FFBF and FDACS Host Town Hall on COVID-19 & Florida Agriculture

Dan Economy, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, General, Hemp, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick held a town hall meeting on Thursday with the state’s agriculture community on pressing issues. Some of the topics of discussion included: Ensuring agriculture and all related industries are essential at the federal, state and local levels. Promoting the continued and efficient processing of H-2A worker visas. Inter- and intra-state weight waivers for …


FFBF Sends Letter to Gov. DeSantis About Final SFWMD Board Seat

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Water

The Honorable Ron DeSantisGovernor of FloridaPlaza Level 05, The Capitol400 S. Monroe StreetTallahassee, FL 32399-0001 Dear Governor DeSantis, On behalf of Florida Farm Bureau Federation (FFBF) and our 147,000 member families, we respectfully request that you consider filling the final South Florida Water Management Governing Board seat with someone who can represent agricultures interests. Agriculture is a primary consumptive user …

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Farm Leader Salutes Gov. DeSantis for Hurricane Recovery Loan Program

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release

Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick has expressed his appreciation for the decision by Gov. Ron DeSantis to authorize a major state loan program for farm families struggling with recovery from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Michael. “We thank Governor DeSantis for his bold leadership in initiating this program,” Hoblick said. “Six months after the storm crushed the region, …


Florida Hurricane Relief Fund Signup Ends Friday

Dan Economy, Florida

Farm families in North Florida who suffered losses due to Hurricane Michael, are being reminded Friday, February 15th is the deadline to apply for relief funding created by the Florida Farm Bureau Federation (FFBF). Applications can be made by farmers and ranchers in North Florida who were impacted by the hurricane for relief funding to help those recovering from agricultural-related losses due …


Florida Couple Wins National Award

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

Jake and Melissa Raburn of Hinton Farms Produce in Hillsborough County won the Excellence in Agriculture Award at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in New Orleans on Jan. 14, 2019. The couple placed first in the nation for their impressive agricultural careers and community service. The Raburns will receive a new Ford truck, courtesy of Ford. They will also receive …


Florida Hurricane Michael Relief Fund

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release

Families in North Florida have suffered unprecedented losses due to Hurricane Michael. In response, Florida Farm Bureau has created a relief fund that will help North Florida farm families recovering from agricultural-related losses from the storm. Applications are now open for farmers and ranchers in North Florida who have been impacted by Hurricane Michael. Applications are limited to North Florida agriculture …

Family Farm Recognized for Environmental Leadership

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

Lykes Bros., Inc., was honored for their environmental stewardship with a County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) award on October 18. Lykes Bros. Inc., has grown a 500-acre Brooksville farm to more than 610,000 acres in Florida and Texas. Lykes Bros. Inc., has been a leader in agribusiness for more than a hundred years and fully invests in responsible …

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Levy County Forester Named Florida Farmer of the Year

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

Lynetta Usher Griner has received a prestigious honor for her business success and her contributions to her community. Earlier this month a panel of judges selected Griner as the 2018 Florida Farmer of the Year. Officially titled the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo Florida Farmer of the Year, the award recognizes outstanding agriculturists in each of the 10 states in the Southeast. …

Florida Farmers Discuss Labor Reform with Lawmakers

Dan Florida, Legislative

Folks involved in Florida agriculture have been in Washington D.C. this week discussing various issues with their Congressional delegation. Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Field to the Hill fly-in event has given them a chance to talk about many issues, including labor reform. Southeast AgNet’s Abbey Taylor, who also made the trip to Washington D.C., talked with citrus grower and …