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Highlights Of A Full Grassroots Agenda
By any measure, Florida Farm Bureau’s schedule of activities for late winter and early spring is ambitious. Our volunteer leaders, other members and staff have a work plan that is typical for our activist, grassroots organization.
The Florida Farm Bureau State Women’s Leadership Conference, held Feb. 27 through March 1 in Daytona Beach, featured informative seminars, leadership training and a tour of several of the area’s top agricultural operations.
On March 10 we will host a groundbreaking for the new FFA headquarters at the Florida Farm Bureau state campus in Gainesville. The project to construct the new facility involves a partnership that has supported youth leadership and training experiences for many decades. We look forward to nurturing new generations of talented individuals as they assume their rightful places in guiding the future development of agriculture, business and their communities.
I especially want to thank our state board and members of the Marion County, Polk County and Volusia County Farm Bureaus for their generous support of our young people. All of them have made substantial gifts to the construction fund.
On March 17 and 18 we will assemble in Tallahassee for our Farm Bureau Legislative Days events. Farmers and ranchers from across Florida will gather at our state capitol to discuss important policy issues with our legislators and executive office officials.
This year we will host the reception in the courtyard between the old capitol building and the current one. Everyone will have the opportunity to sample foods produced in Florida as they visit with our special guests.
In early April Florida Farm Bureau representatives will participate in the dedication of the University of Florida’s Austin Cary Learning Center. Farm Bureau’s donation to help reconstruct this facility reflects our commitment to support education and community service. That is why we have supported the university in this and many other projects.
By the week of May 19 Florida Farm Bureau members will be ready to engage in a citizens’ lobbying initiative in Washington, D.C. The annual Field to the Hill trip involves a comprehensive round of meetings with the Florida Congressional delegation and executive branch officials.
Field to the Hill creates time for personal conversations with national policy makers who make decisions that affect your livelihood. Many first-time attendees have marveled at the candid discussions the event encourages.
This short list of work highlights some of the plans for our organization in the next few months. I invite you to join us as we continue to express the Voice of Florida Agriculture.