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Beffa’s milking wonder: Dansha Farms provides products worldwide

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. What started out as a hobby farm in Lee, Fla., for Dan Beffa, has now turned into a profitable business that he is extremely passionate about. Since moving to Madison from Ft. Lauderdale in 2008, Dansha Farms has produced goat milk for various types of cheeses and world-renowned hand-milking products for farmers around the world, with the motto, and the goal, of “hand milking made easy.” While getting milk from one of his goats, Beffa began developing pain in his hands from the milking process,…

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Be cautious of puss caterpillars

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. As the temperatures drop and the year begins to dwindle, it’s time to keep an eye on your surroundings as the Florida-native venomous puss caterpillar is making its appearance. In October, a man in Spring Hill, Fla. claimed he was stung by a puss caterpillar after spotting at least three near his home. In Cape Coral, Fla., a woman was casually sitting on a park bench when she felt a sting that she thought was a red ant. However, the “ant” was the puss caterpillar….

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Madison County Farm Bureau accepting donations

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. The Madison County Farm Bureau is continuing to collect donated pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Collection program and you are invited to join them. The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) have been in operation since 1974 and were created to strengthen families during difficult times. According to their website, RMHC provides vital resources and compassionate care to children and their families being served by leading hospitals worldwide. The mission of RMHC is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health…

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Local officials honored at state meeting

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. From Wednesday, Oct. 24, to Friday, Oct. 26, Madison County’s very own Farm Bureau representatives and leaders attended Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s 77th state annual meeting, which took place at Renaissance World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. For 77 years, the annual convention has highlighted its organizations’ efforts over the years. This year, a lineup of fantastic break-out sessions, ceremonies and a showcase of member benefits proved to be an interesting opportunity to see how Florida Farm Bureau makes a difference for Florida agriculture. With…

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