Archive | May, 2014

2014 Legislative review

– Fewer bills passed during this election year – Election-year politics affected this year’s legislative session by drastically reducing the number of bills passed by legislators. Some lawmakers and political observers say the Republican-controlled Legislature didn’t want to see Gov. Rick Scott veto or sign any bills into law that could affect his chances of [...]

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EPA, FDACS leaders benefit from ‘Spring Reg Tour’

– Regulators get a “backstage look” at farms and more – The whole point of FFVA’s Florida Spring Regulatory Tour hit home for Meredith Laws in a helicopter during an aerial tour by the Lee County Mosquito Control District. “They took us up in a helicopter, and that experience showed us why certain [pesticide] label statements [...]

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Producer member profile – Nick Basore of TKM-Bengard Farms

– Bloomberg recently featured a story on the scarcity of young people in agriculture, calling them “young needles in a haystack.” Nick Basore is one those (sharp) young people. As is the case with so many Florida operations, Nick’s family has a farming heritage. His great-grandfather moved from Ohio to start farming onions in Michigan, where [...]

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Trade associate member update

Choptank Transport –  100 percent service – Choptank Transport, a recent addition to the roster of FFVA trade associate members, provides a full spectrum of transportation and logistics services for its customers, who are mostly growers, shippers or distributors of fresh food. In 1891, its parent company, AW Sisk & Son, began bringing canned vegetables [...]

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Flashback – From the Harvester, May/June1998

The last crop – Zellwood growers end generations of farming – Looking out across his fields near Lake Apopka, Billy Long ponders how he will spend his time in the years ahead. Corn planted now will be the last grown in this rich muck soil – a last harvest for this embattled farming area. Within [...]

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Rep. Ros-Lehtinen: We Must Find a Way to Fix the Broken Immigration System

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