Georgia lawmakers wrapped up the 2017 session during the early morning hours last Friday and overall, it was a good 40-day run for the agriculture industry. From initiatives that affect rural Georgia, to liability protections for livestock management practices, to state budget support of agriculture programs and projects, Bryan Tolar with the Georgia Agribusiness Council says agriculture fared well during …
By: Abbey TaylorFlorida agriculture is facing some big budget cuts. The House’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee met on March 28 to discuss its budget proposal for the 2017–2018 fiscal year. The Senate’s Environment and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee met on March 29 to discuss its budget proposal. While some dollar amounts in the competing proposals were different, Florida …
The 2017 Florida legislative session is now a third of the way through and the Florida Cattlemen’s Association (FCA) continues to track issues of importance to its members. FCA’s Director of Governmental Affairs, Sam Ard, said last week was a pretty good week as the association continues to track Senate Bill 1536.
In our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending March 24th, we hear from USDA’s Chief Veterinarian concerning avian influenza, talk about the confirmation hearing for Sonny Perdue, the nominee for Agriculture Secretary, the New World screwworm, optimistic farmers,
During Thursday’s confirmation hearing for nominee Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary, he was asked about trade by the Senate Agriculture Committee. And as Gary Crawford reports, Perdue said he will be a major voice in the Administration for trade agreements that benefit agriculture.
During Thursday’s confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee for Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue was asked questions about a variety of topics by the Senate Agriculture Committee. And as Rod Bain reports, one of those was USDA’s response to the recent outbreaks of high path bird flu in commercial poultry flocks.
Heading into the final week of the 2017 Georgia legislative session, the General Assembly has wrapped up work on the budget for the next fiscal year. Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar says the Council is pleased with the strong support for agriculture.
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.
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.
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.