Senate Bill 10 Could Severely Impact Lake Okeechobee Communities

Abbey Taylor Florida, Legislative, Sugar

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 …

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

Dan Industry News Release, Sugar, Water

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”:

Trump Reportedly Taps Perdue as Ag Secretary

Randall Alabama, Aquaculture, Beef, Cattle, Citrus, Corn, Cotton, Dairy, Equine, Field Crops, Florida, Forestry, Fruits, General, Georgia, Livestock, Organic, Peanuts, Pork, Poultry, Seeds, Sheep-Goats, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables, Wheat

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.

No Actions Under Feedstock Flexibility Program

Dan Industry News Release, Sugar

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 …

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

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Sugar

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 …