Commissioner Nikki Fried Addresses Florida Congressional Delegation in Washington

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release

Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried appeared before Members of Congress from Florida to discuss key issues facing the agriculture industry. At the invitation of delegation co-chairs U.S. Rep. Alcee L. Hastings and U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, Fried spoke on a panel alongside industry group leaders from the Florida Farm Bureau Federation, the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, and the Florida Forestry Association. Commissioner Fried raised …


Georgia Cotton Farmer Discusses Farm Economy

Dan Cotton, Georgia

The U.S. Senate is working on passing a disaster aid bill to provide assistance for farmers hurt by storm damage, including those affected by Hurricane Michael last October. The U.S. House did pass a disaster bill last week, and now congressional leaders and the White House are working on a bipartisan bill that can get through the Senate. Last week Colquitt …


Senators David Perdue and Rick Scott: Families Can’t Wait Any Longer for Disaster Relief

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Legislative

“Together, we should demonstrate to the American people that in times of natural disasters, Washington can still work.” U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Rick Scott (R-FL) sent a letter to Democrat senators in states impacted by natural disasters urging them to immediately pass disaster relief funding, which has been stalled by political obstruction. It’s been 208 days since Hurricane …

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Northwest Florida Residents to Congress: Do Something Now

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following video featuring Hurricane Michael survivors telling their personal stories, and asking Congress to put politics aside, and do its job. Even though the Category 5 storm devastated Florida’s Panhandle almost seven months ago, Congress continues to play politics instead of passing critical disaster funding for local communities still struggling to recover. For …


Commissioner Nikki Fried Releases Hurricane Michael Video: “America’s Forgotten Disaster”

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried released a new mini-documentary video entitled “America’s Forgotten Disaster,” highlighting the destruction and consequences of Hurricane Michael, with a focus on forestry and timber. The video documents Commissioner Fried’s tours of Panhandle communities devastated by Hurricane Michael, features visually powerful reminders of the damage to forests and timber farms and the looming threat of wildfire, and includes …


Farm Groups Ask President, Congress for Disaster Relief

Dan Cattle, Dairy, Economy, Field Crops, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops

A group of 135 farm organizations and banks that supply seasonal loans to farms and ranches today called on President Trump and Congress to put aside political differences and supply urgently needed relief in the wake of weather-related disasters in 2018 and 2019. The organizations highlighted the year’s unprecedented destruction in the letter. Farmers and ranchers are especially anxious for …


Farmers Need Disaster Relief Now

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

The following statement concerning congressional efforts to provide disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “Farms and ranches across the country have endured an incredibly difficult year in 2018 and the trend continues in 2019 with historic hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and wildfires. Losses total more than $8 billion, and the …


Wakulla County, Florida, Designated as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties Also Available Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated Wakulla County, Florida, as a primary natural disaster area. Producers who suffered losses due to Hurricane Michael that occurred on Oct. 10, 2018, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. This natural disaster area designation allows FSA to …


Special Hurricane Disaster Assistance for Alabama Landowners

Dan Alabama, USDA-NRCS

For agricultural producers affected by Hurricane Michael, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama can help. Special financial assistance signup continues for those suffering damage to working lands and livestock mortality. While the first batching period has ended, a second signup period runs until Nov. 9. Special Hurricane Disaster Assistance for Alabama Landowners


FFBF Provides Hurricane Damage Tax Rebates Webpage

Dan Florida

At the end of the 2018 Florida Legislative Session last month, the House and Senate passed a tax package that provides relief for farmers and property owners impacted by Hurricane Irma. Then less than two weeks later, Governor Rick Scott signed the tax-cut package, HB 7087, which authorizes many things. It offers tax breaks on agricultural fencing materials purchased for …