McAvoy leaving after 22 years of service

LABELLE — Gene McAvoy is set to retire July 31 after spending 22 years in his position as the Hendry County Extension Service’s director and the regional vegetable Extension agent for Southwest Florida. It’s not just the vast local knowledge he’s assembled during and before that time in agricultural fields that the Extension Service of […]

RC Hatton Farms projects good sweet corn harvest

PAHOKEE — RC Hatton Farms grows nearly 12,000 acres of sweet corn, green beans and other vegetables throughout South Florida and parts of southern Georgia, taking advantage of the rich soil on the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee. “Spring brings about big corn volume, and we are geared up for a big corn volume here […]

Cattle are an important part of Florida economy

HENDRY COUNTY  — Hendry County has been connected with the cattle industry from the start. Francis Asbury Hendry, for whom Hendry County is named, was known as the “Cattle King of South Florida.” Mr. Hendry, a rancher, fought in the third Seminole War and later made his home near Fort Thompson. A study released March […]

Cattle are an important part of local economy

Okeechobee has once again earned the nickname “Florida’s Cow Town.” The county continues to lead the state in the number of cattle. A study released March 6 by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture (UF/IFAS) found the top five Florida counties for beef and dairy cow inventory were Okeechobee (110,000), Highlands (75,500), […]

Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show gears up for 50th anniversary

On March 9, the Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show (OYLS) will officially kick off at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center starting with the poultry show at 9 a.m. It’ll be the 50th anniversary of the show, which was first held in Okeechobee back in February 1969. Throughout those 50 years, the livestock show has evolved and grown […]