• Study shows flavor trumps health for blueberry buying



    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.

  • UF ag and life sciences has new associate dean

    A professor and assistant chairman of the Department of Animal Sciences has been named associate dean of the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

    Joel Brendemuhl, with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences since 1985, began work in his new role July 14, said college Dean Elaine Turner.

    Brendemuhl will provide leadership for admissions, enrollment, curricula and academic program assessment in the college, also known as CALS, Turner said.

  • Levy resident gets CARES award

    Kate Boulos is one of two Levy County residents to receive a County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) award this year for the work she’s done in managing Watermelon Pond Plantation.

  • Suwannee River Fair: important dates

    • Weigh in/ Tag in

    • Fat steer – Sept. 27 (7 – 9 a.m.)

    • Feeder steer – Dec. 5 (3 – 6 p.m.)

    • Swine – Dec. 6 (7 – 9:30 a.m.)

    • Heifer – Dec. 6 (10 am – 12 p.m.)

    • General Election

    Sept. 2, at 7 p.m.

    • Parent/Advisor Leader Meeting – to review all new rules and ask questions of the superintendents and board members

    Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m.

  • Chiefland FFA Alumni finalist for state award

    The Chiefland FFA Alumni Association is among five finalists for the 2014 Outstanding Alumni Affiliate award to be awarded at the 86th Florida FFA State Convention on Friday, July 4. 

       The Florida FFA Association and the Florida FFA Alumni Association will recognize the five finalists  during the 8th General Session.

       The other finalists are: Branford FFA Alumni, Kathleen FFA Alumni, Suwannee FFA Alumni and Williston FFA Alumni.

  • Levy FFA finalists in state proficiency

    Florida FFA is pleased to announce the 134 finalists for the 2014 Agricultural Proficiency Award program and Levy County is home to several. 

  • Watermelon season winding down


  • Homesteader’s Co-Op and Levy County Farmer’s Market

     Where: 10250 N.E. 110th St., Archer — just off SR 24 in University Oaks


    When: Saturday,June 14, from 8 a.m. until noon — and every second and fourth Satrurdays of the month.


    For more information, call 352-474-1893 or 535-3877, or email HomesteadersCoOp@aol.com.

  • New test could ID tick disease

    University of Florida veterinary researchers say a simple DNA-based test could help identify strains of a debilitating tickborne disease that infects an increasing number of people.

  • Canning workshops

    Spring is just around the corner and your garden will soon be producing tons of vegetables and fruits.  Or you may want to take advantage of farmer’s markets, road-side stands or you-pick operations located nearby. Preserving some of that food for use later in the year will give you great taste and good nutrition and will also make memories for a lifetime.