Fact versus fiction often doesn’t stop emotional activists from protesting genetic modification traits in foods. Dr Kevin Folta, Interim Chair of the Horticulture Sciences Department at University of Florida is an expert on GMOs. Farmers in particular need to start learning all they can, and in this report Folta presents some facts both about GMOs themselves, and the debate starting to swirl about them.
The national GMO labeling debate could enter Florida legislative circles if activists pushing for a labeling law about GMO products get their way. Under pressure to put it on the Senate Agriculture Committee agenda soon during the Legislative Session now at its halfway point, Chairman Bill Montford of North Florida offers his views in an exclusive interview with Southeast AgNet this week.
Comments from both sides of the aisle in this report, about a tax proposal that would ease tax pressure on farmers and ranchers with regard to the purchase of inputs, repairs and equipment needed for food and fiber production. Now at about the halfway point in the legislative session, hear Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Bill Montford, House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee Chairman Matt Caldwell, and House State Affairs Committee Chairman Jim Boyd all offer their views about the chances for this bill’s passage.
About halfway through the Legislative Session, Florida Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Bill Montford, D-Quincy, reports on the “Springs” bill in the Senate, while House State Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, comments on the approach to water issues in the House of Representatives.
In this mid-session legislative report, Florida House Agriculture and Natural Resources Sub-Committee Chairman Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, shares some thoughts on fee rollbacks and other tax issues moving in the pipeline. This report also has a reminder of rumblings about another issue potentially on Florida’s horizon.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provides comments on today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corp of Engineers concerning their proposed Clean Water Act clarifications.
The Florida legislature is at its halfway point this week, and one bill of agricultural interest that has already made it through the channels is designed to rollback the fees for vehicle registrations. This report features comments from House State Affairs Committee Chairman, Rep. Jim Boyd.
This is a release from the Environmental Protection Agency:
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) today jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The proposed rule will benefit Read the rest of this entry »
This week’s issue of AgNet This Week features a report on when farmers might see some movement on immigration reform, as well as information on the peanut price and farm bill education meetings for cotton growers. To learn more about these topics and more click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.
As farmers are happy to finally have farm legislation in place, American Seed Trade Association President Andy Lavigne says for specialty crop growers there is one specific program authorized by the farm bill that makes a huge impact on the entire industry.
A new honeybee research facility could make Florida a global leader in agricultural research and is estimated to return more than $1 million in state tax revenue to Florida, according to Florida TaxWatch. The following report has more details regarding the effort with Tom Nolan, president of the Florida State Beekeepers Association, Florida Tax Watch’s Dr. Jerry Parrish and Representative Keith Perry.
Here’s a release from Florida Congressman Ted Yoho:
Washington DC – Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL-03) was pleased with the passage of the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act (FUELS). The FUELS Act – which Congressman Yoho co-sponsored – modifies the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) burdensome farm fuel storage regulation. The rule has negatively impacted farmers throughout Florida. Congressman Yoho gave the following statement: Read the rest of this entry »
This week’s issue of AgNet This Week features reports on the peanut and cotton bases as well the continued watch of updates proposed to the Clean Water Act. To learn more about these topics and more click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.
Partnership Aims to Raise Awareness for the High-Quality Plants Produced in Florida
Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) joined the department’s “Fresh From Florida” membership program on behalf of its more than 800 members. The “Fresh From Florida” program promotes Florida products through a variety of programs and initiatives. This partnership represents the first time an association has joined the program, extending benefits to all its members.
At a seed industry meeting in California this week, famed business branding expert Ira Blumenthal says seed companies and farmers should embrace change to remain relevant and viable as change is occurring in the marketplace more rapidly than ever before. Anyone in agriculture should want to hear this exclusive interview with Blumenthal, who has a specific message for farmers in particular near the end of the interview.
Folks from various parts of Florida were in Gainesville this morning to take part in the “groundbreaking” for construction for the new state headquarters for the Florida FFA Association.
Afterwards, I was able to catch up with both Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick who were pleased with the event on the Florida Farm Bureau campus. They both also commented on the Florida Legislative session, which is underway in Tallahassee. Read the rest of this entry »