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Members of the 2009 Hardee Senior High National Honor Society worked with CF Industries and other community volunteers to support the e 2009 Hardee County — American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life!

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April Friday Night Live - Arts in the Park Friday, April 16, 2010 5:00 pm - 9:00pm Heritage Park in Downtown Wauchula 2010 Relay for Life Saturday, April 17, 2010 Walk Begins at Noon Wildcat Stadium — Hardee Senior High School http://main.acsevents.org/site/PageServer

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2010 4-H Day at the Capitol The 2010 4-H Day at the Capitol will be held in Th Tallahassee on Thursday, April 22. 4-H Day at the Capitol gives youth the chance to experience government on a whole new level, the chance to meet with state legislators and tour the buildings around the capitol. This year there will be exciting new experiences and chances to explore different places. The goal is to have 1000 participants attend this event. This is an excellent opportunity for young 4-Hers to gain more knowledge of their government. Appointments with your legislators should be made prior to coming to 4-H Day at the Capitol. It’s always a good idea to know some background information on the legislators. Since promoting University of Florida IFAS Extension 4-H is an important part of the educational experience at 4-H Day at the capital, know your 4-H talking points. This day will also be an opportunity for 4-H members fro across the state to turn Tallahassee “Green for a Day.”

What are you doing here? I am here to visit my Representative and /or Senator and let them know what 4-H has done for me. I also get to learn about my government and participate in workshops and tours. This information compiled from florida4H.org.

What is 4-H? 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Florida IFAS Extension Service. 4-H programs are in every county. Youth can join clubs, go to camp, and attend events locally and statewide. I belong to (insert club name here). My project this year is (insert project here), but I can also do projects on robotics, leadership, animals, rocketry, and many other things. What do the four H’s stand for? Head, Heart, Hands, and Health Things to share with your legislature: You will only have about 3 minutes to get your points across. Know what you are going to say before you go in. You only want to mention two or three items. What University of Florida IFAS Extension 4-H has done for you? Express appreciation for your extension office. Talk briefly about what you want to do in your own life. IFAS 4-H is under IFAS (Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences), which is a part of the University of Florida.

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From the Publisher APRIL It’s finally spring and spring brings bright colors, the smell of orange blossoms is in the air and blueberry season is coming into full swing. All of this is a breathe of fresh air! The time has changed which means we can all enjoy being outdoors a bit longer each day and for me this means I can enjoy riding my horses longer. This is my favorite time of year. April’s issue is packed with educational and interesting information. In each issue we strive to offer our readers delicious recipes, humorous insights on life and the latest in the industry’s technology and stories spotlighting people that make a difference in our communities. There is something for everyone. Our cover story this month features Crescent View Ranch and their “Cutting Horses of Distinction.” In a short period of time Crescent View Ranch has amassed an incredible group of stallions. Check them out! Thank you to the Farm Bureaus ( Charlotte, Desoto, Hardee and Highlands Counties) of the Heartland. The Florida Farm Bureau is the largest agricultural organization with over 140,000 member-families representing Farm Bureaus in 60 counties. Being a member provides many benefits, and you do not have to be a farmer to be a member. If you are not currently a member please take a few minutes to find out more! On pages 6 and 7 you will find the contact information for the Farm Bureau in your area. I want to take a moment to tell each advertiser thank you for being a part of In The Field magazine. Advertising is what is needed to make In The Field possible, and of course advertisers need customers to stay in business. That is what makes the relationship between us crucial. We at Berry publications appreciate your confidence and support. Without you we would not be able to cover what is growing in the Heartland. Until Next Month

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Office Manager Bob Hughens

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Johnny Cone Dave Osborn Karen Berry Ashley Swafford Christa Patterson

12 Grub Station Don José Mexican Restaurant 14 Business Up Front Shoot Straight

Art Director Lourdes Sáenz

20 Fishing Hot Spots

Designer Juan Carlos Alvarez

23 Tales and Trails The Red Sky

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30 FL Ag in the Classroom Awards 35 Field Agent Report 39 Rocking Chair Chatter 49 Farm Bureau Highlight Greg Shackelford

Anita Whitaker Jim Frankowiak Al Berry

Contributing Writers Capt. Woody Gore Will Irbvy Lourdes Sáenz

Photography Karen Berry Christa Patterson

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HARDEE COUNTY FARM BUREAU 1017 US HWY. 17 N., WAUCHULA, FL 33873 (863) 773-3117 looking to balance budgets and agriculture is usually the first to feel the effects. One day, just maybe the consumer will realize “I Farm, You Eat.� Please take the time to read and then educate everybody you come in contact with. Below is the latest on Amendment 4.

Greetings: The weather is warming and we have made it through one of the longest winters faced in a long time and I don’t want to be pessimistic, but we will be facing one of the most challenging years in a long time. We will need to stay on top of what is taking place in Tallahassee and Washington like never before. I want to challenge each and every one of you to stay in tune with all the issues, and yes you can make a difference. In Florida, Amendment 4, EPA’s Water Quality, and be sure to keep a close guard on the Farm Bill, are just a few. Everyone is

Sincerely,

David Hardee County Farm Bureau President David Royal

SPECIAL REPORT: Amendment 4 to cost over 260,000 jobs, study says By Ryan Houck Business, civic and labor leaders gathered in Tallahassee recently to hear the report of a top Florida economist indicating that Amendment 4—a proposed re-write of our state constitution—would lead to massive job loss. With unemployment nearing 12 percent, that’s the last thing Florida needs. Tony Villamil, founder of The Washington Economics Group (WES), which conducted the study, reported that “Amendment 4’s passage will have potentially devastating consequences to Florida’s economy at a time when the economic situation at both the state and national levels is uncertain and at a time when attracting new businesses to Florida is essential for the future recovery and prosperity of the state and its residents.� The WES study indicates that Amendment 4 will lead to severe job loss in numerous sectors of Florida’s already struggling economy as well as have major impacts on Florida’s “economic dynamism,� ultimately causing a “steady decline in the standard of living for all Florida residents.� The resulting economic gridlock would erode Florida’s tax base, forcing state and local governments to either “raise taxes or cut services.� The impacts of Amendment 4 would not be limited to a few sectors of our economy. According to the WES study, the negative impacts of Amendment 4 would “affect the whole economy of Florida.� In particular, efforts to diversify Florida’s economy by attracting “high-wage and highskill jobs� would be jeopardized. Florida Chamber of Commerce president Mark Wilson summed up the situation pointedly: “If you like the recession, you’ll love Amendment 4.� The gathering in Tallahassee also reflected an unprecedented show of unity, as labor and business leaders agreed to jointly oppose Amendment 4. “It’s not too often that a union leader and a business leader agree on something,� said Frank Ortis, President of the Florida State Council of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. “But we can all see how much Amendment 4 would hurt Florida’s working families. And we are working together to defeat it.� If Amendment 4 is adopted in November, Florida would become the guinea pig for a measure that has never passed in any other state in the country. However, Floridians are beginning to hear the story of St. Pete Beach, a small Florida town that adopted a local version of Amendment 4 in 2006. Since then, the town has seen fewer jobs, higher tax rates and endless litigation at taxpayer expense. Former St. Pete Beach Mayor Ward Friszolowski was in Tallahassee to hear the major economic announcement. “Our experiment in Amendment 4 has turned St. Pete Beach into a battleground for special interests,� said Friszolowski. “And at a time of economic hardship, it has caused extraordinary damage to our economy. I ask the voters of Florida to learn more about St. Pete Beach—and to learn from our mistakes. Amendment 4 supporters promise that they’ll give you a ‘say on growth.’ Don’t believe it. Don’t let them do to Florida what they already did to my hometown.�

HARDEE COUNTY BOARD OF DIRECTORS David B. Royal, President; Greg Shackelford, Vice President; Bo Rich, Secretary/Treasurer; Joseph Cherry, John Platt, Corey Lambert, Daniel Smith, Steve Johnson, Bill Hodge. 6

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By Carol C. Weathersbee Wendy Petteway, together with her husband, Roy and her son, R. Roy, owns and operates Petteway Citrus & Cattle located in Zolfo Springs, Florida. Wendy affectionately refers to it as “the home place” which consists of citrus groves and Angus cattle. Wendy says, “The ‘home place’ has been in Roy’s family for over 100 years. We’re not sure how the nickname ‘home place’ got started, it’s always been that way as far as Roy can remember.” Wendy herself grew up on a small family farm in Wauchula, Florida, so she and Roy seemed to be a natural fit when they married 28 years ago. Wendy shares, “It just felt like where I belonged. And over the years, working with my husband and raising my son here at the ‘home place’, we have developed a true family partnership. We discuss all business matters big and small.” With approximately 180 acres at the “home place,” Wendy’s role is to share in daily tasks on the ranch and in the grove, as well as manage all administrative duties for the businesses. The “home place” has the citrus groves as well as a certified citrus greenhouse nursery for raising young citrus trees. Wendy explains, “Our greenhouse is certified with the State of Florida. The State developed the certification program a few years ago to help prevent the outbreak of canker and other diseases,” she adds, “the State’s inspections certify that our trees are being grown free of disease and are safe to be sold to other growers.” When she is not busy with the citrus, Wendy helps with the cattle and says, “During calving season we’ll ride out on the ranch two times a day to check for new calves so that we can tag them as they are born. It is important to know which calf belongs to which mother cow especially with the registered Angus.” Wendy enjoys working with the cattle and says, “In handling the cattle it is never the same thing twice,” and adds, “Working with the young calves can be a lot of fun, especially if you’re getting them ready to show.” Aside from the responsibilities of the ranch and groves, this busy lady and her husband take time to work with children by leading a 4-H Club they call Beef & Bacon. Enthusiastically, Wendy shares, “We have led this group for about six years now and we truly enjoy it. We love teaching kids about agriculture and sometimes they teach us!” She recalls a 4-H Club meeting when pesky flies in the barn were bothering the show cattle. Continued on next page

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Wendy smiles as she remembers, “This young boy suggested Roy get chickens to get rid of the flies. We got the chickens and this young boy used it as a 4-H project and it worked!” She says, “Working with the kids is a lot of fun.” Wendy is also President Elect for the Florida Cattlewomen Association. “I’ve been involved with Florida Cattlewomen for nearly 15 years and have worked in various positions with this group over the years,” she says. “Before I became a board member, our family discussed my involvement because while working with this group is very rewarding, the responsibilities can be demanding and take time away from the family and ranch.” Being part of this group has afforded Wendy the opportunity to meet and learn from other cattlewomen around the country. She says, “I’ve learned that no matter what part of the country you’re from, ranchers have the same problems, but in different ways.” Wendy is excited about being next year’s President, and says, “We’ll continue to work and educate youth on beef nutrition as well as educate the consumer on cooking with beef as a healthy part of their diet.” Living the life of a rancher’s wife has been a blessing for Wendy, and she says, “Working the ranch and grove is very hard work, but I still couldn’t imagine a better life.” Wendy says it is the best place to raise a family and she would do it the same all over again. She says, “My son had plenty of room to roam and explore, and still learned the value of hard work. As the old saying goes ‘Raise up your kids in the sunshine and hard work and they’ll turn out to be pretty good.’” She chuckles as she adds, “It must’ve worked because our son is doing great and is in veterinary school at the University of Florida.” Wendy says with a smile, “When you get to live what you love doing every day, that’s kind of nice,” and concludes, “If you can you’re very lucky.”

