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From the Managing Editor
VOL. 3 • ISSUE 7
Heartland’s AGRICULTURE Magazine
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Spring is here! The smell of orange blossoms is in the air and blueberry season is coming into full swing. The time has changed so we can enjoy being outdoors a bit longer each day and for me this means I can enjoy riding my horses longer. It’s my favorite time of year. As of March 23, 2011, the average gas price in Florida is $3.548 for regular gasoline. I know I groan every time I fill up and see the total. To help combat high gas prices the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is offering the following tips to increase fuel efficiency. • Slow down. As speed increases, fuel economy decreases. • Check your tire pressure. Under-inflated tires have more rolling resistance, which means you need to burn more gas to keep the car moving. • Check your air filter. A dirty air filter restricts the flow of air into the engine, hindering the performance and economy of your vehicle. • Accelerate with care. Rapid acceleration consumes fuel, especially in stop-and-go traffic. • Avoid excessive idling. An idling car gets zero miles per gallon but continues to consume fuel. • Clean out your car. Heavier cars burn fuel more rapidly. • Combine trips. Trips on a cold engine can burn fuel twice as quickly as those made with a warm engine. • Cruise. Use speed controls whenever possible to maintain a constant pace. • Don’t overbuy octane. Check the owner’s manual to determine the minimum octane required for a vehicle. • Tune-up. Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of four percent. A properly maintained car will perform optimally, which results in improved fuel economy. Consult with your owner’s manual to determine the proper maintenance schedule for your vehicle. • Avoid aggressive driving. This is not only safer but also improves your gas mileage and reduces wear and tear on your vehicle. • Shop around for the lowest fuel prices. This helps combat high fuel prices through competitive shopping, but do not go so far out of the way that you consume more gas than you save. Advertising is needed to make each issue of In The Field possible and of course advertisers need customers to stay in business. This is what makes the relationship between us crucial. We appreciate your confidence and support. Without you we would not be able to continue to cover what is growing in the Heartland.
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DESOTO COUNTY FARM BUREAU
1278 SE US HWY 31, ARCADIA, FL 34266 863.494.3636
COUNTY FARM BUREAU
Greetings from the DeSoto/ Charlotte Farm Bureau! I have just arrived in Tallahassee for Farm Bureau Day at the Capital. The first of the two day event began yesterday, March 21, 2011. Three of your DeSoto/ Charlotte directors arrived yesterday and have participated fully with Legislators and staff on the Legislative Issues that are of major concern to Florida agriculture (DeSoto/ Charlotte agriculture). Jim Brewer, Mike Carter, and Ken Harrison have taken off from their busy schedules to come to the Capital to speak on the behalf of DeSoto/Charlotte agriculture issues. This is what makes Farm Bureau the “Voice of Agriculture.” Please take time to thank these three individuals for their efforts on behalf of you and our local agriculture industry. When this issue of “In the Field” comes out and you read this article, I hope you who are interested in agriculture are paying attention to what is going on within our state. One important way of doing that is to follow the issues of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation Website: www.floridafarmbureau. org. If you do not have it bookmarked, then you might want to do so when you visit the website. There are a number of key issues this year. Last year the legislature passed a general ag bill, HB 7103, which was later vetoed by then Gov. Charlie Crist. This year’s general ag bills, HB 707 by Rep. Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, and SB 858 by Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, are going through the process of the legislature. I would encourage you to go on-line and look these legislative bills up and then talk to your legislators. At the Farm Bureau Office on Hwy 31 S, we have a flyer on the Legislative Issues for 2011. There is not space or time for me to list the 11 Legislative Issues spelled out in that flyer, but I would encourage you to become familiar with them. Of the 11,
the General Ag Bill that I spoke of in the previous paragraph is number one. Florida Farm Bureau also will oppose any legislative attacks on: • Sales tax exemptions for agriculture • Agricultural property tax classification (Greenbelt) • Agricultural education, career and technical programs • UF/IFAS and FDACS budgets Now to change gears a bit!!! Spring is a fantastic time of the year. Just recently all of the oak trees have begun to put out their new green leaves and they sure make the countryside beautiful. I for one, though, am always glad when they are through blooming and I make it through the allergy season that coincides with those blooms. From the non-visual, we get the fantastic aroma of the orange blossom. Spring, along with the celebration of Easter, reminds us of a new beginning and rebirth. We have a lot to be thankful for in the spring of the year just as we do in the fall! We just have to open our eyes and see the wonders of this land that God has given to us. I would also like to ask that each of you remember our soldiers who serve our country so faithfully and especially those serving overseas in harm’s way. Please hold them up in your prayers and your thoughts. Finally, if you are not a Farm Bureau Member, we encourage you to join our grass roots organization. You can call the DeSoto/Charlotte Farm Bureau Office at 863-494-3636 to learn how to join.
Jim Selph, President
DeSoto/Charlotte Farm Bureau
DESOTO COUNTY BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jim Selph, President; Jeffrey Adams, Vice President; Bryan K. Beswick, Secretary/Treasurer; Jim Brewer, John Burtscher, Mike Carter, Steve Fussell, Richard E. Harvin, Matt Sullivan, John Pfeil, Ann H. Ryals, Mac Turner, Matt Harrison 6
HARDEE COUNTY HIGHLANDS COUNTY FARM BUREAU FARM BUREAU
1278 SE US Highway 31 Arcadia, FL 34266
1017 US Highway 17 N Wauchula, FL 33873
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Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 863.494.3636
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Charlotte Line: 941.624.3981 Fax: 863.494.4332
Phone: 863. 773.3117 Fax: 863.773.2369
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 863. 385.5141 Fax: 863.385.5356 Web site: www.highlandsfarmbureau.com
OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
President............... Jim Selph
Sec./Treasurer ..... Bryan K. Beswick
President................ David B. Royal Vice President...... Greg L. Shackelford Sec./Treasurer...... Bo Rich
DIRECTORS FOR 2009-2010
DIRECTORS FOR 2009-2010
Vice President ..... Jeffrey Adams
President................ Marty Wohl Secretary..........Drew Phypers Treasurer..........Scott Kirouac
DIRECTORS FOR 2009-2010
Joseph B. Cherry • John Platt Corey Lambert • Daniel H. Smith Steve A. Johnson • Bill Hodge David B. Royal • Greg L. Shackelford Bo Rich
Sam Bronson • Carey Howerton April Butler • Mike Milicevic Andy Tuck • Mike Waldron Jim Wood • Doug Miller Steve Farr • Lindsey Sebring Charles Lanfier
Susan Chapman County Secretary
County Secretary Janet Menges
FARM BUREAU INSURANCE SPECIAL AGENTS
FARM BUREAU INSURANCE SPECIAL AGENTS
FARM BUREAU INSURANCE SPECIAL AGENTS
Agency Manager Cameron N. Jolly
Agency Manager N. Jay Bryan
Agency Manager Chad D. McWaters
Agents Dawn A. Hines
Agent George L. Wadsworth, Jr.
Agents Joseph W. Bullington
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Jim Brewer • John Burtscher Mike Carter • Steve Fussell Lindsay Harrington Richard E. Harvin • Ann H. Ryals Mac Turner • Matt Harrison Ken Harrison County Secretary Katherine Renfro
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ffa Student of the month Carlee Hill Sebring High School The FFA Student of the Month for April is Carlee Hill of the Sebring Senior FFA Chapter. Carlee joined the FFA in 7th grade at Hill-Gustat, where she was treasurer of her chapter. Carlee began raising hogs for the fair when she was in middle school and has continued her swine projects throughout her high school FFA program. She currently serves as Treasurer of the Sebring Senior Chapter, and has been a part of the Parliamentary Procedure team, Food Science team, Ag Communications team, and Talent at the Florida FFA State Convention. Some of her favorite chapter activities have been with Ag Venture, Ag Literacy Day, and attending the FFA Washington Leadership Conference.
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Arcadia Stockyard............................... 25 Barn Raisers....................................... 37 Bartow Ford.......................................... 3 Big â€˜Tâ€™ Tire......................................... 13 Bill Jarrett Ford Mercury, Inc............... 41 Blinds ASAP....................................... 39 Camper Corral of Highlands County.. 61 Cattlemanâ€™s Livestock......................... 31 Central States Enterprises, LLC............. 9 CF Industries, Inc.................................. 5 Coutureâ€™s Gallery & Frame Shop......... 15 Cowboy Way Agricultural Services...... 61 Creech Construction, Inc.................... 60 Dennis Crews (Bill Jarrett Ford).......... 60 Desoto Automall................................. 63 Desoto Machine, Inc........................... 47 Desoto/Charlotte Cty Farm Bureau....... 7 Edgewood Landscape & Nursery........ 61 Florida Fence Post Co.......................... 37 Florida Hospital................................. 35
Gilbert Chevrolet................................ 23 Glade & Grove Supply Co................... 29 Glissonâ€™s Animal Supply, Inc................ 61 Goinâ€™ Postal........................................ 61 Griffinâ€™s Carpet Mart.......................... 25 Hardee County Farm Bureau................. 7 Heartland Gold.................................. 43 Helena Chemical-Tampa Division....... 55 Hicks Oil............................................ 35 Highlands County Farm Bureau.......... 23 Highlands County Farm Bureau............ 7 James Webb, Morgan Stanley.............. 47 Layeâ€™s Tires......................................... 37 Lehman Auto Body Service Center...... 35 Mana Crop Protection.......................... 2 Michael G. Kirsch, DDS, MS............... 60 Millerâ€™s Central Air............................. 29 Mosaic-Heartland.............................. 31 Musselmanâ€™s Appliance & TV............ 41 Okeechobee Dodge............................. 10
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The Marbled Hatchetfish are the only fish that can actually fly by jumping into the air and moving their fins.
