Since 1973, the Chamber of Commerce, Farm Credit of Northwest Florida, and the UF/IFAS Extension Service Jackson County have partnered to provide an annual Farm City Celebration. The highlight of the event is the recognition of outstanding farm families with special Farm City awards. This year, due to the Corona Virus outbreak, holding a community breakfast with several hundred people in attendance was not feasible. Because there was no opportunity for public recognition, farm families were not selected for six of the annual awards: Outstanding Farm Family, Peanut Farmer of the Year, Cotton Farmer of the Year, Specialty Crop Farmer of the Year, Conservationists of the Year, and Tree Farmer of the Year. However, there were four farm families and a scholarship winner that were selected for recognition in 2020 The following video and article were created to share the stories of the 2020 honorees:
2020 Farm City Awards
Craig Bishop – 2020 Corn Farmer of the Year
290 Bu./Ac – Pioneer 1870
2020 was a great year for corn in the area, due to timely rains early in the growing season, when water was needed most. For the fifth time, Bishop farms is being recognized as the high corn yield producer. This year Craig set a new county record of 290 bushels to the acre with the Pioneer 1870 variety. Craig had the top corn yields in 2013-2016 and is back on top this year overcoming steep competition. Our farmers are continuously striving to break through to 300 bu./ac, so Craig was really close this year. After receiving his plaque Bishop said, “I am thankful for this recognition. It was an honor and a privilege to be awarded this. We grew approximately 800 acres of corn this year and averaged around 250 bushels across the board on our irrigated corn. We annual plant five or six corn varieties so we can compare yields on our farm to see how each variety stacks up under the same conditions. Pioneer 1870 has been our top yielding variety.”
The corn farmer of the year is selected annually based on standardized corn yield checks conducted by the Jackson County Extension staff.
Bill Conrad – 2020 Hay Farmer of the Year
RFQ Index 232
Bill, B.J, Elijah, Joe, and Heidi Conrad, have produced the highest quality hay in the county for the past seven years. This year Bill’s best perennial peanut hay not only won the county award but was also recognized as the category winner of the Southeast Hay Contest, held annually in conjunction with the Sunbelt Ag Expo. Bill’s top entry had a relative forage quality (RFQ) index of 232, 14% crude protein, and 72% total digestible nutrients (TDN).
After receiving the award Bill said, “Our farm was primarily a row crop operation, but over the years we’ve transitioned into hay, I’ve been raising perennial peanut hay since 2005, and have been increasing my acres ever since. We face challenges every year with the hay market, weeds and changing weather. Every year is different with new challenges, but we’re looking forward to making a good crop again next year.”
The hay farmer of the year recognition is based on forage quality test results submitted through the Extension Service to a forage lab for analysis, with recognition given to the farmer that submitted the forage sample with the highest RFQ score.
Martin Basford – 2020 Cattleman of the Year
Jeff Snell, Past President of the Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association, made the presentation of the Cattlemen of the Year Award on behalf of the Cattlemen’s Association and the Chamber of Commerce. During the presentation Snell said, “Each year the Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association recognizes one deserving member with their most prestigious honor, recognizing them as Cattleman of the Year. In 2020 the recipient was Martin Basford. Martin has been chosen for this award for his outstanding service to our organization and to the 4-H and FFA youth involved in our county through the county steer show. Martin has taken a leadership role in our organization and we’re proud to say he is our incoming president this year. I would like to congratulate Martin for his honor.”
After receiving the plaque Basford replied, “I truly appreciate and consider it an honor to be presented this award, both by the Cattlemen’s Association and the Chamber of Commerce. I became involved with the Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association several years ago when I realized the amount involvement they had in investing in our youth. I have children interested in the cattle business and the cattle industry. So after we became involved in the shows and got to see how much the Cattlemen’s Association did to make those things possible for our youth, that is when I decided to become a member, and quickly became very involved in promoting the cattle industry and getting youth involved learning about the cattle industry. Eventually I became the chair of the steer show through the Cattlemen’s Association. We know that if we don’t raise our youth to have interest in the cattle industry, we’re not going to have much of an industry left. I believe in educating our children and providing opportunities for those who are interested to get involved in this industry.”
Lazy Acres Farm – 2020 Farm Bureau CARES Recognition
Since 2001, Florida Farm Bureau Federation has recognized nearly 800 farm families for their voluntary efforts to protect Florida’s natural resources through the County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) Program. Through the use of responsible stewardship practices, known as Best Management Practices (BMPs), Florida CARES farmers and ranchers show a sincere commitment to protecting and preserving the land, improving water and air quality, and positively contributing to freshwater recharge areas and wildlife habitat restoration.