Control Multiple Life Stages of Asian Citrus Psyllid with Micromite BY KEITH GRIFFITH

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ontrolling Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is widely recognized as the key factor in limiting the spread of citrus greening disease.The most common tactic Florida citrus growers are using to reduce pest numbers and control the spread of citrus greening is to target adult populations of ACP with adulticide sprays. Another important strategy is to control ACP eggs and nymphs as well. Nymphs that grow on trees infected with greening disease are believed to have the highest rate of disease vectoring capability when they infest non-infected trees.

Jeffrey W. Lotz, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org

Attack multiple life stages of Asian citrus psyllid and get a $6 rebate on every acre you treat with Micromite.* Adult Asian citrus psyllids lay eggs on new flush and the hatching immature nymphs go through five instars before reaching the adult stage. Micromite® can control each immature stage (egg and all nymphal instars) resulting in residual ACP control on new plant growth. Adult females that come into contact with

Micromite-treated tissues will also have reduced egg hatch, leading to a smaller adult population that can be controlled more efficiently with adulticides. By combining an insect growth regulator like Micromite with an adulticide, such as Mustang® or Mustang Max,® growers can effectively control all life stages of the Asian citrus psyllid— eggs, nymphs and adults. This combination creates a powerful tank mix that helps control generations of other pests including citrus rust mite, citrus leafminer, citrus root weevils, as well as Asian citrus psyllid. These pests can affect tree health and impact fruit yield, as well as spread diseases like citrus greening and citrus canker. Micromite can be applied in combination with Mustang Max during postbloom, and/ or summer-oil, and/or fall spray periods for maximum protection and long residual control of citrus pests. In total, Micromite can be applied up to three times per year either alone, or tank mixed with adulticide products like Mustang or Mustang Max. For more information about Micromite and tank mixes to control all lifecycle stages of ACP, please talk to your local ag chem supplier or contact Keith.Griffith@chemtura.com or Jay.Hallaron@chemtura.com. To learn more about citrus crop protection products from Chemtura, visit our Web site, ChemturaAgroSolutions.com.

*Some restrictions apply. Visit chemturacrop.com/rebate for complete rules and forms. Micromite, Mustang and Mustang Max are restricted use pesticides. Always read and follow label directions. © 2010 Chemtura Corporation. All rights reserved. Chemtura and Micromite are registered trademarks and AgroSolutions and the AgroSolutions logo are trademarks of Chemtura Corporation. Mustang and Mustang Max are registered trademarks of FMC Corporation. CHMM03104510

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Florida Parsley More than a Garnish

By Sandy Kaster, M.S. Clinical Medicine, B.S. Nutrition Science Parsley is an herb in the Umbelliferae family, which also includes carrots, fennel, celery and dill. More than just a garnish, parsley is highly nutritious and full of fresh flavor. Both its leaves and stalks are edible. Parsley is a popular garden vegetable nationwide. According to the University of Florida Extension Office, this herb is grown throughout Florida, both as a commercial crop in Central and South Florida, as well as in gardens throughout the entire state. NUTRITIONAL PROFILE Parsley is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K. It is also a good source of folate and iron. Parsley is high in beneficial flavonoids and volatile oils which function like antioxidants in preventing diseases. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, two tablespoons (7.5 g) of fresh parsley contains 2.7 calories, 0.22 g protein, 0.06 g fat, 0.47 g carbohydrate, and 0.25 g of dietary fiber. It also provides 153.8 percent of the Daily Recommended Value (%DV) for vitamin K, 16.6 percent for vitamin C, 12.2 percent for vitamin A, 2.9 percent for folate, 2.6 percent for iron, and plentiful amounts of other valuable nutrients. In other words, a tiny portion of parsley provides more than your entire day’s vitamin K requirements and other nutrients for almost no calories. VITAMIN C: FIGHT COLDS AND FREE RADICALS Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin C, a water-soluble antioxodant that helps support the immune system. This vitamin is important for a healthy immune system, cancer prevention, healthy blood circulation and wound healing. Parsley and other foods high in vitamin C may help reduce the severity and duration of cold symptoms. This vitamin also acts as a potent antioxidant in the body, neutralizing harmful free radicals and preventing its damaging effects in cells. As a result, vitamin C has been associated with reduced severity of inflammatory conditions, such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Several large scientific studies have shown that a high consumption of vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin C is associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes including heart disease, stroke and cancer. VITAMIN A: FIGHT MORE FREE RADICALS Vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene, is a fat-soluble antioxidant that fights free radicals and cell damage much like vitamin C. Required for optimal functioning of the immune system, this vitamin helps to maintain the integrity of cells in the skin and mucosa, which function as a barrier to germs. It is also involved in the development and differentiation of white blood cells, which are part of the body’s immune response to infection.

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In addition, vitamin A plays an important role in vision. Inadequate retinol available to the retina may result in “night blindness.” It also acts as a hormone to regulate gene expression in a number of physiological processes, including the production of red blood cells. FOLATE: STRENGTHEN YOUR HEART Parsley is a good source of the important B vitamin folate. This heart-healthy vitamin is involved in converting dangerous homocysteine to less harmful molecules in the body. High levels of homocysteine can damage blood vessels and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke in people with atherosclerosis. Additionally, folate is also essential for growth and development, and plays a key role in DNA formation. This vitamin is involved in normal cell division and is important in preventing cancer in the colon and cervix, two areas of the body that have rapidly dividing cells. Folate can reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain and spinal cord (neural tube defects) in the fetus. Pregnant women should consume a diet high in folate, and eating parsley and other vegetables and fruits every day can help. HOW TO SELECT AND STORE Choose fresh parsley that is deep green in color with fresh, crisp leaves. Avoid those that have wilted or yellow leaves. To store parsley, place it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. If it wilts, sprinkle water on the leaves to refresh them. Parsley can also be dried by laying it out at room temperature. After it is dried, store it in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark place. Curly leaf parsley also freezes well and can be added to soups and dishes without thawing first. HOW TO ENJOY • Finely chop parsley and garnish the sides of the plate • Combine chopped parsley with bulgur wheat to make tabbouleh, a popular Middle Eastern dish • Add parsley to salads, soups, and tomato sauces • Garnish grilled fish or poultry with fresh parsley before serving • Combine chopped parsley with garlic and lemon juice and use as a marinade or rub for meat • Chew on parsley after eating to freshen your breath • Mince and add to coleslaw, potato salad, spreads, or salad dressing • Enjoy fresh Florida parsley today. With its fresh, vibrant flavor and exceptionally low calories, parsley makes a nutritious addition to any raw or cooked dish. SELECTED REFERENCES http://www.whfoods.com http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/


R E C I P E S Cabbage Chicken Wrap Ingredients • • • • • • • •

1 large head Florida cabbage 1 1/2 pounds chicken meat, diced 1 cup Florida onions, chopped 2 cups Florida mushrooms, sliced 1 cup Florida red bell pepper, chopped 1 cup water chestnuts, chopped 1/2 cup Florida parsley, chopped Nonstick cooking spray

Preparation Remove outer leaves from cabbage and cut about 1-inch off the bottom (stem m end) of the head. Steam cabbage stem side down until leaves can be removed easily. ly. Set aside. Cook chicken and onions in a large skillet until chicken is done and onions are browning. Remove chicken and onions from skillet. Set aside. Cook mushrooms hrooms and bell pepper in skillet until they begin to brown. Add water chestnuts, parsley sley and cooked chicken and onions to the skillet; heat thoroughly. Remove skillet from heat and let mixture cool. Prepare cabbage by removing the thick stem in the center of each piece. Roll one tablespoon of chicken mixture in each of the cabbage leaves. Serve warm or at room temperature. Yield 6 servings

Red Bean Salad Ingredients • • • • • • • • • • •

1 15 ounce can kidney beans 1 cup chopped Florida celery 1 small Florida zucchini, chopped 1 small Florida cucumber, chopped 2 green onions, chopped 1 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese, cubed 1/2 cup grated Florida carrots 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoon olive oil Salt to taste

Preparation Rinse beans under cold water and drain well. In a large salad bowl, combine all ingredients. Toss well and serve. Recipes courtesy of Florida Department of Agriculture INTHEFIELD MAGAZINE

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By Lourdes L d M. M Sá Sáenz Photos by Christa Patterson

