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”:

Trump Reportedly Taps Perdue as Ag Secretary

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

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 …

Locomotive Makes Triumphant Return to U.S. Sugar

U.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 …

American Sugar Alliance Looks Forward to New Administration

Many in agriculture continue to wait to see who will be chosen for certain positions within the new Trump administration, and that includes the American Sugar Alliance. And while trade issues are not as important to that industry, ASA director of media relations, Phillip Hayes, says the alliance looks forward to working with the new administration. Download Audio