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Sherry’s Hideout Restaurant and Catering Company Glades County’s “Hidden” Gem by Tanner Huysman If getting there is half the fun, you’ll have a blast at Sherry’s Hideout Restaurant & Catering Company. The location of the restaurant is “hidden” in the back of North Lake Estates RV Resort, but don’t worry, if you have any trouble just ask around or call in and someone will be sure to point you in the right direction. To locals, the non-descript building in Lakeport has become a favorite, and many people travel from around the area to savor some good food and great company. In reference to the nondescript building being a little hard to find your first time, the place is mildly themed as a 1930’s gangster hideout. The Hideout has movie posters and photos of renowned gangsters including the infamous Bonnie and Clyde, which are the namesakes of two signature steaks. The Hideout is also home to amazing appetizers, including their great Bale of Onions, which only gets better if you ask for some blue cheese and hot sauce to dip it in. They also feature local Lake Okeechobee frog legs and some of the freshest gator tail, as well as other starters to get you warmed up for your main course. I personally have been eating there for years, and there are honestly too many good dishes to pick a favorite. However, I’d have to say that I definitely have my ‘usuals’, which includes the mouth-watering New York Strip and Rib Eye, known as the Bonnie and Clyde. If you aren’t in the steak mood, you can certainly try out the Seafood Platter with heaps of fresh seafood including shrimp, grouper, scallops, clams, and crab cake. Another favorite is the Lakeport Platter, which has frog legs, catfish, and gator tail, all local to the area. They even have a lunch buffet everyday with their Sunday brunch being one of the best around. The hardest thing is saving room for dessert since they are all so amazing. A few of these choices include their incredible cheesecakes and volcano cakes featuring a chocolate fudge cake with ice cream piled on the side, as well as sundaes and they feature other seasonal desserts that are as fresh as they can be. Sherry Conway owns and operates the restaurant with the help of her family and friends. While you are waiting for your meal, you are sure to have some of the friendliest staff around, and you might even have Sherry herself helping out with your table or dropping by for a visit. You can be sure that at Sherry’s Hideout you’ll be treated like family
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when you walk through the door. While people come from miles around to enjoy the delicious food, you are sure to sit by a few locals as well. And you may end up talking to people at the table next to you because everyone is so friendly. The down-home nature of the restaurant, along with the great food, makes it a place you have to try. Catering services from the restaurant are also available with the same quality food that is available in the restaurant. Make life simple and call The Hideout to cater your next event. They are happy to travel and cater around the region. Sherry and her husband, Bret, also run another business in Lakeport named Chappy’s Outfitters where they have guided hunts and bass fishing guide services. Lake Okeechobee is home to some of the best bass fishing in the world, and it never hurts to have an experienced guide get you to that honey hole to catch the bass of a lifetime. They have year round hog hunting and also have bison and water buffalo hunts as well. If you want to hunt game in Florida, they are definitely the people to call. Whether you feel like pasta, chicken, steak, or seafood, Sherry’s is the place to go for a mouth-watering meal with great local flavor. For more information on Sherry’s Hideout you can visit their website at www.SherrysHideout.com or call (863) 946-0050. For more information on Chappy’s Outfitters guide services you can visit www.ChappysOutfitters.com or call (800) 358-5541. Sherry’s HIdeout Restaurant is located at 12044 East State Rd 78, North Lake Estate Resort, Moore Haven, FL.
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Business UpFront: Miller’s Central Air, Inc. taking care of people That’s what Rick Miller and his staff do. In fact, dealing with the customers and satisfying their needs is what Rick likes best about his business. Obviously he’s doing something right, because Miller’s Central Air is one of Lake Placid’s great success stories. Back in 1995, right before the air conditioning season really got started, Rick and his wife Jodi started their business from their home. Rick did the installations and service calls, Jodi handled the phones and books. Things are a lot different now, at least in terms of personnel. About 30 people come to work each day at Miller’s including Chuck Miller, Rick’s father who has been with the company since its inception. But the philosophy remains the same. Take care of the customer. That philosophy has led from installation and service
of heating and air conditioning equipment to installing insulation and cleaning ducts, two of the additional services Miller’s provides. If it relates to keeping cool or healthy air, Miller’s will take care of your needs. That’s important, not only for your health and comfort, but having integrated systems working together can save you money, too. Miller’s is proud to be a certified Trane Comfort Specialist Dealer, so they install and repair equipment from one of the most reputable HVAC companies. But the service staff are fully trained in all makes and models for residential and commercial air conditioning and refrigeration. They provide same day service every day, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. That’s what Rick calls taking care of people.
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to Pelican Bay. My clients have enjoyed one of the best seasons with large numbers of bass being caught along with some really nice trophy bass making their way to the boat for a quick picture and then released back into the lake. Areas like the Monkey Box, North Shore, outside of Cochran’s Pass, the shoal, West Wall, East Wall, around Ritta Island, Long Point, and Pelican Bay have all been great areas to catch bass depending on which way and how hard the wind is blowing. The outside grass line close to the main lake has been the best place to fish if the wind isn’t blowing to hard, but when the bass move in to spawn you need to move in to the shallow water and with the water being so low this year I have even had to use a push pole to get to some of the good spawning areas. Lure selection has been pretty easy lately with the New Gambler EZ Swimmer being my number one bait. This swim bait can be fished slow like slow rolling a spinnerbait, swam fast on the surface like a buzz bait, or fished like a worm in the reed heads, lily pads, and pepper grass patches. I rig the EZ Swimmer Texas style with a wide gap 5/0 hook and a 1/16 or 1/8 ounce bullet sinker pegged to the line. I fish this bait on a heavy action Deep South Rod with a U.S. Reel’s SuperCaster 1000 Pro filled with 65 pound test Diamond Fishing Products braided line. With this combo I can make long casts and still have plenty of backbone in the rod to set the hook and get the bass out of the heavy vegetation. Some of the other lures that have been working lately are Spro Aruka Shad lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Gambler Ace worms. As the bass move out of the spawning areas toward the main lake a hard plastic swimbait should work really well
My name is Capt. Mark King and I’m a full time fishing guide on world famous Lake Okeechobee, guiding out of Roland Martin’s Marina and Resort. I live in Clewiston with my wife Diane and our new chocolate lab Kenzie through the winter months and spend a lot of the summer months at our place in the Florida Keys guiding for tarpon. I will be writing a monthly fishing report on Lake Okeechobee with helpful fishing tips and techniques and also product reviews on fishing and boating products. I am looking forward to writing and becoming friends with the Heartland In The Field family.
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Lake Okeechobee is one of the best lakes in the country for catching bass and lots of them. I guide seven days a week during the winter months and get to spend a lot of time fishing from one end of the lake to the other and the Clewiston end seems to offer the best all around bass fishing. The water level is now at 11.84 feet above sea level and dropping fast as the farms pull water for the fields and we release water down the two rivers. But the fishing couldn’t be better and only seems to get better each day. We have had an awesome spawn this year and each month more big female bass move in to the spawning areas from the Monkey Box area
and with April just around the corner the bluegill will be spawning and a wake bait will really get the bass going. The crappie fishing has been ok with the lake side of Uncle Joe’s Cut and the rim canal being the better areas. And with April the bluegill will be spawning and be easy to catch. I have been seeing bluegill beds already this season. I’m looking forward to letting everyone know what is going on here on Lake Okeechobee every month and I will be reporting on the fishing in the Keys also starting in May. Tight lines and hope to see you all on the water soon.
Captain Mark King is a full time guide and tournament angler guiding out of the world famous Roland Martin’s Marina and Resort in Clewiston Florida and in the Florida Keys. Mark is an IGFA Certified Captain, active member of the Florida Guide Association and the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. Captain Mark is sponsored by Ranger Boats, Evinrude Outboards, Roland Martin’s Marine Center, U.S. Reel, Deep South Rods, Power-Pole, Minn Kota trolling motors, Gambler Lures, AFTCO clothing, Smartshield Sun Protection Products, RMR Industries, Fuel Medic Ethanol Treatment, and Frigid Rigid coolers. Mark can be contacted to book a guide trip, seminars, personal appearances, test rides in his Evinrude powered Ranger or to fish a tournament with him at 863-677-0983 or at www.markkingfishing.com
Gambler Bait company is located here in South Florida so who would know better to make baits that work so great here on Lake Okeechobee. Yes Gambler Baits work all over the United States to catch bass and with lures from swim baits to 10” worms there just isn’t anything in soft plastic lures that you need to catch bass that Gambler doesn’t make. Gambler Lures is a leader in the manufacturing and development of fishing lures for all types of fish. Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass Fishing are our specialties. Recently many have discovered how well our lures work on Saltwater Inshore fish such as Redfish and Sea trout. Browse their store and be sure to let them know if there is anything they can do for you. My boat is stocked with Gambler lures before I head out on Lake Okeechobee or to any tournament any where. www.gambler-bang.com www.InTheFieldMagazine.com
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Come Grow With Us 100 Stearn Ave. Plant City, FL 33563 Tel: 813.752.5111 www.wishfarms.com I was having breakfast at the Sawmill Place Restaurant in Blairsville, Georgia while on vacation this past August. While putting some strawberry jelly on a fresh homemade biscuit as big as a softball I overheard a couple of old timers talking about how “dirt poor” they were until they started farming. The one with the white hair and long beard used the term “it rained cats and dogs” the day he set out his corn, and washed up about a half acre. I finished my biscuit, eggs and ham, downed the last sip of coffee and headed out as they continued their amusing conversation. On the way back to the house on Bearpaw Road, I got to thinking about those sayings, and remembering my dad used a lot of sayings in his conversations from time to time. When I got back to the house I jumped on my computer and looked up the old sayings the old timers used. I discovered where the saying of “dirt poor” came from. Back in the 1500’s only the wealthy had slate floors unlike the poor who had dirt floors. Thus came the saying, “dirt poor.“ In the winter, the slate floors would get wet, so they spread straw on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more straw until, when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. They would place a piece of wood in the entranceway, so came the word “thresh hold.”
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After further study I found that most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor, hence the custom of carrying a bouquet of flowers when getting married. In the 1500’s, the bathtub consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the clean water then all other members of the family, ending when the babies had their turn. By the time everybody had bathed the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, “Don‘t throw the baby out with the bath water.” Three centuries ago, houses of the time had thatched roofs of thick straw piled high, with little or no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and dogs slept on the roof. When it rained the roof became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. So there is where the saying “It’s raining cats and dogs” came from. It is amazing how many of the sayings we used today came
about during the 16th Century. It was the custom to cook in the kitchen with a big kettle (much like an old wash pot) that always hung over the fire. Every day they would light the fire and add things to the pot, mostly vegetables with very little meat. What ever they had left over at lunch went into the kettle. Depending how many big eaters they had the food would be there for a number of days. Remember, peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old? Every once in a while when they were so fortunate to obtain pork, it would make it them feel real special. When visitors came over they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, “bring home the bacon.” They would cut off a little bacon to share with their visitors and then sit around and “chew the fat.” As for bread, they divided it according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle and guests got the top, or the “upper crust.” Lead cups were used to drink ale and whiskey. The two would sometimes knock the drinker out for a couple of days. At times when someone found a person that had been snookered and passed out beside the road they would take them for dead and deliver him to their family where they prepared them for burial. The passed out drunk would be placed on the kitchen table for a couple of days and
the family would gather around, eat and drink, and wait to see if they would wake up. So there my friends is where the custom of “holding a wake” came from. Now here’s the best one of all! It has been said that old England started running out places to bury people, so they would dig up coffins and take the bones to the bone house, put in a new corpse, close the lid and cover it up. When reopening some of these coffins, one out of thirty were found to have scratch marks on the inside. They realized they had been burying people alive. It was then that a system was devised where they would tie a string to the wrist of the dead person, run it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. For a week or so, they would take shifts sitting next to the grave to listen for the bell. The person that sat all night was considered on the “the graveyard shift,” listening for the bell to ring. Thus, someone could be, “saved by the bell”, or was considered a “dead ringer.” Now you know! Whoever said history was boring?
