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Beating Mother Nature: How to Produce High-Quality Hay
Producing high-quality hay is a tough task. The biggest factor – Mother Nature – is out of farmers’ hands. Due to its extended dry time requirement, controlling hay quality can be very difficult. That said, hay growers can control or mitigate many factors that go into producing a high-quality crop.
Final Four Discussion Meet Finalists Announced
The 2015 Preliminary and Semi-Final Discussion Meet rounds were held at the Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference in Naples last weekend, July 17-19. Four young farmers will advance to the state finals at the Florida Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting in October.
USDA: Most Farmers Invest in Conservation
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that more than 98 percent of farmers and ranchers across the nation have implemented verified natural resource conservation strategies.
Science-based technology empowers people to eat healthy
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have partnered to add a body weight planner to its online resources to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Florida Agriculture Wins Consumers Around the World
A long-term promotional campaign for Sunshine State farm products has achieved another milestone. The Fresh From Florida retail program, sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, now involves more than 12,350 retail stores in 26 nations.
Summer Sun Safety
Florida summers are hot and humid with temperatures averaging in the 90s. While the beaming sun brightens vacations, it can also bring an unwanted sunburn and heat stroke.
Young farmers prepare to speak out for farm families
Florida Farm Bureau will hold its state Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference, themed “Agriculture in Paradise,” at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club in Naples, July 17-19.
New Agricultural Sales Tax Exemptions Go Into Effect Today
With the dawning of the new fiscal year on July 1, Florida’s farmers and ranchers can take advantage of one of Farm Bureau’s legislative victories from the 2015 legislative session. A broad tax cut package, HB 33A passed the legislature during last month’s special session and signed by Governor Scott on June 16. This package included a substantial cut for agriculture.
Consumers May Find Disruptions in Egg Supply
An outbreak of avian influenza in Midwestern and Western states will likely reduce the availability of eggs for the next 12 months. Although federal officials have assured that the disease poses no threat to the U.S. food supply, they warn consumers to prepare for temporary egg shortages and price increases.
Reducing Risk on the Road
Commit to Safety this June
National Safety Month, observed annually in June, focuses attention on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. To highlight good driving techniques, Florida Farm Bureau has been featuring articles that focus on ways we can all be safer at work and at home.
Statement by Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick Regarding Tax Relief for Florida's Farmers and Ranchers
“Today, the Florida Legislature passed a broad tax relief package that included several provisions that will
put $13 million dollars back into the hands of Florida’s farms and ranches. By eliminating sales taxes on parts and repairs for farm equipment, irrigation equipment and farm trailers, the Legislature took a step to making Florida agriculture an even stronger part of the state’s economy. We appreciate the many members of both the House and Senate who made this issue a priority.”
Most U.S. Households Are Food Secure
According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture study, most residents in this nation enjoy a diet that supports active, healthy living. They have access to an adequate quantity and variety of food.
Safe to Operate: Tractor Safety Checklist
Accident prevention must be a top priority on farms today, especially when operating machinery like farm tractors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 750 farm workers are accidentally killed each year, and more than half of these fatalities are tractor related.
Summer Meal Program for Children
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has announced the start of a summertime initiative to promote good health among the state’s children.
Ag Finalists Achieve Sustainability and Leadership
Three finalists have been selected for Florida Farm Bureau's 2015 Achievement in Agriculture Award and will compete in October for the top statewide honor.
Young People Can Win Cooking Prizes
Attention all young chefs. A new statewide competition is serving up gift card prizes.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting entries for the 2015 Student Chef Cook-Off.
Citrus Grower is a Business and Community Leader
Citrus grower Vic Story, Jr. has been recognized for his dedication to growing the Sunshine State’s iconic agricultural product as well as his community service with the prestigious title of the 2015 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Florida Farmer of the Year.
Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Floridians
It’s that time of the year again. June marks the beginning of hurricane season and Florida residents must be prepared for major storms.
Help Prevent the Introduction of Ag Pests
Travelers and residents alike are reminded not to introduce agricultural pests when traveling to Florida this summer.
Ride into Summer with Polaris Savings
Florida Farm Bureau members can earn rebates of up to $1,400 on select new 2014 and 2015 Polaris off-road vehicles.
