Florida Farmers Turn Out for Putnam In Large Numbers

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Florida's Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam made his bid for the Governor's office official last week, following up the announcement from his home town of Bartow with a whirlwind bus tour of the state from one end to the other. I caught up with Putnam at the end of his final tour stop at a farm…

Alabama Farmers Fare Well in Legislative Session

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Farmers and forest owners fared well in the 2017 regular session of the Alabama Legislature, which was marked by a leadership change in the governor’s office. The Legislature adjourned for the session Friday evening. Alabama Farmers Federation priorities included passage of bills enhancing irrigation tax credits and the Farm-to-School program, as well as funding for…

Florida Farm Bureau Members to Address Crucial Issues in D.C.

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Florida Farm Bureau members will partake in the Field to the Hill trip to Washington, D.C., to lobby and speak to congressional delegates about issues of importance to Florida’s agriculture industry. Jaime Jerrels, director of agriculture policy at the Florida Farm Bureau, discussed three federal priorities members will be lobbying for. Renegotiations of the North…

Florida Ag Commissioner Officially Announces Run for Governor

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Among a large crowd of state agriculture leaders, grassroots producers and others at the courthouse in his hometown of Bartow, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam made official on May 10 his expected bid for governor. Some observers in Florida's agriculture industry note today's historical perspective, in that Florida is now third in population in the…

GFVGA Chasing Labor Issues in D.C.

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AgNet Media's Founder and President, Gary Cooper, recently caught up with the Executive Director of the Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association, Charles Hall, in Washington D.C. Hall says he is primarily focusing on labor and the H2-A program during his time in D.C. He also briefly discusses NAFTA negotiation possibilities and damage to Georgia…

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Finding a Balance for Food Labeling

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Newly appointed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue answered questions from members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. Perdue was asked about food labeling and what the new administration might do regarding the matter. "Certainly we are not prepared to talk about the implementation of genetically engineered or biotech labeling, and that's a complicated issue," he…

U.S. Agriculture Uncertain about Future of NAFTA

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In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect under the Clinton administration. An idea that came about in the 1980s under President Reagan that allowed free trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico came with two main goals: to expand North American trade and to make these countries more competitive…

‘This Is the Strangest Legislative Session I’ve Ever Seen’

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As the 2017 Florida legislative session comes to a close, Butch Calhoun, director of legislative affairs for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, reflects on the oddness of this year's session. Through all the twists and turns during this session, it has been one to remember and certainly one that has been difficult to navigate.…