desantis

DeSantis Environmental Projects Gets House Support

Dan Cooper Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Legislative, Water

Gov. Ron DeSantis would get nearly all the money he’s requested for environmental projects in an initial House budget proposal for next year. A $3.97 billion proposal for the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission includes $607.4 million for Everglades restoration and water-improvement projects such as combating future …

senate

Florida Senate Ag Chair on Water: ‘Science Is on Our Side’

Dan Cooper Florida, Legislative, Water

During Wednesday evening’s Florida Cattlemen Association legislative reception festivities near the state Capitol, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Ben Albritton said water issues abound in discussion circles this year. In this brief report, Albritton emphasized agriculture’s presence in the legislative process is critical. He added that the facts about agriculture must be heard above misinformation and misguided rhetoric that too often …

farm bureau

Farm Bureau Leader Responds to Congressman’s “Menace” Remarks

Dan Cooper Environment, Florida, Water

Among many reactions to south Florida Rep. Francis Rooney’s (SW FL – District 19) recently reported comments about what he called the “menace” of agriculture in the Everglades Agriculture Area, Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick is reaching out to the Congressman requesting a meeting to discuss the facts directly. In his letter, Hoblick informed Rooney that the Congressman’s recent …

sfwmd

Former SFWMD Gov. Board Member Talks Flood Control, Misinformation and Ag Concerns

Dan Cooper Environment, Florida, Water

This is the final installment in a series about the recent dismantling, and complete replacement underway of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board. As the debate about South Florida’s water woes continues to grow almost as fast as the Florida population, farmers and ranchers around the state are starting to wonder what these abrupt changes at SFWMD might …

sfwmd

Former SFWMD Governing Board Member Notes Ag’s New Absence

Dan Cooper Florida, Water

Family farmer Sam Accursio from Homestead was among the last four remaining South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board members who spoke their minds bluntly during their final board meeting last month. Accursio’s family has been farming vegetables in Homestead for generations. He says recent actions and operational decisions could indicate a change of direction for the regional flood …

water

South Florida Environmentalist Shares Concerns Amidst Growing Water-Quality Debate

Dan Cooper Environment, Florida, Water

A native of the Pacific Northwest and now a resident of St. Lucie County, Nyla Pipes began working in 2013 with those concerned about growing water-quality and related environmental issues in Florida. She’s been a driving force and is now executive director of the non-profit One Florida Foundation. Pipes gave an exclusive interview following the February meeting of the South …

florida

Florida Congressman Francis Rooney to ‘Deal with the Continuing Menace of Agriculture’

Dan Cooper Environment, Florida, Legislative, Water

Singling out farmers south of Lake Okeechobee during a speech to area residents in Cape Coral, Florida, in late February, Rep. Francis Rooney (R – SW FL District 19) stated he wants to “try to deal with the continuing menace of agriculture in the EAA (Everglades Agriculture Area).” This video excerpt of the congressman’s comments, transcribed below, is now being …

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Florida, Georgia Square Off Again in Water War

Dan Cooper Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

Florida says the case is the “last, best hope” to save the Apalachicola River region from destruction. Georgia says Florida’s arguments threaten to cause hundreds of millions of dollars in “real harm” to the Peach State. Now, a federal appellate judge based in New Mexico will have to sort out the long-running battle between Florida and Georgia over water in …