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Don’t get ticked

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Unlike other portions of the country, many species of ticks can be found year-round in the state of Florida, and while the heat progresses throughout the summer, it is important to remember what ticks can do and what steps you can take to prevent the after-affect. According to the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Service (UF/IFAS), five types of ticks inhabit Florida, such as the Brown Dog Tick, feeding mainly on dogs and can infest homes; American Dog Tick, found on…

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Field to Hill: Local farmers take on Washington D.C.

Story Submitted Local members of the Madison County Farm Bureau visited with Florida’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. from Tuesday, May 14 through Thursday, May 16, to discuss various federal policies that affect agricultural producers. They represented farm families throughout our community and our state. Their visit included a series of conversations on hurricane recovery in the Panhandle, water quality issues in South Florida, trade policy reform, the implementation of the Farm Bill and agricultural labor. Local farmers also met with officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. All sessions…

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Alligator mating season is here: Tips to stay safe and respect Florida’s largest reptile

Ashley Hunter: Greene Publishing, Inc. The warm climate, abundant wildlife and stunning waterfronts are just some of the reasons why Florida has lured millions of people to our coastal, beautiful state. But the details that bring humans to Florida are the very same reasons why The Sunshine State is the perfect habitat for America’s largest (natural) reptile – the alligator. For centuries, humans and alligators have shared the land and waters of the southern United States, with the alligator’s habitat receiving increasing encroachment as cities expand into rural areas, residents…

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Snake season strikes

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. It’s the type of species that can make anybody’s skin crawl upon the sight of the legless, elongated snake. Since even the beginning of time, snakes are known for a motto of “mess and be messed with;” a standard that has people keeping their distance from any species of this slithering reptile. With a hot and dry spring, snakes are beginning to slither through the tall weeds of Madison County, searching for their next meal. And because one may be in your yard, it’s important…

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