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The 2018 Farm Bill Is Officially Here

Dan Cooper Farm Bill, Legislative, Top Posts

The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, known as the 2018 farm bill, has now been made official after being signed by President Donald Trump today.  It was a long and strenuous process drafting a version that both congressional houses could agree to.  The farm bill will ultimately cost $867 billion over the next 10 years through a series of programs intended …

Georgia Blueberry Growers Not Covered in Farm Bill Report

Abbey Taylor Berries, Farm Bill, Top Posts

Text for the farm bill conference report has been released. The farm bill has been long awaited by members of the agricultural industry. Seeing it move forward offers a glimmer of hope for a speedy approval. However, Buddy Carter, the U.S. representative for Georgia’s first district, says the farm bill language is missing a piece that is crucial for Georgia …

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Agreement Reached in Principle on 2018 Farm Bill

Dan Cooper Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative, Top Posts

House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Pat Roberts (R- Kan.) and Ranking Members Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) made the following announcement on the state of the 2018 farm bill negotiations: “We’re pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement in principle on the 2018 farm bill. We are working to finalize legal and …

Fried Attends Lunch Meeting with Ag Leaders

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

At a lunch meeting in Tallahassee, Florida, with representatives of many of the state’s agricultural organizations, Florida Agriculture Commissioner-Elect Nikki Fried told the group she plans to be a “champion for this industry” in her new role. Several major issues facing Florida agriculture were discussed during the lunch meeting, which was the first meeting of its kind with Fried since …

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Fried Excited to Serve Florida Agriculture

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After the recount madness that ended on Nov. 18, Fort Lauderdale lawyer Nikki Fried claimed victory to be Florida’s next Commissioner of Agriculture. Fried has quickly shifted her focus to the future as the commissioner-elect and is getting ready for a smooth transition. In an exclusive interview with AgNet Media’s Randall Weiseman, Fried talked about her campaign as well as …

Florida Strawberries Face Devastation with No Protection from Unfair Trade

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WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) fails to provide effective near-term relief measures for Southeast fruit and vegetable producers. Florida is the nation’s largest producer of fresh strawberries during the winter months; however, central Mexico’s strawberry production increased fivefold from 2000 to 2017. “This exponential increase presents a clear and present danger to the sustainability of the Florida strawberry …

Florida Candidates Address Agriculture

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Farm Credit and Ag Communicators of Florida hosted a candidates’ forum on Oct. 4. Several candidates running for Florida offices in the upcoming general election shared their views with the agricultural community. AgNet Media’s Josh McGill attended the event and spoke with Lisa Lochridge, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association director of public affairs and board member of the Ag Communicators …