GFVGA Discusses What’s on its Legislative Plate

Kelsey Fry Legislative, Top Posts

While many Georgia farmers are busy putting in 110 percent work effort during this time of year, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) is doing its part when it comes to legislative duties. Charles Hall, GFVGA executive director, says the association is addressing issues that will affect Georgia fruit and vegetable growers. The two main topics up for …

Senate Signs Off on Negron Water Plan

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

by Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Plans for a $1.5 billion reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, questioned by sugar farmers and House leaders, received overwhelming Senate approval after nearly three hours of discussion and debate Wednesday. A priority of Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, the bill (SB 10) seeks to lessen the recurrence of toxic green algae harming …

USDA Announces $150.2 Million in Funding

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USDA Announces $150.2 Million in Funding through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $150.2 million in available funding to support projects that build a foundation of knowledge in agricultural sciences to address a range of societal and global challenges such as food security, food safety, …

USDA Cites Felda Vegetable Farms Inc. in Florida for Failure to Pay for Produce and the Company Satisfies Terms of Consent Decision and Order

Kelsey Fry Legislative, Top Posts, Vegetables

WASHINGTON – In a complaint filed on Jan. 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) alleged that Felda Vegetable Farms Inc. (Felda Vegetable), of Felda, Fla. failed to make full payment promptly in the total amount of $232,347 to 6 sellers for multiple lots of produce in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). Subsequent to the complaint …

Alabama Farmers Federation Welcomes Kay Ivey

Josh McGill Industry News Release, Legislative

by Jeff Helms, Alabama Farmers Federation The Alabama Farmers Federation today welcomed Kay Ivey as Alabama’s 54th governor, noting her rural background and appreciation of farmers is good news for Alabama agriculture. Federation President Jimmy Parnell expressed confidence in Ivey’s leadership. “Gov. Ivey has always been a friend to farmers,” Parnell said. “She understands the importance of agriculture and forestry …

Pence, Ross, to Talk Trade with Japan

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Vice President Mike Pence and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will travel to Japan to discuss trade later this month. The duo is scheduled to travel to Tokyo on April 18th. The U.S. officials will meet with Japan’s finance, foreign and industry Ministers. Japan is the top export market for the U.S. pork industry, and the National Pork Producers Council has …

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House Still Not Buying Negron Water Plan

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by Jim Turner, News Service of Florida Revamped plans for a deep-water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, a priority of the Senate president, have improved the proposal in the eyes of House Speaker Richard Corcoran. But the House still isn’t ready to sign on to Senate President Joe Negron’s proposal, which is designed to reduce polluted water discharges from the …

Senate Bill 10 Amendment Proposal Brings Improvements, but Concern Remains

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Senate President Joe Negron and other senate leaders proposed some changes to Senate Bill 10 on April 4. After receiving some pushback on the bill, Negron has proposed amendments to make the bill more sufficient for those who would be negatively affected by the original proposal. Senate Bill 10 was introduced by Negron in August 2016 as a way to …