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Solar Panel Bill Passes Georgia House

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A bill concerning the installation of solar panels to help agricultural producers passed the Georgia House this week. And as Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar explains, it’s a bill that now moves on to the Senate. Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture Watching Legislation Session

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While the 2017 Alabama Legislation Session continues, many eyes are watching what lawmakers are discussing. One of those watching that action is Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan. Read the rest of this entry »

Agriculture Concerned with Florida Senate Bill 10

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With the Florida Legislative Session set to start March 7, various bills have already been introduced, and one of those is Senate Bill 10. Ernie Barnett, executive director of the Florida Land Council, explains their concerns with this bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Senate Panel Backs Money for St. Johns River

From: The News Service of Florida

senate scott money fight zika grimsleyLooking to tap conservation money approved by voters in 2014, a Senate committee Tuesday approved a plan that would earmark $35 million a year for projects related to the St. Johns River or the Keystone Heights lake region in North Florida. The Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee unanimously approved the proposal (SB 234), sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican whose district includes areas along the St. Johns River. “It is central to our way of life as Floridians, and it in many ways defines the keystoneheightsarea_map senatecharacter of the region that I represent and come from, along with our springs,” Bradley said. The bill is similar to a measure last year, known as “Legacy Florida,” that earmarked money for the Everglades, Lake Apopka and natural springs. Under Bradley’s proposal, money would be distributed each year from the state’s Land Acquisition Trust Fund to the St. Johns River Water Management District for projects related to the St. Johns and the Keystone Heights lake region. The trust fund is used to carry out a 2014 constitutional amendment that required spending on conservation projects.

Map courtesy of St. Johns River Water management District

Dunn Plan Targets ‘Urgent’ Apalachicola Problem

From: The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsley dunnWith backing from a dozen other members of Florida’s U.S. House delegation, Congressman Neal Dunn announced Tuesday he has filed a resolution seeking to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from using a water-control plan impacting the Apalachicola Bay region. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Cattlemen Prepare for Legislative Session Visit

legislativeMany folks are preparing for the 2017 Florida legislative session, which starts in just a couple of weeks, and that includes the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. Southeast AgNet’s Tallahassee intern, Josie Tomko, talked with FCA Director of Governmental Affairs Sam Ard about their big annual event coming in just 3 weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

Nelson to Try Legislative Route in ‘Water War’

by Lloyd Dunkelberger, The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsleyU.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Monday he will file legislation aimed at forcing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to divert more freshwater into Northwest Florida’s Apalachicola Bay system.

Nelson, who visited Florida A&M University and the state Capitol, said he and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will support Senate legislation similar to an effort in the U.S. House led by Congressman Neal Dunn, who represents the Apalachicola Bay area. Dunn has said he will file a resolution under the Congressional Review Act to permanently block a Corps’ rule that regulates water releases in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. Read the rest of this entry »

Agriculture Looking at a Busy Florida Legislative Session

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The 2017 Florida legislative session is just around the corner, as folks in Tallahassee are preparing for the annual event which starts next month. Sam Ard, director of governmental affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, gives us a preview of what agriculture can expect this year. Read the rest of this entry »

House Proposal Seeks Online Registry for Animal Abusers

From: The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsley animalNames and mug shots of individuals convicted of animal abuse would have their names published online by the state, under a proposal filed Friday in the Florida House. Read the rest of this entry »

Ethanol Discussed by Georgia Legislature

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Ethanol was one of the issues discussed during the Georgia Legislative session this week, as Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar explains. Read the rest of this entry »

‘A Day Without Immigrants’ Impacting Agriculture

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Immigrants and citizens showing support for immigrant workers have joined together today for “A Day Without Immigrants.” Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet Intern Ready for Florida Legislative Session

Josie Tomkow with her "Uncle" Wilton Simpson. Senator Wilton Simpson (R- Spring Hill), majority leader Florida Senate

Josie Tomkow with her “Uncle” Wilton Simpson.
Senator Wilton Simpson, R- Spring Hill, majority leader Florida Senate


As we prepare for the 2017 Florida legislative session, our intern in Tallahassee this year is Josie Tomkow from Dade City, Florida. She will be working through Sam Ard, who heads up Governmental Affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. Josie tells us a little about herself. Read the rest of this entry »

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