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Agriculture

  • 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

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  • Brazilian pepper season

     This is the time of year to spot the bright red berries and shiny green leaves of the dreaded Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius, Raddi).  This attractive shrub/tree was brought to the US as an ornamental and was often called Florida Holly.

  • Adam Putnam has ties to Levy County

    Adam Putnam may be the new Florida Commissioner of Agriculture but to Levy County Commissioner Chad Johnson he's always been a leader with a bright future.

  • International partnership to create new model for trade

    The current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) proposal is ground breaking in terms of its scope, terms of trade and anticipated geopolitical impact, according to the U.S. Grains Council.
     “The agreement will offer significant opportunities for new sales of U.S. agricultural products and could significantly alter current trade patterns as it expands and as new trade partners express interest in joining,” said USGC Chairman Terry Vinduska.