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The Hendry County Cattlemen’s 2nd Annual Ranch Rodeo was a Huge Success! by Lindsey Wiggins photos courtesy of www.keithlovejoyphotography.com The Hendry County Cattlemen’s 2nd Annual Ranch Rodeo was held in conjunction with LaBelle’s notorious Swamp Cabbage Festival the last weekend in February. Just over 1,000 spectators poured into the grand stands to watch 16 teams vie for a spot in the Florida Cattlemen’s Association Ranch Rodeo Finals this Fall. The winner was: Lucky Warriors, which consisted of Auburn Hiers, Josh Jennings, Wesley Markham, David Milburn, and Bonnie Jean Milburn. Wesley Markham also earned the “Top Hand” trophy belt buckle. The winning team was awarded $750, as well as their entry fee at the State Finals each team member also received a beautiful Yellowhair trophy buckle, which were sponsored by Multi-Min. The contestants participated in the following six events on Friday and Saturday nights: Calf Branding, Double Mugging, Relay Race, Team Branding, Team Sorting, and Bronc Riding. The Lucky Warriors put up a tough fight with three event wins, and only three points behind them, in second place, was the KL Bar team consisting of Heath Crumb, Allen Lanier, Bobby Lines, Christi Pryor, and Rabe Rabon. The second place team won $500. In third place was the Hilliard Brothers team consisting of Clayton (Cledus) Brown, Buck Lee, Tyler Lott, Tuyl Oxer,
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and Amanda Scarbrough – they received $250 prize money. The total payout for the weekend was $2,000, including the entry fees to the State Finals! This would not have been possible without the support of Multi-Min, Quality Electric & Contracting, Plattner’s Dodge of LaBelle, Florida Community Bank, Bull Pit Ministries, and the Swamp Cabbage Festival committee. Many thanks go out to the above mentioned sponsors as well as the many volunteers who donated their time, trucks, trailers, and blood to help make the rodeo a huge success. The proceeds of the rodeo will be used to support local youth. The Hendry County Cattlemen’s Association awards scholarships to local students studying agriculture, exceeding $1,500 annually and the Hendry County 4-H program also benefits from the rodeo proceeds. The Hendry County Cattlemen’s Association is grateful for all 16 teams that competed and hope to see them next year: A Bar L Cattle Co, Alico, Diamond K Cattle, Empty Pockets, Flint Cattle Co, Hilliard Brothers, J.L. Shewmaker Ranch, KL Bar, Lucky Warriors, Rocking C Bar 6, Ryals Cattle Co, Schroeder Manatee Ranch, Seminole Tribe, Stevens Land and Cattle, Wagon Wheel Ranch, and Wright Farms.
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by Robbi Sumner Rodeo weekend festivities began Friday night with the Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association (OCCA) membership dinner and dessert auction. President David Hazellief welcomed attendees and introduced the 2011 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Court: MRO Queen Megan Mullin, MTRO Queen Raybon Durrance, MRO Princess Kaitlyn McKay, and MRO Princess Layla Edmonds. After dinner, three homemade desserts were auctioned off to raise an outstanding $1,700 to help fund scholarships for graduating Okeechobee High School seniors. Dubbed “The wildest rodeo East of the Mississippi” the OCCA Spring Rodeo met up to expectations! Announcer Jerry Todd kicked-off the action Saturday afternoon by introducing the Mutton Bustin’, a crowd favorite. Open to kids between the ages of three and five years old, this event always brings a smile to spectators’ faces. Each day’s winner is presented with a championship belt buckle. Held in conjunction with the Okeechobee County Fair, rodeo goers also had the opportunity to enjoy the fair atmosphere, including the midway, vendors, and competitive exhibits. With events sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the rodeo consistently draws contestants from throughout the southeastern United States. This weekend, several traveled even greater distances to compete for prize money and a trophy buckle. In the Saddle Bronc Riding, Louie Brunson of Interior, SD and Isaac Diaz from Davie, FL split top honors with a tied score of 81 points. Kaycee Field of Payson, UT went in to the weekend ranked third in PRCA World Standings for Bareback Riding and added the winning prize money to his overall earnings by scoring
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an 84. Tie-down Roping honors went home to Norman Park, GA with Will Lane and a time of 9.5 seconds. Jeremy Hester and Troy Weekley, Jr. bested the field of Team Ropers with a time of 6.3 seconds. The Steer Wrestling event was won in just 4.3 seconds by Hardy Dymmek of Kissimmee. Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, TX added to her lead in the 2011 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Standings by winning the Barrel Racing in 17.28 seconds. Cody Miles of Parachute, CO edged out the rest of his competition to win the Bull Riding with a score of 83 points. According to President Hazellief, the OCCA “Donates all proceeds from fund raising events to scholarships, 4-H, FFA, victims of domestic abuse, and many other causes.” An event of this magnitude would not be possible without its sponsors: Marcum & Associates, Eli’s Western Wear & Trailer Sales, Everglades Farm Equipment, Domer’s Machine Shop, Waste Management, Williamson Cattle Co., CenterState Bank, Robertson Realty & Appraising, Southern Accent Farm, Farm Credit, Diamond R Fertilizer, W&W Supply, Syfrett Feed, Okeechobee Feed, Walpole Feed, Seacoast National Bank, Cowboys Restaurant, Century 21 Hazellief & Prevatt Realty, Okeechobee County Health Dept. – Tobacco Prevention Program, Visiting Nurses Association, Grand Oaks, Physical Therapy of Okeechobee, Bravo Supermarket, G.M. Worley, Inc., Okeechobee Livestock Market, AgriTurf, Country Feed, Fitness Factory, Hammerheads Restaurant, and First Bank of Indiantown. For more information on the Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association and upcoming events, visit www.okeechobeecattlemansassociation.com.
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by Robbi Sumner Entertainment for all ages awaited the crowds at the 73rd Annual Brighton Field Day, PRCA Rodeo, and the Seminole Hard Rock Xtreme Bulls Event held Feb 17 -20 at the Brighton Seminole Reservation. The “Rez” was busting at the seams with almost 70 arts and crafts vendors, and approximately 25 food vendors. Beautiful Florida weather that seemed special-ordered from above helped lead to an incredible weekend! Native American Cultural activities continue to be the backbone of the four-day event. The strong youth focus was evidenced with Friday’s activities, which were enjoyed by local students on school field trips. Cooking and sewing demonstrations, alligator wrestling, a snake handler, native arts and crafts displays, and an authentic Indian village were available for amusement and educational purposes. Native dancers and storytellers also intrigued crowds throughout the weekend. Midway rides thrilled those young-at-heart, and Seminole 4-H members had many of their small animal projects on display. Saturday included an unexpected bit of excitement when an alligator wrestler’s head was suddenly clamped down on by the alligator. Fortunately the gator’s grip was overcome by several nearby trainers. While this type of accident is not
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common, those involved in alligator wrestling have stated that it is not a matter of “if” an accident will happen, but “when.” The injured wrestler is reported to be recuperating well. The Seminole Clothing Fashion Show and a Horseback Match-race were two new events added to this year’s festivities. The fashion show presented an opportunity for clothing contest entries in categories other than 0-4 years old to be shown off to the public. The races were open to tribal member entries, but anyone in attendance was welcome to watch. The match races were run on an approximately ¼ mile dirt track, with Caitlyn Johns Brown and Norman Bowers taking home the female and male championships, respectively. Three days of Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association action drew local contestants as well as those from as far away as Oregon. Stock for the rodeo was provided by Seminole tribe member Marty Johns’ Five Star Rodeo Company. Johns provides a well-known, high caliber of stock, and several of his animals have competed at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. When the arena dust settled, paychecks totaling over $63,000 were awarded. Ace Campbell of Robertsdale, Alabama topped the Steer Wrestling
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Sheriff Will Wise
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by Jim Frankowiak is not surprising to hear DeSoto County Sheriff William P. “Will” Wise described a “one of the good guys,” he is, after all, the Sheriff. However, that reference means a lot more than being the top law enforcement officer in the county.
