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Agriculture in Florida grows jobs: Front & Center

Agriculture in Florida grows jobs: Front & Center

For all the growth of tourism in Florida, and all the efforts by policy makers to expand higher-paying industries such as medical research and computer simulation, agriculture remains a large and vital part of the state's economy. The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the industry's lead research agency, will be seeking more funding in the upcoming session of the Florida Legislature. In a recent email interview with the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board, Jack Payne, the head of IFAS, discussed its activities and accomplishments, and addressed some of the biggest issues facing agriculture in Florida. Excerpts of that interview follow. Q: What...