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USDA awards Agricultural Trade Promotion Program funding

(Washington, D.C., January 31, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $200 million to 57 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) to help U.S. farmers and ranchers identify and access new export markets.

The ATP is one of three USDA programs created to mitigate the effects of unjustified trade retaliation against U.S. farmers and exporters. USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) accepted ATP applications between September 4 and November 2 – totaling nearly $600 million – from U.S. trade associations, cooperatives, and other industry-affiliated organizations. USDA has released a list of the ATP funding recipients.

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Sheriff’s Office looking for missing adult

Kilcullen

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing adult, first reported missing on Wednesday.

Kerry Ann Kilcullen is a 36-year-old white female, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 220 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She has multiple tattoos, unknown descriptions.

Kerry was last seen in the area of Crystal River, at noon on Thursday. At that time, she was wearing blue jeans, a black t-shirt, a green hooded jacket, white tennis shoes, and carrying a black backpack. She was thought to be on her way to Tampa, or Sebring.

If you have seen Kerry or know her whereabouts, please contact the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office at 352-726-1121 and ask for the Major Crimes Unit. To remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a reward, contact Citrus County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-269-8477 or online at www.crimestopperscitrus.com.

Citrus County Clerk warns of deed scam

Angela Vick, Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller

Citrus County Clerk Angela Vick has warned county residents of a potential deed copy scam.

Recently, a county resident brought the clerk office’s attention to a mail solicitation received from a company offering to provide a property profile and a copy of the deed recorded in the homeowner’s name.

“Companies offering these services are charging exorbitant fees,” Vick said in a facebook post.

Vick noted that The Clerk’s office does not request payment for recorded property deeds via mail. “Stay atlert to all suspicious mailings, phone calls and emails and be aware of scams or potential scams,” Vick said.

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Fourth Annual community leadership summit a success

Community leaders and Citrus County commissioners gather on Jan. 18 at CF in Lecanto for a Leadership Summit

Community leaders and Citrus County dignitaries gathered on Jan. 18 at CF in Lecanto for a Leadership Summit.

The Fourth Annual Community Leadership Summit was held on Jan. 18 at the College of Central Florida, Citrus Campus in Lecanto.

Commissioner and Chairman Jeff Kinnard presided over the collaborative event that brought together the County Commission, Citrus County School Board, City of Crystal River Council and City of Inverness Council.

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Billboard campaign highlights distracted driving

Today, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) launched a public service billboard campaign against distracted driving, continuing the Sheriff’s Office’s successful “Just Drive, Citrus” efforts from 2018.

The CCSO and State Farm collaborated on a series of billboard artworks, ready to be displayed throughout the county. The message, simple – “Don’t Text and Drive”.

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