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Florida Rep. Raburn Discusses HB 1231

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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 »

Consumer Groups Rally Against Rollbacks

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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 »

Protect the Future of Florida’s Food and Water

Cows grazing on farm 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.
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Catching Up with Representative Rick Roth on Capitol Hill

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Photo courtesy of Florida House of Representatives

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.
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Goodson on HB 1231

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Tom Goodson chairman of the house ag committee speaks about HB 1231 and the amendment regarding using orange blazes to post property lines. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Cattlemen Discuss Issues with Lawmakers

Florida legislativeMembers of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association were in Tallahassee today to make a presentation to the Florida Senate Agriculture Committee. FCA’s Director of Governmental Affairs, Sam Ard, explains what they discussed. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Cattlemen Preparing for Big Week in Tallahassee

Florida legislativeOn 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 »

Farmers Optimistic After Washington Legislative Conference

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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 »

Putnam Rallies Ag at Taste of Florida Reception

20170308_182612The 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.
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Florida Farm Bureau Dedicates New Legislative Office

20170308_171008Florida 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.


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NCC Focused on Issues Facing Cotton Growers

Trade Agreement secretary agriculture cotton councilWhile 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.


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Senate Bill 10 Could Severely Impact Lake Okeechobee Communities

sugar-cane-blooms-along-irrigation-canal-in-southern-floridaFlorida’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.
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