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To understand you must recognize that a good day for Sheriff Wise is just about every day, and “a great day is when we are able to prevent a crime from occurring in DeSoto County.” The reference to “we” is important since Sheriff Wise places very high value on the dedication and importance of his 100 co-workers. “We are all working together, keeping residents and visitors to the county and their property safe. I am blessed to have a caring, dedicated and professional group of co-workers keeping our community safe every day. “My overriding concern each day is for everyone to go home safely at the end of their shift. Everyone is dedicated to getting the job done in a manner that is both courteous and professional and I’m not concerned about who gets the credit,” he said. An Avon Park native, Sheriff Wise is the son of Jim and Geneva Wise. His father, a World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient, passed in 1998 after many years of managing his own service station business. The Sheriff’s mother still lives in Avon Park and he has an older brother, Tom, a younger brother, Jerry, and the baby of his family, sister Sherlay, whose husband is a Lieutenant in the Wauchula Police Department. Growing up and educated in the Highlands County School System, Sheriff Wise enjoyed the great Florida outdoors of Highlands County. The Avon Park Bombing Range provided a perfect venue for him, his family and friends to hunt, fish, camp and bump around in the pine and palmetto flat woods in a Jeep converted into a swamp buggy. He also worked at his dad’s Amoco station after school and that is where his road to law enforcement began. Wise was impressed by the professionalism of the law enforcement officers he came in contact with at his Dad’s business. “There was an officer that worked part time at a neighboring service station, and
I was impressed that he would take the time to talk to me, not to mention that he was a large man and looked like he was seven feet tall in his uniform and with that big gun.” When the Sheriff’s brother, Tom, came home from Army service in Viet Nam, he joined the Avon Park Police Department, “and I was able to ride along with him a few times,” said Sheriff Wise. “Those ride along trips had an impact on me and my plans for the future.” He began his law enforcement career in 1974 as a patrol deputy with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office. In 1983 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and continued working for the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office until 1987. “I met my wife, Kay Mercer, while we were attending Junior College in Avon Park,” said Sheriff Wise. They were married in 1977 and have two daughters, Kimberly and Pam. Kimberly followed her father into law enforcement and is a correctional deputy with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office. Pam is finishing veterinary studies at St. Matthews University on Grand Cayman Island and plans to return to Florida to begin a career as a large animal veterinarian. “Kay’s father, T.L. Mercer, was a cattle rancher and he deeded acreage to all five of his children, which allowed us to move to DeSoto County, build our home and raise our children on a family operated cattle ranch. Kay’s family has been involved in ranching in DeSoto and Hardee Counties for five generations.” Hired by DeSoto County Sheriff Joe Varnadore in 1987 as a patrol deputy, Wise was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1988 and three years later to Captain. He then served as Major/ Chief Deputy from 1993 until his retirement in 2004. He has attended a number of law enforcement courses and seminars at South Florida Junior College, South Florida Community College, Valencia Community College, St. Petersburg Junior College,
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Florida Sheriff’s Association with patrol duties using converted Diversified Training Program, old patrol vehicles. The group Florida Department of Law includes seven certified members Enforcement, Metro Dade Police as well. That group is growing Department and numerous other and the Sheriff just introduced an law enforcement courses. all-volunteer horse mounted posse He ran for Sheriff of DeSoto that made its debut at the recent County in 2008 and took office the 83rd Annual Arcadia All Florida following year. Sheriff Wise plans Championship Rodeo. to run again in 2012 for the Office Sheriff Wise is quick to credit of Sheriff of DeSoto County with the five sheriffs he worked for its more than 35,000 and growing during his law enforcement career. residents and 640 square miles of “Each one had an impact on my territory. Sheriff Wise oversees career and each taught me valuKay and Will Wise leading the parade. an annual budget in excess of able lessons about different aspects $8.3 million, which includes a corrections facility. Communicaof law enforcement and management styles,” he said. “My 32 tions also comes under his purview and that adds an additional years experience in law enforcement has taught me to live by this $796,000 to his annual budget. He has 100 “co-workers” that philosophy, treat people with respect and dignity and do the right includes 53 sworn law enforcement officers. Sheriff Wise is the thing at the right time for the right reason.” 20th Sheriff to serve the county since it was established in 1887. The sheriff and his wife of 34 years have a family run small The office is organized into three bureaus, Law Enforcement, cow-calf ranch operation and are citrus producers. “My wife, Corrections, and Administration. Each bureau is comprised of who is my biggest supporter, takes care of the ranch and grove divisions, sections and specialized units with specific functions and I help on the weekends when time allows,” said Sheriff Wise. and responsibilities consisting of Road Patrol, Civil Division, They are often seen together at events throughout the community Court House Security/Bailiffs, School Resource Deputies, Crimisuch as the rodeo where he is a director and Kay is a member, nal Investigation Division and Corrections. All operations are both heavily involved in varied activities associated with the anhoused in a single facility located in Arcadia and that was built nual event from security to food preparation and more. They are in 1974 with a 1995 addition. “We are undergoing a feasibility also sponsors of the Arcadia Youth Rodeo Association, assisting study of our outdated structures to determine what direction with the concessions. Both are supporters of Project Graduato take in the future,” said Sheriff Wise. The corrections area tion, helping keep our seniors safe on graduation night. They are was constructed to house 148 inmates, but the daily population members of the Pine Level United Methodist Church. fluctuates and is today at 175. Sheriff Wise is a lifetime Honorary Member of the Florida Sheriff Wise takes particular pride in his expanded agriculSheriff Association, Supporter Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches tural enforcement unit. “When I took office the unit consisted and has participated in the Florida Council on Crime and Deof one deputy, Sergeant Bill Bevis and he was being overwhelmed linquency, Associated Public Safety Communications Officers, with agricultural related complaints. We added Detective Buddy Inc, Florida Cattlemen’s Association, Peace River Valley Citrus Lewis to the unit by transferring from existing staff and now Growers Association, National Rifle Association, DeSoto County Sergeant Bevis is able to deal with the complaints while Detective Historical Society, Peace River Electric Cooperative, Inc, Florida Lewis conducts the follow-up investigaFarm Bureau, Chamber of Commerce tions.” The unit is assisted by the other and DeSoto Drug Free Coalition. deputies as needed. With no plans to leave office anytime Perhaps a sign of the time is the insoon and his bid for re-election right crease in copper theft from air conditionaround the corner, Sheriff Wise looks er units and diesel fuel thefts from citrus forward to the future and continuing to grove power-unit tanks. He reminds evserve the residents and visitors of DeSoto eryone to waste no time in reporting any County. “This is a calling for me and I suspicious activities to his office. “The enjoy what I do and the dedication of quicker we learn of criminal activity, the the people I work with. They make it a sooner we can investigate and take the pleasure for me to come to work,” said appropriate legal action,” he said. Sheriff Wise. There is also the issue of growing When he does hang up his holster budget constraints. Last year’s budge cuts for the last time, Sheriff Wise hopes to be resulted in the loss of five road patrol remembered “as being honest, fair and deputies, one corrections deputy, two responsible for improving what was alschool crossing guards and a janitor. ready a fine operation staffed by a caring, Another contemporary challenge facing dedicated and professional group of men Sheriff Wise is providing area coverage and women.” without sacrificing service and he fully For more information about Sheriff supports the work of the Sheriff’s Office Will Wise and the DeSoto County SherVoluntary Posse, a group of 25 voluniff’s Office, visit www.desotosheriff.com. teers, mostly retired residents, who assist
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Trade your to-do list for a day for yourself - a day in the outdoors! Join thousands of women who have attended a Women in the Outdoors event and tried something new. The 5th Annual Women in the Outdoors event, hosted by Quail Creek Plantation and the National Wild Turkey Federation will be held April 29-30 at Quail Creek Plantation in Okeechobee, FL. Have you ever wanted to learn how to shoot a handgun or shotgun? Ever wanted to pull back a bow and arrow...just once? How about learn the proper way to paddle a canoe or cast a fly rod? Women in the Outdoors events provide hands-on outdoor classes in a non-threatening environment. Find one in your area at the events section of our Web site. Then grab a girlfriend and check “me time” off your list. You deserve a day outdoors. Participants will choose four different workshops and two alternates for the Women in the Outdoors event day. Workshops include: • Archery (Basic) • Advanced Archery • Canoe/Kayak • Cake and Cupcake Decorating • Duct Tape Totes • Dutch Oven Cooking • Florida Cracker History • Florida First Aid • Florida Living on the Magic Bus • Fly Fishing 101 • Hand Gun Safety • Jewelry Making • Leave No Trace • Outdoor Digital Photography • Outdoor Gourmet • Shotgun/Sporting Clays • Vino 101 Women in the outdoors is dedicated to providing interactive educational outdoor opportunities for women ages 13 and older. Local chapters throughout the national conduct outdoor learning events featuring hands-on activities. The Women in the Outdoors Program supports both hunting, and non-hunting activities. All Women in the Outdoors members do not necessarily participate in the act of hunting, however, it is our hope that through quality educational programs, all women attendees will form a better understanding of the importance that shooting sports, ethical hunting and scientific wildlife management go hand in hand in our ongoing
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by Robbi Sumner Spend some time with Gretchen Kokomoor and you’ll quickly understand why her husband, John Ward, describes her as “the real deal.” Family history runs deep in the area, as John’s father, Lee County Judge Charles Wilson Ward, purchased nine sections of land approximately 30 miles south of Clewiston from Florida Land and Timber in the late 1940s. Gretchen points out that, “that was back before paved roads or anything existed in the area.” The Ward family has held that Devil’s Garden property for over 60 years now. Gretchen and John met in high school, and after obtaining Marketing degrees from Stetson University, operated a successful beekeeping business together. Almost 20 years ago, John’s mother asked to him to return and run the family’s J-Seven Ranch, which is focused on commercial beef cattle production. Gretchen now assists John with the day-to-day operations of the approximately 950 head of cattle, and in addition manages her own herd of 8090 head, with a focus on Brangus bull production. In managing the cattle operation, John and Gretchen found it increasingly difficult to find bulls that could withstand the challenges inherent to South Florida, particularly the heat, summer rains and mosquitoes. John suggested that Gretchen take on the challenge of raising bulls that would excel under those conditions, so in 2003 she bought 8-9 heifers and a couple of cows from Dallas Wilson in Umatilla, and her Sabal Ridge herd was born. Gretchen studies International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) information on Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) to select desired traits for her herd prior to purchasing semen used for artificial insemination, as well as rigorously selecting natural service bulls. Birth weight, weaning weight, and yearling weight are just some of the genetic predictions important in raising beef cattle. While EPDs are closely analyzed, once on the ground she also tracks her bulls’ actual performance and sustainability. After all, in a commercial operation, behavior and production in the pasture are what impacts the bottom line. An extra step that is taken to establish superior genetics within the herd is the use of ultrasound technology to determine EPD traits such as rib-eye area, fat thickness and intramuscular fat. During this process, Gretchen and John enjoy hosting 4-Hers who are learning about beef cattle, and even invite them to bring their own cattle be ultrasounded. J-Seven and Sabal Ridge cattle are worked approximately three to four times a year to ensure that proper vaccinations, worming and other health concerns are addressed. The crew on the ranch has worked together for so many years that Gretchen says they are like an extended family. In fact John’s nephew, Will Ward, is an integral part of the crew. The cattle have been worked and trained over the years so that what used to take three weeks to accomplish is now typically completed in one week.
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In addition to membership in the IBBA and the Southeastern Brangus Breeders Association (SBBA), Gretchen and John are proud of their affiliation with the “Doc Keen Scholarship Fund.” This fund was established to help high school graduates move on to higher education. Each year J-Seven Ranch, Inc. donates a steer, which is raised by the Hendry County 4-H club, and then auctioned off at the annual fair with proceeds going to the fund. Sabal Ridge has also purchased a sale steer from one of the 4-H members, and then donated the steer back for re-sale, with those proceeds also going into the scholarship fund. Says Gretchen, “This fund is very important to us both and we very much enjoy helping our future adults go further!” Sabal Ridge bulls are available by private treaty, and Gretchen also consigns bulls in Tommy Taylor’s Little Creek Farms & Friends Black Bull Sale held the last Friday of October at the Okeechobee Livestock Market. While many people market 14 to16-month old bulls, hers are typically 2-year olds which are stronger, better developed, and ready to work. Gretchen’s pride shows through when talking about the cattle and the progress that has been made in her breeding program. She’s quick to point out that “It’s never perfect, but you keep working. It’s work born of passion for the animals and the land.”
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by Cassandra Hare County Council Reporter VP, Heartlanders 4-H Dog Club Mr. Gordon Ruble was definitely the 4-H Leader “behind the camera” and “behind the scenes.” Mr. and Mrs. Ruble are the 4H Leaders to the Heartlanders 4H Dog Club in Highlands County. Gordon and his daughter, Sydney, started a 4-H Dog Project in Highlands County in 2004, after working with 4-H in Kansas for four years. Mr. Ruble had an interest in animals and working with the youth of Highlands County. In 2006, Gordon and his wife, Beverly, joined the Florida State 4-H Dog Committee. He also started the state website for the Dog Project, which has had over 3/4 million hits to date. He worked tirelessly to make the website user friendly and encouraged 4-H leaders around the state of Florida to showcase their members in the Outstanding Member of the Month. Mr. Ruble kept the website up to date with all of the 4-H Dog Shows, Florida State Fair Schedule, and Canine Health and Information. He also personally designed the logo for the Heartlanders 4-H Dog Club. If we didn’t have the equipment ...watch out, Mr. Ruble made it! Gordon was constantly making dog jumps and down tables out of PVC pipe and love. He rarely missed a dog practice or a show that his daughter and her furry friends participated in and was an encouragement to other fathers to participate in their children’s activities. He supported the Heartlanders 4-H Dog Club in new member recruitment, dog training, Christmas parades, Florida State Fair, and the 4-H Awards banquets. Members from around the state could always depend on Mr. Ruble to post pictures and videos on the website www.fl4-h-dog.com on any event the 4-H Dog Project held. Gordon was so committed to this project that he helped chair and coordinate the 2009 and 2010 Florida State 4-H Dog Conferences at Camp Cloverleaf. Mr. and Mrs. Ruble also became members of the Florida 4-H State Fair Show committee. I, personally, have enjoyed being in your 4-H Club for the past five years. You will be missed Mr. Ruble. You believed in every one of us and our dogs. Thank you for your steady encouragement to the youth of Highlands County.
