Trump Backs Simpson for Agriculture Commissioner

Dan Florida, Legislative

(Tuesday, May 11, 2021/NSF) — Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday endorsed Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, in a potential run for state agriculture commissioner. “Wilton Simpson has done an outstanding job as President of the Florida State Senate, and I hope he runs for Florida Agriculture Commissioner in 2022 —- he will have my complete and total endorsement!” …


Lawmakers Seek Level Playing Field for U.S. Pork Producers in Vietnam

Dan Exports/Imports, Legislative, Pork

More than 70 U.S. lawmakers sent a letter this week to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai seeking her support for enhanced Vietnamese market access for U.S. pork. Vietnam represents a tremendous opportunity for U.S. pork exports, and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) appreciates the tremendous support for one of its top trade priorities. In a release, NPPC President Jen Sorenson said, “We …


Record Florida Budget Awaits Governor’s Approval

Dan Economy, Florida, Legislative

When the 2021 Florida Legislative Session wrapped up last Friday, it capped off a session where lawmakers passed a record $101.5 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year that starts July 1. According to the News Service of Florida, with the Covid-19 pandemic severely damaging the state’s economy last year, lawmakers feared they could face a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall. But, …

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Florida Legislative Session Good for Agriculture

Dan Cattle, Florida, Legislative

The 2021 Florida Legislative Session wrapped up last Friday afternoon, and many in agriculture were pleased with this year’s session. That includes the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, as their Director of Governmental Affairs Sam Ard told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman, it was a good session for agriculture in the state. The Right to Farm law was initially approved in 1979 and helps shield …

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National Milk Producers Federation on DAIRY PRIDE Act

Dan Cattle, Dairy, Legislative

A couple of weeks ago the DAIRY PRIDE Act, a bill that would bring clear, accurate labeling information for consumers and end harmful mislabeling of dairy foods by peddlers of plant-based products, was re-introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. The legislation requires the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enforce its own existing standards of identity on imitation …

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Florida Lawmakers End 2021 Legislative Session

Dan Florida, Legislative

After passing a record $101.5 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, Florida lawmakers this afternoon ended the 60-day legislative session. According to the News Service of Florida, both the Florida House and Senate adjourned “sine die” — a traditional motion — about 2:40 p.m. Along with passing the budget, lawmakers in the closing hours of the …

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NCBA Stands Ready to Fight for Sound Tax Policy

Dan Cattle, Economy, Legislative

We are hearing more reactions about the Biden Administration’s American Families Plan, especially concerning the several provisions of the tax code meant to raise approximately $1.5 trillion in revenue over the next 10 years. This week, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) noted they have long advocated for sound tax policy for rural America. “Family-owned cattle operations, no matter the size, are …


Florida Farm Bureau Applauds Gov. DeSantis for Signing Historic Right to Farm Bill

Dan Florida, Legislative, News from Our Sponsors

Gainesville, Fla.–April 29, 2021 – Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick issued this statement after Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 88, Farming Operations, a historic bill that modernizes Florida’s Right to Farm Act. “On behalf of Florida’s farmers and ranchers, the Florida Farm Bureau Federation applauds Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature for their support of Florida’s Right to …

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Florida Lawmakers to Vote Friday on Budget

Dan Florida, Legislative

Florida lawmakers are scheduled to vote Friday afternoon on a record $101.5 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year and end the regular legislative session on time. According to the News Service of Florida, House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, announced that the budget went to lawmakers at 12:06 p.m. Tuesday, starting a legally required 72-hour “cooling off” period before …