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Agriculture

  • 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. 

  • FFA wins Grand Champion cow-calf pair from Chiefland

    LNL Sweet Emotion 3041 won grand champion cow-calf pair at the 2016 Florida State Fair Angus Show, Feb. 4 in Tampa.

    Chiefland FFA at Chiefland Middle High School owns the May 2013 daughter of LaGrand MAF Antidote 5775. A May 2015 bull calf sired by LNL Lakota Mr Stock 5502 completes the winning pair. Wes Hudson of Harrison, Ark., evaluated the 141 entries.

  • Hot 'n' sweet theme for FFA Alumni chili contest, cake auction

    It was a full house at the Chiefland Middle High School Ag Building on Friday night as the FFA Alumni hosted its annual Chili Competition & Sweetheart Cake Auction.

    More than 100 people feasted on the entries, going back for seconds on the ones they judged to be the best.

    But a group of judges, Lewrissa and John Mainwaring, Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum and Public Defender Stacy Scott judged the 13 entries.

    The winners were:

    • Best Overall, Shotgun Chili by Jan Bennett,

  • Entry form for Friday's chili cookoff

    Anyone interested in entering the Annual FFA Alumni Chili Cook-Off on Friday, Feb, 12, can find the entry form by clicking on the file attachment link.

    Check in is 4:45 p.m., judging starts at 5 p.m.

    And for those who have procrastinated buying your sweetie a gift, the annual cake auction is a good place to be.

    The event is at 5:30 p.m. in the Ag Building at Chiefland Middle High School.

  • Chiefland Farmers Market now has organic veggies

    By Kate Figueroa

    One important ingredient has been missing from the Chiefland Farmers Market since it opened in August 2014: fruits and vegetables.  Customers show up and ask, “Where’s the produce?” With our extended summer weather and Fall being a difficult growing season in North Florida as it is, customers leave with some great local products, but few or no vegetables.

  • Study: Tiger mosquito likes butterfly bushes

    By Brad Buck

    UF/IFAS

    The Asian tiger mosquito is attracted to flowering butterfly bushes, giving mosquito control officials another tool to monitor and trap the insect that can transmit pathogens, causing potentially deadly diseases, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows.

    Asian tiger mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs in containers.

  • Study: Citizen participation increases trust in science

    By Brad Buck

    Lay people who participate in citizen science develop more interest in science after participating in such a project, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows.

  • UF/IFAS apps give irrigation, growing tips,more

    By Brad Buck

    UF/IFAS

    Looking to save money and water when you irrigate? UF/IFAS scientists have developed an app for that. Want to know what plants to grow in your garden? You guessed it: UF/IFAS has an app for that as well.

    UF/IFAS’ so-called “smart irrigation apps” include an urban lawn app that estimates how long you’ll need to water your lawn to meet current plant water demand. It uses a simplified approach for automated irrigation systems.

  • 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.