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To aid in the decision of when to spray the FDACS will scout any established CHMA areas and make recommendations as to timing. FDACS will also provide up to date maps of CHMAs for growers and applicators. UF/IFAS will work with the growers to make recommendations as to the most effective treatment plans. UF/IFAS also hosts a website for each CHMA. The website contains a map and various other information including the planned pesticide applications, psyllid scouting reports and contact information. Each CHMA will have a local voluntary team leader with in its defined area. This leader will work to coordinate information between UF/IFAS, FDACS and the participating local growers. Coordination meeting will be held jointly with all participants who want to attend to help in the planning stages. The team leader will then be the contact person for all growers in their area. It is important to note that this is a voluntary involvement. There is no regulation or mandate to participate. Even if you decide to participate there is no requirement to follow the recommendations. If some growers in your area decide to spray and you do not agree it is the correct decision you are under no obligation or commitment to do so in your operation. You are not required to use any certain product, vendor or application method. This is simply a way to communicate among a local area of growers and attempt to make the best decisions for our industry. There are several designated CHMAs. To find out if there is one in your area you can contact your local Extension Agent. They can put you in contact with your local management person. If there is not a CHMA in your area and you are interested in starting one your Extension Agent can help with that as well. We are at a crucial point in our industry. The decisions and actions we make today will define our future. Being involved in a CHMA can be one step to making sure we have an industry for the next generation.
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Through the partnership with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the Sugar Festival Committee has an expanded list of activities for the Silver Anniversary event, which will be held April 28 - 30. Over past years, the Sugar Festival has typically been a one day celebration at the end of the sugar harvest. New events for this year include Seminole Heritage Day at the Clewiston Museum on Thursday, April 28 and on Friday, April 29, Friday Fest Concert, a Youth Rodeo and gator wrestling. Regular Sugar Festival events include Big Lake Cruisers Rod Run, Raising Cane Rodeo, Sweet Taste of Sugar Baking Contest, Sugar Festival Tennis Tournament, Sugar Festival 5K Run, Kiddie Park rides, gospel concerts, community entertainers, equipment exhibits, arts and crafts, food vendors, Hendry Regional Medical Center bed races, Friday night Bond Street street dance, information booths, horseshoe tournament and, of course, the main stage entertainment. This year’s main entertainer is Gloriana, a four person country music group. The group touts a number three Billboard hit, “Wild At Heart.” Opening for them will be Ricochet, a four person harmonic band that promises to get crowds up and moving with their music. The Saturday entertainment is all free concerts.
“We are very excited about all of our events and activities for this year’s festival,” said Sugar Festival Chairman Pam Kelley. “We have more volunteers than ever before working on all of our regular and new events for our Silver Anniversary event. We hope that it will draw more people than ever to Clewiston.” The new Friday Fest event will be a free concert with Seminole Star Search winners performing. Friday Fest entertainers are David Billy, Tori Osceola, Shelli Tiger, Paul “Cowbone” Buster and Natomah Robbins. The event begins at 3:30 and will conclude at 7 p.m., just in time for the community to ride across the highway to the Hendry County Rodeo Arena for the Youth Rodeo, which follows. Food and arts and crafts entertainers will be there as well. The Sugar Festival Miss Sugar Pageant will kick off all of this year’s Sugar Festival events and will be held on Saturday, April 23 at the John Boy Auditorium. This year there are 19 contestants. For a complete list of all Sugar Festival events, activities and competitions, go to the website www.clewistonsugarfestival.com. “We want this to be the best Sugar Festival ever and hope everyone will put it on their calendar and plan to join us,” said Kelley.
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Wild Citrus We are now well into the first quarter of 2011 and I hope you all feel that it is going to be a good year, one full of opportunities as well as challenges to meet. As I stated last month, I intend to carry on my series in citrus, focusing upon the citrus species known as mandarin or tangerines. Some botanists separate the two groups and there may well be merit in this classification. I will not dwell upon this argument but shall attempt to share information that I hope will be as interesting to my readers as I find it to be. The name mandarin is applied to the loose skinned oranges classed under Citrus Nobilus. It was believed that the name was applied to this group because they were considered the best of the citrus fruit, in the same way that the Chinese mandarin was thought to be of the upper class of the Chinese population. It also may have only been available to the wealthy class in China and Japan. One other name, that of Kid Glove Orange, has been applied to this group here in Florida. The earliest mention of a citrus believed to be in this group was a reference to a (Muscat Apple). This appeared in a book titled Steerbecks Citricultara by F. Van Steerbeck published in 1882. Two varieties of mandarin oranges were brought into England from Canton, China by Sir Abraham Hume and fruit from these trees was pictured in the Royal Botanical Registry in 1817 and 1824. The Chinese mandarins were brought into Louisiana between 1840 to 1850 by the Italian Consul. There were planted on the grounds of the Consulate at Algiers directly across the river from New Orleans The date of introduction of manda-
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By Ron Lambert rins into cultivation in Florida presumably was sometime after the trees became established in Louisiana. I did find one reference to a letter written to E. Norman Reasoner of Reasoners Nurseries in Manatee County. An elderly woman wrote to Mr. Reasoner describing a tangerine tree at her families homestead near Palatka, Florida. She stated that the tree was fruiting there in the year 1843. So the question
rises as to the possibility of introduction by the Spanish. There are no substantiations of this information. From the onset of the culture of Mandarins, more attention has been given to their culture in Florida than in California. They require careful attention in their care to ensure production of fruit of the highest quality. The varieties known
as Willow and Dancy are the primary varieties that have adapted to growing in the wild state here in the oak hammocks across central Florida. They also come up in areas where cattle were penned. We will include a picture that appeared in the February issue of the wild Dancy tangerine on our property. I am just old enough to recall that almost all citrus groves had some tangerine interplanted in their midst in the 1950s. I recall a row next to my grandparentâ€™s home that was a number of large trees. These were removed in the late 1950s. I will list several varieties that were at one time grown commercially in various parts of Florida. They include a variety known as Beauty of Glen Retreat. It was introduced by the USDA in 1893 from Australia. It originated near Brisbane, Australia in 1888. It did not remain in cultivation for many years in Florida. A variety known as China or China Celestial is believed to be the original introduction from Italy to Louisiana. It was introduced to Florida by Major Atway in 1883. The variety known as Cleopatra was grown more as a rootstock known as Cleo. The fruit was quite small and had little commercial impact. E. Reasoner stated that it was introduced from Jamaica by a Colonel Codrington. There it was known as the Spice Tangerine. The Dancy Tangerine in my mind was, is and will always be the finest kid glove tangerine that I have tasted. It has a beautiful deep orange color peeling very easily with the sections remaining intact. The variety originated at Buena Vista in St. Johns County in 1871 or 1872 The King Orange was known as the latest of the Kid Glove tangerine. The full
name of the King was King of Siam. It was a very rough skinned fruit with high oil content in the peel. The tree would set a heavy crop of fruit and frequently caused breakage of the main branches of the tree. It has disappeared from commercial production here. There are several other varieties described in my books but I feel that they were insignificant. The next and perhaps most important group of tangerines have to be the Satsuma. The Satsuma is the most cold tolerant type of Orange producing edible fruit. It was grown extensively throughout North Florida, Alabama, Coastal Mississippi and Southern Louisiana on the lower river. I have had the opportunity to visit a citrus grove near Bell Chase, Louisiana owned by a man named Saxon Becknell. His family has grown citrus there for five generations. This is a small primarily local market. The fruit is of exceptional quality and flavor due to the cooler temperatures during the maturing of the fruit. The primary impetus George behind the development of the Satsuma industry in Florida was provided by efforts of George Lindley Tabor of Glen St. Mary Nurseries in Glen St Mary, Florida. This nursery was established in 1882. I have visited there and found it to be a very beautiful site with beautiful homes located on the grounds. The factors which bring the Glen St. Mary Nursery Company to importance in citrus was the fact that they owned what
came to be the largest citrus nursery in the world. It was located in Polk County near Lake Garfield. G L Taber is pictured here in a tree of Owari Satsuma. The last variety of mandarin mentioned is actually believed to be a hybrid of unknown parentage. It is a cross between a sweet orange and a mandarin. The original tree was a budded tree on the Temple homestead near Winter Park. It is named for William Chase Temple a pioneer in the advancement of the Citrus industry. It was introduced by Buckeye nurseries of Tampa, Florida in 1917. It was widely planted in Hillsborough County and the community known today as Temple Terrace is named after it. Over the years the Citrus fruits of all types have influenced much here in Florida. There is a town named Satsuma, one named Tangerine. A group of hybrid citrus named Tangelo arose from a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit. These selections were all named after towns or counties in Florida. They include the Lake, Seminole, Minneola, Yolaha, Clement, Wekiva, San Jacinto and Umatilla. I will provide more details on the Tangelo next month. The large old wooden packing houses are all but gone from Florida. Many people found employment in the business of harvesting and packing tangerines and other citrus fruit for the holiday markets from Thanksgiving through Christmas. This continued through the harvest season into late spring early summer. Keep in mind that frozen concentrate orange juice was not developed until 1949. In the years prior to the development of Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice attempts to can orange juice had been very disappointing and not at all palatable. For this reason fruit was either consumed as fresh fruit or squeezed by the housewife. Development of frozen concentrate orange juice led to very significant changes in the entire industry. By the way, how many of you know that once, early in the 1950s, a frozen concentrate tangerine juice was made and sold? I am told it was delicious. I realize that the information presented here actually only skims the surface of the whole story. I have tried to make any story factual enough to be interesting to you readers. In closing I will state that for anyone reading this that would like additional information on any part that I have written, I can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Young Farmers & Ranchers The Perry Family
Carl Perry has lived in Glades County his whole life. He is a third generation farmer and lives and works on a farm that his father owned. His grandfather was a dairy farmer in Miami in the 40s when Miami was predominately farm land. His dad moved to Glades County in the 60s and bought land to start his own dairy. He ventured from dairy into the beef cattle industry, growing and selling hay, and eventually growing sugar cane. Carl took over the sugar cane farm from his dad in 1995. The business has now grown into sugar cane, green beans, bell peppers, corn and watermelons, as well as a custom fertilizing and spraying business. He also owns citrus with his brothers in Highlands County. Carl and his wife Ronda built a home on the farm near his mothers home. They wanted their children, Ashley 23, Amy 15 and Ross 10, to grow up on the farm. The farm is not just a business, it is their way of life. The children are just as involved in the farm as Carl and Ronda are on a day-to-day basis. Carl is also very community minded. He has served on the Glades County Youth livestock as a director and past president
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for the past 12 years. He has been a president and board of director’s member on the Glades County Chamber of Commerce. He is a board member and past president of Hendry/ Glades County Farm Bureau and is currently a member of the Sugar Cane Advisory Committee for Farm Bureau, serving as chairperson for two years. He was a member of the Young Farmer and Ranchers and both Carl and Ronda are graduates of the young leadership program. “I enjoyed having Carl in my class when he was in the sixth grade and he has not changed a bit, he is still a great person, always willing to help our community. His entire family will always be there to help us. They are an asset to Glades County,” said Janet Storey. All three of their children have been members of the 4-H livestock clubs. They play sports such as softball and baseball and their daughter has been a cheerleader for two years. They are members of the Moore Haven Christian Church and have been for the past 13 years. Carl is on the Board of Directors. Their children all attend Glades County School, as did Carl and Ronda.
