The potato is one of America's most popular vegetables. Each year, Americans eat an average of 125 pounds of potatoes per person. June is the peak of Florida's potato season, with a 90-day growing cycle the harvest period is from late January through June. Growing potatoes in Florida produces different commercial varieties from those grown in other parts of the country. Most U.S. growers produce russet potatoes. This variety does not grow well in Florida because it can take up to four months to produce tubers. Florida's most popular varieties are White Potatoes, the LaChipper, Sebago and the Yukon Gold. Also, Red Potatoes, the Red LaSoda and the LaRouge. A 100-foot row can produce from 150 to 300 pounds of potatoes depending on the variety and the year.
A wildfire burning in the Florida Everglades has given some commuters a smoky ride home along Interstate 75 in an area called Alligator Alley. Florida Forest Service officials confirmed lightning started the wildfire Sunday night and that it's now burning over 17,000 acres (6,900 hectares) just north of the busy interstate and a few miles west of a state highway.
85 people have now been charged as part of Operation Trade Secrets, a human trafficking sting conducted by the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office.
Commissioner Robert Wilford, of Alachua, has been picked to be the new chair of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council.
Senator Marco Rubio and former Senator Bill Nelson to speak at the inaugural public forum of the University of Florida Bill Nelson Initiative on Ethics and Leadership.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Uniform Crime Report shows increases in every major crime category in Alachua County.