When asked about receiving this recognition, Ryan Ziglar said, “My wife Kelly and I, along with our three sons Garrett, Dylan, and Nathan operate Lazy Acres Farm. We raise cows, pigs, and chickens and we sell beef pork and poultry here at our farm store, through our online store, and at farmer’s markets. Our farm migrates which means that we move our cows and chickens daily. We move our pigs move every month or so. This migration or movement helps build soil in our pastures. It also reduces the need for commercial fertilizer, and it helps dramatically with parasitic load on the farm. We also rely heavily on forage cover crops to protect against soil erosion while feeding our livestock.”
By enrolling in the Florida Department of Agriculture’s BMP Program, and showing a long-term commitment to BMP implementation, farmers and ranchers become eligible for CARES recognition. Once recognized, the farms receive a “This Farm CARES” customized 30”x 40” farm sign to demonstrate to the local community their involvement in environmental stewardship.
Anslie Yoder – Future of Agriculture Farm City Scholarship
Each year the Chamber of Commerce awards the Ed Jowers, Future of Agriculture Scholarship to a recipient displaying exemplary scholastic extracurricular and agriculturally centered achievements. Selection emphasis for this scholarship is on an interest in a career in agriculture, student of a farm family, and 4-H or FFA and other extracurricular achievements. This year the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship was Anslie Yoder, who is currently a student at Chipola College.
After receiving the scholarship, Yoder shared, “My parents are Beaver and Michelle Yoder. I’ve grew up on my family’s cattle operation in Jackson and Calhoun Counties. Throughout high school I was very involved in showing cattle and livestock judging. I was very fortunate to judge and show at the state and national level. I’m currently a sophomore at Chipola College majoring in Ag Business, and I plan to transfer to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) to get a bachelor’s degree in ag business and stay involved in the agriculture industry. I want to thank the Chamber of Commerce, and the Selection Committee for this scholarship. I greatly appreciate the financial support to help me reach my career goals.”
COVID19 ruined a lot of celebrations in 2020. Because there was no opportunity for public recognition, please make an extra effort to reach out and congratulate the five families on their achievements. We all hope that we will be able to once again to celebrate as a community the bounty of agriculture in Jackson County, in November 2021.
September 8, 2021
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April 23, 2021
Yes. Satsumas are naturally alternate bearing trees with a large crop one year and a reduced crop the next. With adequate fertilization, the trees produce more uniform crops. The tree will also drop off fruit to compensate for poor fertility. The goal is to provide nutrition just prior to flowering, after fruit development, and again after the fruit begins to fill. So, the goal is to ensure the tree has adequate nutrition in the spring and early summer.
April 22, 2021
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April 19, 2021
what about the yield of the Satsuma Tree which is given fertilizer is it getting better?
January 13, 2021
I have seen sonic mole repellent stakes for sale online, but am not sure how well they work on pocket gophers? I have not seen any research for using these devices on moles either. One issue that I would see with this type of repellent is that pocket gophers have a long series of tunnels that can be modified, abandoned or closed off.
January 11, 2021
Are their sonic pocket gopher repulsive tools
December 22, 2020
Thank You Sally. I appreciate that.
December 20, 2020
Congratulations to all of this year's Awardees, would be Awardees and to those that tirelessly work behind their scenes. And I give a special thanks to those that work with and help guide them and our county to perform so well. That includes you, Doug!
September 11, 2020
Hi Kristy, If you suspect your shrubs of having bacterial galls, I would recommend that you cut the affected branches back below the location of the galls (maybe an inch or so below). As for your other questions, I suggest you contact your local Extension Office. Here's a link to a map of Extension Office throughout the state. https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/find-your-local-office/ Your local office will also be able to help you with identification of the galls. Matt
September 11, 2020
As you mentioned, when buying a bull, it is important to know what you want from the bull. My brother is wanting to start his own herd, and needs a bull to breed and start the direction of the breed for his herd. I will have to share this article with him, and see if it helps him select the right one for him.
September 3, 2020
Thanks for explaining how having cattle can produce more income that you can then use to reduce your interest load on your farm. I think a lot of new farmers ignore this and mainly stick to crops at first. I'll tell my brother to do the opposite and to invest in cattle as soon as possible after he buys the farmland he wants.
