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Farmers and Ranchers affected by Hurricane Irma granted extra time to claim disaster losses

Story Submitted The USDA announced special procedures to assist producers who lost crops or livestock or had other damage to their farms or ranches as a result of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Also, because of the severe and widespread damage caused by the hurricanes, the USDA will provide additional flexibility to assist farm loan borrowers. The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), is authorizing emergency procedures on a case-by-case basis to assist impacted borrowers, livestock owners, contract growers, and other producers. The measures announced today apply only to counties impacted by…

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Business Spotlight: Karattopp Bees

 Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. Something exciting is buzzing in Lee. Business partners Connie Woodward and Randy Whittaker are operating a ‘sweet’ cottage-based industry: Karattopp Bees. The pair have nearly two million bees spread across four apiaries, or bee-yards, working hard day in and day out, turning nectar from local plants into sweet, sticky honey. Woodward is originally from southeast Texas, and Whittaker is from Pensacola, Fl. They are nearing the transition from hobby to commercial business, and are currently selling their honey under the protective umbrella of Florida cottage…

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Labor Day weekend is perfect for Gulf reef fishing, last weekend for red snapper, first weekend for gray triggerfish

Story Submitted If you haven’t caught any red snapper this season, or if you have been dreaming about gray triggerfish opening back up, the long Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to get on the water. The 2017 recreational red snapper season in both Gulf state and federal waters will close for the year on Tuesday, Sept. 5. This season was open in state waters Saturdays and Sundays May 6-21; daily May 27 through June 18; and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June 23 through Sept. 4, including July 3,…

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Farm & Outdoors 

Report livestock losses

Story Submitted: The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to eligible producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law. LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including losses due to hurricanes, floods, blizzards, wildfires, extreme heat or extreme cold. For 2017, eligible losses must occur on or after Jan. 1, and no later than…

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