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

gladesOn 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 available farmland.” Read the rest of this entry »

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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USDA Increases Fiscal Year 2017 Specialty Sugar TRQ

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The Department of Agriculture Friday announced an increase in the fiscal year 2017 specialty sugar tariff-rate quota, or TRQ. Read the rest of this entry »

Negron Water Plan Filed in House

water floridaRep. 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Barbara Miedema to District Board of Trustees, Palm Beach State College

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Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Barbara Miedema to the District Board of Trustees, Palm Beach State College. Read the rest of this entry »

Sugar Farmers Balk at Selling Land for Reservoir

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsley sugar farmersSugar farmers who own land in an area targeted by Senate President Joe Negron for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee said Monday they won’t be “willing sellers” to the state. Read the rest of this entry »

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

leadersAs 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”: Read the rest of this entry »

Trump Reportedly Taps Perdue as Ag Secretary

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President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly picked former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be Agriculture Secretary under the incoming administration. While the USDA landing team has yet to confirm the nominee, multiple media outlets attributed a senior transition official as saying Trump will nominate Perdue to the post.

The American Farm Bureau strongly endorsed the nomination of Perdue following the news. Read the rest of this entry »

Global Sugar Prices are a Roller-Coaster

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Now that we are in a new year, many are optimistic as to what the year can bring. But when it comes to sugar, and more specifically prices for that product, American Sugar Alliance Director of Media Relations, Phillip Hayes says they look like a roller-coaster on the global market. Read the rest of this entry »

No Actions Under Feedstock Flexibility Program

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation announced that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program in fiscal year 2017.

Federal law allows sugar processors to obtain loans from USDA with maturities of up to nine months when the sugarcane or sugar beet harvest begins. Upon loan maturity, the sugar processor may repay the loan in full or forfeit the collateral (sugar) to USDA if prices are too low. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Sugar Welcomes Home Historic Steam Engine, Launches Restoration Project

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U.S. Sugar welcomed home the return of Engine No. 148, a steam locomotive it used in the 1950s to haul sugarcane from the fields to its mill.

U.S. Sugar re-acquired the steam engine from a private owner and plans to spend the next year or more restoring the retired Florida East Coast engine. Eventually, U.S. Sugar hopes to make the engine operational and add vintage passenger cars for offering public train rides. Read the rest of this entry »

Locomotive Makes Triumphant Return to U.S. Sugar

fec148U.S. Sugar is welcoming home the return of locomotive Engine No. 148, a steam locomotive once used to haul sugarcane from the fields to the mill in the 1950s.

U.S. Sugar recently bought back the engine from a private owner and plans to restore it to its original glory. Engine No. 148 was shipped by rail from Colorado and is arriving in Clewiston, Florida, for a celebration with U.S. Sugar officials and community members. Read the rest of this entry »

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