Freeze Threatens Florida’s Tropical Fish

Frosted oranges, strawberries encased in ice: the images of Florida’s freezes are familiar, sad and earthy. But just past the crop rows here in the state’s agricultural core, there swims another sizable industry that has suffered more than any other because of this year’s unusually long cold snap — tropical fish. Workers at Urban Tropical covered ponds with […]

Million-dollar risk rides on couple of cold nights in Florida’s berry fields

Carl Grooms’ strawberry crop made it through the longest cold snap of his 36-year career, but Saturday left him wondering if all his sleepless nights were in vain. The lowest temperatures were yet to come. Tonight he could still lose everything. So when the drizzling rain subsided in the afternoon, Grooms and his Fancy Farms workers grabbed […]