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Farm & Outdoors 

The generational, cotton-pickin’ Rolands

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. The day starts early at the farm in Greenville for Michael and Earlene Roland. Feeding the cows and making an itinerary of the day is a top priority for all who work at Roland Farms. A practice that has been going on for 33 years, since Michael and Earline Roland married, is still going strong today; but Michael didn’t start farming when he married. Those roots went back to his teenage years on his parents’ farm; the farm of Charles and Jo Ann Roland, where…

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Farm & Outdoors 

Emergency conservation program assistance available

Story Submitted The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and to implement emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought. Madison County is eligible for ECP assistance  For land to be eligible, the natural disaster must create new conservation problems that, if untreated, would: • be so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be needed to return the land to productive agricultural use • is unusual and is not the type…

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Manatee awareness month – Be active and secure their future

Story Submitted November is Manatee Awareness Month – a time to celebrate Florida’s beloved, iconic, marine mammal and to create awareness and shed light on the many challenges imperiled manatees face every day. Manatee watercraft-related injuries and deaths continue to rise. It is the largest known cause of death from human activity and the greatest threat to their long-term survival. The boating public is urged to be on the alert for manatees since vessel operators are the only ones who can prevent strikes to manatees that often lead to serious injury…

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Farm & Outdoors 

Zone C gun deer season opens Nov. 4

Story Submitted       New hunters are invited to learn about hunting and conservation through FWC programs On Saturday, Nov. 4, Florida’s Zone C general gun deer season begins, providing hunters the opportunity to slow down and immerse themselves in the splendor of the outdoors. For many, the predawn melody of songbirds while the first rays of sunlight filter through the trees is a chance to escape the daily stressors of life. And when knowledge, skill and luck come together for a successful hunt, there’s also a delicious and…

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