State Rep. Jake Raburn, who represents Florida District 57 in Hillsborough County, serves on the Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee in the Florida House. And he talks about a part of House Bill 1231, which is currently being discussed. Read the rest of this entry »
A dozen consumer groups have banded together to work against legislation that would make it more difficult for the government to issue regulations. The groups have dubbed it the “filthy food act,” which they say will make it more difficult to keep the American food supply safe. Read the rest of this entry »
Florida’s ranchlands are vital to the state’s environment and its food and water supply. These lands are quickly dwindling due to the high demand of residential and commercial production. If these lands continue to decrease, Florida’s natural resources will deeply suffer. Read the rest of this entry »
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Florida’s 2017 legislative session is underway in Tallahassee. From Capitol Hill, Palm Beach County-native Representative Rick Roth reports on how his bills are faring and some important issues that have been discussed. Read the rest of this entry »
On Monday, members of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association will be making a presentation to the Florida Senate Agriculture Committee. FCA’s Director of Governmental Affairs, Sam Ard, explains what this will involve and looks at how the association is preparing for their big annual event next week in Tallahassee. Read the rest of this entry »
U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, left, visits with Marshall County farmer Corey Hill at the Congressional Barbecue in Washington, D.C. March 8.
Optimism filled the air as 140 Alabama farmers descended on the nation’s capital March 7-10, a stark contrast to trips during the previous administration, said Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
“Being in D.C. confirmed my belief that agriculture will experience real change under the Trump administration,” Parnell said. “We’ve seen this with his order to review the Waters of the U.S. rule and look for other improvements over the next few years.” Read the rest of this entry »
The Taste of Florida Agriculture reception, held in Tallahassee on March 8, brought together friends of agriculture from every corner of the state for a night of fellowship.
The reception is hosted by the Florida Farm Bureau as part of its annual Legislative Days event. Booths were set up between the historic Florida Capitol building and the new state Capitol. Each booth highlighted a different Florida agricultural product. There was corn from Belle Glade, seafood from the Gulf Coast and much more. Read the rest of this entry »
Florida Farm Bureau dedicated it’s new legislative office building in Tallahassee this week. Carl Loop, former Farm Bureau President, remembers when the legislative office was a borrowed basement with just a desk and a phone. Loop spoke with us about the new office and how far Florida Farm Bureau has come.
While farm bill discussions are already taking place at all levels, there are still issues that need to be discussed before a new bill can be put together. Vice President of Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council, Reece Langley, looks at the main priorities they are working on for growers right now.
Florida’s 2017 legislative session starts today, March 7. A major issue to be discussed during the session is Florida Senate President Joe Negron’s land acquisition proposal. Sugar farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) are fighting for their land as Sen. Negron’s proposal moves through the Senate and the House. Senate Bill 10 proposes the purchase of 60,000 acres of land south of Lake Okeechobee to build a reservoir. Read the rest of this entry »
A new tarping regulation for citrus loads was put on hold by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Ag leaders say the industry should still make plans to comply, since the rules will soon be enforced. An enforcement date has not been announced, but could come as soon as April 1. The new […]
More than 90 Florida citrus groves or former citrus groves were sold in 2016. Twenty four of the former groves are transitioning to other agriculture or to development. The sales are detailed in the Lay of the Land 2016 Market Report prepared by Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate (CBCSRE) in Lakeland. The report was […]