August 24, 2020
Hello, I have 3 Loropetalum and 2 ligustrum that have either phytoplasmus Or pseudomonas savastanoi they are both around 7 years old and I am trying really hard to save them. I also have 2 sapling loquats that are still in a pot that are showing signs of leaf curl and the leaves are stunted in growth. I have heard that using antibiotics help and using prevention after for prevention of them getting it again. I think my oak trees have the phytoplasmus because a few of my 15 trees have what they call witches broom growth. They tower over my 3 acre property. I am fairly new to all of this and considered myself a casual gardener until my shrubs started getting sick. I would like to eventually have a food forest but I would like to understand and get this disease under control before I subject more plants. Can you please help. Zone 9a
July 29, 2020
Thank you for this video, Larry. Not surprised that you have used your time so well to help others. I appreciate the Master Gardner program. I call Carl for help often. During this virus, we Emil each other. From your post, there seems to be more l can reap/harvest from your program and l will. Congratulation; You are a star. Barbara and Wayne
July 29, 2020
Very nice video, with great information! I especially appreciated the idea of combining edibles (herbs) with ornamental plants. The result is an attractive and appealing planting, which is also functional. Great job, Muriel!
July 29, 2020
Very nice video, with interesting information. I especially appreciated the idea of combining edibles, such as herbs, with ornamental plants. It is more attractive and appealing, while being functional. Great job, Muriel!
July 28, 2020
Great job Muriel
March 2, 2020
Contact your local County Extension Office and talk to the Agriculture Agent. In Florida we also have county foresters, but I am not sure about Minnesota? Your local Agent would know.
February 27, 2020
My dad owns a portion of land in the forest where he grows trees for timbers. He's planning to sell them off this month, and I think you're right, he should seek help fro a professional Forster first because as you've mentioned they consist all of the right equipment and expertise. I wonder where we can find a forestry consulting service here in Minnesota.
January 6, 2020
Just like your washer, your dryer is another essential appliance that helps you save so much time each week. Your dryer works hard every time you turn it on which is why some parts might need to be replaced every now and then. When this is the case, remember to always call a trained professional rather than attempting risky DIY repairs.
September 23, 2019
The dried material is toxic, but is of less risk than the fresh materials. Here is a UT publication to view: https://extension.tennessee.edu/publications/Documents/W135.pdf This is a direct quote from that publication: "All plant parts are toxic, especially the flowering structures. Dried plants in hay can be toxic, but the greatest risk is associated with consumption of fresh plant material, especially if flowers and fruit are present."
September 23, 2019
Thanks Carl. I fixed it, but even after folks leave their name remains on the articles. They were the author.
September 22, 2019
If I mow Perilla Mint how long do I need to leave cattle off of the pasture. If mowed does it still have toxicity and if so how long. Thanks Henry Smith
September 13, 2019
Hi Doug, I notice that Matt Lollar is still on the Jackson County Blog page as Hort agent and Stephanie Herzog is not listed as FCS agent, although several articles on the blog are authored by her. Perhaps these corrections could be made. - Carl Strohmenger
July 2, 2019
hanks for sharing this great post. I always ask for warranty and return policy for the product.
January 23, 2019
Hi Lyla, I'm thrilled you are interested in horticulture! You are not limited. This area of agriculture has a variety of career paths to choose from! One can choose to work in production such as operating a greenhouse, landscaping service, vegetable farming, or orchard production. Others may choose landscape design and maintenance, or marketing of horticultural products. Then you have applied research to help further our knowledge of plants and pests, teaching, crop inspection, and many more fields. There is a continuous growing demand of horticulture services. However, increasing agriculture mechanization and efficiency of managing a farm means that there will probably be less need for workers to complete tasks that machines can do. Do not let that discourage you from majoring in horticulture. As far as jobs in Jackson County, I am not 100% sure. Hurricane Michael caused very significant damage to many businesses. Only time will tell how those businesses faired. I hope my answer was helpful! Please ask anymore questions that come to mind or stop by the UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension office on 2741 Penn. Ave. You can reach us at 850-482-9620.
January 6, 2019
Hello! My name is Lyla and I was wondering what the outlook is for horticulture jobs in Jackson county within the next few years. I currently go to USF, however they do not offer horticulture options and was planning on transferring eventually. Just wondering what types of horticulture jobs may be up and coming? Thank you so much!!
December 20, 2018
Thank you for telling me the original link of this article, I will write on my blog https://www.elysetiawan.com along with the original reference source
December 13, 2018
Hi Karen, UF/IFAS has research planned to grow hemp in spring 2019 with a possible field day in the fall.