Thinking of Mexican food automatically brings to mind the bold spicy flavors and colorful atmosphere typical of this neighboring country’s cuisine. Walking into Don José’s Mexican Restaurant in Sebring, FL is a perfect example of meeting and exceeding all expectations for an authentic Mexican feast and general experience. Don José’s Mexican Restaurant initially started in 1970 in San José Jalisco, Mexico with great food and much success. The Arceo brothers continued their culinary venture in the U.S., first opening a restaurant in New Jersey and later, expanding to Florida. On October 25, 2000 they opened the doors to their Sebring restaurant on the picturesque shores of Lake Jackson and began offering the same menu they had started in Mexico. This beautiful locale, only a block away from Highway 27, welcomes you with a refreshing atmosphere, typical array of traditional decoration, including hand made and artistically painted furniture done in the tradition of artisans in Guadalajara, Mexico. The spectacular views of the lake can be appreciated from the many windows, or if you wish, from the comfortable screened terrace. Once your dining experience begins, you will never be disappointed because every aspect of the food preparation and presentation are meticulous and the end result is a fiesta for all your senses. Typical dishes from all areas of Mexico are on the menu. In our recent visit, we were delighted with such variety as The Trio, mixed fajitas of grilled chicken, beef and jumbo shrimp served with Mexican rice, red beans, pico de gallo, warm tortillas and all the fixings. The steaming skillet was overflowing with flavorful meat on a bed of onions and peppers, tender beef masterfully marinated chicken and plump, juicy shrimp, all of which

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Luis, Mario and Rosendo Arceo, owners made for great companions to the very fresh pico de gallo o and creamy guacamole. We were also presented with two typically famous Enchilada dishes, The Suizas, which are corn tortillas stuffed with shredded tasty chicken and smothered in a green chilly sauce, sour cream and cheese. The second were the Mole Enchiladas, which differ in the sauce that covers them and is the enticing combination of mixed dry chillies, dark chocolate and peanuts, all coming together with the rest of the ingredients to form a unique ue blend of flavors that surprise your taste buds with their spicy-sweett outcome. outcome The last of the masterfully served dishes was Shrimp El Dorado, a succulent group of five jumbo shrimp marinated with peeled garlic, lime juice, cilantro, white wine, and herbs, wrapped in a layer of fresh cheese and a strip of bacon and then sautéed to perfection. All of this on a bed of Mexican rice with a side of tasty black beans and pico de gallo. This wonderful creation makes it hard to find the right words to describe the tempting flavors as all ingredients come together. All dishes sampled were delicious, had plentiful portions, every ingredient used was at the peak of freshness and they complemented each other well with an end result of bold flavors and just the right touch of spice. With excellent service and a never empty basket of great chips and salsa, Don José offers a wide array of traditional dishes from appetizers, soups and salads, to their many chicken, beef and seafood options. They maintain their Jalisco cuisine heritage, but offer many familiar and delicious dishes like chile rellenos, tamales, burritos and fresh fish and seafood specialties. They complement their great menu with a wide collection of national and Mexican beers, mixed drinks from their full liquor bar, and tempting desserts. Also, a great variety of vegetarian plates and a children’s menu are available. Don José is available for party reservations, offers gift certificates and has Early Bird specials on weekdays from 3:00-5:30p.m. for $10, including a drink. This a unique and great experience to be enjoyed for lunch, dinner or any time you are hungry for an authentic meal from South of the border... come enjoy, treat all your senses and become a fan of Don José’s Mexican Restaurant... after our visit we can truly say that we are!

1711 S.W. LAKEVIEW DRIVE SEBRING, FLORIDA (863) 385-9326 • www.donjosemexican.com

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Business UpFront Range Lakeland Gun& Store

By Jim Frankowiak

Serving Experienced and First Time Shooting Sports Enthusiasts The Shoot Straight family has a new member, Shoot Straight Lakeland, located at 230 North Lake Parker Avenue. The “family” is composed of Shoot Straight Florida, the traveling Gun Show sales arm that attends some 40 shows around Florida annually and Shoot Straight Apopka, Shoot Straight Casselberry and Shoot Straight Tampa, brick and mortar stores, featuring retail sales and service, as well as indoor shooting ranges. Shoot Straight Ft. Myers is set to open March 2010 and Shoot Straight West Palm Beach is to join the family later this year. Shoot Straight Lakeland is locally owned and operated and began operations late last November. “The store has a state of the art indoor shooting range featuring an automatic target system and excellent ventilation for our shooter’s comfort,” said manager and partner Steve Brown. The range has nine pistol lanes and three rifle lanes, all of which are up to 25 yards. “You can shoot by the hour, have a monthly membership or an annual individual or family membership,” said Brown. The retail store section occupies 3,500 square-feet and offers handguns, rifles, shotguns and tactical firearms, accessories, including optics, lights, lasers, cleaning supplies and both hard and soft firearm cases. Enthusiasts can also purchase knives, small and full size gun safes and ammunition of all types and most calibers. “Our store has an indoor classroom where we teach both Introduction to Firearms and Concealed Weapon Permit classes,” said Brown. “We also have a Certified Gunsmith on site who can repair, clean or enhance your firearm with different sights, magazine releases, slide releases and grips. And, for those who are hard to shop for or when you have the last minute gift item, we have gift cards.” Brown, a third generation Floridian, was born and raised in Polk County. He attended high school in Bartow at what was then called Summerlin Institute and

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graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1973. “I worked for a local bank for a short period of time, then did accounting for a Bartow pallet manufacturing company and in 1976 joined my friends and schoolmates, Clyde A. Gibson and Drew B. Guffey, in the insurance and real estate business at Gibson & Wirt, Inc. in Bartow where I remained until November of last year when Shoot Straight Lakeland opened,” said Brown. “I remain a licensed property, casualty, life and health agent and Real Estate Broker. I am supported in this new endeavor by my wonderful wife, Jenny, and our great family, and my partners, Clyde and Drew. I trained and learned the gun business through working around the state at gun shows w with Shoot Straight Florida aand working in the Tampa and A Apopka Shoot Straight stores. “Shoot Straight Lakeland is similar to a franchise though n not exactly one,” said Brown. ““You can tell no difference b between Shoot Straight L Lakeland and the other Shoot SStraight stores. Memberships p purchased in Lakeland are h honored company-wide as

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we honor memberships purchased at other Shoot Straight locations. “The Shoot Straight Lakeland store distinguishes itself from its competition by operating a full service gun store and state of the art indoor shooting range. Our selection of guns and accessories are unmatched locally as are our educational courses. “We are a family friendly store and take great pride in providing outstanding customer service to a novice or expert, the basic premise upon which our company was founded in 1979. At that time our founders recognized that many of our clientele will be first-time buyers who will require the assistance of a knowledgeable and caring sales staff. We have dedicated ourselves to allocating the time to properly educate the consumer so that he or she will make the correct firearm choice, depending on their needs.� For more information about Shoot Straight Lakeland, visit www.shootstraightlakeland.com, follow our special sales and information posts on Facebook at Shoot Straight Lakeland or call 863-937-8021. Better yet, stop by the store which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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FLORIDA FARM BUREAU HOSTS ANNUAL

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CAPITAL F a r m B u r e a u members from across the state were part of a large ge crowd of some 1,200 2000 20 who met with legislators laato tors rs and policymakerss d during urin ur ingg in Farm Bureau Day, M March arrch 16. 16. 6 This event is an annual aann nn nnua nuaal major majo ma jorr jo citizens lobbying ef effort state effo fort fo rt aatt th thee st stat atee capital. During the legislative reception he le legi giisl slat a iv at ivee re rece cept ce ptio pt i n at tthe io he Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, Farm Bureau members and friends were able to visit with some 40 legislators and state leaders to discuss issues pertinent to agriculture. The legislative briefing dinner was held March 15 at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. Farm Bureau members heard from State Rep. Trudi Williams and Sen. Carey Baker. They also received an update on the UF/IFAS budget situation. During the day on March 16, Farm Bureau members met with their elected officials or legislative aides to discuss policy issues. House Speaker Larry Cretul invited the members into a rare meeting in House Chambers that afternoon. Marion County cattle rancher and Florida Farm Bureau Treasurer Jeff Vermillion helped set up the special event. Farm Bureau members were able to sit at lawmakers’ desks during the ‘special session’ with Speaker Cretul. This year a silent auction benefiting the state 4-H Foundation

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was held in w conjunction with co the Legislative Reception. Farm Rece Bureau Burea members were able to bid on various items to support this cause. worthy cause Wednesday afternoon, Farm John Hoblick gave Bureau President Joh a presentation on the eeconomic impact Florida of F lorida agriculture industry to the House and Senate Ag Committees. Florida’s agriculture, natural resources and related industries might now be the number one driver of the Florida economy, Hoblick told House and Senate committees He took the opportunity to highlight new statistics and information derived from a UF/IFAS study that demonstrates agriculture’s importance. The study results from a partnership between Farm Bureau and IFAS to determine the economic impact agriculture has on our state. The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general-interest agricultural association with about 140,000 memberfamilies statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, the Federation is an independent, nonprofit agricultural organization. More information about Florida Farm Bureau is available on the organization’s Web site, http://FloridaFarmBureau.org.


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‘your worst enemy could be your best friend’ By Stu Hutson Your worst enemy can sometimes also be your best friend, according to entomologists from the University of Florida and Illinois State University. Their research has shown how one mosquito species is being saved by the very predator that usually eats it — and how that helps protect humans from diseases like dengue fever. In the 1980s the U.S. began importing a large number of used tires from Asia. Water that had collected in these tires carried the larvae and eggs of the Asian tiger mosquito, a pest with a voracious appetite known to carry disease. This invasive mosquito is more aggressive in its search for food than the more docile native mosquitoes, and theoretically, should have driven the native species to near extinction as it spread, said Phil Lounibos, an entomologist with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. However, as the researchers explain in the March issue of the journal Oecologia, the invasive mosquitoes seem to be the preferred meal of the predatory midge, Corethrella appendiculata. The paper is titled, “Your worst enemy could be your best friend: predator contributions to invasion resistance and persistence of natives.” As observed during an experiment at UF’s Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory at Vero Beach, the larvae of the midge usually consume the larvae of the invasive mosquito instead of

their natural prey, the larvae of the native treehole mosquito. “This keeps the invasive mosquito in check and gives the native species a fighting chance,” Lounibos said. He said it’s not entirely clear why the midge seems to find to prefer the Asian cuisine, although it may have to do with the fact that the larvae of the invasive mosquito are smaller and easier to handle. Whatever the reason, the researchers say the study illustrates the importance of biodiversity. If it weren’t for its own predator, the native mosquito might have been starved out of the food chain. And if it weren’t for one pest and its natural enemy, we humans would face a much more dire threat from another. In large numbers, the Asian tiger mosquito could have hurt Florida’s tourism industry and created a more significant public health concern from diseases such as dengue fever. Dengue sickens as many as 100 million people each year in the tropics, and produced an outbreak in Key West in 2009 for the first time in more than 50 years. “I’m not saying that spraying for the native mosquitoes or other pest control efforts aren’t necessary,” said Steven Juliano, an entomologist with Illinois State University. “But it’s important to understand that there is a balance, and that you can’t tweak one aspect of nature without affecting many others. We owe it to ourselves to try to understand that balance.”

