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Florida Ag Commissioner Urges Support for Fresh From Florida Budget

Dan Economy, Florida, Legislative

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried urges Florida farmers to make their voices heard now during this tough year for agriculture program funding. She says state lawmakers are debating key budget items between House and Senate versions that could leave some department programs woefully underfunded. One area of big concern right now is the popular Fresh From Florida marketing program. In …

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News from Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried: Week of January 28th, 2019

Dan Editorial, Florida

From Commissioner Nikki Fried It’s been a busy past few weeks making our way around the state — from touring our Panhandle communities to survey the damage from Hurricane Michael, to hearing from members of the Miami-Dade County Farm Bureau, to working with my fellow Cabinet members to honor and remember the victims of the Parkland tragedy.I’m thrilled to continue …

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Florida Set to Receive Funds as USDA Awards $200 Million to Agriculture Organizations

Dan Citrus, Exports/Imports, Florida, Industry News Release, Trade

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $200 million award to  57 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program to help the nation’s agriculture community identify and access new export markets. The Florida Department of Citrus was one of the specified organizations and is set to receive $550,000 in funding to promote citrus in various new markets. Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried shared, “We’re thrilled the USDA has provided this opportunity …

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Remarks by Commissioner Nikki Fried at 2019 Florida Associated Press Day

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

Good afternoon, I’m Nikki Fried- I’m here today proudly serving as the first woman elected as Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. I want to thank all of you for your public service to our state and nation as journalists. Our democracy relies upon a free and strong press. And I want to give a special thank you to …

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Commissioner Nikki Fried and Dignitaries Discuss Hurricane Damage and Recovery

Dan Economy, Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

On Monday, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried, State Senator George Gainer (R-Panama City), State Representative Brad Drake (R-DeFuniak Springs) and Florida Forest Service Director Jim Karels toured Hurricane Michael-damaged Jackson County and surrounding areas and discussed hurricane damage and ongoing recovery efforts and needs. The group toured several agricultural operations including timber, cotton and soybean farms in Jackson and Calhoun counties, and met with state forest …

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Land and Water Money Considered in Storm Recovery

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried indicated Monday she could back a legislative proposal to use money voters designated for land and water projects to help recovery efforts from Hurricane Michael. After reviewing agricultural damages Monday, Fried said at Chipola College in Marianna that her office was looking into a proposal (SB 376) by Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, that would designate at …

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Commissioner Nikki Fried Continues Building New Administration

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried is announcing another round of hires for the administration, with new additions in her office’s external and legislative affairs departments. Stephanie McClung will serve as External Affairs Director, Shahra Anderson Lambert and Ricardo Alvarez as Regional Directors for Southwest and South Florida respectively, and Matthew Alford and Carlos Nathan as Deputy Legislative Affairs Directors. “We’re building a Department that’s …

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Put Florida First and End the Shutdown

Dan Editorial, Industry News Release

As Americans, we have some basic, reasonable expectations. Among them: our food should be safe to eat, our businesses should be able to operate, our workers should be paid for their labor, and our government should function effectively. That shouldn’t be asking too much. Yet as the federal government shutdown extends past the four-week mark, even those basic expectations aren’t …

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Fried Honored to Serve Florida Agriculture

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture makes the following statement to Florida agriculture producers, consumers and families. I’m so honored to serve as your 12th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services! It’s been an exciting first two weeks as we start working to implement our bold agenda and fresh vision for Florida’s farmers, consumers, and families.  We’re working with our agriculture community to keep our second …