Florida Farmers Advocate for Ag

Abbey Taylor Farm Bill, Labor, Legislative, NAFTA, Top Posts

This past week, Florida Farm Bureau Federation (FFBF) held its annual Field to the Hill fly-in event, where Florida farmers had the opportunity to fly to Washington, D.C., and speak to their legislators about issues they are facing in the Florida agricultural industry. AgNet Media’s Abbey Taylor was able to tag along with the Farm…

Challenges Remain for Legal Agricultural Workforce

Abbey Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

By Brian German The United States continues to have challenges related to establishing a secure, legal agricultural workforce. Many growers and industry groups are calling for significant change to current immigration policies and ag worker programs. For Chalmers Carr, owner of Titan Farms in Ridge Springs, South Carolina, the H-2A program has been fairly helpful…

Crop Insurance, Immigration Debate Critical for Produce Industry

Abbey Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

Crop insurance and the current immigration debate continue to be hot topics in the fruit and vegetable industry. Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public policy for the United Fresh Produce Association, recently discussed these issues with AgNet Media Founder and President Gary Cooper. They spoke during the recent Crop Insurance Industry Convention in Scottsdale,…

Florida Farm Bureau Closely Monitoring AG Act

Abbey Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

John Walt Boatright, national affairs coordinator for Florida Farm Bureau, recently gave a presentation at the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference on the immigration debate happening in Washington, D.C. “Florida Farm Bureau has been monitoring the current immigration debate primarily because of the inclusion of Chairman Goodlatte’s Agricultural Guestworker Act, also known as the AG…

E-Verify Could Mean Trouble for Growers

Abbey Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

E-Verify was once a part of U.S. Congressman Goodlatte’s Agriculture Guestworker Act (AG Act), but now E-Verify is a standalone piece of legislation. According to Amy Wolfe, president and CEO of AgSafe, this separation could mean trouble for growers. Wolfe compares E-Verify to a digital I-9 form. “It’s (e-verify) the online, instant feedback equivalent to…

Policy and Weather Affect Georgia Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Labor, Top Posts, Weather

At the Produce Marketing Association's 2017 Fresh Summit, policies affecting Georgia growers and the effects of weather on their crops were key topics discussed. Bo Warren, from the Georgia Department of Agriculture's policy division, spoke with AgNet Media's Josh McGill at the summit in October. According to Warren, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and…

Georgia Growers Informed on Labor Regulations

Jaci Schreckengost Labor, Top Posts

In order to keep Georgia growers up-to-date about important labor regulations and issues, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) held the annual Georgia Agricultural Labor Relations Forum. The event was held at the University of Georgia's Tifton campus on Nov. 7–8 and had more than 100 people in attendance. Charles Hall, executive director…

FFVA President Discusses State of the Industry

Abbey Taylor Labor, Legislative, NAFTA, Top Posts

Mike Stuart, president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA), recently participated in a panel discussion on the state of the industry at the Florida Ag Expo. AgNet Media’s Abbey Taylor caught up with him after the discussion. Stuart said he hopes Florida growers will have a good season after what he called, “a…