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 the Concentrated Animal Feed Operation …

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 American Free Trade Agreement is …

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 United States and urbanizing. Therefore, …

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 blueberries from this season’s freeze. …

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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 said. “But I am pretty …

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 in the global marketplace. The …

‘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. “I’ve been working with state …

Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

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(Washington, D.C., April 25, 2017) – Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony today at the Supreme Court building.  The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on Monday evening.  After Secretary Perdue took the …