GFVGA Keeping an Eye on D.C.

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

This year, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) will be focusing on crucial legislation in Washington, D.C. Charles Hall, GFVGA executive director, says the two pieces of legislation the association will be focusing on the most are the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and disaster relief. Hall says he is worried about the USMCA and is going to spend a …

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Federal Government Reopens for Now

Dan Cooper Business, Legislative

After a month-long shutdown, the federal government reopens officially for three weeks following an announcement from President Donald Trump. The 800,000 federal workers who have been on furlough will be receiving back pay for the days that offices were closed due to the shutdown. The funding will keep the government running until Feb. 15. “I am very proud to announce …

Florida Legislators Discuss Ag Issues

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

By Gary Cooper Red tide, blue-green algae, hemp and hurricanes were among the items discussed in recent days during legislative committee meetings in Tallahassee, Florida. Lawmakers and state officials are getting down to business and looking forward to the start of the legislative session in early March. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Tuesday gave senate agriculture committee members a status …

State Block Grants Needed for 2018 Hurricane Recovery

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Weather

The 2018 hurricanes cost several southeastern growers millions of dollars in lost production. Now, those growers are looking for federal dollars to help them recoup their losses from hurricanes like Florence and Michael. However, according to Robert Redding, an agricultural lobbyist in Washington, D.C., grants on the state level are imperative for vegetable and specialty crop growers. Redding believes growers …

Putnam’s Parting Words

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

After eight years of service, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam will leave his office, making way for Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried. From dealing with hurricanes to fighting for Florida farmers in D.C., Putnam has been a dedicated servant to Florida’s agriculture industry. However, he says the industry has given him far more than what he has ever given it. AgNet …

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Farm Bill Helps Pave Way for Hemp Production

Abbey Taylor Farm Bill, Hemp, Legislative, Top Posts

The farm bill has passed through the House and the Senate and received President Trump’s signature on Dec. 20. While some agricultural industries were let down, other industries may have an opportunity to thrive. According to Jerry Fankhauser, assistant director of the University of Florida’s Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the farm bill includes language that will take industrial hemp off …

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The 2018 Farm Bill Is Officially Here

Dan Cooper Farm Bill, Legislative

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 …