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SMR Farms Top Grower

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

SMR FARMS DUBBED TROPICANA TOP GROWER
Lakewood Ranch-based SMR Farms is pleased to announce it has been selected as a one of Tropicana’s top growers for 2010 – 2011, for the third time in a row.
The Grower of the Year Award is based on fruit quality, load quality, varietal mix, and agro business management, which includes: harvesting method, grove practices, labor programs, MWBE, ag sustainability, pilot projects and support of Tropicana marketing efforts.
SMR Farms is also working with Tropicana on a fertilizer trial. The first crop from the low carbon footprint fertilizer trial at SMR Farms was harvested in May. The results showed no difference between the control fertilizer and the low carbon footprint fertilizers, which could mean a major environmental advantage if the fertilizer makes it to market. The trial is scheduled to run for two more seasons.
SMR Farms has more than 80 years of experience as a leader in Florida agribusiness. With more than 31,000 acres as a starting point, SMR Farms produces sod and improved turfgrasses, containerized and field-grown trees, premium Brangus and hybrid cattle, and citrus for both the juice and fresh-fruit markets.
SMR Farms has been a leader in environmental stewardship and water management. Whether it is preservation of sensitive habitat, extensive use of alternative water sources or implementation of best management practices, SMR Farms has been well out front in making natural resource management a part of every land-management decision.
For more information, visit www.smrfarms.com.
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SMR Farms is in Lakewood Ranch, FL. Lakewood Ranch is the 8,500-acre award winning master-planned community in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida. Just minutes from the Gulf Coast beaches, and cultural assets in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch is already home to more 15,000 residents and features A-rated schools, a hospital, the Sarasota Polo Club, a 75 acre sports complex, its own Main Street with theaters, shopping and dining, and four million square feet of commercial property. For more information visit www.lakewoodranch.com.

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