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Peavy’s steer receives multiple awards

Mickey Starling: Greene Publishing, Inc. At 15 years old, JD Peavy is gaining quite a reputation for his cattle showmanship. Traveling to Starke for the Bradford Beef Bash on Saturday, Jan. 13, Peavy added another reserve champion to his growing list of wins. This prospect steer and heifer show was just for fun and bragging rights. “This is our version of travel ball,” said Paige Peavy, JD’s mother, who along with her husband, Opie, often accompany Peavy to various shows. This prized steer was farm raised, with his mother, Sadie,…

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FWC approves regional bay scallop seasons for 2018

Story Submitted The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved regionally-specific bay scallop open season dates for 2018, including a change to the season for Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties that was proposed in December. The Commission also approved a trial bay scallop season in state waters off Pasco County in 2018. The following regionally-specific bay scallop open seasons will be created by executive order for 2018 only: • Franklin County through northwestern Taylor County (including Carrabelle, Lanark and St. Marks): July 1 through Sept. 24. This region includes…

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Hunter Safety Course being offered

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Want knowledge on how to “think SAFE” while hunting? Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is bringing an online hunter safety course to Pinetta on Saturday, March 10, beginning at 9 a.m. The online Hunter Safety Course and Skills Day covers the knowledge, skills, and attitude needed to be a safe hunter. The course teaches hunting laws, regulations, ethics and responsibility. Safe firearm handling, clearing, matching, loading, and unloading are also explained. Other subjects covered are safe and effective shot placement and marksmanship. “Think…

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Your farm could be a Florida Century Pioneer

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Agriculture has been a huge part of North Florida, as well as around the world. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) realizes the benefit for family farms and ranches to be recognized as the original stewards of the land that preserves ecological resources and provides an economic base for Florida’s economy. Through the Century Pioneer Family Farm Program, FDACS would like to identify family farms and ranches as pioneers of the agricultural industry for all the hard work and time these workers…

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