water management

Water Management Discussed at FCA Convention

Dan Cattle, Florida, Water

The 2019 Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show continues today in Marco Island. One of the many issues discussed concerns the recent meeting held on algae and water management in Tallahassee. One of those attending last week’s meeting of the newly appointed Blue-Green Algae Task Force (BGATF) was FCA Executive Vice President Jim Handley. He told Southeast AgNet that cattle ranching plays an important …

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Bills to Eliminate Florida Constitution Revision Commission

Dan Florida, Legislative

Due to the large number of amendments on the November 2018 Florida ballot, some have questioned the ease of how initiatives can be put on the ballot, and the fact that some cover various issues. The Florida Cattlemen’s Association and others in agriculture are backing bills currently in both the state House and Senate dealing with the Constitution Revision Commission. …

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Florida Cattlemen Hold Legislative Quarterly

Dan Cattle, Florida, Legislative

This week the Florida Cattlemen’s Association (FCA) held their annual Legislative Quarterly in Tallahassee, which included their Boots on the Hill event. FCA Director of Governmental Affairs, Sam Ard, says they had really good feedback from the legislators they met with. He also discusses the new report from the University of Florida/IFAS showing just how important beef and dairy production have become to …

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Florida Senate Ag Chair on Water: ‘Science Is on Our Side’

Dan Florida, Legislative, Water

During Wednesday evening’s Florida Cattlemen Association legislative reception festivities near the state Capitol, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Ben Albritton said water issues abound in discussion circles this year. In this brief report, Albritton emphasized agriculture’s presence in the legislative process is critical. He added that the facts about agriculture must be heard above misinformation and misguided rhetoric that too often …

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Florida Cattle Producers See Destruction from Hurricane Michael

Dan Cattle, Florida

We are seeing a lot in the news about the devastation Hurricane Michael caused in Florida, but we don’t see much on how it affected agriculture, especially cattle ranches in the state. Jim Handley, Florida Cattlemen’s Association executive vice president, discusses the damage found on many farms in Hurricane Michael’s path. He tells what is being done to help those …