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Agriculture

  • Levy Soil and Water Conservation District host 2012 speaking contest

  • Hunt to head new sheriff's unit

    Levy County Sheriff's Lt. Shawn Hunt has been named to the first Agriculture/Marine Unit in the department.
    Citizens have never had a full time ag/marine Investigator to work with farmers, timber business owners and clam farms in Cedar Key.  The duties will consist of investigating any Ag-related crimes, educating the farmers by giving crime prevention tips and community policing

  • 2012 Suwannee River Fair schedule of events

    MARCH 16-21
    n Friday, March 16:
    3 – 5:30 p.m. - Steer Entry
    5 – 5:30 p.m. - Consumer Judging Registration
    5:30 p.m. - Primary & Senior Judging Event
    6 p.m. - Junior Judging Event
    6:30 – 8 p.m. - Creative Life Skills Entry (NON-FOOD ITEMS)
    n Saturday, March 17:
    7 – 10 a.m. - Swine Entry
    9 – 11 a.m. - Creative Life Skills Entry
    10:30 – 11 a.m. - Livestock Judging Registration
    11 a.m. - Livestock Judging Events

  • Putnam OKs $4.4 Million for Florida specialty crops

    TALLAHASSEE — Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced Thursday that approximately $4.4 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be awarded to nonprofits, producers, academic institutions and government agencies, among others, to fund projects that will enhance the competitiveness of Florida’s specialty crops. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) is now accepting applications for funding.

  • Bronson FFA Alumni Food Fest Friday

       The Bronson FFA Alumni Organization's Annual Food Fest will be Friday, March 2, at First Baptist Church in Bronson, with entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. and food service at 5:30 p.m.
       There will also be a singing group from the local Cowboy Church, a cake auction, a silent auction and door prizes.
    Tickets for the event may be purchased in advance for $10 or for $15 at the event. Proceeds go to the Bronson FFA Alumni Scholarship Program and to send local students to leadership conferences.

  • Levy can protest farm agency closing on Friday

    Farmers and ranchers are being invited to attend a meeting on Friday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. to discuss a proposal to consolidate USDA Farm Service Agencies in the tri-county area into one office in Trenton.
    The move is part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture move to trim its budget and consolidate 131 county offices in 32 states. The moves would leave more than 2,100 FSA offices remaining throughout the United States.

  • Chiefland FFA chili cook-off, cake auction Friday

    The Chiefland FFA Alumni are having their 3rd Annual Homemade Chili Cook-Off on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Chiefland High School Ag. Building.  Cost is $15 per entry and this also includes the hot dog/chili meal.
    Check-in time for entrants is 4:45 p.m., with a minimum of one gallon of chili. Prizes will be awarded.  Hot dog/chili meals will be sold to the general public for $5, beginning at 5:30.  

  • Integrating Land and Wildlife Management Workshop Series

     Workshop 3:Quail and Timber—

    Managing Your Timber to Benefit Bobwhite Quail

     

    n WHEN: Monday, Nov. 28,

    5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    n WHERE: Levy County Extension Office

    625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson

    n COST: $5 Registration Fee (Dinner Included)

    To Register, call (352) 486-5131 or email ewillcox@ufl.edu.

  • USDA invests in Florida farmers

    By JOHN CRABTREE
    Center for Rural Affairs

    Florida farmers transitioning to organic systems as well as established organic producers now have an opportunity to apply for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative funding to assist their organic efforts.

  • Bee hive basics

    Whether one wants free honey or to help restore the declining bee population, people everywhere can learn how to raise bees from the numerous online articles about beekeeping.
    Mother Earth News and even The New York Times had a piece about urban beekeeping on city roof tops. “Bee Movie,” was a hit for adults and kids alike. Some Florida municipalities are revising their zoning laws to accommodate small scale beekeepers.