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U.S. Sugar Exec Comments Regarding Senator Rob Bradley’s Strike-All Amendment to Senate Bill 10

Statement from Judy Sanchez, Senior Director for Corporate Communications & Public Affairs for U.S. Sugar “This amendment makes significant progress and demonstrates that the Florida Senate has begun taking seriously the concerns of residents from communities south of Lake Okeechobee. The decision to no longer take 60,000 to 153,000 acres of farmland out of production is a positive step forward. While the amendment improves the bill, there …

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ASA to House Ag Subcommittee: Keep Sugar Policy Strong Amid Low Prices, Foreign Subsidies

A U.S. sugar policy that costs taxpayers $0, protects American producers against foreign sugar subsidies, and keeps consumer prices among the lowest in the world should remain in effect in the next Farm Bill, according to a top industry economist. Jack Roney, Director of Economics and Policy Analysis for the American Sugar Alliance (ASA), testified today before the House Agriculture …

ICYMI: Senator Negron’s Visit to the Glades Met With Disappointment, Anger from Residents Threatened by Senate Bill 10

On Friday, Senate President Joe Negron visited Pahokee High School to meet with Glades residents and answer questions about the negative impact Senate Bill 10 would have on the Glades communities, including Pahokee, which is located in Senator Negron’s own district. According to Senate Bill 10’s staff analysis, the bill has a “negative fiscal impact… due to the reduction in …

Senate Bill 10 Could Severely Impact Lake Okeechobee Communities

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 …

Negron Water Plan Filed in House

Rep. Thad Altman, R-Rockledge, filed a House bill Friday to match a controversial $2.4 billion proposal — backed by Senate President Joe Negron — to buy farmland south of Lake Okeechobee. The aim of the bill (HB 761) is to prevent the return of toxic algae blooms in Treasure Coast waterways, just south of Altman’s district.

What They’re Really Saying: Florida’s Leaders Are Not Buying Senate Plan to “Buy The Land”

As the Florida Senate considers Senate Bill 10, which calls for the purchase of up to 153,000 acres of farmland south of Lake Okeechobee, several state and national leaders have expressed strong concerns over the idea that “buying the land” is the right approach. Here’s what Florida leaders are saying about the misguided, multi-billion-dollar plan to “buy the land”: