Community Surrounds Ag During Algae Debate

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Water

The green algae debate continues to rage on as misinformation and pointed fingers keep leading to agriculture as the culprit of the toxicity in the water. However, members of the community in the Glades area have banded behind agriculture and would like to start a different conversation: a conversation about solutions. In the midst of…

Florida Candidates Address Agriculture

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

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…

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Florida and Georgia Renew ‘Water Wars’

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Water

Florida and Georgia have renewed their fight over the impact of Georgia’s water consumption on the Apalachicola River system. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in late June that Florida be given another chance to prove its case that Georgia’s overconsumption of water is damaging the Apalachicola region, the states filed a joint legal pleading…

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Support for House Trade Bill to Protect Florida Growers

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Trade

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association wholeheartedly supports the Agriculture Trade Improvement Act of 2018 introduced by U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo (District 26) and Al Lawson Jr. (District 8) on Tuesday. The Agricultural Trade Improvement Act of 2018 would amend the Tariff Act of 1930 and allow American specialty crop growers to request the imposition…

A Community Celebration for Upcoming Sugar Harvest

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

In the midst of an ongoing algae debate, it can be difficult to remember the community of people who live in the Glades area. These communities and families live and breathe agriculture. Below is a news release from Florida Crystals regarding the Pre-Harvest Celebration held this past Sunday. The account below shows the communal support…

Political Event Falls Short on Facts

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

A recent southeast Florida algae rally drew a small crowd. By Gary Cooper U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (R-Palm City) hosted a campaign event in Stuart on Sunday and visited other South Florida areas in recent days. He partnered with anti-farming group BullSugar.org and featured activist Erin Brockovich to help push his recently introduced Stop Harmful…

Has Farming Become a Political Whipping Boy?

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

By Gary Cooper Urban expansion is impacting agriculture throughout the Southeast. Florida appears to be the first state in this region to dramatically shift to a much more urban-thinking electorate. In light of this year’s primary elections, there are some points Florida agriculturists should be thinking about. I know many of you have been pondering…