Uncertainty Surrounding Hurricane Damage to Florida Blueberries

Abbey 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 the damage within their industries. …

Rep. Roth Speaks Out About Educating the Public on Ag

Abbey 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 goals is to raise public …

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Putnam on Vegetable Hurricane Damage

Abbey 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 Putnam called the “cruel irony …

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 in Florida. Smith is a …

Grower Expresses Concern for Labor in Vegetable Industry

Abbey 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 respective industries. One panelist in …

Secretary Perdue Returns Home for Rural Prosperity Meeting

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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 was created to, “promote economic …

Trump Threatens to Pull Out of NAFTA

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Trade

During a rally in Arizona on Tuesday, President Trump said the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will “probably” be terminated at some point. This comment comes after one week of renegotiation talks between trade representatives for the United States, Canada and Mexico. “Personally, I don’t think we can make a deal because we have been so badly taken advantage …

U.S. Secretary of Ag Comments on NAFTA Renegotiations

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Trade

On August 16, renegotiation talks for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) started in Washington, D.C. Established in 1994, NAFTA is a free-trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Throughout his campaign, President Trump expressed his distaste for NAFTA and vowed to abolish it. Since being elected, he has changed his mind-set to renegotiation rather than termination. …