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CHARLOTTE HARBOR-PINE ISLAND FISHING REPORT FOR APRIL 2010

By Captain Woody Gore

Everything eats shrimp even… anglers. Most saltwater shrimp breed and mature in marine ecological areas. Females will lay 50,000 to 1 million eggs, which hatch after some 24 hours into tiny larva. They go through three growth stages and after about 12 days wind up as young shrimp. Pressure of work got you stressed and you need to relax, just go fishing. If you’re looking to forget the world’s problems or feel like taking the kids out for some afternoon rod and reel fun, shrimp would be a great way to do it. Free-lined on a hook, under a popping cork or one of my favorites, a jig tipped with the body section of a fresh shrimp. Regardless of the species you’re trying to catch you won’t go wrong by having a few dozen shrimp along. Every angler has their own preference. However, they all unanimously agree that nothing rates higher for catching fish than a shrimp. Simply put, everything in Florida waters eats shrimp. Therefore, if you’re searching for something that catches fish all year, this highly adaptable bait catches everything from pinfish to tarpon. On days when artificial’s fail and cut bait seems futile, shrimp will catch fish. Using shrimp practically guarantees fish. However, even though shrimp are prime natural baits, proper presentation is the key to fishing success. Whether fishing from a boat or shore bound you quickly realize that shrimp is usually the bait of choice. An abundant creature, they’re available at most local bait and tackle shops. Hook em’ right: Because presentation is the key, it’s important to hook them properly. If head hooking, avoid the black spot located just under the horn. Piercing this area quickly kills the shrimp. 20 INTHEFIELD MAGAZINE APRIL 2010

Float Fishing: When trout fishing over a good grass flat, insert the hook by bringing it through the head from the side and forward or aft of the black spot. Now place a small split-shot sinker eight to ten inches above the hook, suspend everything under a popping cork and hang on.

HEAD HOOKING: If you’re casting into sandy potholes or around mangroves, it’s a good idea to head hook the shrimp. Do


stabilize expect the trout, redfish, and tarpon to turn on and the bait should begin showing as temperatures reach the mid seventies. Until then it’s shrimp and artificial lures.

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FRESHWATER FISHING: For the freshwater anglers the bass and panfish are still biting and will continue as the water temperatures stabilize. Panfish anglers are catching nice fish, in the Kissimmee River, Lake Okeechobee and other local lakes using live minnows. The bass bite has been doing okay despite the cool water temps. Artificial lures working best are willow leaf spinner baits, flukes in watermelon/red, junebug and pumpkin. Rubber worms producing the best action are blue, junebug and watermelon/ red. “GIVE ME A CALL & LET’S GO FISHING” Fishing Florida for over 50 years, I offer professionally guided fishing and teaching charters around Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, Sarasota, and Tarpon Springs. If you want to catch fish, have a memorable adventure or perhaps learn some new fishing tips give me a call. I also specialize in group and multi-boat charters. Tell me what you need and leave the rest to me.

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eep within the palmetto thicket, he raised himself slightly and blinked before the slumbering gaze of morning. The mosquitoes had found him in the night. Even before the rain had stopped entirely, they had descended over him like a prickly nausea. Beyond the thicket was the weathered house, a sun-bleached shanty. Then he saw the large black woman hanging clothes on a line in the sandy yard. She was singing again. He knew now that it had been her singing that had entered his feverish sleep and drawn his cold eye to the light of day. “Glory to God, we gonna meet him again,” she sang. “Glory to God, we gonna see him again….” The rough-cut timbers of the house had long silvered in the sun and salt air. Storm winds had bent and twisted the rusted roof tin roof at its edges. Still, all in all, the place had a sturdy appearance and the woman’s song was strong in the breeze. These things gave him hope as he watched her thick arms rise again to pin white sheets to the line. The sheets flapped and lifted in the breeze, so that he could see out across the marsh grass to where the tidal creek snaked past a long, rickety dock. After that, far out across the marsh, lay small cedar islands with clusters of palms standing against the indigo sky over the Gulf of Mexico. He could not move his left shoulder. The pain from a bandaged wound had gnarled his fingers into a frozen fist and the wound oozed blood through the hole in his shirt. He was weak and nearly delirious as he lay back to rest and to think where he must have come ashore. Soon he was dreaming again. A screened door opened on the shaded back porch of the house. A young girl in overalls that were rolled to her knees came out after the dog. The dog was a hound bred for hunting and his nose was soon to the ground. The girl called out to the woman and then to the dog, “Come here Hobo. Come on back here!” The man knew the dog would find him. He knew dogs, particularly hunting dogs. He also knew the bullet he’d taken had ripped through him, and he wasn’t going to last much longer in the rising heat. Flies were finding the wound now and he knew the dog would come, too. Maybe it was just as well. The white sheets snapped and popped on the line in the shimmering heat. He lay back to wait. The woman’s voice soared an octave higher, “Glory to God, we gonna be with him….” The boat he’d come in must have beached further up the creek,

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he decided. He must have floated past the long dock in the storm the night before, but remembered only that he couldn’t see beyond his bow in the dark and rain. He didn’t remember finding the first channel markers. These had been cypress poles hammered into the shallow bottom, some with reflectors tacked to them for night access. When lightening would illuminate one of them, he’d steer by the green or red flashes. He’d found the mouth of the creek and stayed between the high bluffs of needle grass after that. He had no memory of getting out of the boat and no explanation for why he’d burrowed into the palmetto thicket. Maybe it was that he’d seen a light from the house, and the thicket was as far as he’d gotten. The dog was barking nearer now. He laid there waiting with the mosquitoes, his good hand over his grisly face. Then the dog was upon him, and he saw through his muddy fingers the dog’s nose punching the palmetto fans. A pink tongue was writhing back over sharp teeth and the barking became deafening and seemed beyond the dog himself, as if the barking reverberated within dark, cavernous walls about him. Then he remembered being in the pilothouse of the gambling ship and how things had suddenly gone wrong. Shooting had started. There had been so much screaming then, men dying about him with fierce curses on their lips. He had thought the hounds of hell had been set on him before he managed to climb overboard into one of the speedboats. It had been a bloody torture out there in the squall with the sleek speedboat pounding heavy seas. Visibility was poor in the rain and navigation difficult in the rough wash of the sea. Still, he’d managed to rummage in the console and find a first-aid kit with gauze and an elastic bandage inside. He’d packed the wound through his torn shirt and wrapped the gauze tightly with the bandage. That had held him through the night, but now the hound had found him and brought hell with him, he feared. The girl was shouting to the dog, “Come here, Hobo! What you got on to now!” The woman shouted to the girl, “Get that dog back from there, girl. He done got on a snake or somethin’.” The dog wheezed and whined when the girl wrestled him back by his collar. The man could see the girl’s feet and then up through the green thatch, her eyes wide in a startled expression. “Gran! There’s a man in here!”

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Continued from page 23 “What you talkin’ about, girl? Get yourself back from there, right now!” “No, for real, Gram! He dead or somethin’.” “Get yourself back! Don’t let that dog go in there,” the woman commanded as she hurried toward the house and the old shotgun she kept inside. The woman came with the gun raised as she would when approaching a rattlesnake or some rabid creature. These did sometimes come up out of the dark hammock ranging the coastal plain behind the house. She came to where the girl was standing. The dog barked angrily, squirming between the girl’s knees, snatching at the doublefisted grip she had on his collar. “I see him. I see that sucker in there!” Then, in a steadied, commanding voice she said, “You better come on out from there, right now! Right now!” He saw the barrel of the shotgun raise a palmetto fan above him, but could do no more than let a grimy hand fall from his bearded face. “Lord, Lord,” the woman said. “What is it Gram?” “This ugly white man done been shot. Shot bad.” The man tried to speak, but there was only the taste of salt and muck in his mouth. It had taken everything the woman and the girl could do to get the man to the house. The girl had tied the dog and gotten into the palmettos with her grandmother to wedge a small shoulder up against the other side of the large man. “You must be least 200 pounds of full-growed man, I’m tellin’ you what,” the woman said beneath her breath. He tried to help, though now he knew his left knee was injured, too. He and the woman both grunted and groaned their way – straining and limping across the yard. The girl helped to steady the man and guide their awkward formation through the prickly pears before collapsing on the heavy cypress planks of the front steps. They rested then, all three together on the steps, as if the travail of those 30 yards from the palmettos had made them a crew. A shadow from puffy white clouds drifted out of the southeast over the vast expanse of salt grasses before them. The man listened to his own heavy breathing and marveled dizzily at the movement of his bloody hand. “Oooh, my days,” the woman sighed, shaking her head slowly. The girl looked up at both from the bottom step and wondered that she was not frightened of the rough and gory man sprawled above her. “I’d take some water,” the man said weakly. The woman nodded approval to the girl. When the girl returned from within the house, she’d brought two large cups of water. The man took one with his good hand. The girl went to the top step with her grandmother and shared the other. “That shot hole in your shoulder got to be tended to,” the woman declared. “You reckon it catched bone?” “No,” the man replied distantly. “You a bad man?” the girl asked. “Hesh-up,” the woman said to the girl. “If’en he is one, he ain’t gonna tell you!” The woman studied the man again, her cautious eye went the full length of him slumped forward on the step below. “But look here, Mr. What-cher-name-is,” she warned, “don’t have us courtin’ no trouble by getting you up outta them bushes. We is plain folk doin’ what Jesus say do. ‘At’s all.” The man tried to speak, his voice holding in his throat, rasping, “I don’t mean you any harm.” He swallowed and continued, “I was raised among good people.” He tried to lift his head but lost consciousness again, his mind’s eye opening slowly beyond the field of time to the long, blue ridges of distant mountains. In his dreaming, a

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woman was coming down a rocky path. She came with a family Bible in her hand. She was coming, yet she got no closer. The girl said his name. He heard her say it and he opened his eyes to look at her. He wanted to ask how she knew it, but he did not ask yet. He was surprised to find himself in a bed. The screened window was open and he could see the long dock out to the creek. His shirt was off and the shoulder had been dressed with a clean bandage. “I’ll take some water,” he said. The girl pointed to a small jelly glass beside a crockery pitcher on the table beside the bed. He pushed himself up on the pillow. There was water in the glass, but he took up the pitcher and drank fast at first. Then he lay back, resting the picture on his belly, drinking small gulps after that and looking at the girl with piercing blue eyes. “I ain’t scared of you,” she said, standing up straighter. “You don’t have to be.” “Gram says you not hurt bad a’ she first thought. The bullet gone clean through like it dug a ditch in your shoulder she say. You lost a lot of blood though.” He drank from the pitcher again. “How’d you know my name?” “You told me.” “I?” “Yeah, while you was out and mumblin’ some mumbo jumbo, I ask you. And you said it, ‘Red Man.’” The man’s eyes narrowed. Redmond lay back deeper into the pillows with a bemused smile forming at the corner of his lips. “Yes, sir,” the girl assured him, crossing her arms over her chest. “You say your name is Red Man.”

