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It’s sea turtle nesting season and you can help

Samantha Grenrock: University of Florida People aren’t the only ones headed to Florida’s beaches right now. Monday, May 1 marked the official start of the sea turtle nesting season, and beachgoers can take steps to help turtles be successful, said Maia McGuire, a Sea Grant agent with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. “Sea turtles are coming to beaches to lay their eggs, which they bury high up on the beach. All sea turtle species that are found in U.S. waters are federally listed as…

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Freddy Pitts Retires From Farm Bureau After 43 Years

Emerald G. Parsons: Greene Publishing, Inc. Freddy Pitts was born in Pensacola and raised in Walnut Hill. He began his life-long career with Farm Bureau in February 1975 as an insurance agent, in Escambia County. In January 1979, he transferred to Okaloosa County and became the Assistant Manager. But, in March 1984 he made a move that would become his last; for Madison County would become his home for good. On March 1, 1984, Madison County Farm Bureau welcomed Freddy Pitts to their family, as the new Agency Manager. On…

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Peavy’s steer receives multiple awards

Mickey Starling: Greene Publishing, Inc. At 15 years old, JD Peavy is gaining quite a reputation for his cattle showmanship. Traveling to Starke for the Bradford Beef Bash on Saturday, Jan. 13, Peavy added another reserve champion to his growing list of wins. This prospect steer and heifer show was just for fun and bragging rights. “This is our version of travel ball,” said Paige Peavy, JD’s mother, who along with her husband, Opie, often accompany Peavy to various shows. This prized steer was farm raised, with his mother, Sadie,…

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FWC approves regional bay scallop seasons for 2018

Story Submitted The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved regionally-specific bay scallop open season dates for 2018, including a change to the season for Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties that was proposed in December. The Commission also approved a trial bay scallop season in state waters off Pasco County in 2018. The following regionally-specific bay scallop open seasons will be created by executive order for 2018 only: • Franklin County through northwestern Taylor County (including Carrabelle, Lanark and St. Marks): July 1 through Sept. 24. This region includes…

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