Support food that fights climate change

By Lynetta Usher Griner, Jim Strickland, and Jack PayneSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News FLORIDA — As your farmers, foresters, ranchers, and agricultural scientists, we know you’re buying based on more than price. We see it when you spend extra for grass-fed beef, organic produce, or cage-free eggs. We believe there’s a market for food […]

Momentum continues to improve Lake O

By Scott MartinWorld Champion Angler LAKE OKEECHOBEE — For Lake Okeechobee, 2019 was an important year. Over the course of the year, the lake hosted more than 100 tournaments — big and small, out of every marina on the lake. Fortunately, a drier than normal wet season resulted in some grass recovery on the lake, […]

Letter to the Editor: Donate blood at annual roundup

In order to promote awareness of the upcoming 14th Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup to be held at the Freshman Campus Auditorium on Nov. 23 and 24, we share stories of local Okeechobee folks who have received donations of blood and the difference it made in their lives. The Roundup logo this year Salutes Our Heroes […]

Letter to the Editor – Old fire truck

Letter to the Editor I am the caretaker, for about 50 years, for the City of Venice’s first fire truck, a 1926 American LaFrance pumper affectionately named “Old Betsy.” The truck was originally purchased by Moore Haven and it was delivered there in September 1926. A couple of weeks later, the 1926 hurricane came and […]

Views at odds with conventional wisdom

CLEWISTON — Some of Ramon Iglesias’s opinions fly against prevailing winds: • Mechanical harvesting — “This past week, they (FWC) had a company named Weedoo out here, and I was not part of that, but they did have about 30 people from FWC and the biologists, University of Florida’s IFAS department, they were out here […]

Climate-smart farming should be encouraged

Guest CommentaryBy Lynetta Usher Griner, Jim Strickland and Jack Payne Special to the Lake Okeechobee News GAINESVILLE — It’s the people who feed, clothe and shelter you speaking. We need to talk. We’ve been busy producing food and fiber as well as the science to limit farming’s footprint. Now we’re talking about farming’s role in […]