Commissioner Supports EAT Healthy

Randall Weiseman Florida, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson supports legislation in Congress that would provide Florida farmers with the same level of federal assistance other states have long been provided. The bill would ensure specialty crop farmers — such as those that grow fresh fruits, vegetables and nursery plants — have access to a wide array of federal agricultural programs.

The measure, known as the Equitable Agriculture Today for a Healthy America Act (EAT Healthy Act), is being sponsored by Rep. Adam Putnam of Bartow, and co-sponsored by Florida congressional delegation members Reps. Tim Mahoney, Allen Boyd, Mario Diaz-Balart, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Alcee Hastings. The legislation has 67 co-sponsors.

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