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Agriculture

  • Saying goodbye

    Chiefland Senior FFA member Tyler Bennett spends a moment with his hog that won Grand Champion Swine at the 2013 Suwannee River Fair Youth Livestock Show and Sale.

    His animal brought $13 per pound in the annual sale held on Wednesday, March 20.

  • Squeals of a champion

    Lacey Bennett, of Double Sink 4H, won 4th place overall in the Florida State Fair’s Swine Showmanship Junior Division Feb. 9. The State Fair, held in Tampa, closes its 12-day run on Sunday, Feb. 18.

  • State Fair opens today in Tampa

        The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida State Fair Authority are partnering to celebrate 500 years of agriculture at this year's Florida State Fair. The fair officially beings Thursday, Feb. 7, when Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and his fellow Cabinet members will "flip the switch" to illuminate the Midway in Tampa. 

  • FFA Alumni searching for chili champion

    Anyone who can make chili, including those who think they make the best chili are invited to compete in the Chiefland FFA Alumni 4th Annual Homemade Chili Cookoff on Friday, Feb. 1, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Chiefland High School Ag Building.

    The cookoff is a fundraiser for the Chiefland schools agriculture program.

  • Local teen’s business is blooming

    By CARRIE A. MIZELL
    Special to the Citizen
    He may not have a driver’s license, but Matthew George does have a blossoming daylily business.
    The 15-year-old Trenton High School student is actively involved in FFA, sports and running his own business.
    “Matthew is learning about the real world at a young age,” said Steve Broker, Trenton FFA advisor. “He’s a very serious young man, who works hard and will do anything you ask him to.”

  • Ag agency tips for protecting homes in wildfire season

    Tallahassee – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Forest Service offered five tips to help Floridians protect themselves against the dangers of wildfire. Wildfire Awareness Week, which recognizes the wildfires that raged through Florida in 1998, burning more than 500,000 acres and damaging or destroying 337 homes and other structures, is April 8-14.

  • 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.