I cover business in Polk County as a reporter for The Ledger, focusing on citrus and agriculture. See my citrus blog, on.fb.me/spJIF6.

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State Rep Matt Caldwell leading the fundraising primary in Republican race for FL ag commissioner,  https://buff.ly/2mKcuhn . Will money vote?
2018 UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Training in Polk open. 50-hour training course. New Master Gardeners serve 75 volunteer hours and do 10 learning hours in first year. Apply by March 30:  http://bit.ly/2FS52sp .
Mosaic continues to slide on fertilizer market concerns,  http://bit.ly/2DMqPRF . Declined 7% over 2 days.
We can't make this up: Tide has enlisted one of the National Football League’s biggest stars—literally—to dissuade teens from participating in the viral Tide Pod Challenge,  http://bit.ly/2Dmom2P .
Animal welfare battle roiling the $47 billion organic foods market,  http://bit.ly/2mOqYNo . Poultry fighting USDA requirement animals must have year-round access to outdoors with “fresh air” and “direct sunlight” to get organic certification.
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