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Agriculture

  • Jillian Sanchez, 14, wins FFA Discovery Award

    By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

    Fourteen year-old Jillian Sanchez went to the FFA Stars Over Florida Convention and Ceremony with expectations. She returned having met those expectations and came home with the Discovery Degree Award.

    The award may be the first of many FFA awards for which she may be eligible during her FFA lifetime.

    Jillian was recognized for her accomplishments at the convention during the week of June 12 in Orlando.

  • Griner takes over as president of Florida Cattlemen’s Assoc.

    It’s been a bittersweet couple of months for Ken Griner.

    The Chiefland rancher recently underwent a cutting edge proton beam radiation treatment for prostate cancer, which saw him making daily trips to Jacksonville over an eight-week stretch.

    During that time, his wife, Lynetta Usher Griner, who with Ken owns and runs the family’s Usher Farm and Usher Land & Timber, Inc. in Chiefland, met with President Donald Trump and a small group of fellow agricultural leaders in Washington to discuss the state and future of the industry.

  • Alumni FFA Rodeo starts Friday

     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. 

  • Griner wraps up 2016 on high note

    Ken Griner is one busy man.

    He rises before the sun, saddles up a horse, heads out to take care of cattle that is part of a new venture, Florida Cattle Ranches, LLC. A little later he will clean up and head to the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club meeting with his wife, Lynetta Usher Griner, a recent winner of the state Agriculture Woman of the Year.

    Or maybe he will have a meeting with a marketing consultant on a new website for the family company, Usher Land & Timber.

  • Bull auction returns to Hardee Farm with new breed

    One hundred and twenty-nine bulls went for top dollar last Wednesday at a bull auction in Chiefland.

    The scene at the Hardee farm, hosted Chris Hardee, had the familiar trappings of a classic livestock auction, with a professional group of auctioneers led by Tommy Barnes.

    But the bulls on offer were the proud product of a new future-oriented effort in cattle breeding for a group of four cattle operators, including Hardee and Ken Griner of Chiefland’s KG Cattle.

  • Millennials sought for agricultural leadership

    The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is seeking agriculturists between the ages of 18 and 35 to apply for its 2016-2018 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group. The group consists of young men and women who are interested in representing production agriculture and the farm families who make it successful.

    The Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group allows members to develop and refine their leadership abilities by focusing on personal growth, public speaking, media training, legislative awareness, issue advocacy, business management and service leadership.

  • Suwannee River Fair opens Thursday

    The Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale, operated by the Suwannee River Fair Association, opens this afternoon with the arrival of the bunnies and the chickens (and ducks, turkeys, and other poultry).

    The fair, show and sale is in its 63rd year and it shows no signs of slowing. It covers this weekend and takes a rest during next week before it starts up again to the next weekend and runs through Wednesday, March 23 when the culmination is the sale.

    This first weekend features poultry, rabbits, dogs, goats, dairy cows, heifers and horses.

  • Suwannee Fair opens next week

    The Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show & Sale opens next week with the arrival of poultry and rabbit entries on Thursday, March 10 at 5 p.m.

    On Friday the dairy cow, goat and heifer entries arrive, with the Cloverbuds showing their rabbits at 5:30 p.m. The poultry show fires up at 6 and the older competitors have their rabbit show at the same time.

    On Saturday, the attention goes to the horse, dairy cow, goat and heifer contests.

    It all takes place the fair pavillion at the intersection of State Road 26 and U.S. Highway 19.

  • Chiefland Senior FFA wins state food science and technology competition

    Special to the Citizen

    Florida FFA is pleased to announce that Chiefland Senior FFA took first place at the State Food Science and Technology Career Development Event.

    The winners will be recognized at the 88th Florida FFA State Convention and Expo in July. The competitive event was held on Jan. 30, in Gainesville.

    Chiefland had 914 points while second place Bartow Senior FFA had 211 and third place Ocala West Port had 907 poinrs.

  • Chiefland FFA member wins Reserve champ

    Demetrius Bowers II, won Grand Reserve Championship in Junior Doe Nubian Division  at the Florida State Fair.

    Bowers is a Chiefland Junior FFA member, and attends 8th grade at Chiefland Middle High School.