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Sonny Perdue sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Story Submitted Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony on April 25 at the Supreme Court building. Perdue grew up on a dairy and diversified row crop farm in Bonaire, Ga. Being uniquely qualified as a former farmer, agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator and governor of Georgia, he has experienced the agriculture industry from every possible perspective throughout his life. As secretary, Perdue says he will champion the concerns…

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Apply for alligator and fall hunt permits in May!

Submitted By Tony Young May is here, and so is the start of the Phase I application period for applying for alligator and fall quota, special opportunity and national wildlife refuge hunt permits. Mark your calendar, set yourself an alarm, whatever you have to do to remind yourself – just don’t forget to get in all of your fall hunting permit applications in time for Phase I. Alligator hunt permits Since 1988, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has offered hunters the opportunity to take part in its…

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Farm Bureau promotes literacy

Story Submitted Madison County Farm Bureau had the chance to go to Lee Elementary School on Monday, April 24, and read Drive Through Florida  Aquaculture & Seafood for Florida Agriculture Literacy Day. Volunteer readers were: Ginny Paarlberg (Madison Farm Bureau Women’s Chair), Brad Dicks (Florida Farm Bureau Federation), Buck Carpenter (Madison Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer & Rancher Chair), and Lindsey Lawson (Madison County Farm Bureau Federation & Insurance). Madison County Farm Bureau leaders read each year to as many schools in Madison County as possible and educate each student about…

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Free experience at Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center

Story Submitted Enjoy fun outdoor activities on Saturday, April 29, at the 2017 Outdoor Experience, a free family event hosted at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center. The Outdoor Experience provides a safe environment, expert instruction, and gear and tackle so attendees of all ages can try activities such as archery, fishing and shooting sports stations. The event, hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Outdoor Experience also features hay rides, bounce houses and guest performances by nationally-known…

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