Florida prep football notebook: Lakeland’s Bill Castle named Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year

Lakeland, Fla.For the third time ever in his 47-year head coaching career and for the final time, Bill Castle takes another award. The newly retired head coach was awarded the Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year award after leading Lakeland to an undefeated 14-0 season and winning the Class 4S state championship. Castle led … Read more

Did a Miami FL area doctor’s mistake cause a burst appendix?

A state complaint says Dr. Fernando Lora took out adipose tissue instead of an appendix at Coral Gables Hospital. Getty Images/iStockphoto A Florida Department of Health administrative complaint filed against Dr. Fernando Lora says a Coral Gables Hospital patient’s appendix burst after Lora went in to take it out and took out fat. This administrative … Read more

Florida crops appear to escape damage from unusual cold

ORLANDO, Fla. Florida’s citrus, fruit and vegetable crops appear to have escaped any widespread damage from some of the coldest weather in years, officials with state growers’ associations said Tuesday. A cloud cover helped protect citrus trees in areas where the thermometer hovered around or below freezing, though there may be some pockets of damage, … Read more

Okeechobee County dairy farmer excited to turn manure into energy

It’s official: The digesters at the Larson Diary Farms in Okeechobee County are turning farm waste into energy. Cows on the farms are doing their part to help the environment.”This project will produce somewhere approximately of enough electricity for like 5,000 homes. I think that’s a great thing for our community,” John Larson said. And … Read more

USTR pledges help, but no investigation into Mexican produce

The Office of the US Trade Representative has rejected a petition from lawmakers to conduct a Section 301 investigation into claims that US fruits and vegetables are suffering from unfair imports flowing in from Mexico, but the Biden administration says it still wants to help US farmers. USTR said even though it “is not opening … Read more

Applaud bipartisan effort to investigate flood of imports

OPINION AND COMMENTARY Editorials and other Opinion content offer perspectives on issues important to our community and are independent from the work of our newsroom reporters. Farmworkers pick tomatoes at Taylor & Fulton Tomatoes in Immokalee, Florida. Luis M. Alvarez AP At the University of Florida, we take great pride in helping farmers solve problems, … Read more