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The following months have offered an opportunity to participate as a guest colunmist and I welcome this endeavor. By introduction, we are a 21 year old company that has consistently represented the brokerage of real estate in Highlands, Polk and Hardee with a wide diversity of services which include residential, commercial and agricultural sales. Over the past few years, we have expanded our services to include property management and leasing in these areas as well. My purpose, or so I am told, is to provide some useful “fodder”, I hope the “ag” reader can appreciate the humor, for the readers of this publication. A little humor goes a long way today, considering the “state of affairs.” Having said that, what can you expect in the months to come as a reader of this column? I trust it will be information that is beneficial to you as the reader to help you understand what is happening in the real estate market in regards to value, disposition, financing availability and certainly topics about the “ugly monster” that has recently raised its head in this economy, short sales and foreclosures. I would also encourage readers to submit questions to me personally, if I might be of assistance. I don’t intend to make this a “Dear Abby” column, but I certainly don’t mind providing some answers to questions regarding real estate when I am familiar with the topic. If I don’t know, I can always do some research. Keep in mind, I do have a full time job and I am supposed to provide this column once a month. I would also invite the readers to provide me with topics regarding real estate that they might be interested in receiving information about. I’ve had the opportunity to read this publication on several ocassions and it has been informative as well as entertaining. I look forward to being a part of the contributing columnists. Sincerely, Chip Boring RE/MAX Realty Plus (863)385-0077

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UF researcher: Florida agriculture took economic hit in 2008, but remains strong By Mickie Anderson Florida agriculture survived the first part of the economic downturn fairly well but decreased demand for exports has been a concern, a University of Florida expert says in an annual report. In the report that looks at 2008 economic data, agriculture and related industries contributed $76.5 billion to the state’s economy, said Alan Hodges, an extension scientist with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “Every single sector of the economy has been affected in the recession, there’s just no getting away from that. And agriculture is no exception,� Hodges said. “However, it looks like agriculture has taken less of a hit than some other segments.� Hodges has been involved in the annual report’s production since 2000. Economic data compiled by the federal government lags about two years behind, and 2008 is the most recent year for which data available, he said. Economists peg December 2007 as the start of the country’s recession. The report tracks more than 90 industry sectors – such as farming, ranching, pest control, fertilizer manufacturing, mining, food and beverage manufacturing, paper and lumber production, golf courses, recreational fishing and commercial hunting and trapping. Agriculture’s $76.5 billion value-added impact from the 2008 report is down from the 2007 figure of $93 billion – but that’s similar to the economic hit suffered by other industries during the same time period, he said.

The value-added impact includes what economists call multiplier effects, which Hodges explains like this: A farmer buys things like seeds, fertilizer, machinery and equipment from suppliers. That spending creates revenue for suppliers and their employees, who spend their wages on things like food, housing and transportation. The researchers rely on a model called IMPLAN that tracks a vast array of economic transactions between business sectors. Agriculture’s value-added impact is down, and Hodges said he believes lower demand for the state’s agricultural exports is to blame. For example, citrus fruit is exported from Florida to Europe and Asia, and those exports were down by nearly 20 percent in 2008. Still, agriculture and natural resource industries accounted in 2008 for about 8 percent of Florida’s gross state product. Accounting for nearly 1.3 million full- and part-time jobs, or 14 percent of the state’s total employment in 2008, agriculture ranks second in jobs among the state’s economic sectors, though Hodges notes that UF’s report reclassified some jobs from the North American Industry Classification System’s designations. Among industry groups, average annual growth in value-added impacts from 2001 through 2007 was highest for mining (19 percent) and crop, livestock, forestry and fishery production (10 percent), followed by food and kindred products distribution (5 percent) and forest product manufacturing (3 percent). For more data, please see the full report: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ fe829.

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Students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are learning about the production of Florida fruits, vegetables and horticulture in school gardens and other classroom agriculture projects funded by 33 teacher grants from Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. The Gainesville-based, non-profit organization spent about $34,000 on these grant projects that are reaching an estimated 6,300 students around the state. Florida Agriculture in the Classroom is able to provide this grant funding because of the money it receives from the sale of the agriculture specialty license plate called the “Ag Tag.” “We’re happy to provide funding for such innovative

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school projects general education teachers are using around the state to teach their students about the importance of Florida agriculture,” said Vina Jean Banks, chairman and Florida Beef Council representative for Florida Agriculture in the Classroom. “Teachers are learning how effective agriculture is as a teaching tool for a variety of subjects.” Projects selected for funding are as follows: “Operation Cooperation” (Alachua County) Students and teachers at Idylwild Elementary in Gainesville are learning about Florida agriculture and how crops grow using a hydroponics laboratory, microscopes and lessons provided by Florida Agriculture in the Classroom.


“The Hornet’s Bounty” (Bay County) Students at Jinks Middle School in Panama City are participating in lessons about Florida agriculture using a schoolyard garden. “The Harvest Courtyard” (Brevard County) Third and fourth graders at Odyssey Charter School in Palm Bay are learning about the Florida commodities they can grow in their area with a schoolyard garden. “Edible Forest” (Brevard County) Kindergarteners and third graders at Endeavor Elementary in Cocoa are broadening their knowledge of Florida agriculture by adding fruit trees to their flower and herb garden. Urban Agriculture III Project (Brevard County) Fifth graders at Endeavor Elementary in Cocoa are learning about the Florida strawberry industry by expanding their hydroponics growing systems. “Cultivating Minds with Agriculture” (Broward County) Sixth and seventh graders at Driftwood Middle School in Hollywood are learning about the Florida agriculture industry by using raised bed and hydroponics gardens and Florida Agriculture in the Classroom lessons. “How Sweet It Is”(Broward County) Students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade at Cooper City High School are learning about the important role Florida agriculture plays in their community’s economy so they will become informed, supportive citizens. They are being rewarded for their efforts by being allowed to plant citrus, avocado and other trees. “The Inner City Garden Project” (Broward County) Students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Dillard Elementary in Fort Lauderdale are learning biology, environmental, math, writing and reading lessons as these subjects apply to their schoolyard garden. “Farming for Snacks” (Clay County) Pre-kindergarteners at Aurora’s Pre-K Clubhouse in Orange Park are learning about the Florida blueberry industry and how to grow blueberries in a schoolyard garden. “More Veggies Please!” (Clay County) Third graders at R.M. Paterson Elementary in Orange Park are becoming scientists as they propagate plants in their schoolyard garden. “Raised Beds Grow Tasty Gardens” (Hernando County) Sixth graders at Gulf Coast Academy of Science and Technology in Spring Hill are learning more about Florida agriculture by planting a raised bed garden. “Hooked on Hydroponics” (Highlands County) Third, fourth and fifth graders at Lake County Elementary in Lake Placid are growing strawberries and learning about the Florida industry with a schoolyard hydroponics growing system. “Bodacious Berries” (Highlands County) Fifth graders at Fred Wild Elementary in Sebring are planting, maintaining and harvesting strawberries from a hydroponics growing system. “Are You Smarter than a Fish in School?” (Hillsborough County) Sixth, seventh and eighth graders at Dowdell Middle Magnet School in Tampa are learning about the Florida tropical fish industry by establishing fish tanks in classrooms throughout the school. “Ag Learning for All” (Hillsborough County) Fifth graders at J.S. Robinson Elementary in Plant City are teaching special needs students about the Florida agriculture

industry by growing native plants and vegetables in container gardens and participating in Florida Agriculture in the Classroom lessons. “Building from the Ground Up” (Indian River County) Third graders at Vero Beach Elementary are learning about growing Florida commodities and using composting material from their lunchroom scraps as part of a school-wide gardening effort. “Fourth Grade Garden” (Jackson County) Students at Dayspring Christian Academy are learning about the Florida commodities that grow in their area, namely potatoes and onions. “From Garden to Table to Classroom” (Lake County) Students at Clermont Elementary are adding three more raised bed gardens to their schoolyard garden so more students can be involved. In addition, they are learning about the Florida agriculture industry by participating in Florida Agriculture in the Classroom lessons. “Comp ‘eat’ ing Gardens Proposal” (Lee County) Third graders at Bonita Springs Elementary are preparing the soil and plant, maintaining and harvesting vegetables in a schoolyard garden. “An EGGstraordinary Hatch” (Madison County) First graders at Madison Academy are learning about how the life cycle of chicks using a classroom incubator and Florida Agriculture in the Classroom lessons. “Project Green at HMMS” (Miami-Dade County) Continued on page 33

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Continued from page 31 Seventh and eighth graders at Horace Mann Middle School in Miami are learning about Florida fruits and vegetables by planting a schoolyard, raised bed garden. “Hydroponics 101” (Miami-Dade County) Third graders at South Miami K-8 Center in South Miami are expanding their existing traditional schoolyard garden to a hydroponics growing system they will install. In addition, they are learning about the Florida agriculture industry by participating in Florida Agriculture in the Classroom lessons. “Herbs for Thought” (Miami-Dade County) Ninth, tenth, 11th and 12th graders at Miami Beach Senior High School are learning of careers in agriculture by planting, cultivating and harvesting a schoolyard herb garden. “Yearling Middle School Hydroponics Plant” (Okeechobee County) Seventh and eighth graders at Yearling Middle School in Okeechobee are comparing traditional growing methods to hydroponics growing methods using schoolyard gardens and Florida Agriculture in the Classroom lessons. “Hugh Manatee’s Garden” (Palm Beach County) Third, fourth and fifth graders at Manatee Elementary in Lake Worth are expanding their existing raised bed garden to include a hydroponics growing system. They are learning about Florida vegetables by participating in Florida Agriculture in the Classroom lessons. “Inquiring to Know How They Will Grow: Comparing Hydroponics and Soil Garden Plants” (Palm Beach County) Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students at Elbridge Gale Elementary in Wellington are comparing traditional growing methods to hydroponics growing methods and learning about Florida commodities with Florida Agriculture in the Classroom lessons. “Eggselent Learning at Saint Raphael’s” (Pinellas County) Students in pre-kindergarten through first grade are learning about the Florida poultry industry and the growing cycle of chickens by using a classroom incubator.

“Outdoor Classroom” (Polk County) Students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade at All Saints’ Academy in Winter Haven are participating in learning stations, a schoolyard garden and Florida Agriculture in the Classroom lessons to learn about vegetable, herb and flower production in Florida. “Organic Gardening” (Polk County) Third, fourth and fifth graders at Polk Avenue Elementary in Lake Wales are developing a schoolyard garden and using worms to develop organic material to nourish the garden. In addition, students are learning about the Florida agriculture industry by participating in Florida Agriculture in the Classroom lessons. “VMS Community Garden” (Sarasota County) Sixth, seventh and eighth graders at Venice Middle School are planting, maintaining and harvesting fruits and vegetables from a schoolyard garden. In addition, they are exploring careers in the agriculture industry and participating in Florida Agriculture in the Classroom lessons. “Integrated Garden” (Suwannee County) First graders at Niblack Elementary in Lake City are planting, maintaining and harvesting a schoolyard garden, which includes vegetables and flowering plants and a weather station. “Droughts, Floods and Storms.Oh, My!” (Volusia County) Fifth graders at Manatee Cove Elementary in Orange City are learning about how the weather impacts the Florida agriculture industry by gathering data on germination, growing conditions, soil temperature and moisture. “Agri-Cycles: A Life Cycles Book of Poetry” (Wakulla County) Third graders at Crawfordville Elementary are learning about plant and animal life cycles and water cycles using a schoolyard garden and writing poetry about what they experience with the garden. Florida Agriculture in the Classroom is a non-profit organization that is based in Gainesville and charged with helping teachers in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educate students about the Florida agriculture industry. It receives funding from sales of the agriculture specialty license plate called the “Ag Tag.”

“There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.” Benjamin Franklin quotes (American Statesman, Scientist, Philosopher, Printer, Writer and Inventor. 1706-1790) INTHE HEFIEL IELD E D MAGA EL AGAZINE AZ ZIN ZI INE IN APR PRIL PRI R L 2010 0 33 33


AG LITERACY DAY TEACHES CHILDREN By Michael W. Sparks On March 23 hundreds of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural industry volunteers, including several from Florida Citrus Mutual, will descend on classrooms across the state to teach thousands of students how Florida farmers implement “green” environmental practices to help conserve the state’s natural resources. Taking part in Florida Ag in the Classroom’s seventh annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day, volunteers will read “Green Florida Farms” – a rhyming book developed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Marketing. “Green Florida Farms” follows a group of students as they travel through Florida’s agricultural industry learning about the many practices that farmers use to protect, conserve and manage the land that provides food, fiber and foliage for their everyday lives. Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. (FAITC) is a non-profit organization that develops and trains teachers and agriculture industry volunteers in its agricultural curricula and materials, which they in turn use to educate students about the importance of agriculture. It also provides grant money to teachers and volunteers for projects that teach students where

their food comes from, and the important contributions Florida Farmers make to their communities and their state. It is important that members of our industry support ventures like Ag Literacy Day, especially in a time when agriculture is facing so many challenges and misconceptions related to environmental practices. But you don’t have to volunteer just on Ag Literacy Day. All year long there are many teachers and organizations looking for someone to come in and teach their classes about the many and varied aspects of what we are each blessed to do for a living. And it’s our responsibility as the growers and stewards of our land to help educate these children. After all, they are our future – our future farmers, our future consumers and our future leaders. I encourage each of you, if you don’t participate this year, to go to Ag in the Classroom’s website – www.faitc.org - and learn more about Ag Literacy Day and what you can do to support the cause. And then when the time rolls around next year, sign up to read to your child, grandchild or neighborhood class.

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Farm Bureau Field Agent Report... The Florida Legislative Session began on March 2 and will continue through the month of April. Some of the issues Florida Farm Bureau staff and members are working on include‌ •

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Tax credits for producing renewable energy. Permanent elimination of the estate tax. If that is not possible, at least obtain a large enough exemption to allow American farms and ranches to be passed on to the next generation without being destroyed by punitive taxes. Limiting further regulations via the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Implement food safety regulations based on science and not politics. Expand exports through trade with other nations. Implement a worker program that would allow farm workers to work in the U.S. legally without burdening employers.

There are various sources of information to keep abreast about agricultural issues. I encourage you to join Farm Bureau and become involved in shaping the future of agriculture. Andy Neuhofer, Field Representative District 6 Florida Farm Bureau Andy.neuhofer@ffbf.org

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research priorities include early greening detection, psyllid control and disease resistant plants.” “Strategies recommended for improved management of greening will take an unusually high degree of grower cooperation and industry leadership to be successful,” Jerkins concluded. Over the past two years, FDOC and industry established and achieved important milestones in the disease research process through collaborative efforts. These milestones, several of which are found in the NRC recommendations, include:

SECURING RESEARCH INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT Created the Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) to professionally manage current and future citrus disease research projects as critical investments for Florida Citrus Industry sustainability.

ESTABLISHING A QUALITY CONTROL SYSTEM In 2008, the FDOC contracted with NRC, an independent third party, to bring together expert citrus scientists to review and recommend new research proposals. Over 200 proposals were vetted with over 100 being funded. The CRDF has created a similar process for future proposals.

the FCC and FDOC commitment to spearhead greening research management and funding,” Keck commented. “We look forward to the new leadership role of the CRDF in the battle against citrus disease and will fully support its efforts to coordinate and consolidate industry implementation of the NRC strategic recommendations. The NRC report also provides a firm basis for state and federal policymakers to continue and increase the necessary long term funding to help ensure the future of the Florida citrus industry.” “Growers can take heart in the report’s conclusion, which states ‘However deficient is our current arsenal for fighting HLB, the potential for progress against this disease remains distinctly hopeful,” Keck commented. The Strategic Planning for the Florida Citrus Industry: Addressing Citrus Greening Disease report and summary can be viewed at www.nationalacademies.org. The Florida Department of Citrus is an executive agency of Florida government charged with the marketing, research and regulation of the Florida citrus industry. Its activities are funded by a tax paid by growers on each box of citrus that moves through commercial channels. The industry employs nearly 76,000 people, provides an annual economic impact close to $9.3 billion to the state, and contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues that help support Florida’s schools, roads and health care services. For more information Florida Department serv se vicces es.. Fo or mo oree infor o maati t on o aabout bout bo ut tthe hee F lo orida da Dep epar a tm t en e t of o Citrus, please visit www.fdocgrower.com. Citr Ci trus tr us,, pl us plea lea ease se vvis isit is it ww www w.fd w.fd fdoc ocgr grow ower er.com com..

ACCELERATING THE DISCOVERY PROCESS Required research scientists to post quarterly progress reports online to provide ongoing status to industry stakeholders and facilitate collaboration.

CREATING A COMMERCIALIZATION STRATEGY Positioned CRDF to operate in an entrepreneurial manner and accelerate the commercialization of research discoveries.

ADVOCATING WITH REGULATORY ORGANIZATIONS, GROWERS AND PUBLIC Laid groundwork for regulatory organizations to hasten execution of research discoveries due to urgency and severity of greening threat. Prepared growers to accept risk and test new solutions. “Throughout this process, the Florida Citrus Commission protected the interests of the Florida growers first and foremost,” emphasized Keck. “We promised to fund disease research in a timely and accountable manner. We solicited professional expertise to ensure that dollars were spent as efficiently and effectively as possible.” “In addition, we provided accountability through complete transparency,” Keck added. “All activities were coordinated with other industry organizations and communicated to stakeholders.” “The Strategic Planning for the Florida Citrus Industry: Addressing Citrus Greening Disease report closes the loop on

