Sheriff's Office Creates New Program To Lower Agricultural Crime
Farmers are given signs with a number registered to their farm. They put the signs up around the edges of their property. If residents see that cows are on the loose, they can call the sheriff's office, read the numbers on the sign, and the deputies know exactly where to go to address the problem.
"The response time with a cow on the highway is a safety issue for the public, and not only that it's a safety issue for our cattle," said Brad Etheridge, farmer.
Farmers are also encouraged to etch their numbers onto their equipment so that it can be easily identified if it's stolen.
"Seeing those numbers when that equipment pops up I think is gonna help us get onto those things quicker before they get too far from our house," said Etheridge.
The signs are free for farmers. They're paid for with money from the Levy County Drug Forfeiture Fund.
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