December 13, 2018
Welcome: The farm Bill is about to pass which means Hemp will become legal to grow. Hemp is a huge cash crop and from what I have been reading not hard to grow. Can you have a class on growing hemp?
November 7, 2018
Places for people to reach out for Equine and small AG assistance for hay and feed https://www.facebook.com/Rainbows-Edge-Equine-Transition-Center-468282946631310/ we are located at the Jefferson County AG Extension facility. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EastCoastEquineEvacuation/ supply located at Jefferson County AG Extension and also South Port,https://www.facebook.com/groups/363664037400458/ Supplies located at Jefferson County AG Extension Facility. We still have volunteers running donated supplies to those effected by the Hurricane.
November 2, 2018
As Warren's Sign Language Interpreter for several year, I can vouch for how special he truly is. Love u Warren
September 12, 2018
Hi Barbara. Yes, digging the infected plants up and sterilizing your tools is the best protocol to help prevent the spread of the disease.
August 3, 2018
If I just dig them up and use bleach on the pruning tool and shovel will this benprotwction for my other plants
August 1, 2018
I need to identify a mature ficus. I'm not sure which type it is because the leaves are very similar. Can someone help? Tony Smith
May 15, 2018
This chart is a product of the USDA Research Center in Nebraska. I doubt they would have an issue with translation, but it is not mine to provide approval. Here is the link to the original publications with the authors contact information included: http://articles.extension.org/pages/74611/2017-across-breed-epd-table-improvements
May 4, 2018
wow good info, Can I translate in Indonesian? and I uploaded it on my blog ?
February 22, 2018
Thanks for sharing this great post. I always ask for warranty and return policy for the product.
September 8, 2016
Matt, I have a redbud tree that developed big nodules on the trunk. Do you have any idea what would cause this.?
September 3, 2016
Mr. Mayo: Would you give me a call when you have a minute. Thank you, Robert Turner The County Record Blountstown, FL
August 22, 2016
With cattle pens there is nothing that can't be customized, but the "Bud Box" design is based around cattle movement around the handler. I think what you describe could work, if the double alley connected to a corner of the pen, rather than a funnel in the center. The basic concept is that instead of allowing cattle to move forward by themselves, the handler only loads the pen with the number the alley can hold, and controls their flow into the double alley standing in the pen with them. The handler serves as the sweep tub.
August 17, 2016
Is it possible building a Bud Box coming up from behind the double alley instead of from the side?
July 26, 2016
Thank you. We appreciate your help very much.
July 25, 2016
Perilla mint can be controlled with several common herbicides, labeled for pasture use. GrazonNext, Milestone, and Weedmaster will provide good control of Perilla Mint. None of these products have grazing restrictions, so technically you can treat with the animals in the pasture. There are haying restrictions of 7 days for GrazonNext and Milestone, and 37 days for weedmaster. The labels do not mention dogs and cats. I would suggest keeping all animals out of a pasture the day the herbicide is applied, but once it has dried, there should not be a problem.
July 25, 2016
This mint weed has taken over our pasture. Please recommend a poison that will kill it but safe for goats, dogs, cats. Thank you for your help. Sent from my iPadThis knot weed has taken over our pastures.
June 24, 2016
The skin to repare her face came from his rear end... Mother-in-law kisses that skin...
June 24, 2016
OK, I do not get the joke....
May 23, 2016
Enjoyed the article. Herbicides by all forms of positive
May 9, 2016
Good one. I can use these in school visits.
May 7, 2016
I like that one too. Thanks
May 6, 2016
What do you call a cow with two legs? Lean beef !
April 24, 2016
Mr. Mayo, Enjoyed the article. When spraying hard to kill invasive weeds (cogon grass) or briars, I generally have better luck with an MSO than a non-ionic. I was glad to see the line about the homemade surfactants. Sometimes technology really does work better and this is one of those cases. Sam Lincoln Pasture Solutions LLC Milton, FL
April 23, 2016
I agree. You may kill out some spots, but won't lose the whole stand.
April 22, 2016
Mr. Mayo , Nice article. Thanks I plan to try this approach in my clover pastures. Maybe I can save part of my stand of clover and kill some weeds. Thanks again, Tim Tucker Uriah AL
March 28, 2016
I've seen it for sale at the various big garden centers, as well as online and small nurseries. I'd check with local nurseries in your area to determine if they can get it in with their next supply of plants.
