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Madison hosts Florida Farm Bureau District 2 Youth Speech Contest

Story Submitted On Tuesday, Oct. 3, the Madison County Farm Bureau office hosted the 2017 Florida Farm Bureau District 2 Youth Speech Contest. These young students did an excellent job and were encouraged to keep striving and reaching for the top. The topic of the speeches was “Today’s food companies employ many tactics including food labels to gain a marketing edge. How can farmers and ranchers ensure that consumers understand these labels and have confidence in the safety and quality of their food?” All speeches were well researched and presented…

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Reasons to shop farmers’ markets

Story Submitted A farmers’ market is likely coming to a field or open parking lot near you — if there isn’t already one operating nearby. Buyers who are not yet familiar with farmers’ markets can examine the following seven reasons to break the ice. Enjoy fresh, seasonal foods. Foods at farmers’ markets tend to be limited to in-season offerings. Some nutritionists suggest eating seasonally available foods is better for your body, because humans ate seasonal produce for thousands of years before shipping and refrigeration changed how people received the majority…

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New generation of hunters is emerging

Tony Young: Guest Columnist On behalf of all of us at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), we continue to keep Floridians and visitors who were affected by Hurricane Irma in our thoughts and prayers. The FWC and its land management partners are working hard to address storm impacts to our wildlife management areas so these public lands are available for recreation while balancing the need for public safety. For information about the status of our WMAs, visit MyFWC.com. This list is updated as new information is received,…

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Farm storage facility loans

Story Submitted FSA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities and to purchase portable (new or used) structures, equipment and storage and handling trucks. The low-interest funds can be used to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include corn, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans, oats, peanuts, wheat, barley, minor oilseeds harvested as whole grain, pulse crops (lentils, chickpeas and dry peas), hay, honey, renewable biomass, fruits, nuts and vegetables for cold storage facilities, floriculture, hops, maple sap,…

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