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Agriculture

  • Chiefland Middle School FFA news

    By Rieley Beauchamp

       Chiefland Middle FFA is off to another very successful year. Our chapter placed 6th in the state in the Tool ID contest on Dec. 2. Congratulations to team members including Kaiden Baker, Sam Mills, Tristan Drummond and William Walker. At the Sub-District contest our officer team placed 2nd in Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Our Parliamentary Procedure team also place 2nd. In the Extemporaneous Public Speaking contest, Rieley Beauchamp placed 1st and is advancing on to the District Contest. Good Luck Rieley!

  • Chiefland FFA Alumni chili, cake event Friday, Feb. 13

    The Chiefland FFA Alumni Chapter's Annual Chili Competition and Cake Auction will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Agriculture Building on the Chiefland Middle High School campus. 

    The chili contest is open to anyone who can fill out the entry form and get it in to the chapter by Tuesday, Feb. 10. Check-in is at 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 13.

  • Changes coming for Suwannee River Fair

    By Marti Smith

    Secretary

    You may have heard that there will be some changes at the 2015 fair.  Change is inevitable and often unpleasant.  The circumstances are truly beyond the control of the Fair Association. The bottom line is safety.

  • Fun day on the farm

    Kindergarten students from Chiefland Elementary and Whispering Winds Charter School got to experience a taste of farm life at the Chiefland Middle High School agriculture land lab with a program designed specifically for them.

  • Fair sale brings in close to $1 million

    Sales at the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale were just under $975,000 last week, surpassing last year's total of $861,000.

    A total of 369 animals were sold, 232 of those being hogs, 103 feeder steers and 34 fat steers.

    “We're tickled to death. Everything went all smooth,” Loran Brookins, fair president said on Friday, adding they had a record sale.

    At the beginning of the sale, it was announced the fair was establishing a scholarship fund in honor of the late Robert Philpot, who died March 13.

  • Cold temps won't close Farmers Market

    It will be cold Saturday morning, but the frigid temperatures will only delay the opening of the Chiefland Farmers Market at Trailhead/Old Depot Park on U.S. Highway 19 South. 

    Instead of opening at its usual 8 a.m., the market will open at 9 a.m. when the sun is expected to be high enough in the sky to ward off the morning chill. It will be open until 1 p.m.

    Chiefland’s downtown Farmers Market specializes in fresh, seasonal local produce, meats, plants, animals and food. Please come out and support the community market.

  • County agrees to agricultural office lease

    Each year 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) are sickened by foodborne diseases and of that number 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

    Everyone has probably heard of the massive food recalls of tainted food. 

    But what few know is that Congress passed a law that President Barak Obama signed into law empowering the Food and Drug Administration, among other agencies, to implement ways to prevent foodborne illnesses.

  • UF/IFAS process can convert human waste into fuel in space

    By Brad Buck

    bradbuck@ufl.edu

    Until now, the waste has been collected to burn up on re-entry. What’s more, like so many other things developed for the space program, the process could well turn up on Earth, said Pratap Pullammanappallil, a University of Florida associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering.

    “It could be used on campus or around town, or anywhere, to convert waste into fuel,” Pullammanappallil said.

  • Chiefland FFA picks up awards at state convention

    By Emily Hallman

    Chiefland FFA Reporter

    A state convention has been held for FFA  members in Florida for 86 years. The convention not only rewards FFA members for their achievements but also provides learning experiences with leadership workshops and presents some of the top issues in agriculture.  This year, the Chiefland Senior FFA chapter carried 18 FFA members to the convention, held in Orlando.

    Congratulations to all the following FFA members:

  • Study shows flavor trumps health for blueberry buying

    By BRAD BUCK

    bradbuck@ufl.edu

    Taste trumps health benefits for blueberry buyers, sending a strong message that fruit consumers value flavor most, new University of Florida research shows.

    About 61 percent of blueberry consumers buy the fruit for its flavor, while 39 percent do so for psychological reasons, according to two national online surveys. By “psychological,” researchers mean those consumers may buy blueberries because they believe the fruit, which contains antioxidants, provides health benefits.