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District 6 Update From t h e Desk of A n dy Ne uh ofe r
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Cheryl Bronson is mother to Chass (left) and Erin (right). Cheryl, the daughter of Bruce and Lois Blount, grew up in Lake Placid and graduated from Lake Placid High School. Married to Stanley Bronson, they have three children: Chass, Slade and Erin. After graduating from Lake Placid High School, Chass attended the University of Florida and graduated with a degree in Ag Communications. She continues to rodeo when time permits and is recently engaged. Slade graduated from Branford High School and is attending Lake City Community College. He continues roping and is currently in his first year of PRCA competition. Erin is a junior in high school and takes dual-enrollment courses through LCCC. She remains active in dance, Florida High School Rodeo Association and the church youth group.
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Cut potatoes into bite-size pieces, transfer to a large pot and bring to a boil until potatoes are half-done. Strain water and transfer potatoes to 9 x 13 pan. In a separate bowl mix equal parts of sour cream and mayonnaise (approximately 8-10 ounces of each) and a ranch seasoning packet. Fold mixture into potatoes. Fold/mix in cheese and bacon pieces. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes. Enjoy! *Tip: Save some cheese and bacon pieces - enough for a thin layer on top of the potatoes and garnish with a light sprinkle of ranch seasoning!
There are several ways you can help to promote agriculture within our community. Ag. Literacy day is April 26. Ag. Literacy Day is an opportunity to read to young children in their classrooms a story about Florida agriculture. An Ag-Venture or Ag-Fest program is a good opportunity to interact with students and teachers in a setting where they can learn about your specific operation. Help with setting up, cleaning up and meal preparations are necessary, too. Creating a Women’s committee within your home county or getting involved if there is an existing committee is a good way to meet with those who have a great deal of influence. The Young Farmers and Ranchers program is beginning to show life and we need young people between the ages of 18 and 35 to step up and become the next generation of leaders. Signing up for the FB ACT is a simple way to
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Water Restrictions Imposed on Agriculture
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Government & Community Affairs, Florida Farm Bureau
Ranchers Raise Questions about Proposed National Wildlife Refuge
Cattlemen, dairymen and farmers are continuing to evaluate the potential impacts of the proposed Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge that could encompass up to 150,000 acres of land in the Kissimmee Basin between Lake Okeechobee and Orlando. U. S. Fish & Wildlife (USFWS) is proposing to purchase 100,000 acres of development rights from landowners. Additionally, USFWS is proposing to purchase 50,000 acres in fee simple acquisition. Officials with USFWS say they are in a scoping process to evaluate locations and to garner public input. Thus far they have held four public meetings in the region and have received mixed results from the general public. Much of the sentiment is against Federal Government purchasing additional land in Florida and general concerns over the Federal debt. Farmers and ranchers want to look at all potential revenue streams that may be available to them but are concerned with the stigmatism associated with having the Refuge located on or adjoining their property. They note that other government agencies could look at the property differently and attempt to put additional protective measures on them that would devalue or limit economic activity including farming or ranching. There is also a question as to whether the agricultural property assessment commonly referred to as ‘greenbelt’ may be in jeopardy on properties encumbered with the National Wildlife Refuge. USFWS is expected to come out with an alternatives document by June and will seek additional public input at that time. If the process continues forward, USFWS will be seeking funding approval from Washington by late summer or early fall. Seeing movement this fast from the Federal Government after watching the Comprehensive Everglades Protection Plan (CERP) move at the pace of a snail for the last ten years is a bit bewildering.
Governing Board Member Resigns Opening 5th Seat
Jerry Montgomery announced his resignation from the Governing Board at their meeting on March 10. Mr. Montgomery is stepping down to accept a corporate position in south Florida. This now leaves five of the nine Governing Board seats that need
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to be filled by Governor Scott. What follows is a summary of the open seats on the Governing Board: • Palm Beach County – This seat was vacated by Pat Rooney last June when he devoted full attention to running for District 83 of the Florida House of Representatives. A • replacement for this seat must reside in Palm Beach County. • Broward County – This seat was vacated by Shannon • Estenoz in December when she accepted an appointment from President Obama to be the Director of Everglades Restoration • Initiatives under the Department of the Interior. A replacement for this seat must reside in Broward County. • Dade County – This seat was vacated by Eric Buermann when his term expired on March 1. Mr. Buermann chose not to remain on the board until a replacement was selected. A • replacement for this seat must reside in Miami-Dade County. • Collier, Lee, Hendry and Charlotte Counties – This seat is currently held by Charles Dauray as a lame duck member as his term expired on March 1. He is seeking reappointment, though there are other applicants for the seat. If Mr. Dauray is not reappointed, a replacement for this seat must reside in Collier, Lee, Hendry or Charlotte County. • Glades, Okeechobee, Highlands, Polk, Orange and Osceola Counties – This seat was currently vacated by Jerry Montgomery. A replacement for this seat must reside in within the South Florida Water Management District Boundaries in Glades, Okeechobee, Highlands, Polk, Orange or Osceola County. With the amount of work ahead for the Governing Board with the reduced financial inflows and additional operational constraints by various judicial orders, it is imperative that the Governor make these decisions soon rather than later.
The Governing Board accepted staff recommendation to impose Phase 1 water restrictions on the L-8 Basin located in northeastern portion of the Everglades Agricultural Area east of Lake Okeechobee. Phase 1 restrictions impose a 15 percent cutback in allotted water supplies to the basin. The action is being taken to extend water supplies to agricultural and municipal users within the basin. The L-8 Basin is the first but certainly not the last area that will have water restrictions imposed this season with falling water levels in Lake Okeechobee. The current level, 11.90 feet NGVD is one inch above the water shortage management band on the Lake Okeechobee Interim Regulation Schedule which was approved in 2008 (aka LORS-2008). In this band, the Executive Director, with authority from Governing Board, may impose water restrictions on the Lake Okeechobee Service Area, which encompasses a large swath of agriculture around and south of Lake Okeechobee. District staff notes that La Niña remains strong in the equatorial Pacific and there is a strong correlation between La Niña and pronounced dry atmospheric conditions in central and south Florida. Historical records also indicate that 50 percent of the years the lake level drops below 11feet NGVD during a La Niña event, the lake stays within the water shortage management band thorough out the wet summer season and into the next dry winter and spring season (i.e. a multi-year drought).
THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT: Section 1. The Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District hereby approves staff’s recommendation to follow the Adaptive Protocols. Section 2. This recommendation shall be provided to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as set forth in the Adaptive Protocols.
Water Conditions Update
South Florida received several rainfall events from December through Mid-February, which supplemented surface water levels. Since that time, levels have been dropping precipitously and large area wide water restrictions will be forthcoming. Even with the winter rain events, it is interesting to note that South Florida has only received 46 percent of average rainfall for this time period, which equates to a deficient not seen in 80 years. Farmers throughout the region are using all conservation measures available to them and although cutbacks have not been ordered by the District, excessive evapotranspiration rates are stressing growth of the crops and pastures. The Climate Prediction Center is warning of continued drought conditions that could extend into June, what typically would be the start of the summer ‘rainy’ season.
Governing Board Takes Action against Water Releases by CORPS
Agricultural interests were vocal and abundant at the March Governing Board meeting due to current actions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) as they continue to make environmental releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River. These releases go against the Lake Okeechobee Adaptive Protocols that was accepted by theGoverning Board during their January meeting in Clewiston. It took members of the Water Resources Advisory Commission (a collaborative body that provides recommendations to the Governing Board) over 1 ½ years to come to consensus on a set of parameters known as the Adaptive Protocols. The protocols dictate operation of the lake when the level falls within the Beneficial Use Band. ACOE was an active member in this debate and there are several Corps documents that note their acceptance and compliance to the Adaptive Protocols. In response to concern over the ACOE backing off of their previous statements to follow the Adaptive Protocol process, the Governing Board passed the following resolution after hearing comments from agriculture: A RESOLUTION OF THE GOVERNING BOARD OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT APPROVING STAFF RECOMMENDATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ADAPTIVE PROTOCOLS FOR LAKE OKEECHOBEE OPERATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. WHEREAS, the Adaptive Protocols for Lake Okeechobee Operations were accepted by the Governing Board on September 16, 2010; and WHEREAS, the Adaptive Protocols establish a flowchart to guide recommendations for Lake Okeechobee releases; now therefore BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GOVERNING BOARD OF
Congressman Posey to Host Agricultural Summit
U.S. Congressman Bill Posey is inviting farmers and ranchers in District 15 to attend an Agricultural Summit so that he might learn about the needs and agricultural issues that are important to the agricultural community. He asks that farmers and ranchers come prepared to listen and speak out on issues that are affecting how you conduct business. The Summit will be held on April 27th from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at the Osceola County Extension Office located at Osceola Heritage Park, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Pamela Gillespie or Yvonne Duengel at 321-632-1776.
Monthly Reports Available on Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Website
This report is also available on Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s website (www.floridafarmbureau.org). Click on ‘Issues and Public Policy’ on the left side of the home page, then click on the ‘Water and Natural Resources’ subheading. If you do not wish to receive this report in the future or are receiving multiple copies, please contact me (charles.shinn@ffbf. org).
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By Sandy Kaster, M.S. Clinical Medicine, B.S. Nutrition Science Mashed, fried, boiled, sautéed, and roasted potatoes are delicious ways to enjoy this well-loved tuber. The widely-eaten potato is one of America’s most popular vegetables, with 125 pounds of potatoes consumed per person per year, on average. Size, shape, starch content, flavor, and color differ among varieties. The main potato season in Florida is January through June, so get fresh Florida potatoes at their peak season now. According to the University of Florida Extension Office, Florida produces one-third of the winter/spring crop and is ranked seventh nationally in the value of potatoes produced in the U.S. Approximately half of the statewide production is processed into potato chips. Nationwide, 70 percent of all potatoes are processed into chips, French fries and dehydrated potato flakes.
