Workshop sheds light on cottage food industry

A workshop focused on the ins and outs of operating a cottage food industry drew a crowd — and offered practical information to those attending the session. The daylong event was presented by the Pasco County Extension Office, which is part of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences branch in Dade City. The workshop consisted of sessions regarding the … [Read more...]

Eating bugs: That’s what’s trending now

As one year ends and another begins, it’s natural to reflect on the year that has passed and the new one that’s coming. It’s that time of year when many of us make resolutions. Some resolve to improve our health by losing weight and getting fit. Others want to be more organized. Some want to simply enjoy life more. Others are determined to learn something new. There are those who seek to … [Read more...]

New tax collector’s office doing brisk business in opening weeks

Any time you open a new location, you wonder if people will like the decisions you’ve made, and if the hard work will pay off. That happens if you’re a business owner or a general manager. Or even the Pasco County Tax Collector. “You’re always concerned about ‘If you build it, will they come?’” said Tax Collector Mike Fasano, referencing the iconic line from the movie “Field of … [Read more...]

Florida looking for influential women in agriculture

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is looking for nominations for its 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture award. Since 1985, this award has recognized 30 women who have made a significant contribution to Florida agriculture, according to a release. Recipients of the award have come from all parts of the industry, including cattle, vegetables, timber, citrus, row … [Read more...]

Pasco’s free lunches take to the road

It’s hard to imagine getting through most days without that noontime break for lunch. That packed sandwich, frozen entrée, or maybe even a quick trip to a local eatery, is something many people take for granted each day. But for 36,000 students in the Pasco County school district, that trip to the cafeteria may be the only nutritious meal they have all day, paid for through federal tax … [Read more...]

BreakSpot program modernizes search for summer meals

Florida’s families now have new ways to find free healthy meals for their children this summer now that school is out. The 2014 Summer BreakSpot program, led by Florida’s agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam, offers meals, recreation and educational activities for children 18 and younger at 3,400 locations statewide during the summer. This year, the Florida Department of Agriculture and … [Read more...]

Tax collectors could issue concealed weapons permit under new bill

Tax collectors could soon accept applications for concealed weapons or firearms. State Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, and State Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, have passed legislation that would allow county tax collectors the ability to be appointed to accept such applications. "Allowing tax collectors to assist applicants in their home counties is not only a convenience for citizens, it makes … [Read more...]