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Florida Citrus Season Limps to a 'Horrible' Close

June 13, 2018 - 6:00am

Florida’s citrus industry experienced its worst growing season since World War II as the hurricane-battered harvest is now essentially complete.

The latest forecast numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show no change in the past month for orange production, which is off 34.7 percent from the prior growing season. Meanwhile, grapefruit production has fallen another 1.8 percent from a May forecast, coming in at half of what was picked in the prior growing season and at its lowest level in nearly a century.

Water Policy Key for Next Agriculture Commissioner

June 11, 2018 - 12:15pm
Maintaining Florida’s water supply, while balancing the growing needs of residents, farmers, tourists and businesses, is a priority for the candidates seeking to replace Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Putnam: Criminal Background Checks Conducted on Every Concealed Weapon Application

June 8, 2018 - 8:00pm
Adam Putnam

Democrats and gun-control advocates took aim Friday at Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam after the Tampa Bay Times reported that a former employee of Putnam’s agency failed for more than a year to conduct national background checks on applications for concealed weapons licenses.

Backroom Briefing: 'Rocky' Ready for Another Round

June 7, 2018 - 12:45pm

California didn’t work out for U.S. Senate candidate Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente. But there’s always Florida.

Regulators Back Plan to Buy Vero Beach Utility

June 5, 2018 - 4:30pm

State utility regulators Tuesday approved Florida Power & Light’s acquisition of a city-run utility, overriding a staff proposal that could have scuttled the deal.

Jane Doe Divides Attorney General Candidates

June 4, 2018 - 3:30pm
Republicans running to replace Attorney General Pam Bondi disagree with her legal stand against a 19-year-old Alachua County woman who wants to remain anonymous in a National Rifle Association challenge to a new state gun restriction.

All Aboard Florida/Brightline Gets More Time to Sell Bonds

June 1, 2018 - 6:00am

Brightline received a seven-month extension Thursday to sell $1.15 billion in tax-exempt bonds for the expansion of the controversial passenger train line to Orlando.

Backroom Briefing: From A to F

May 31, 2018 - 6:15pm
Bill Montford

Sometimes, grades depend on who makes up the exam.

This week, the Florida Education Association gave higher marks to Democrats than Republicans in the GOP-dominated state Legislature. The report card was based on priorities of the teachers’ union ranging from committee and floor votes during the 2017 and 2018 sessions to “behind-the-scenes” efforts on those priorities and access between union leaders and lawmakers.

State Awards More 'Job Growth' Money

May 31, 2018 - 6:00am

Gov. Rick Scott has one month to spend a little more than $16.6 million in economic-development money after rolling out the latest round of awards on Wednesday.

Agriculture Commissioner Candidates Take Aim at NAFTA

May 29, 2018 - 10:45am
David Walker, Matt Caldwell, Denise Grimsley and Baxter Troutman

Florida’s next agriculture commissioner likely will back White House efforts to change the North American Free Trade Agreement as a way to help the state’s farmers.



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