Growers Want Research Funding in Next Farm Bill

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Research was a popular topic among vegetable and specialty crop growers at the farm bill listening session in Gainesville, Florida, on June 24. One of these growers was Mike Bruorton, director of agricultural relations for Superior Berries Company and president of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Association. Bruorton began his comments by acknowledging that there…

Florida Rep. Roth Recaps his First Year

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Rick Roth, West Palm Beach native and vegetable farmer, has completed his first year in the Florida Legislature serving the 85th district. He discusses his first year as a representative and his plans for his second year serving Florida. Roth says he found the legislative process to be very exciting. “It was an information party,”…

EPA Administrator Visits Southeast Agriculture

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is visiting the Southeast this week, bringing his Back-to-Basics positive environmental agenda with him. He visited Alabama and Georgia, where he was joined by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Pruitt discusses his trip and Back-to-Basics initiative. “It’s been a wonderful two days,” Pruitt says. He started…

Grower Gives Farm Bill Input on Labor and Research

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Labor was a hot topic during the farm bill listening session on June 24 in Gainesville, Florida. The meeting was an opportunity for growers and industry leaders to voice their opinions on what they would like to see in the 2018 farm bill. Danny Johns of Blue Sky Farms is a fourth-generation potato farmer, a…

Panetta Recognizes Similar Problems for U.S. Growers

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The problems faced by growers in California are some of the same issues faced in places such as Florida and Georgia, Jimmy Panetta of California's 20th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives says. "Coming from the specialty crop capital ... the salad bowl of the world, Salinas Valley, you realize that we're not…

Yoho Honored to Host First Farm Bill Listening Session

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Ted Yoho, Florida’s 3rd district representative, was excited to host the first Farm Bill listening session in his district on June 24. He said these sessions are crucial if the House Agriculture Committee is to create a Farm Bill that will pass on the first round, and he was honored to host the committee in…

Natural Resource Meeting Explains Farm Bill Programs, Seeks Recommendations

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Gainesville, Fla. – In an effort to assist agricultural producers in meeting their land management goals while protecting our natural resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will conduct a State Technical Advisory Committee meeting August 17 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Florida Department of Agriculture and…

Representatives Participate in Farm Bill Listening Session

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“The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field,” a House Agriculture Committee listening session, took place on June 24 in Gainesville, Florida. After the session, representatives serving on the House Agriculture Committee gave comments on the session and some of the reoccurring themes that were brought up by the farmers who attended. Florida Representative Neal…