FFVA President Discusses State of the Industry

Abigail 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…

Administration Announces Accelerated Completion of Herbert Hoover Dike

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release, Legislative, Top Posts, Water

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump instructed the Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney to accelerate the completion of repairs to Florida’s Herbert Hoover Dike. The Herbert Hoover Dike, which surrounds Lake Okeechobee and provides flood protection to South Florida, was identified by the Army Corps in the early 2000s to be…

Uncertainty Surrounding Hurricane Damage to Florida Blueberries

Abigail Taylor Berries, Legislative, Top Posts, Weather

Dudley Calfee, president of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, spoke about blueberry damage from Hurricane Irma at the Senate Agriculture Committee meeting Oct. 12 in Tallahassee. The meeting was among many as the Florida Legislature prepares for the 2018 legislative session. At the meeting, two sets of panels filled with Florida growers and cattlemen described…

Rep. Roth Speaks Out About Educating the Public on Ag

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Florida Rep. Rick Roth is gearing up for his second legislative session. As a member of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, as well as the Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee, Roth has been attending several committee meetings to prepare for the 2018 session, which is set to begin in January. One of his…

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Putnam on Vegetable Hurricane Damage

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Vegetables, Weather

The Florida Senate Agriculture Committee met Oct. 12 in Tallahassee to discuss hurricane damage. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam gave the opening remarks at the meeting, then held a press conference immediately afterward. In his comments, Putnam expressed his deep concern for all agricultural industries following Hurricane Irma and now Hurricane Nate. In what…

Farmer Files Discrimination Lawsuit over Medical Marijuana Licensing

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

Exclusive Breaking News By Gary Cooper Columbus Smith, an 80-year-old black farmer from Panama City, Florida, filed a lawsuit on September 22 against the Florida Department of Health in the Second Judicial Court in Leon County. He claims a new Florida law unfairly restricts his ability to apply for a license to grow medical marijuana…

Grower Expresses Concern for Labor in Vegetable Industry

Abigail Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

On August 25, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue traveled to his home state of Georgia to chair an Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force meeting. Formed from an executive order by President Trump, the task force meetings allow growers and industry leaders throughout the United States to voice their opinions on needs for their…

Secretary Perdue Returns Home for Rural Prosperity Meeting

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

On Friday, August 25, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue returned to his home state of Georgia to hold an Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force meeting. The task force was formed by an executive order from President Trump in April with Secretary Perdue serving as chairman. According to Trump’s executive order, the task force…