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Two Signup Reminders from Florida NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida wants to remind agricultural producers about two applications periods that are underway until May 19th. One involves financial assistance to restore longleaf pine and the other is to improve water quality.

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Senate Signs Off on Negron Water Plan

by Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Plans for a $1.5 billion reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, questioned by sugar farmers and House leaders, received overwhelming Senate approval after nearly three hours of discussion and debate Wednesday. A priority of Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, the bill (SB 10) seeks to lessen the recurrence of toxic green algae harming …

Negron Water Plan Picks Up Other Projects

By Jim Turner The Florida News Service A controversial plan to speed construction of a 60,000-acre reservoir on farmland south of Lake Okeechobee — to reduce the risk of more “guacamole-thick” water appearing in Treasure Coast communities — was expanded Wednesday to include water projects in other parts of the state.

Sugar Farmers Push Back Against Negron Memo

Farmers and agricultural businesses south of Lake Okeechobee said today that Senate President Joe Negron is at “war” with them in his push for state lawmakers to back a $2.4 billion reservoir project. The owners of more than 50 farms and businesses in the Everglades Agricultural Area signed on to a letter sent to Negron.

Sticker Shock: Examining the Economic Impacts of Land Acquisition in the EAA

Published with permission of the James Madison Institute by Dr. J. Antonio Villamil Founder and Principal of the Washington Economics Group, Inc. Over the past several years, a policy debate has emerged surrounding the most efficient and effective course of action to address a complex series of challenges regarding the Everglades – its protection, its restoration, and its future. There …

Georgia Cotton Industry Pleased With Special Master’s Recommendation

On February 14, 2017 Ralph Lancaster, the Special Master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to oversee the Georgia-Florida “Water Wars” dispute, ruled in Georgia’s favor. The case stems from years of legal disputes between Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. This particular case involved Florida suing Georgia via the Supreme Court and requesting Georgia cap its water consumption from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint …

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.