DeSantis Remarks to Florida Legislative Open Session

Dan Florida, Legislative

(NSF/TALLAHASSEE, FL/March 7, 2023) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday gave his State of the State address to open the legislative session. Here are his remarks, as prepared for delivery: Mr. Speaker, Madam President, members of the Legislature and fellow citizens: It is my duty under the Constitution to inform the Legislature concerning the condition of the state and …


DeSantis Signs Insurance, Hurricane Bills into Florida Law

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, Florida

(NSF/TALLAHASSEE, FL/December 16, 2022) — Anticipating the need for more legislation about the state’s troubled property-insurance system, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed bills intended to stabilize the insurance industry and provide $751.5 million for people and communities recovering from hurricanes. DeSantis signed the bills two days after lawmakers finished a special session that focused heavily on property-insurance issues. During …

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Farmworkers: DeSantis’ Remarks ‘Shameful’

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

Farm workers are pushing back after Gov. Ron DeSantis said clusters of “overwhelmingly Hispanic” day laborers and agriculture workers are the source for Florida’s recent surge in coronavirus cases. The Republican governor told reporters on Tuesday that migrant workers and Hispanic construction workers have been testing positive for COVID-19, in part, because of cramped living and working conditions. “Some of …


DeSantis: Keep Up ‘Momentum’ on Water Issues

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Lake Okeechobee, Water

TALLAHASSEE, FL (NSF) — During an appearance in Bonita Springs Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis encouraged advocates for clean water to keep pressing lawmakers to pass conservation measures in the upcoming 2020 legislative session. DeSantis, proudly noting that legislators this year exceeded his environmental funding request of $625 million by $55 million, said local voices are needed to maintain the “momentum” …

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Nearly $13 Million in Loans Awarded to Florida Agricultural Producers

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release

Governor Ron DeSantis announced nearly $13 million has been awarded through the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan for agricultural producers. More than 70 applications have been approved from farmers in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Wakulla, Walton and Washington counties. “We remain committed to utilizing all available resources to help Floridians continuing to …

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State Revives Red Tide Task Force

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Lake Okeechobee, Water

(NSF) — A task force focused on red tide outbreaks along the Gulf Coast has been reorganized within the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the revised panel, tasked with studying the causes of red tide, during a press conference Friday at the SandBar Tiki & Grille in Englewood. The panel, comprised of researchers and scientists, …


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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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards First Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan for Agricultural Producers Following Hurricane Michael

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release

(TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Office of Governor): Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Department of Economic Opportunity has awarded the first Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan for agricultural producers following Hurricane Michael to John P. Jordan Farm in Bascom, Florida. The Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan was activated to provide relief to Florida farmers whose crops were damaged by the storm. “Hurricane …