• Bell dairy farmer named 2010 World Dairy Expo Dairyman of the Year  

      World Dairy Expo has named Donald T. Bennink of North Florida Holsteins, in Bell,  its 2010 Dairyman of the Year at the annual Dinner with the Stars held in Madison, Wis., on Sept. 30. Bennink was recognized for his contributions to the global dairy industry and received a custom plaque signed by President Barack Obama.

  • Levy Farm Bureau leadership

    A large crowd of Levy County Farm Bureau members gathered at the Whitehurst Lodge outside of Willston on Sept. 30, to enjoy a barbecue dinner, fellowship and to do a little yearly business. Incoming Levy County Farm Bureau President Chad “Cracker” Johnson, State Rep. Leonard Bembry and Brad Etheridge, Florida Farm Bureau state director, were in attendance.  Members of the Levy County Farm Bureau board of directors are, from left to right, Cecil Benton, Travis Wiygul, Van Whitehurst, Brad Etheridge and Wesley Sache.

  • Suwannee Fair board elections

     On Aug. 30, elections were held for seats on the board of directors for the Suwannee River Fair and Livestock Association.  New board members were elected from Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties.

  • USGC confident in adequate supply of US feed grains

     The U.S. Department of Agriculture Oct. 8 released its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reflecting the third-largest corn crop and yield on record. While this month’s report lowers U.S. corn yield and production estimates from the previous month, U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Thomas C. Dorr said these market challenges will be addressed. 

  • Farm Feature: Family retires to raising goats

    Ray and Pam Knisley say they moved to Chiefland to get away from the traffic and forever-encroaching sprawl of South Florida where they once owned a successful horse farm and carriage event business.  In 2005, after deciding to retire, the Knisleys bought an 80- acre farm in Chiefland, now known as Carriage House Farm.
    And although the Knisleys still have a few horses and antique carriages, they've turned their attention to raising a breed of goat that are famous for collapsing at the first sign of trouble: fainting goats.

  • Peanut pod blasting at the Levy County Extension office

    Special to the Citizen
    Last spring, Levy County Master Gardener coordinator, Barbara Edmonds, mentioned that the most curious among us might be interested in how the local extension office assists the tri-county farmers with their watermelon and peanut crop harvests.

  • Suwannee River Fair News

    Fat Steer Weigh In

    The fat steer weigh in will take place Saturday, Oct. 2, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the fairgrounds in Fanning Springs.  This is the first weigh-in for all market steers participating in the 2011 Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale.  An entry form is required and is available online at www.mysrf.org.  The form must be completed and signed by the exhibitor, parent and FFA advisor/4H leader.  Entry fee is $25.

  • Opportunities available now for conservation help and funding

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida has set a cutoff date of Oct. 29 to submit applications for several voluntary conservation programs to help eligible participants with technical and financial assistance for conservation practices to prevent soil erosion, improve water quality, restore wetlands and provide habitat for wildlife.