Political Wrangling Over Conservation Program Could Exacerbate Florida Algae Issues

Dan Cattle, Environment, Field Crops, Florida, Industry Videos-Promoting Agriculture, Lake Okeechobee, Legislative, Livestock, Specialty Crops, Water

by Gary Cooper In weekend budget talks, lawmakers slash funding for a key land and water conservation program that is vital to restoring Florida’s waterways. Florida’s Rural and Family Lands Protection Program (RFLPP) is a budget casualty. This program has a 20-year track record of success in preserving green space in perpetuity, while keeping farmland on the tax rolls. Program …

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Florida Agriculture Concerned with Budget Issues

Dan Cattle, Economy, Florida

The Florida agriculture community sent a letter this week to state budget leaders concerning issues with funding certain aspects of agriculture. Sam Ard, Florida Cattlemen’s Association director of governmental affairs, explains what the letter was about and updates other items still being discussed during the Florida legislative session. Here is a copy of the letter: Speaker of the House Jose …

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Florida Cattlemen and Farm Bureau to Visit Tallahassee

Dan Florida, Legislative

The 2019 Florida legislative session kicks off Tuesday, March 5, in Tallahassee. Next week, Florida Farm Bureau Federation members from across the state will be in town for their annual Farm Bureau Legislative Days. March 6 will be a full day of events, including the Legislative Briefing Breakfast, meetings with state lawmakers and the Taste of Florida Agriculture Reception that …

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Florida Legislature Budgets Items for Agriculture

Dan Florida, Legislative

The Florida Legislature did approve the $82.4 billion state budget before it wrapped up the 2017 legislative session on Monday night. The budget, which is for the fiscal year that starts July 1, passed by a vote of 98-14 in the House and 34-4 in the Senate. Southeast AgNet and Florida Cattlemen’s Association Tallahassee intern, Josie Tomkow, has a wrap …

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Hashing Out Final Details of Florida State Budget

Dan Cattle, Florida, Legislative

The Florida legislative session is down to its last week, as it is scheduled to end Friday, May 5. Work continues on the state budget, as the Budget Conference Committee has started their negotiations, but there is not a lot of time left for them to work out the details in order to adjourn on time. The budget has to …