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Farmer Spotlight: David Agner

Chris Jones: Green Publishing, Inc. Watching Madison native David Agner navigate a large John Deere grain combine around Generation Farms’ organic cornfield makes it apparent that this man knows what he’s doing. Operating farm equipment should come naturally to someone who drove their first tractor at seven-years-old and operated a combine in the fields at nine. After learning how to farm from his father and grandfather, Agner worked for local farmer Richard Cone and Birdsong Peanuts in Lee. He recently joined the Madison Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers program,…

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Madison County represented at conference

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. Madison County had a large contingent of participants during the recent Florida Farm Bureau Young Farm and Rancher (YF&R) Conference. Over the weekend of July 14-16, nearly 300 participants gathered in Punta Gorda, Fl. for a weekend of meetings, workshops and social events. Among those from Madison who attended the conference were Buck and NoraBeth Carpenter. Buck and NoraBeth both serve on the State YF&R Leadership Group. According to NoraBeth, they have a goal of establishing a YF&R group in each county. The Young Farmers…

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Bowhunting course coming to north Florida

Chris Jones: Green Publishing, Inc. Florida bowhunters will have an opportunity to attend a National Bowhunter Education Foundation certified bowhunter education course in Alachua County. The course will take place Saturday, Aug. 26, in Newberry, Fl. at 8 a.m. The specific location for the class will be given to those who register in advance. The course is conducted using the online distance learning format. A bowhunting enthusiast accesses the program on the NBEF website by entering through the Florida portal and completing the online classroom topics before attending a shortened, interactive field…

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Nominations for the George Townsend Good Neighbor Award being accepted

Emerald G. Parsons: Greene Publishing, Inc. The Madison County Farm Bureau is once again accepting nominations for the George Townsend Good Neighbor Award. This award was named after Mr. George Townsend, who exemplified generosity and a kind and loving spirit to everyone. He was truly a good neighbor to everyone with whom he came into contact. The deadline to nominate a resident of Madison County for this prestigious award is Wednesday, Aug. 30. There is no set length required for the nomination letter, so one can write as much as…

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