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Agriculture

  • Fair results

    Heifer
    Grand Champion – Shelbi McCall, Dixie Middle FFA
    Reserve Champion – Kole Starnes, Williston Middle FFA
    n Showmanship
    •Junior
    1 Maddilyn Johnson – Farm Pals 4H
    2 Presley Paulling – Lil Farmers 4H
    3 Douglas Simpson III – Riverside Wranglers
    • Intermediate
    1 Shelbi McCall – Dixie Middle FFA
    2 Baylee Etheridge – Williston Middle FFA

  • Lower Suwannee and Cedar keys in Tampa

    The Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges were represented at the State Fair by Refuge Ranger Pam Darty.

  • Learn about bees

    Free Beekeeping classes will be held at the Dixie County Public Library. Classes will begin at 7 p.m.  Please pre-register by calling 498-1219.
    • April 14 - Speaker - Mark Dykes, Research Technician, Field Manager at UF
    • April 28 - Speaker - Dr. Jerry Hayes
    • May 12 - Speaker - David Westervelt, Apiary Inspector Supervisor, District 3

  • Small business economic backbone of rural Florida

    By JOHN CRABTREE
    Center for Rural Affairs

     In order for Florida’s rural cities and small towns to contribute fully to the nation’s economic recovery, we must enable small, mainstreet businesses to build a better future for themselves, their community, state and nation.

  • District launches water-friendly fertilizing campaign

    Improperly applied fertilizers
    are harmful to our water bodies

    The Southwest Florida Water Management District recently kicked off a new multi-media public service advertising campaign to educate residents on how to fertilize their lawns appropriately.
    Many people don’t know when to fertilize, how much to buy, how to read a fertilizer label and select the right fertilizer for their soil type, how much to apply or how much water is needed to water-in the fertilizer.

  • The lay of the land

    Dozens of students from schools in Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties took part in the Tri-County Land Judging contest put on by the Gilchrist Soil and Water Conservation District at the Trenton FFA Arena Feb. 25.
    Participants, trying to determine the soil’s suitabilty for agriculture and home construction, evaluated the soil in four pits spread out across a field. They also tried to determine the slope of the land between the pits.

  • Ag engineers call for more tractor safety

  • Natural disaster aid available to area growers

     Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced recently that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 34 counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to frosts and freezes during this winter season and drought over the last six months. The USDA has designated an additional 28 counties in Florida as contiguous natural disaster areas.

  • A brief guide to raising chickens

    These days, people are becoming more concerned about where their food comes from and how it’s produced.  Many, with the fear of growth hormones in their food, pesticides on their fruits and vegetables or the realization that some agricultural practices can be harmful to the environment, are turning to producing as much food as they can at home.  
    “Generally speaking, home food production has increased in the last 10 to 12 years,” said Levy County UF/IFAS extension agent Anthony Drew.

  • Restricted use pesticide training and testing