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Carpenter family recognized for environmental leadership

Story Submitted Buck and NoraBeth Carpenter, of Southern Pioneer Farms, LLC in Madison County, were honored for their environmental stewardship with a County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) award on Thursday, May 2, at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center-Suwannee Valley during the 19th Annual Suwannee CARES Celebration. The Carpenter family has implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) in their beef cattle and perennial peanut hay operations to protect local, natural resources and land that has been in their family for more than six generations. Some of the…

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Spring turkey season to commence

Savannah Reams: Greene Publishing, Inc. It’s time to swab your barrels and take aim! Spring turkey season is upon us and those gobblers are strutting. The season will kick off with Youth Turkey Weekend, beginning Saturday, March 9, through Sunday, March 10. This designated time period is only for youth ages 15 and younger. However, all youth must be accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older. Adult supervisors with a hunting license and turkey permit may “call in” the turkey and otherwise participate in the hunt, however, they may…

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Ellis Farms – a cut above

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. From hay to cattle and sheep, Chris Ellis of Ellis Farms has been successful in growing and maintaining his farm in Madison County. Ellis began with growing little by little, learning about caring for and raising sheep and cattle. Now, he is “a cut above,” gaining the trust of customers on a daily basis. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., Chris Ellis and his wife, Jeanne, bought land south of the City of Madison in 2010 and moved into their newly-built home in 2012, after…

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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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