Celebrating Florida Agriculture at State Capitol

January 24, 2018

Farmers and ranchers from across the Sunshine state will convene at the state Capitol Jan. 29-30 to discuss public policy issues with Florida state legislators.

Florida Farm Bureau’s annual citizens’ lobbying event will begin Jan. 29 with a reception at the Tallahassee Farm Bureau Legislative office and continue Jan. 30 with a legislative briefing breakfast. The day will proceed with a full schedule of legislative meetings on Farm Bureau priority issues.

“The Legislative Days event is a critical component of our grassroots process,” said Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick. “Farm families are able to speak to their legislators and make a real impact on the legislative process.”

Issues on the agenda include: passing legislation to remove agricultural license plate restrictions, helping to secure additional funding for Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Fresh From Florida marketing program and the Rural and Family Lands Program. Securing additional funding for the University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences research projects and 4-H programs are also on the list.

A Taste of Florida Agriculture reception will wrap up the event on Jan. 30, featuring special guest speakers Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick.

This year’s Taste of Florida Agriculture event, “Ag Strong,” is a joint partnership with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to promote the recovery of our agricultural communities statewide.

Legislators, government officials and the public are welcome to sample locally grown Florida foods, meet farm families and learn more about agriculture’s benefits for all Floridians.

To register to attend Legislative Days, visit http://www.floridafarmbureau.org/events/florida-farm-bureau-legislative-days/.