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here are two things I really don’t like to eat. One, liver! Two, chitlins! Most anything else I can tolerate. Patsy, my wife, would choose either of them over a tender t-bone steak. That’s fine, as everybody’s choice is different. Coming up I was raised on tomato gravy, rice and lots of fresh vegetables. My father would eat anything you put in front of him. I recall the time Dad brought in some fresh hog brains and wanted mother to cook them. She bowed up like a settin’ hen protecting her young. A few minutes later I walked back into the kitchen, and there she was stirring hog brains and scrambled eggs, while holding a washcloth over her nose. Now I love collard greens, known down here in the south as “soul food.” If prepared properly with bacon fat and pork belly the taste is fit for a king. While I personally love them, I don’t like to be in the kitchen while they’re cooking… smells like the whole family had gas and they went to the kitchen to relieve the pressure. Have you ever had beets on a burger? It’s commonplace in Australia they say. If you’re in that country and want to be one of the boys, order your hamburger, pickled beets, a fried egg and all the other regular fast food fixins’. A GI who had spent some time in Korea told me about how they made Kimchi. Actually it is fermented cabbage! The cabbage is soaked in a tub containing salt and red pepper. It is normally left for several weeks before serving, but it can be stored for months in clay pots buried underground. He said he didn’t really care for it, as it taste like hot vinegar after fermentation. Fried food in the south has always been popular, like three-fried beans! There is a restaurant in southern Arkansas that specializes in this particular dish. They start with a ball of refried beans, battered, and then fried again. Now think about this. First you have the refried beans. I don’t know if they make or buy them pre-fried, which is beans fried and then refried. Next you batter them and then fry them again? Heavens! They say the batter is rather sweet and really tastes good. Some folks suggest you don’t eat them at your evening meal,

as you will have trouble keeping the sheet on you when you go to bed at night. Ever try the down-home southern favorite, fried dill pickles? It has two of the major food groups: fat and salt. This might just be the thing to serve to houseguests who are overstaying their welcome. Then perhaps you could make it for a sick acquaintance you really dont like but feel obligated to do something for. In southwest Mexico the Cactus Apple is a popular food. If you’re ever in that area of Mexico look for the red or purple fruit found growing on the beavertail cactus. Remove it carefully from the plant, and roll it around in the sand, then skin it with a sharp knife while trying not to get stuck by the needles. Next slice it into disk-shaped sections for eating as finger food. The purple ones taste like cranberry and the red one taste like a pear. Don’t eat to much as it tends to make you constipated. I suppose the most typical southern dish is okra cooked a jillion ways. The most popular way is battered and deep-fried. Actually, most people around here will batter and fry dang near anything but doing so with okra is one of the best. Very tasty! Okra is also easy to grow. My parents always had a few rows of okra in their garden every year. Some of the plants grew to ten feet. When boiled the slimy texture is similar to some Japanese foods such as raw seafood, but more like “natto,” which is nothing more than fermented beans full of gas. By the way, they tell me the cucumber is a fruit. I asked what was the difference between fruit and vegetables and this is the answer I got; a fruit has everything to do with reproduction. The botanical definition of a fruit is a ripened ovary – it is the result of fertilization. The dictionary defines a fruit as the pulpy flesh that surrounds seeds. Knowing that, I assume a fruit is defined by its sweet flavor. A vegetable doesn’t have a botanical definition and can be any part of the plant: fruit, root, stem leaf, etc. So, some vegetables can also be classified as a fruit, like the cucumber and the tomato. Now you know! There are a lot of screwy people in this world. I just discovered a web site for vegetable cruelty. Don’t believe me? Then go to www.VegetableCruelty.com. On the home page under a “WARNING” sign you will find: This website contains violent photographs of vegetables and fruits being tortured, mutilated, mistreated and murdered. They are not for the weak of heart. By choosing to view these images you hold VegetableCruelty.com harmless for your psychological well being. They say this site is a gallery of atrocities, and is set up as a “Vegetable Rights Militant Movement.” What next? Well let me close with news you seldom read or hear about. Two towns on opposite sides of the world had thousands of birds drop dead out of the sky. Sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock movie plot doesn’t it? Officials are puzzled by the unexplained deaths in Australia and the United States. Thousands of crows, pigeons and other birds fell out of the sky in Esperance, Western Australia. Then a week later dozens sparrows, pigeons and other native birds dropped out of the sky on two streets in Austin, Texas. Upon last report officials have been unable to determine the cause of death, despite having autopsies on a number of the birds. People continue to purposely maim themselves in various ways. In Pasco, Washington, Daniel Kuch allegedly had a friend shoot him in the shoulder so he could get time off from work. He was arrested for telling police it was a drive-by shooting. Then 24 year-old Elizabeth Hingston in Plymouth, England let her boyfriend break her leg by jumping on it so that the pair could claim insurance worth the equivalent of $200,000.00. Crazy, crazy people! A 39-year-old man who had been cited 32 times for driving without a seat belt was killed in a low-impact car crash that would not have been fatal to a belted driver. The police discovered he had rigged a fake belt in his car to create the illusion that he was belted in. In closing there’s the story of a man and a woman who were fatally struck by several vehicles on the Trans-Canada highway after they had continued a fight from their stopped car in the middle of the road.

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Cutting Horses of Distinction By Jim Frankowiak k k When you visit the home page of Crescent View Ranch, the landing page text sums up an outstanding achievement attained in just a few short years – Cutting Horses of Distinction. And that was the lifelong dream of James C. Brown, long time owner of Miami Concrete, who decided in 2004 to sell his business and become a horse breeder. “Mr. Brown always loved Quarter Horses, so that was the path he followed,” said Crescent View Ranch Manager Gary Stead. “After a few mishaps along the way, he is now nearing the top of the Cutting Horse game.” Crescent View Ranch ranks among the top breeding establishments in the country. Cutting is an equestrian event in the western riding style where a horse and rider are judged on their ability to separate a single animal away from a cattle herd and keep it away for a short period of time. The horses involved are typically Quarter Horses, athletic and willing animals that are trained to instinctively keep a cow from returning to the herd. In the event, the horse and rider select and separate a cow (typically a steer or heifer) out of a small group. The cow then tries to return to its herd, the rider loosens the reins (“puts his hand down” in the parlance) and leaves it entirely to the horse to keep the cow separated, a job the best horses do with relish, savvy and style. A contestant has two and a half minutes to show the horse, typically three cows are cut during a run, although working only two cows is acceptable. A judge awards points to the cutter based on a scale that ranges from 60 to 80, with 70 being considered average. The sport originated from cattle ranches in the American West, where it was the cutting horse’s job to separate cattle from the herd for vaccinating, castrating and sorting. Eventually competitions arose between the best cutting horses and riders in the area. Rules were added, and in 1946 the National Cutting Horse Associations (NCHA) was formed, which today is the governing body of the sport. Cutting is one of the fastest growing equine sports in the world. In 2006, the contestants at the US NCHA Futurity competed for more than $3.7 million – over a hundred times the offering of the first year. Total purses at NCHA-approved shows now exceed $39 million annually, not including money distributed at Australian Cutting Horse Association, American Cutting Horse Association, single-bred shows or European and Canadian events. Brown and his wife, Linda, own “four of the best pedigreed stallions in the cutting horse business,” said Stead. KIT DUAL (Dual Pep x Pretty Little Kitty), earnings of $251,791 and offspring earnings of over $2.5 million. MERADAS MONEY TALKS (Freckles Merada X Money Talks Rio). Earnings of $47,894, offspring earnings nearing $2.5 million. MOVIN ON HICKORY (Doc’s Hickory x Docs Move), offspring earnings approaching $1 million.

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Continued from page 41 PLAYBOY BOONSMAL (Peptoboonsmal x Playboys Stormy), earnings of $157,491: first crop just starting to compete. “Jim has also, in the last year, acquired 15 top pedigreed broodmares,” said Stead noting, “the broodmare accounts for approximately 70 percent of an offspring’s worth in the sales ring.” Where a stallion is capable of producing hundreds of foals in one breeding year, the mare can only produce one, therefore it is extremely important that she come from a top pedigreed and producing family. “The cost range for yearlings is based on conformation and pedigree, mainly the maternal line,” noted Stead. “Prices range anywhere from $3,500 $6,000 for mid range pedigree to $35,000 - $50,000 or more for foals out of top pedigreed mares.” Crescent View Ranch at present is a commercial breeding and selling establishment, located on approximately 300 lush acres near Arcadia. All foals born at the ranch are sold in December of their yearling year, primarily at the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity Sale at Fort Worth, Texas, where all of the top owners and competitors gather for the final cutting show of the year. “We ship stallion semen by order to all parts of the U.S. and Canada during the February to June breeding season,” said Stead. Semen is collected three times each week and each stallion can breed up to 12 mares with each collection. Two noteworthy mares at Crescent View are: LILLY DUAL – daughter of Dual Pep. She has produced offspring with over $700,000 in earnings. All of these offspring are sons or daughters of the Ranch Stallion, Meradas Money Talks. HICKORYS TOODIE LENA – daughter of the great, Doc’s Hickory. She is the dam of Tootsie Rey who has earnings of $201,000 and recently sold at Fort Worth for $175,000, making her the highest priced selling Quarter Horse at public auction in 2009. Hickorys Toodie Lena recently foaled a full sister to Tootsie Rey.

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Farm Bureau By Anita Whitaker

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Greg Shackelford was loading up his aunt and uncle’s cows to take to market one Monday morning when his cell phone rang. It was a Hardee County Farm Bureau board member letting him know that he was about to be elected vice president. Shackelford said that since then, he’s tried not to miss too many meetings. The board’s selection was right as rain because Shackelford seems to be a natural to ask about or elect for anything agriculture related. For generations his family has farmed in the same place he and his cousins now work the land and cattle. “Farming is just how I grew up,” he said. Working seven days a week and, usually sun up to sun down, is a way of life. “It’s always been that we try to go to church on Sundays - unless we have to tend the cows, cover up the crops, or bank orange trees,” he laughed. Banking orange trees is a task he and his brother, Kurt, along with his cousins, had to perform years ago with their grandfather, Orion. “He was notorious for putting things off until the last minute,” Shackelford said. “It didn’t matter if we had 30 trees to bank or 500 trees to bank, we started the night before it was supposed to freeze.” Shackelford said that his grandfather enjoyed the free labor. One day, his grandfather was hoeing the garden with him and his brother. He said his grandfather stopped working and said, “Boys, you know there are some people that go their whole lives not knowing the proper way to hoe.” “And, my brother said to me, ‘Why couldn’t we have been one of those people?’” he laughed remembering the day. Stories like those are plentiful from Shackelford – a man whose roots and days are connected to family. Shackelford works for a cousin, Marcus’, purebred Brahma business. And, when he isn’t there, he and his five-year old daughter, Samantha, are likely to be seen hauling those cows to market that belongs to a relative or taking care of the family’s citrus groves. Citrus that has been in the family for ages. Shackelford can trace family involvement in ag back to his great, great grandparents - the Davis’ - who moved here from Gainesville, his great grandfather, Lee Shackelford, his grandfather, Orion, and father Rowland. His family has been a part of Farm Bureau that can be dated back to the 1950s with his great grandfather, Porter Lambert, and his great, great uncle, Lonnie Shackelford. They both served on the board at the same time. History is repeating itself now that Shackelford and his cousin, Cory Lambert, are both members of the board of directors for Hardee County Farm Bureau.

