agriculture

Negron Backs Aid for Agriculture Industry

Dan Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Industry News Release, Livestock, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables

Florida lawmakers should provide financial help to the agriculture industry to aid its recovery from Hurricane Irma, the Senate president said Friday. Without putting a price tag on the state’s contribution, Senate President Joe Negron appeared to favor tax cuts and mitigation measures rather than loans. He pointed to major damage sustained by citrus growers but also said assistance should …

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Fighting the Sugar Policy Modernization Act

Dan Sugar

Amendments designed to gut no-cost U.S. sugar policy were rejected three times on the Senate floor, two times on the House floor, and twice at the committee level during the 2014 Farm Bill debate. But with talks taking place for the 2018 Farm Bill, Phillip Hayes, spokesperson for the American Sugar Alliance, says backers of those defeated amendments are trying again …

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Working on Sugar Support Programs Before 2018 Farm Bill

Dan Industry News Release, Sugar

Politico’s Morning Ag Report says North Carolina Republican Representative Virginia Foxx is working on sugar market reforms as the 2018 Farm Bill draws closer. Foxx and a bipartisan group of more than 30 members of Congress have introduced the Sugar Policy Modernization Act. She says the policies within the legislation will keep processors from having to forfeit their crops and …

Palm Beach County Sugarcane, Vegetable Fields Flooded

Dan Field Crops, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops, Sugar

Fresh green beans, a popular dish on the Thanksgiving table, are expected to be in short supply this Thanksgiving after vegetable and sugar cane crops in western Palm Beach County were wiped out by flooding. Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in Florida on Sept. 10, drenched and flooded fields south of Lake Okeechobee in the Belle Glade and Pahokee area, …

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Putnam Speaks to Florida Congressional Delegation in Washington, D.C.

Dan Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Sugar, Vegetables

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam joined Governor Rick Scott to discuss the recent agricultural damage caused by Hurricane Irma and to request federal assistance. The following are excerpts from his remarks: “The Florida delegation has a long history of coming together in the aftermath of these types of disasters and bringing the full weight of the third largest …

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U.S. Sugar Statement Regarding the Impact of Hurricane Irma

Dan Industry News Release, Sugar

Statement by Judy Sanchez, U.S. Sugar Senior Director for Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Regarding the Impact of Hurricane Irma “First and foremost, our employees and their families are safe. As for our sugarcane and citrus crops, we are conducting field by field and grove by grove assessments that will take days, possibly weeks, before we understand the actual impact.  What …

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Putnam Says Agriculture Industry Hammered by Irma

Dan Citrus, Florida, Industry News Release, Sugar, Vegetables

Parts of Florida’s agriculture industry are in “tatters” as rural communities throughout the state continue to face severe conditions after Hurricane Irma, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Thursday. Putnam said the storm hammered citrus, vegetable and sugarcane growers, though he didn’t put a cost estimate on the damage. And as many farmers and residents of Florida’s rural counties wait for …

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Conaway, Peterson Praise U.S. Sugar Deal

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Sugar

House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7) made the below remarks following an announcement that an agreement was reached between the U.S. sugar industry and the Department of Commerce to bring Mexican sugar into compliance with U.S. trade laws: “I am very pleased that the Department of Commerce was able to negotiate an …