March 24, 2016
Where can I find this for purchase?
March 7, 2016
Never underestimated people ability.
January 25, 2016
That was a good one Doug!
January 9, 2016
25" on the south side of Lake Iamonia....
January 9, 2016
Could this be an even better system for spring calving cows since their nutritional needs are lower during this time? Sounds like these cows were in good shape going in (since they "lost weight, but maintained 5-6 body condition scores"). Would spring calvers might be able to start thinner or live on lesser quality grass? Also could be a gap filler before the winter grazing we always plan to come by Thanksgiving but frequently isn'ready until New Year's, arrives.
June 29, 2015
I am glad you enjoyed it. Quite a teachable moment.
June 26, 2015
mr. mayo., i must say that is a very very bright story. good laugh and good results. wonderful. sue wiley
June 22, 2015
Todd Dailey, a Facebook follower from Ocala shared the link to the Jerry Clower audio version of this classic story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Gmw6j6eCCY
October 31, 2014
Do you have data for the current year? I heard that for the current year the price decreased tendency ceased and that prices stabilized and I some cases start to increased.
July 25, 2014
Sure. It was a great event, and I know the Cattlemen would like to share the success of their event.
July 25, 2014
Hey Doug, Can I reprint the article on Jackson County Cattlemen's Tour in The Florida Cattleman & Livestock Journal? Could you email the article and photos to me? Thanks, Barbara
May 15, 2014
It is USDA that surveys a random sample of farmers from each county. They do this annually, but not necessarily with the same farmers each time. Typically farm leases are for more than one year at a time, but a single may have multiple farms they lease. These leases are typically negotiated between the farmer and landowner, so having an third party determine averages for the area can be a good starting point for negotiations.
May 15, 2014
It's pretty cool to see how much the prices vary per location. Question for you, how often do farmers need to survey their land? Does it need to happen every few years, every time the lease changes hands? Thanks! Sophia Liam | http://www.asam1.com/asamservices.html
April 21, 2014
Pensacola is the cheapest bahiagrass seed on the market. Tifton 9 is an improved Pensacola type, but it is almost impossible to get certified Tifton 9 seed anymore. There are so many acres of Tifton 9 out there now that the price is not that much more for Tifton 9. Argentine is always higher than Pensacola, because there are simply fewer seed heads and fewer pounds of seed harvested per acre. Riata and TifQuik are patented cultivars still, with limited seed available that you must buy directly from the company that owns the rights to the cultivar. If price is a key factor in seed purchase, I would suggest Tifton 9 since it is an improved cultivar that is widely availabe from a number of seed suppliers.
April 18, 2014
Can you comment on the price of the various alternatives? Specifically the difference between the Pensacola and the Tifton would be of interest. I just ordered and paid for a bag of Tifton 9 and was delivered a bag of Pensacola.
December 16, 2013
This article deals with vaccinations for serious horse diseases. I don't know of any other alternatives to prevent these diseases. There are natural, old school treatments for pests, such as crop rotation and cultivation. Commercial farming depends on thoroughly tested, specialized chemicals for pest control, because they offer the most consistent control for the money spent. You don't always have to use chemicals, but there are many troublesome pests that very difficult to manage without them.
December 14, 2013
Why isn't more emphasis placed on "natural" remedies to weeds, weed seeds and pests? I've been researching steam sterilization of soils because I personally have an allergic predisposition to chemical concoctions and avoid inhalation, ingestion or physical contact with ANY chemical treatment. There are perfectly viable and natural alternatives to chemicals.
September 7, 2013
Nice article. I always said when you shipped cattle out west it was like some of them blew out of trailer on the way. However I did like you chart and info detailing what I thought. Please keep my old pal Herman out of trouble. Take care and again nice article. Tim Tucker Uriah AL
August 24, 2013
What were the land values prior to 2004, the year of major hurricanes and land values 2005-2009? My thinking is that in those 5 years values increased and now we are seeing values returning to previous average values.
August 15, 2013
The best advice I can give you is to visit your local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), and talk to their loan agent. There are special funds for New and Beginning Farmers, but I think mostly they are low interest loans.
August 13, 2013
Need a small 10 ac. farm to grow produce and to raise rabbits for meat ? Need an Agriculture grant to help in purchase of said farm . have 70 years of expertise of raising rabbits and making the most money . My son has ten years in growing produce for the table and to sell . Between the both of us we have the expertise to make the farm grow .
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