As root vegetables, potatoes are jam-packed with a wide variety of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals such as carotenoids and polyphenols. Potatoes are considered a very good source of vitamin C, a good source of vitamin B6, copper, potassium, manganese, and dietary fiber. They also contain iron, niacin, magnesium, thiamin, riboflavin, phosphorus, and folic acid. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, one cup of baked potato with skin (122g) contains 133 calories, 2.8 g protein, 0.12 g fat, 30.8 g carbohydrate, and 2.9 g of dietary fiber. It also provides 26 percent of the Daily Recommended Value (%DV) for vitamin C, 21 percent for vitamin B6, 18.5 percent for copper, 14.6 percent for potassium, 11.7 percent for dietary fiber, 9 percent for iron, and other minerals and vitamins.
Good Carbs: Fiber & Resistant Starch
One cup of baked potato provides almost 12 percent of the daily requirements for fiber. Most of the fiber is concentrated in the skin, so it’s an added nutrition bonus and time-saver to skip peeling them. Fiber has many beneficial functions, including lowering cholesterol, preventing colon cancer, and improving bowel regularity. Potatoes are a great source of complex carbohydrates, including fiber and resistant starch. Resistant starch is a type of fiber, along with soluble and insoluble types, and has beneficial physiological actions in the body. Resistant to digestion in the stomach and small intestine, it reaches the large intestine intact. It improves glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, lowers plasma cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations, increases satiety, and provides bulk. In the bowel, resistant starch also supports the growth of healthy bacteria and inhibits the growth of potentially harmful bacteria. The amount of resistant starch can be maximized by cooking and then cooling the potatoes before consuming, such as in potato salad.
Building Cells with Vitamin B6
One cup of baked potato contains 21 percent of the daily requirement for vitamin B6. As a water-soluble vitamin, B6 is not stored in the body, and needs to be consumed in adequate amounts on a regular basis to replenish the body’s supply. Vitamin B6 is involved as a coenzyme in many enzymatic reactions and is essential for the formation of new cells in the body. This nutrient is required for the synthesis of amino acids, which are the building blocks of
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protein, as well as nucleic acids, which are used to make DNA. Phospholipids, which make up the cell membrane, and heme, the protein component of red blood cells, are also dependent on vitamin B6. Additionally, this important vitamin is involved in glucose and lipid metabolism, helping the body use the fats and carbohydrates eaten, as well as synthesis of neurotransmitters, which include serotonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and GABA. Epinephrine and norepinephrine are hormones that play a key role in responding to stress, GABA is essential for healthy brain function, and serotonin contributes to feelings of well-being. Conversely, a lack of serotonin and norepinephrine is linked with depression. An important contributor to heart health, vitamin B6 also lowers homocysteine levels, a dangerous molecule that causes damage to the blood vessel wall and subsequent atherosclerosis. High homocysteine levels have been associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Eating potatoes and other foods high in vitamin B6 is good for your heart.
How to Select and Store
Choose potatoes that are firm, smooth, and free of decay or wet spots. Avoid those that have sprouts or green discoloration. Potatoes have a wonderfully long shelf life and can be stored for up to three months or even longer. Store them in a paper or burlap bag in a dark, dry place between 45°F to 50°F, such as a root cellar, or a cool, dark basement. Avoid storing potatoes in the refrigerator because that will hasten their starch conversion to sugar.
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Potatoes can be baked, boiled, stewed, fried, and roasted. Since they have a neutral flavor, they fit easily into many dishes. Additionally, potatoes (either grated or dried potato flakes) can serve as a gluten-free thickener in soups and stews. Here are some more serving ideas: • Mash boiled potatoes with milk, yogurt, or chicken broth • Make smashed potatoes with coarsely mashed potatoes with the peel • Scoop the flesh out of the peel, mix with cheese and spices, and refill the shells for twice-baked potatoes • Saute sliced potatoes with sliced carrots, rutabaga or parsnips for a mixed root vegetable dish • Add sliced, cooked potatoes to egg omelets • Roast potatoes with olive oil and salt • Grate and use for hash browns, dumplings, or potato pancakes • Combine with tuna fish and steamed green beans in a salad nicoise • Make mashed potato candy • Chips, fries, roasted, grilled, baked, boiled, mashed, diced • Grated into bread • Mashed potatoes into cake and muffin recipes Enjoy fresh Florida radishes today. With their satisfying crunch and peppery flavor, radishes can add flavor to any dish as well as boost its nutrition at the same time.
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2010-11 Highlands County Fair Results
DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce
(complete listing avilable at www.InTheFieldMagazine.com) Senior Team 1st Lake Placid FFA- Shelby Hill, William Hernandez, Tyler Atkins, Heidi South
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Junior Team 1st Avon Park – Marybeth Crosson, Kinley Bennett, Jade Jackson, Payton Wiggins Rabbits Overall Grand Champion Res Overall Grand Champion
Megan Stein Jessica Belcher
Poultry Overall Grand Champion Res Overall Grand Champion
Jenna-Leigh Labarr April Garcia
Market Swine Overall Grand Champion Res Overall Grand Champion
Tyler Akins Meghan Knowles
Commercial Heifers Overall Grand Champion Res Overall Grand Champion
Shelby Hill Cheyenne Slade Megan Stein
Market Steer Overall Grand Champion Res Overall Grand Champion
Shelby Hill JT Tate
The Pee Wee Show
The Highlands County Fair “Pee Wee Show” was held on Tuesday, February 15, at the Junior Livestock Pavilion. Thirty-nine youngsters aged 4-7 participated in this event showing rabbits, chickens, goats, calves, and mini ponies. Many of the children were “Cloverbuds” in the local 4-H Programs.
Gold Sponsorship $500 ‐ Includes up to 6 shooters, lunches, use of a shooting cart, Gold Sponsorship signage and recognition during awards ceremony Team Sponsorship $325 ‐ Includes 4 shooters, lunches and a station sponsorship sign on course Station Sponsorship $50 ‐ Includes business sign on a station Individual Shooter $65 ‐Includes 100 target shooting round and lunch (special price for youth under 18 ‐ $50) Lunch Only $20 All levels include one raffle ticket per registered shooter.
Seacoast National Bank & Mosaic present the 2nd Annual
TATER HILL FUN SHOOT Saturday, April 30, 2011 8:30 a.m. Square One Sporting Clays 7500 SR 70 West (7 miles east of the DeSoto/ Highlands County line)
Fantastic Lunch!!! BBQ Ribs/Chicken and all the fixings Sponsored by Sweetbay Supermarket and cooked by Brian Burns GREAT SHOOTING, FELLOWSHIP & EXCITING PRIZES & RAFFLE ITEMS! Additional raffle tickets will be for sale during event All proceeds benefit the Chamber’s mission to promote and enhance growth and prosperity
Ask about our industry “traveling plaques” for sponsored teams! Earn bragging rights for the next year!
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Nutritional Therapy for Better Plant Health!
by Robbi Sumner
Farmers and Friends Come Together for Annual Event
The Okeechobee KOA was the site of the Okeechobee Area Agri Council 2011 Annual Meeting, featuring the C.A.R.E.S. Recognition Dinner on February 24. In the past, the two events had been held separately, but according to Ag Council President Melissa Montes De Oca, “they seemed to be a natural fit since many of the members are active in both Ag Council and Farm Bureau, who sponsors the C.A.R.E.S. program.” The crowd enjoyed a delicious dinner, served by members of the Chobee Round-Up 4-H Club. After dinner, Immediate Past President Jacob Larson presented the 2011 Ag Council Board of Directors nomination slate and the following were elected: President: Melissa Montes De Oca; Vice President: Bonnie Wolff Peleaz; Secretary: Courtney Davis; Treasurer: Heather Rucks; Board Members: Pat Hogue, Mike Gallagher, John Stanley, Jacob Larson, Valerie Lewis, David Hazellief, Nicole Stinson, Nicki Smith, Bryan Byrd, Rick Amsden; County Liaison: Joey Hoover. The mission of the Ag Council, which was formed in 1989, is to unite agricultural producers, suppliers, and allied interests to promote their mutual welfare by encouraging a better understanding of the importance of agriculture in our society. Through the years, Ag Council has sponsored numerous meetings with the South Florida Water Management District, legislative delegation luncheons, co-hosted the annual Farm-City luncheon in Okeechobee and hosted school tours on member farms. C.A.R.E.S. is the acronym for the County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship. The program was developed by Florida Farm Bureau in 2001 to recognize farmers who voluntarily implement Best Management Practices on their operations. To become eligible for C.A.R.E.S. recognition, farmers must first work with FDACS’ Water Quality Best Management Practices program in order to receive a “presumption of compliance with state water quality standards.” To assist in this achievement, FDACS provides assessments and conservation plans, engineering and cost-sharing opportunities. Although C.A.R.E.S. recognition events are held statewide, honorees at this particular event represented the Northern Everglades Agricultural Area of Martin, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Palm Beach and Highlands Counties. The C.A.R.E.S. program has four farm classifications: Row Crop and Seed, Dairy, Citrus, and Cow-Calf operations. Bonnie Wolff Peleaz, Environmental Specialist with FDACS Office of Agricultural Water Policy, introduced each
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category and its honorees, while John Hoblick, Florida Farm Bureau President, and Clegg Hooks, Environmental Administrator for the Office of Agricultural Water Policy, made the onstage presentations. Row Crop and Seed honorees all completed BMPs in their assessment or conservation plans, such as nutrient and irrigation management, cover crops, buffer strips and pest management, and must be in compliance with their ERP permits. Recipients in this category were Indiantown Turf and Rothert Farms. In the Dairy category, McArthur Farms, Inc., Barns #1 and #2 were both recognized for completing their water quality BMPs and being in compliance with their DEP permit. The types of BMPs involved include: nutrient and irrigation management, wastewater recycling and reuse, confinement barns, fencing and sand separation and solids management to reduce commercial fertilizer use. A group of Indian River growers was recognized in the Citrus category. Leroy Smith, Inc., Vero Producers, Inc., Scott Groves, Inc., and Kennedy Groves all completed the BMPs in their assessment or conservation plans. Citrus BMPs include nutrient and irrigation management, water table monitoring, water control structures, bed and furrow management and pest management. Several ranches were recognized for their efforts in the CowCalf category. Those who completed BMPs such as nutrient and pest management, fencing for rotational grazing, water control structures, alternative water structures to keep cattle from natural stream and well-head remediation included: Pete Clemons’ #1 and Oak Creek Ranch, Fat Cat Ranch, Haynes Williams, R W Ranch, B & E Double Diamond Ranch, Peat Marsh Ranch, Rio Ranch, Providence Property, Glades Ag Corp, and Bass Family Properties. Todd Clemons, accepting awards on behalf of his father Pete Clemons’ #1 Ranch and Oak Creek Ranch stated, “Good stewardship practices are a part of what it takes to be successful as a cattle rancher. Having ranch land is a blessing but also a responsibility. Our family appreciates being recognized as good stewards of the land.” Okeechobee Area Agri Council membership is open to agricultural producers, allied businesses, and individuals in Okeechobee and surrounding counties. For more information, contact President Melissa Montes De Oca at 863.763.5586. To learn more about the C.A.R.E.S. program, visit www. ThisFarmCARES.org.
