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Agriculture

  • Levy ranchers influence Cattlemen's Association

    When Chiefland rancher Ken Griner was named the new president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association at its annual convention in June, it marked the third time in a decade that Levy County saw one of its own claim that position.

    The Board of County Commissioners celebrated such a distinction at its meeting Aug. 8, as they presented the trio – Griner, Don Quincy (2011-12) and Robert “Bo” Hobby (2008-09) – with plaques to commemorate the unique honor for the county and its leading agricultural hands.

    The FCA aims to promote and advocate for cattlemen producers.

    “Commissioner (Mike) Joyner brought it to my attention when Ken Griner was elected that we’ve had two in the past, and I don’t think we’ve ever officially recognized them,” BOCC chair John Meeks said. “I’ve had the privilege of knowing these three men personally, and all three of the them are models of what a good Levy County citizen is and should be. They’re role models for the young people coming up.”

  • The 2017 Suwannee River Livestock Show and Sale surpassed 2016 totals with $926,080

    The 2017 Suwannee River Livestock Show and Sale surpassed 2016 totals with $926,080 paid to FFA and 4-H exhibitors.

    The two-weeklong show concluded March 22 with an auction of 357 hogs and steers. The total number of livestock sold was down from 385, but more than the $918,000 sold the previous year.

    Marti Smith, Suwannee River Livestock Show and Sale bookkeeper, said there were 233 hogs, 42 fat steers and 82 feeder steers sold this year. That does not count other livestock, such as sheep, that were sold, but not at the auction.

  • FFA Alumni Rodeo

    The Suncoast Credit Union presents the 6th Annual Chiefland FFA Alumni Rodeo April 21-22 at 8 p.m. at Lotoma Ranch. Other corporate sponsors include Chiefland Farm Supply, Ace Hardware, Alliance Dairies and Alliance Grazing Group.

    Events include junior barrel racing, bull riding, team roping, calf roping, breakaway and a calf scramble for ages 10 and under.

    The $60 entry fee for each event must be paid by 7 p.m. each night. The fee to enter the junior barrel racing is $25.

    For more information, please contact Jenifer Butler at 352-316-0146.

  • 2017 Suwannee River Fair and Livestock Show

    Note: First place showmanship belt buckles in all divisions were donated by Kloverleaf Tack, Kathy Inman in Williston.

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  • Weather takes a toll on melons

    Freezing temperatures took its toll on watermelon crops last week in Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, north Marion and west Alachua counties.

    Fortunately, a lot of melons were yet to be planted. 

  • 65th Suwannee River Fair continues until March 22

    The Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy Counties 65th annual Suwannee River Fair began Saturday with ribbons awarded for rabbits, swine, poultry, horses, goats and heifers, Agriculture Life and dog show. As of press time, the winners of each group are listed.

  • Bronson FFA does well in horse judging

    Bronson Middle FFA Chapter participated in the Horse Judging Career Development Event Feb. 4 at the Canterbury Arena in Newberry, Florida. The team consisted of Brinley Bedford, Rochelle Stancil, Delia Creel and Jackson Asbell. 

  • Show results from the first weekend of livestock show

    The following are the week one results from the Suwannee River Fair. 

     

    RABBIT

  • Chiefland FFA meets to plan for the future

    By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

    The Chiefland FFA Alumni Chapter held its monthly meeting Aug. 1 at the Chiefland High School Ag Barn.

    During the treasury report the budget and expense sheets were reviewed. The minutes read from the previous month and the next order of business was the upcoming elections. Lack of attendance due to the summer months with families and members being out of town has pushed back the elections back to the Sept. 5, with the hope of all open seats to be filled. The topic quickly turned to motivation for attendance at the alumni meetings.

    Ideas were discussed for representation at the upcoming open house at the high school and Chiefland Middle School with an information table where flyers will be available to students and parents.

    New business was opened with Chiefland Middle School Ag Teacher Matt Detloff requesting a donation of 50 percent of the admission fee for each of the six students who will be attending the Chapter President Conference scheduled the last weekend in August. A $300 donation was unanimously approved.

  • Drought, now rain is hurting hay crop

    By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

    Area farmers have experienced difficult times fighting the elements this year and chances are that finding hay has been difficult.

    When it comes to farming, rain is king. Rain is what farmers want, rain is what farmers need and when it finally came, it came — and then some.