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Jackson County Farm City Festival November 18 & 19

Jackson County Farm City Festival November 18 & 19

Farm City Week is celebrated all across America the week before Thanksgiving.  In Jackson County, the Chamber of Commerce, Farm Bureau, Cattlemen’s Association, UF/IFAS Extension Service, and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida have teamed up once again to host the Farm City Festival November 18-19 in Marianna.  The Festival will feature two days of activities designed to honor the heritage and bounty of Jackson County agriculture.

Farm-City Awards Breakfast – Friday 7:00 to 9:00 AM

The Farm City Festival will begin with a breakfast at Rivertown Community Church in Marianna (4534 Lafayette Street aka. Hwy 90).  Farm Credit of Northwest Florida sponsors the breakfast that is provided at no charge to the public.  Participants are encouraged, however, to make donations of peanut butter for the Peanut Butter Challenge.  Registration and the serving of breakfast will begin at 6:30 AM, and the program will begin at 7:00 AM. There will be presentations from local 4-H clubs and FFA chapters, along with recognition of the Outstanding Farm Family, Peanut, Cotton, Corn, Tree, Hay, and Specialty Crop Farmers of the Year, as well as the Conservationist, and Cattleman of the Year.  Farm Bureau will also be recognizing farms through the “This Farm C.A.R.E.S.” program.

2015 Jackson County Farm City Breakfast

2015 Jackson County Farm City Festival – Awards Breakfast.  Photo: Doug Mayo

Antique Tractor Drive – Friday 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM

Antique tractors will be offloaded at the Jackson County Agriculture Center, 3631 Highway 90 West, Marianna, Florida.  Registration will begin at 9:00 AM Central time, tractor lineup at 9:30, with the actual Tractor Drive leaving at 10:00 AM.  The first leg of the drive will be to travel 6.1 miles east to the Marianna Farmer’s Market.  Drivers will create a static display at the Marianna Farmer’s Market from 11:00 – 1:30.  At 2:00 PM the antique tractors will begin the return leg of their drive back to the Agriculture Center.

2015 Jackson County Farm City Festival - Antique Tractor Drive through Mariannna

2015 Jackson County Farm City Festival – Antique Tractor Drive through Marianna.  Photo: Doug Mayo

Farms, antique tractor collectors, 4-H clubs, FFA Chapters, and civic organizations are encouraged to participate in the drive.  Tractors must be 1986 or older models.  Wagons with club members can be pulled behind the tractors, but must have an adult chaperone in the wagon with youth, and an adult tractor driver.  Tractor drive participants are not required to participate in the tractor pull competition.

Antique tractors on display at the Marianna Farmer's Market following the drive. Photo: Doug Mayo

Antique tractors on display at the Marianna Farmer’s Market following the drive. Photo: Doug Mayo

Lawn Mower Pull – Friday 6:00 PM

There will be a hot-rod lawn mower pull on Friday night starting at 6:00 PM, following the tractor drive, at the Jackson County Agriculture Center.

2015 Jackson County Farm City Festival - Lawn Mower Pull

2015 Jackson County Farm City Festival – Lawn Mower Pull Photo: Doug Mayo

Antique Tractor Pull & Agricultural Festival – Saturday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Antique tractors will compete by pulling a sled, based on tractor weight classes.  Tractor pull participants must be registered by 8:30 AM central time; a driver’s meeting will be held at 8:45, with Opening Ceremonies taking place at 9:00.  The hooking fee is $ 10 per pull.  Trophies will be presented to the top three finishers in each class. Camp sites are available for Tractor Pull participants at the Ag Center for $ 20 per night.

2015 Jackson County Farm City Festival - Antique Tractor Pull. Photo: Doug Mayo

2015 Jackson County Farm City Festival – Antique Tractor Pull. Photo: Doug Mayo

30 food and craft vendors will be on hand selling their creations.  There will be multiple vendors with things for kids to do:  an inflatable bounce house, slide, and bucking bull, along with a pony ride, and a barrel train.  There will also be heritage and agricultural demonstrations:  a blacksmith, Chipola Beekeepers, Jackson County Cattlemen’s association, and Florida Dairy Farmers.  All will be on the Ag Center grounds in the vicinity of the tractor pull, so this will be a fun event for the whole family.  This is a sponsored event, so admission is free.