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A Closer Look: Lesser Waxworms (Achroia grisella)
A Closer Look:
Waxworms (Achroia grisella)
By Sean Green
By Sean Green
Photo Credit Unknown, Source: Blass Online English Dictinoary, http://blass.com/au/definition/bee%20moth When thinking of agricultural insects, the most common image that comes to mind is likely to be pests that directly affect our crops by feeding on its root systems, leaves, and fruit. There are some insects that indirectly affect our crops by endangering honey bees and other valuable insects. The waxworm (Achroia griella) is the larva of the wax moth and gets its common name from its behavior as a honey bee colony parasite. It chews through the wax in the hive to feed on bee cocoons and the pollen collected by the worker bees. Although this insect has a devastating potential, it is only capable of infesting a hive that has already been compromised by other factors such as pesticides or insect pathogens and therefore considered a secondary pest. It is interesting that this insect has become economically significant in more than one realm. Waxworms are commonly sold in pet stores as live food for reptiles, fish, and invertebrates. Their high protein and calcium content make them an ideal supplement for exotic pets and even carnivorous plants, however, they are also high in fat content making them more appropriate as a treat than a staple diet. Waxworms are easy to breed and are not as prone to parasites as crickets. If you like fishing, you may find breeding waxworms a rewarding hobby. Waxworms are especially good bait for the sunfish family (Centrarchidae) which includes bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed and crappie. In addition to traditional demand for waxworms, a growing awareness of the benefits of eating insects (entomophagy) has begun to take root in America. In fact, If you have a chance to visit the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa this month, the My Bug World exhibit features some New Orleans chefs that offer samples of insect cuisine, that’s bugs for food, not food for bugs. When I went I was not fortunate enough to find any waxworms being served, but I did sample some closely related species and was not at all disappointed. Lesser Wax Moths are very common in mild climates worldwide and especially prevalent in Florida because of our tropical climate. They were probably introduced in the early 1800’s with the European Honeybee (Apis mellifera) and like its introduced hosts, the lesser waxmoth has established itself
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Naturally Amazing Activities
into our ecosystem. The lesser waxworm (Achroia griella) is the larva of the wax moth and is the same species that is commonly breed commercially as food for exotic pets. In nature, the adult male wax moths will invade a honey bee hive that has been weakened by pesticides or disease. Invasion occurs seasonally when the hive will have the lowest population to guard it, usually early to mid autumn. Male moths must find a wax rich hive that is suitable for the female to lay her eggs. The female sex hormone contains compounds that are also found in beeswax. It’s possible that the male moth is stimulated by these compounds leading it to invade the hive in search of a mate. Once inside the hive, male moths find a safe place to hide near wax cones and emit ultrasonic signals to attract female moths while fanning their wings to release and disperse sex pheromones. Mating occurs within the bee hive and the female lays up to 300 eggs, ideally in combs that have a pollen reserve for the larva to eat when they hatch. Once hatched, the larva tunnel through the combs in the hive feeding on beeswax, pollen, nectar, and bee larva leaving behind a silk lined tube in its wake. After months of growth, the larva chews a groove into the hive woodwork or frame and spins a strong paper y cocoon within the groove for its final molt and transformation into its pupal stage after which it will emerge as an adult to continue population cycles until the hive is overrun. Typically a healthy bee hive will have a large enough population to protect the entrance to the hive preventing any intruders such as moths from entering the hive. Any invaders that get past the guards are quickly eliminated inside the nest. The bees within the nest are the most effective control agent. There are no traps that can completely protect the hive from wax moth invasion. The best strategy Beekeepers can employ is to prevent hive infestation altogether by making sure the colonies territory is small enough for the hive population to guard it. Like any other insect, wax moths are part of the ecosystem in which they exist. In nature; they provide a valuable service by ridding the hive of old cones and cocoons that could potentially spread disease to the healthy portions of the hive or worse, to other nearby healthy hives.
Breeding waxworms is a fun way to understand the insects. This activity would be a great science project for school and can provide a supply of food for your pets, fishing trips, or even snacks if you are including insects in your diet. Your starter culture will begin to spin cocoons for pupation within a few weeks depending on their size when you get them. Once they spin a cocoon, move them to another jar and allow the adults to emerge for mating. Adult females will lay eggs and die. Remove the dead adults and watch the cycle begin again. From egg to next generation adult should be about six weeks under ideal conditions. It is important to keep the jars clean. The culture material will collect mites, bacterial and fungal growth if it is not consumed fast enough. Experiment with different recipes for the culture. One the larva mature, they can be stored for a few months of slow growth at around 60° F. A typical refrigerator is set too cold for storage and will kill them rather than slow them down.
(keep refrigerated until needed): • Wheat or oat cereal • Water • Honey • Bee Pollen • Calcium powder (gut load) • Mix into a moist paste about the texture of potting soil, or wet coffee grounds
1. Fill the jar with culture about two inches deep, top off as the larvae consume the culture. 2. Add corrugated cardboard 3. Add starter culture (about 20 waxworms) to the jar. 4. Stretch nylon hose over the top of the jar, secure with rubber band. 5. Keep culture warm and humid (80° to 90°)
Materials: • Empty jar • Old nylon hose • Corrugated Cardboard • Wax Paper • Waxworms (ideally from a beekeeper, but also readily available from pet store)
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AgCalendar What’s going on InTheField? • April 2—Adams Ranch Genuine Ranch Rodeo, Ft. Pierce
• April 28—DeSoto County Cattlemen’s Spring Meeting at 7pm, Turner Center
• April 2—UF/IFAS Performance Horse Short Course & Trade Show, Clewiston
• April 30—Sugar Festival, Clewiston, Royal Palm & Osceola Streets in Civic Park (863) 674-0695, www.clewiston.org
• April 6—IFAS/CALS Gator Gathering, Sebring • April 9—Black Gold Children’s Fishing Contest, Belle Glade Marina (561) 9962745 • April 9—Day Workers Invitational Ranch Rodeo, 10:30 am, Okeechobee Stockyard, Old Arena • April 15—Friday Night Live, 3rd Friday monthly. Main Street Heritage Park, Wauchula 5-9 pm (863) 767-0330 • April 16—33rd Annual Black Gold Jubilee Festival, Belle Glade, (561) 996-2745 • April 16—Arcadia Youth Rodeo, Arcadia, www.arcadiarodeo.com/ArcadiaYouthRodeoAssociation.html
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to adjust and retrofit your irrigation system water shortages are impacting your water supply to build your own rainbarrel (extra $25.00 fee for barrel and supplies, need to pre-register) to exchange your shower head for a low flow shower head to sign up for the Mobile Irrigation Lab to select and grow “Florida Friendly” plant material
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• April 30—Raising Cane Rodeo 620 E. El Paso/Rodeo Grounds, Clewiston (863) 2284356 • April 30—Arcadia Youth Rodeo, Arcadia, www.arcadiarodeo.com/ArcadiaYouthRodeoAssociation.html • May 20-22—Arcadia Youth Rodeo, Arcadia, Finals & Banquet www.arcadiarodeo.com/ArcadiaYouthRodeoAssociation.html • May 27-28—Memorial Day Spring Fling Steer Show, Turner Center • June 18—4H Year End Banquet, Turner Center
UF/IFAS Water Conservation Workshop April 16–Bert J. Harris Agriculture Center, Sebring, FL Learn how:
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9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration $15.00 before April 8th, $20.00 at the door (make all checks payable to: Horticulture Advisory Committee) There will be workshops and vendors present. Lunch will be provided. For more information call: Dee Dee Jacobson, Urban Horticulture Agent 863-402-7140
The Highlands County Cattlemen’s Association Sweetheart: How I Will Promote the Beef Industry Representing the Highlands County Cattlemen’s Association as their sweetheart would be a prestigious honor for me. I have been involved in agriculture for eight years and becoming the sweetheart has been a big dream of mine. I would gladly promote the beef industry as their spokesperson for the association, help new exhibitors learn about the beef industry, and continue to learn about the beef industry myself. As a spokesperson, I would inform people about important issues associated with beef. These issues would include providing information about the Florida Cattlemen Association to new members or ones contemplating joining the association. Also, I would keep members up to date with new programs that are available to them that would help with their cattle. During my four years of high school, I raised four steers for the Highlands County Fair and I participated on the livestock judging team for the Sebring High School FFA. In 2009, I placed 35 out of over 400 participants and the team placed 18 overall in the state livestock judging competition. With this background, I would be able to talk with the current exhibitors and help with any questions they may have about the beef industry. I can remember how nervous and scared I was my first year showing a steer. I wanted to learn as much as I could about the industry. I would enjoy helping the exhibitors learn about the beef industry so they could have an experience similar to mine in which I fell in love with the beef industry/agriculture. I was fortunate enough to attend the FFA National Convention in 2008 and 2009, held in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the convention, I gained experience in public speaking by attending workshops and watching how the national officers deliver themselves properly during sessions. In 2009 I served my FFA chapter as the Student Advisor and in 2010
I was the Vice-President. Holding these positions furthered my experience with public speaking and how to properly manage my responsibilities. Being the sweetheart, I know I would have major responsibilities and I believe that having this prior knowledge would help me spread important knowledge about the beef industry. I receive The Florida Cattlemen and Livestock Journal each month and I eagerly read the articles in the magazine. I make sure I am up to date with all the current news that is going on in the beef industry and I would love to share that with the public. I would also attend any agriculture events around the state to learn about new information and upcoming events. I would then spread that knowledge to members of the local FFA and 4-H chapters so that they will also learn the new and important information about the beef industry. I would also love to inform elementary students about important facts about beef at Ag-Venture. While in FFA, I volunteered to help out during AgVenture. It would be amazing to continue to help teach children about agriculture and the beef industry. I am currently a student at South Florida Community College and I would have no problem being available for any upcoming events to represent the Highland’s County Cattlemen’s Association. If chosen I will conduct myself in the appropriate manner expected of this honor in representing the association. I see this as an opportunity to keep myself involved with agriculture and the beef industry, which I have missed so much these past few months since graduation. I truly hope you will consider me to be the Highland’s County Cattlemen’s Sweetheart so that I can help continue spreading knowledge of the beef industry to the public.
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