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Meet and greet: Denise Grimsley

Story Submitted: The Madison County Farm Bureau recently held a “Meet & Greet,” on Monday, June 19, for Denise Grimsley. Grimsley is running for the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture in the 2018 election. Grimsley visited Madison in order to speak to several local farmers, answer any questions they had and to gain a better understanding of the issues that are going on here in our community. Grimsley stated that agriculture is the foundation of Florida’s economy – that’s why it is critical we have strong leadership to confront the challenges…

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FWC law enforcement to participate in Operation Dry Water, national effort against boating under the influence

Story Submitted: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds boaters, as the holiday weekend approaches, that boating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is dangerous and illegal. During Operation Dry Water June 30-July 2, and extending through the July 4th holiday, boaters can expect to see more officers on the water.  During this annual three-day awareness and enforcement campaign, officers will be educating the public while identifying and deterring operators from boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Law enforcement agencies nationwide will be out June…

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FWC reminds… Scallopers to stay safe recognize and use divers-down flags and buoys

Story Submitted: With the opening of scallop season fast approaching, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to remind everyone engaged in this fun outdoor activity to use a divers-down warning device whenever they are snorkeling or scuba diving while searching for these tasty treats. The divers-down symbol is rectangular or square and red in color with a white diagonal stripe. A divers-down flag displayed on a boat must be at least 20 inches by 24 inches and displayed at a high point where it can be observed…

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Madison farming couple visits nation’s capital

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. The Florida Farm Bureau (FFB) Federation sent representatives to Washington D.C as part of its annual Field to the Hill trip, which took place from May 23 to 25. Buck and NoraBeth Carpenter, of Madison, went on the trip and represented the FFB second district, specifically to communicate the perspective of young farmers and ranchers regarding issues such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), immigration reform, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) budget. “Young farmers and ranchers” typically means those individuals who…

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