Senate Bill 10 Amendment Proposal Brings Improvements, but Concern Remains

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Senate President Joe Negron and other senate leaders proposed some changes to Senate Bill 10 on April 4. After receiving some pushback on the bill, Negron has proposed amendments to make the bill more sufficient for those who would be negatively affected by the original proposal. Senate Bill 10 was introduced by Negron in August 2016 as a way to …

Seed Industry to “Storm the Hill”

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Seed industry advocates will “Storm the Hill” as part of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Legislative Fly-in, Wednesday, April 5, in Washington, D.C.  “Storm the Hill” is a unique opportunity for ASTA members representing every crop and every part of the nation to join together with a unified voice on Capitol Hill.

Georgia General Assembly Finishes Budget

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

Heading into the final week of the 2017 Georgia legislative session, the General Assembly has wrapped up work on the budget for the next fiscal year. Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar says the council is pleased with the strong support for agriculture. “The general assembly finished in record time this week,” Tolar says. “We were very impressed again with the …

Catching Up with Representative Rick Roth on Capitol Hill

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Florida’s 2017 legislative session is underway in Tallahassee. From Capitol Hill, Palm Beach County-native Representative Rick Roth reports on how his bills are faring and some important issues that have been discussed. Roth says he feels good about the way things have been going so far. As a businessman, he thinks he is in a great environment to help benefit …

Putnam Rallies Ag at Taste of Florida Reception

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The Taste of Florida Agriculture reception, held in Tallahassee on March 8, brought together friends of agriculture from every corner of the state for a night of fellowship. The reception is hosted by the Florida Farm Bureau as part of its annual Legislative Days event. Booths were set up between the historic Florida Capitol building and the new state Capitol. …


Senate Bill 10 Could Severely Impact Lake Okeechobee Communities

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Sugar, Top Posts

Florida’s 2017 legislative session starts today, March 7. A major issue to be discussed during the session is Florida Senate President Joe Negron’s land acquisition proposal. Sugar farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) are fighting for their land as Sen. Negron’s proposal moves through the Senate and the House. Senate Bill 10 proposes the purchase of 60,000 acres of …

Negron Tries to Bolster Case for Water Proposal

Josh McGill Industry News Release, Legislative

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 2, 2017……… It is “highly unlikely” Florida will get federal officials to turn over control of water releases from Lake Okeechobee, and the state will not get repaid if it advances money to fix the lake’s Herbert Hoover Dike, Senate President Joe Negron advised senators on Thursday. But …

The Trump Administration and the Migrant Workforce

Abbey Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

President Trump has been very clear about his stance on illegal immigration. America has already seen efforts to reform immigration policies. However, alterations to immigration policy could bring significant changes to the migrant workforce in the agriculture industry. Fritz Roka, an associate professor at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, spoke with AgNet Media about the …