What you need to know about Florida today
› Exports of U.S. craft beer up 72 percent
The United States is sending a lot more craft beer to other countries. Exports of American craft beer increased 72 percent in 2012 over 2011 shipments, according to the Brewers Association. The total value was $49.1 million.
› Everglades bike and walking trail would link Naples, Miami
One day, if all goes according to an ambitious plan now in the works, people will be able to cycle or walk all the way from Miami to Everglades City and Naples on wide, paved trails that link together national parks, nature preserves, campgrounds and tourist attractions.
› Researchers identify gene that allows corn to grow in poor conditions
Approximately 30 percent of the world’s total land is too acidic to support crop production, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. However, a solution may lie in a strand of corn that is able to grow successfully in acidic soil, thanks to a genetic variation recently identified with help from the University of Florida Genetics Institute.
› The Wave streetcar system right on track for downtown Fort Lauderdale
In a few years, Fort Lauderdale drivers should be able to park their cars and ride the rails instead. Broward County this week gave final approval to run "The Wave," a $142 million electric streetcar system that initially will travel a small loop around the urban core.
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