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Ranchers Spotlight: Risoli Cattle Company

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. To call John Risoli an overall farmer would be an error. To call him a hard-working rancher would be absolutely correct. Risoli, born and raised in New Jersey, has been ranching cattle for over 30 years in the Madison area, and there’s no sign of stopping soon. Before moving to Madison around ’72-’73, Risoli was a rodeo cowboy, traveling from state to state. Risoli married Donna Risoli, and between 85-86, his ranching career in Madison began. Risoli bought John Tuten’s, (Donna’s father), farm land and…

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Legislative Days in Tallahassee

Story Submitted With an earlier legislative session beginning in January instead of March, it’s already time to begin the registration process and preparations for Legislative Days. The Florida Farm Bureau (FFB) Federation will host their annual Legislative Days event in Tallahassee on Monday, Jan. 29, and Tuesday, Jan. 30. The event will begin on Monday evening with a welcoming reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. The day will continue with a Legislative Briefing Breakfast beginning at 7 a.m., on Tuesday morning, followed by a day of action and advocacy at the…

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Upcoming 2018 acreage reporting dates

Story Submitted In order to comply with Farm Service Agency (FSA) program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Madison/Taylor County FSA Office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline. The following upcoming acreage reporting date for 2018 crops is applicable for Madison and Taylor counties: Monday, Jan. 15 – fall seeded small grains (including winter grazing) and blueberries The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting date: If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be…

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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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