Shackelford said he likes the fact that farmers and ranchers can come to him, or any other board member, with a problem. They, in turn, can take it to the board and, if necessary, it move on up to the state or national level. Shackelford is also a member of the Farm Bureau Beef Advisory Board. When he’s not working or volunteering, he said he enjoys spending time with his daughter, Samantha, and wife, Jennifer – as well as the Greg Shakelford rest of the family. “Jennifer supports us as a teacher,” he laughed. Jennifer is a teacher at North Wauchula Elementary. Five-year old Samantha loves animals and the outdoors – something that seems to have been passed down from generation to generation. “That young’n loves to go outside and goes just about everywhere with me,” Shackelford said. His great grandfather, Porter Lambert, loved the outdoors and farming so much that he chronicled every week of it for 43 years. Diligently the elder Lambert recorded weather, crops, animals and family events into numerous notebooks that the family had bound into one. “Sometimes the mules and cows got more attention than people in his writings,” he laughed. “The day I was born, something was written about a mule and then he wrote, ‘And Rowland and Helga had a boy today.’” The same things that were important back then – family and farming – are important today to him and the Shackelford lineage. After all, what little boy gets angry when he’s old enough to start kindergarten, but wants to stay home – not to play video games, as most kids would now – but to go the Plant City Farmer’s Market. Memories like those and of cutting cucumbers and bell peppers in half, making them boats and racing them down the farm’s irrigation ditches with his brother are invaluable. The farmers and ranchers of Hardee County can rest easy knowing their Farm Bureau vice president is helping to ensure the best decisions are being made regarding their businesses. That’s partly because his business is the same as his families, and has been since the 1800s and will continue … until the cows come home.

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A Closer Look- FL Blue Centipede (Hemiscolopendra marginata)

Florida Blue Centipede By Sean Green PHOTO CREDIT - BILL FRANK Now that spring is here again we can look forward to finding some pretty fascinating beneficial insects in our gardens and crops. One of the coolest is in fact believed to be one of the earliest species of terrestrial predators in the animal kingdom. Myriapoda is the name given to insects that have a “myriad” of legs. The term Myriapoda stems from the Middle French word “myriade,” meaning “ten thousand.” Although the name is suggestive of a larger number of legs, all known myriapods have no more than 750 legs. Myriapoda are a “subphylum” of Arthropods and are further defined by five “classes” of insects. Two of the five classes are Centipedes (Chilopoda) and Millipedes (Diplopoda). Both classes of insects are valuable agents in our ecosystem. This month we will focus on the Centipede (Chilopoda), one of earth’s first terrestrial predators. Centipedes (Chilopoda) are a class of insects that are composed of five orders that describe the variety of centipede families. In Florida, we have established populations in all five orders of centipede (Chilopoda). According to evolutionary theory, centipedes are distant relatives of lobsters, crayfish, and shrimp and have an ancestry dating back 420 million years. Centipedes derive their name from the Latin prefix “centi” meaning “hundred” and “pedis” meaning “foot.” Centipedes are often confused with Millipedes because both share the physical characteristic of having from 10 to more than 100 legs depending on the species. Beyond the crude resemblance, centipedes have very little in common with millipedes. In general, Centipedes are predators and hunt their food. Millipedes are detrivores, and consume decomposing organic material. Neither centipedes nor millipedes are agriculture pests. In fact, they both fulfill complementary beneficial niches. Centipedes can be easily distinguished from millipedes by their flattened, elongated bodies. Centipedes have only one pair of legs on each body section; millipedes have two pairs. Centipedes have jointed antennae and a jaw like front appendage with which they grasp and envenom their prey; actually, each leg is connected to venom glands making them formidable predators. This feature makes the centipede an exclusively predatory group, an uncommon trait in most animals. Its popularity as an exotic pet is understandable considering its fascinating characteristics. Centipedes range in size from a few millimeters in the smaller Lithobiomorphs and Geophilomorphs to nearly 30 centimeters in the largest Scolopendromorphs. One large species, The Haiti Giant Centipede Scolopendra alternans, averages between twenty and twenty-three centimeters and is native to Southern Florida in Monroe, Dade, and Collier Counties. Many popular pet store exotics can be found right in our backyards. The Florida Blue Centipede (Hemiscolopendra marginata) is a moderately sized native averaging between five and ten centimeters. Its range includes all but the

hardwood terrestrial regions in Florida. Scolopendra virid is an entirely separate species and genus that lacks an established common name and is often misidentified as H. marginata. Nearly identical in appearance, S. viridis populates central Florida and has confirmed populations in Pinellas, Pasco, Polk and Manatee Counties. S.viridis and H.marginata can be distinguished by their habits. Both are found primarily under the bark of decaying pine logs and stumps. S.viridis is extremely fast and will evacuate its habitat the moment it’s uncovered. H.marginata on the other hand is a sluggish species and will often remain stationary or retreat comparatively slower than S.viridis making it much easier to catch. Mid to late March is a great time to look for adult centipedes. Centipedes spend winters in seclusion and mate in the summer, laying 35 eggs or more. Centipede eggs are typically joined together in clusters in the hollows of rotting logs or are rolled in soil for camouflage. Centipede eggs are white, creamy yellow or brown in color, somewhat resembling perlite but smooth and spherical. Eggs are prone to fungus growth and will often die without grooming from the adult female to ensure they complete incubation. Most females will curl their bodies around their brood for protection and some protect the hatchlings for a short period of their lives. When the eggs hatch, the centipede larvae initially have either four or seven pairs of legs (8-14 individual legs). Additional body segments and legs continue to grow with each molt. As the larvae grow, they change coloration from light yellow to darker brown and begin to display their adult markings making them easier to identify. Adult centipedes have flattened bodies comprised of between 15 and 177 body segments, each segment bearing one pair of legs. A centipede can live as long as six years and make fascinating pets. When kept with a sense of caution and respect we can admire its unique characteristics and hopefully, appreciate its vital role in our coexistence with the natural world. If captivity is not an option, the compost pile will be welcome.

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FLORIDA FFA FOUNDATION HOSTS BEAST FEAST AND AUCTION The Florida FFA Foundation is serving up a variety of wild game and seafood at the 7th Annual Beast Feast & Auction on Saturday, May 1, 2010 to benefit the FFA Leadership Training Center (LTC). Along with feasting on venison, pork, gator, shrimp, fried grouper, turkey, conch salad, oyster stew, swamp cabbage, low country boil, peanuts, homemade ice cream, key lime pie and many other foods, guests can enjoy raffles, silent and live auctions, exhibits and entertainment. Items to be auctioned at this time include vacation trips, airboat tours, fishing trips, hunting trips, framed prints, grills, gift baskets, livestock feed, fishing and hunting equipment, gift certificates to local stores and restaurants and a wide variety of other exciting items. As a special addition to this year’s event there will be drawings from the admission ticket stubs worth $2,500. The person drawn for the winning tickets must be present to win. The Beast Feast will be held at the LTC at 5000 Firetower Road, off Highway 542 (Hatchineha Road) near Haines City from 11:30 to 2:00 p.m. Annually the LTC hosts a variety of meetings, conferences and workshops for FFA and other organizations. Many “friends” of FFA and Florida Agriculture are stepping forward with efforts to help out the organization that benefited them as students. The foundation provides the resources necessary to recognize the leaders the organization is known for, while the FFA Association provides the paths for students to succeed. As an avid supporter of FFA, “we take great pride in being a part of the Leadership Training Center fundraiser,” states Fred Williams, Southern Coast Manager, Land O’Lakes Purina LLC. “As a business owner I see the skills these young people gain, the influence they will have on the job market,” said Dennis Der, owner of Southside Farm Supply of Plant City and Chairman of the 2010 Beast Feast and Auction Committee. “Many FFA members have gone on to become politicians, lawyers, researchers, teachers and the list goes on. The point is, without the LTC and the leadership training these young people receive, they may not achieve those positive influences that guided those who went before them.” Anyone wishing to help Florida FFA can do so by becoming an event sponsor, donating items for the silent or live auction and by purchasing or selling tickets. For tickets or more information about this event, contact Dennis Der at (813) 759-0132 ext. 3 or Gary Bartley at (863) 439-7332 ext 6321. You may also visit the website at www.floridaffafoundation.org and click on Special Events/Beast Feast.

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SunnyRidge Farm is pleased to announce its expansion into the organics market this domestic season 2010 with its new Organic Blueberries. SunnyRidge’s organic blueberries will be sourced from both company-owned and contract grower farms beginning with Florida production in March and continuing through August. “Our expansion into organic blueberries is a natural complement and expansion to our existing product line and continues our company’s commitment to innovation within the berry industry,” states Keith Mixon, President and CEO of SunnyRidge Farm, Inc. “SunnyRidge continues to position itself as a key partner to our customers providing a one-stop-shop for a reliable, year-round supply of the most popular berry varieties. As consumers become increasingly interested in the methods used to grow their produce, it is important that we continue to provide retailers with products that enable the consumer to choose the product that they are most comfortable with – for themselves and their family,” continues Mixon. The organic blueberries will be harvested from approximately 200 total acres. The company expects to ship 5 million pounds during the 2010 domestic season, most of which will be sold to grocery and clubstore retailers. The berries will be certified organic based on USDA National Organic Program standards and all will come from GlobalGAP certified farms, one of the strictest GAP certifications available. SunnyRidge Farm, Inc., family owned and operated since 1993, is a grower, packer, shipper and marketer of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries delivering quality product to meet our customer’s unique needs. SunnyRidge’s core values of reliability, flexibility and innovation drive the company from all aspects of the business. Based in Winter Haven, Florida, the company represents the finest growers from regions throughout North and South America providing for a reliable year-round berry supply. All farms are held to the highest quality standards and grower to GAP standards. The company focuses on delivering excellent service to its customers through its own in-house logistics department and trucks providing delivery to customers throughout the United States.


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