In This Issue:

Legislative preview 2015

As the Florida Legislature prepares to begin its 2015 session on March 3, FFVA has developed its list of priorities to help ensure a positive political and regulatory backdrop for its members. At the top of the list is a bill proposing important agricultural tax exemptions, said Butch Calhoun, FFVA’s director of government relations. HB249, [...]

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Veterans Farm – Where hope and support grow

Adam Burke found out that blueberries are good for you in more ways than one. After returning home from deployments in Iraq with multiple wounds of war, the Purple Heart recipient established Veterans Farm in 2010 in Jacksonville as a handicap-accessible farm for disabled combat veterans. Through farming and returning to his roots (his parents [...]

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Producer member profile

— Kumquat Growers, Inc. — On a beautiful Florida day recently, people from miles around gathered in a small town for one reason: the wildly popular Dade City Kumquat Festival. The festival, held Jan. 31, is in its 19th year. Thousands of people descended on the town about 30 miles north of Lakeland in Pasco [...]

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Trade associate member update

— Velox Transportation Solutions — new trucks, deal directly to save — Rigoberto “Rigo” Diaz is all about trucking. For years he owned the second largest trucking company in South Florida. In 2012, he became the co-founder and president of FFVA trade associate member Velox Transportation Solutions. The Miami-based company operates 210 tractor-trailer trucks, nearly half [...]

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Flashback – From The Harvester, March 1985

Agricultural Hall of Fame inducts Dudas Note: This Flashback is in honor of a new generation of Dudas being inducted into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame this month. Read more here. More than 600 persons, breaking all-time attendance records, turned out to see Andy, John and Ferdinand Duda, Commissioner of Agriculture Doyle Conner, and [...]

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This month’s featured video

Jamie Williams talks about what it’s like to be a member of FFVA.

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