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Florida cattleman donates cow to UF’s campus food pantry

Dana Edwards May 10, 2018 GAINESVILLE, Fla. – At the University of Florida, 16 percent of those who visited the on-campus Alan and Cathy Hitchcock Field and Fork pantry mentioned the service was their sole source of food when they needed temporary assistance. While students working with the Field and Fork student gardens grow fresh...
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Ranch near Myakka River State Park will be preserved under conservation easement

Excerpt from article by Zac Anderson in the Herald Tribune. Nearly 1,500 acres of cattle ranch close to Myakka River State Park will be protected from development and restored to native habitat after the federal government recently signed off on a conservation easement for the site. The National Resources Conservation Service, an agency within the...
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East County cowboys still bullish on ranch life

An excerpt from Jessica Salmond at YourObserver.com Ranchers learn to adapt when development changes the landscape. Standing in a 20-acre pasture east of Lorraine Road, Jason McKendree remembered the days when he couldn’t hear the sound of bulldozers working on a new subdivision. That was a time the Mary Fran Carroll Bridge was made of wood...
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The Joe What? An Interview with Jim Strickland

The Joe What? Podcast is a series of interviews by Joao (Joe) Vendramini of the UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center. Recorded in May 2017.
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Strickland Ranch CARES – Video

Blackbeard’s Ranch is a farm that CARES. Jim Strickland owns and operates this Florida ranch just south of Myakka City and has made environmental stewardship a priority on his cow/calf operation. To see more about Florida farmers and ranchers who work to preserve the environment and to learn about the CARES program, visit http://www.thisfarmcares.org/
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Trying to save Florida’s landscape – News – Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Sarasota, FL

Excerpt from Sarasota Herlad Tribune Sitting in an open air chickee hut with expansive views of the pastures and pine forests on his ranch bordering Myakka River State Park, Jim Strickland points to a tree line in the distance to show where a golf course once was planned. Before Strickland and a partner bought the...
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Cattle ranches are key to preserving Florida for all of us Florida’s final frontier

Excerpt from TampaBay.com Beyond our beaches and theme parks lies a Florida still unknown to many — Florida’s ranchlands. Off the beaten track, these lands are our last frontier. I consider myself blessed to live and work as a rancher in this magical landscape we call Florida. We are the country’s first cattle state. We...
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Using fire on a Florida cattle ranch conserving wildlife

Blackbeard’s Ranch, a working cattle ranch in central Florida near the Myakka River, is maintaining the land’s legacy as a home for native wildlife. The ranch’s manager partnered with the FWC and Florida Forest Service on a prescribed burn that will improve the habitat there for both wildlife and cattle grazing.
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