2015 Jackson County Farm City Festival - Heritage Demonstrations. Photo: Doug Mayo

2015 Jackson County Farm City Festival – Heritage Demonstrations. Photo: Doug Mayo

2015 Jackson County Farm City Festival - Agriculture Demonstrations. Photo: Doug Mayo

2015 Jackson County Farm City Festival – Agriculture Demonstrations. Photo: Doug Mayo

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Check out the highlights from last year’s Farm City Festival

For more information about all of the 2016 Farm City Festival events, contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce:  850-482-8060.

 

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Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Lead Editor for Panhandle Ag e-news – Jackson County Extension Director – Livestock & Forages Agent. My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.
http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu

Doug Mayo

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Bay County Deploys First Super Reefs in Panama City Beach

Bay County Deploys First Super Reefs in Panama City Beach

Super Reef Deployment Location Graphic

Earlier this year, Bay County completed an artificial reef project in Gulf waters approximately 3 nautical miles (nm) south of the Panama City Beach Pier (Pier Park) and 11 nm west of St Andrew Bay Pass in Small Area Artificial Reef Site D. On May 14, five Super Reefs were deployed, each weighing approximately 36,000 lbs and rising 18 feet from the ocean floor. Typical artificial reef modules are only about 8 feet tall. This was the first time Super Reefs were deployed in western Bay County in the Panama City Beach area. The project provides marine habitat comparable to sinking a large vessel.

Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA) supported Bay County and Walter Maine during the deployment efforts. MBARA provided this YouTube video documenting the deployment and post-deployment dive survey. During the survey, divers noted baitfish already utilizing the new habitat. The Super Reef module coordinates and details were verified as follows:

 

Patch Reef # Latitude Longitude Depth (ft) Permit Area
BC2015 Set 17 (1) 30° 10.196N 85° 54.607 W 74 SAARS D
BC2015 Set 18 (2) 30° 10.179 N 85° 54.567 W 75 SAARS D
BC2015 Set 19 (3) 30° 10.176 N 85° 54.603 W 75 SAARS D
BC2015 Set 20 (4) 30° 10.153N 85° 54.594 W 73 SAARS D
BC2015 Set 21 (5) 30° 10.138 N 85° 54.602 W 73 SAARS D

Previous monitoring and research suggest it takes 3 to 5 years for new reefs to reach full development of the associated marine ecosystem. Bay County will work with local anglers, divers, reef associations, and agencies to evaluate the performance of the new reef materials and the reef design.

Bay County artificial reef projects seek to use material that meets program goals and objectives. In this case, larger reef materials were selected to support larger reef fish such as amberjack, grouper, and snapper. Individual reef modules were spaced to support fish forage areas and accommodate multiple users including anglers and divers.

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Funding for this $ 60,000 project was provided by Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Artificial Reef Program. Additional reef projects were deployed by the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association earlier in the week. The Bay County Artificial Association (BCARA) is also planning new reef deployments in Bay County. Learn more about Bay County’s public artificial reefs at http://x.co/reefm. Florida Sea Grant hosts a Facebook page focused on news and information related to Florida’s Artificial Reefs. You can visit the page for latest information from around the state at https://www.facebook.com/floridaartificialreefs.

 

 

 

Walter Marine’s Maranatha deploying one of the five Super Reefs placed 3 nm south of Pier Park. The Super Reefs weigh greater than 18 tons and are 18 feet tall. Photo by Bay County Artificial Reef Coordinator, Allen Golden.

Walter Marine’s Maranatha deploying one of the five Super Reefs placed 3 nm south of Pier Park. The Super Reefs weigh more than 18 tons and are 18 feet tall. Photo by Bay County Artificial Reef Coordinator, Allen Golden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deployment of Super Reefs. Pictures provided by Bob Cox Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Foundation Picture2 Picture3 Picture4 Picture5 Picture6 Picture7

 

 

 

 

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Author: Scott Jackson – lsj@ufl.edu

UF/IFAS Bay County Extension Florida Sea Grant Regional Specialized Agent (Artificial Reefs and Fisheries)
http://bay.ifas.ufl.edu

Scott Jackson

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/18/bay-county-deploys-first-super-reefs-in-panama-city-beach/