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Florida has a diverse farm population ranging from vegetable farming in the rich soils bordering the Everglades to huge cattle ranches throughout the state. The Ocala, FL area is known for its horse breeding farms, while the Okeechobee area specializes in cattle breeding.

Jan 24, 2017
Picking the Right Paddle
Ed Mashburn
florida kayaking
Advice on selecting the best paddle for fishing kayaks.

Picking the right paddleSomewhat longer paddle shaft allows this angler in a raised seat to dip a blade and manuever as he lands a big fish.

There’s a world of difference between a well-made kayak paddle constructed with strong, lightweight materials and a paddle made to be sold cheaply. Trying to paddle a fishing kayak with a heavy, poorly made, ill-fitting paddle is not fun at all.

Materials – What the Paddle is Made of Makes a Difference
When it comes to selecting a paddle for a fishing kayak, weight equals cost. Or, to be more accurate, less weight costs more. Although a few ounces in paddle weight doesn’t sound like much, just consider how many paddle strokes are taken during the course of a kayak fishing trip, and pretty soon, a few ounces adds up to much more effort spent. More info...

Jan 17, 2017
FREE Customizable Printable Egg Production Chart
Track Your Egg Production
A former accountant, I'm a bit of a spreadsheet freak, I admit! So I created this customizable chart that you can use to track your girls' egg production. It's a Google Sheet which you will need to download and then make a copy of in order to enter your own data.
Alternatively, you can print out each month and write in the information by hand - but then all the totals will need to be manually calculated as well - or the data will then need to be entered into the spreadsheet at the end of the month. More info...

Jan 17, 2017
Prospects for US Cattle, Beef Markets a Little Brighter
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florida cattle prices
The USDA updated their World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) yesterday, a monthly proceeding that integrates new developments and data into the existing outlook for agriculture commodity markets. Prospects for the cattle and beef markets are a little brighter, reflecting the improvement in beef demand that surfaced during December, writes the Steiner Consulting Group.
Changes in the hog and pork market were centered on the 1 December hog population estimates that came in above expectations. Pork production in 2017 is expected to be up 5 per cent from 2016, about 1 per cent more than had been expected a month ago in the prior WASDE forecast release More info...

Florida is the second largest cattle producing state, second only to Texas. Florida cattle ranches raise Angus, Brahman, Senepol, and Florida Cracker cattle.


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