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Nelson to Try Legislative Route in ‘Water War’

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Legislative, Water

by Lloyd Dunkelberger, The News Service of Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Monday he will file legislation aimed at forcing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to divert more freshwater into Northwest Florida’s Apalachicola Bay system. Nelson, who visited Florida A&M University and the state Capitol, said he and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will support Senate legislation similar to …

‘A Day Without Immigrants’ Impacting Agriculture

Kelsey Fry Legislative, Top Posts

Immigrants and citizens showing support for immigrant workers have joined together today for “A Day Without Immigrants.” This protest, which originally began with a pink flyer that was passed around California migrant worker areas, gained momentum via word of mouth and social media. The boycott has reached multiple cities across the nation including Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Boston and Washington, …

Wrap-Up of the 2017 Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Annual Supper

Kelsey Fry Legislative, Top Posts, Uncategorized

Members of the Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) met on February 7 for the 2017 GAC Membership Supper and Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The dinner was preceded by a reception for members to mingle. The speakers during the dinner included: GAC Chairman Jimmy Champion, GAC President Bryan Tolar and keynote speaker Wesley Langdale. Langdale spoke about furthering the agricultural education of …

Georgia Ag Commissioner Discusses Citrus, School Nutrition, Onions

Kelsey Fry Legislative, Top Posts

  “Man, what a great opportunity,” said Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black in regards to the 2017 Georgia Agribusiness Council’s State Legislative Breakfast that was held just steps from the Capitol building in Atlanta. Black  was just one of several elected officials in attendance. Others included: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee …

Congressman Gaetz; Why Abolish the EPA

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz filed a bill on February 3 proposing to abolish the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since 1970, the EPA has worked at the federal government level to ensure that human health and the environment are protected. However, Congressman Gaetz believes this protection can better be served by the state and by private citizens. Gaetz served in …

USDA Proposes Revisions to Genetic Engineering Policy

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to revise regulations (7 CFR Part 340) regarding the importation, interstate movement and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. The update to the regulations is in response to advances in genetic engineering and the accumulated experience in implementing the current regulations, as well as to …

UF/IFAS Helps Prepare Agriculture Workers for Revised Federal Regulation

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu Source: Fred Fishel, 352-392-4721, weeddr@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla., January 17, 2017 — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is getting the word out on updates to the federal Worker Protection Standard. Changes take effect January 2017. The Worker Protection Standard is a regulation originally issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency …