouse grown.
The removal of trade barriers is typically marked by redistributive outcomes, often the shifts in production due to regional arbitrage. One of the most noticeable results of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was the influx of Mexican produce into the United States.
Though modern ag-tech has developed some mechanized processes for reaping fresh berries, widespread commercial adoption of such remains far off. Thus, of the nearly 27 billion pounds of American strawberries harvested in 2021, all but a few pints were picked by hand. That, folks, requires some intensive labor! But besides the sheer scale of workers needed to harvest strawberries, two more aspects of the industry prove extremely challenging: the availability of local labor and the seasonality of picking.