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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • Bee enthusiasts gather in Chiefland

    There’s a new gang in town. And while some of its members have made the ‘A’ list, they’re all on the ‘bee’ list.
    The Levy County Beekeepers Association was formed last week in Chiefland. About a dozen local residents came to the club’s first meeting where officers were appointed and membership dues, $20 per member, were collected.

  • Division of Forrestry announces longleaf pine ecosystem restoration

     
     The Division of Forestry at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced recently the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Restoration Landowner Incentive Program will be accepting applications from non-industrial private forest landowners Monday, April 11 through Friday, May 6.

  • Levy loggers named master loggers

    Two loggers from Levy County were recently awarded the designation of Florida Master Logger.  
    B.J. Casson and Mike Studstil, now officially Master Loggers, return to their businesses with enhanced credentials to offer logging and forestry services in this growing segment of the local and state economy.

  • Earthquake may hinder grain trade with Japan

    Special to the Citizen

    The U.S. Grains Council received initial reports that the earthquake and subsequent tsunami may have caused significant damage to many of Japan’s agricultural facilities and production areas.
    While the extent of the damage is not yet known, it will likely impact grain trade.

  • Renewed Doha talks offer hope for ag trade

    Special to the Citizen

    The long-running Doha Round of World Trade Organization negotiations is evolving toward a focus on the “horizontal process,” with countries moving to prioritize demands and make concessions between agricultural trade, manufacturing and services, according to Rebecca Bratter, U.S. Grains Council director of trade development.

  • 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.