From now until June 30, members can combine their $200-$300 member discount for unmatched exclusive savings for the Polaris® Ride into Summer Sales Event on Ranger, Sportsman and ACE off-road vehicles.
The GMO Conversation
Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are a major discussion topic in today’s conversations. They are grown, imported and used in field trials in 70 countries.
Cook, Store Food with Care in the Summer
Due to a variety of factors, including warmer temperatures, foodborne illness increases in summer. To help you and your family stay healthy and safe, the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers the following food safety recommendations.
Consumers Can Enjoy More Watermelon This Season
Early reports indicate that Florida watermelon growers will have ample volumes of the fruit this year. The harvest season is here, so look for the nutritious treat at your local grocery store.
Scholarships Available for Agricultural Leadership Conference
The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is providing $4,000 in scholarships for young agriculturists to attend the Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference July 17-19 in Naples.
Keep On Truckin’ With Farm Bureau Chevy Deal
In addition to a $500 discount and other incentives offered to Farm Bureau members, Chevrolet has introduced a new package with its Silverado truck. Members who purchase the truck will also receive one year of SiriusXM Radio service.
Lab Analysis: U.S. Food Supply Is Safest in the World
A report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirms that consumers in this country should have high confidence in the quality of fruits and vegetables they purchase at the grocery store.
Suwannee River Farmers Recognized for CARE-ing
Fourteen agriculturists were recognized for their exceptional natural resource conservation with a County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) award at the 15th annual Suwannee River Partnership recognition dinner on May 7 at the UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center.
Local Farmers Head to Capitol Hill
Area farmers and ranchers will speak up for their livelihoods when they visit with the Florida Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. this week.
Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Pests
The U.S. Department of Agriculture asks the public to help prevent the spread of invasive pests. These pests cost our nation an estimated $120 billion each year in damages to our environment, agriculture and native species.
Farmers Recognized for Caring for our Land This Week
On Thursday, May 7, fourteen farm families in the Suwannee River Basin will receive a coveted statewide award for their outstanding achievements in preserving land and water resources.
Agricultural Research Supports Consumers and the Economy
U.S. Department of Agriculture studies show that agricultural research provides benefits far beyond farms and ranches.
Help Bees Feed You
Honey bees are important to agriculture and you. They pollinate many of our favorite foods. But often, bees are not able to find enough food for themselves. It’s important to supply honey bees the diverse food sources they need to stay healthy.
Experts: Avian Influenza Poses No Threat to U.S. Food Supply
Federal officials say that a recent outbreak of avian influenza in limited areas of the U.S. poses a low health risk to people. They also advise that the domestic food supply is not in jeopardy.
Florida Farmers Make Every Day an Earth Day
Farm families are keenly aware of the need to conserve natural resources. They put that awareness into practical action every day.
Celebrating Florida Agriculture at State Capitol
More than 500 farmers and ranchers from across the Sunshine state visited Tallahassee earlier this week to meet state lawmakers and discuss public policy issues that affect Florida farmers and their livelihoods.
It’s Time to Advocate for Agriculture
More than 120 Florida women will gather in Destin this week to learn how to become better advocates for the farmers and ranchers who grow the food that is served on American dinner tables.
Florida Farm and Ranch Families Win the Gold Again
Florida Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers received top honors for donating 16.9 million pounds of fresh produce and food to assist hungry Americans as part of American Farm Bureau’s “Harvest for All” food donation competition. The award was presented during the AFBF Fusion Conference in Nashville, Feb. 14.
Florida’s Young Farmers Earn National Praise for Food Donations
For the second consecutive year Florida Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers have received national honors for donating food to assist families in need. They have given16.9 million pounds of fresh produce and food to the American Farm Bureau’s “Harvest for All” food donation competition.
Citrus Research Funding Linked to Jobs, Florida’s Economy
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has announced that the agency will provide $30 million in additional funding for research on citrus greening disease. The plant malady is now present throughout the state’s commercial groves.
Prescribed Burning Conserves Resources, Reduces Wildfire
Florida landowners use prescribed burns as part of their responsible resource management. This tool preserves wildlife habitat, the nutrient content of soils and healthy forests. It also reduces the risk of wildfires.
Florida Farmers and Ranchers Named to National Panels
Seven members of the Florida Farm Bureau have been selected to serve on the American Farm Bureau Issue Advisory Committees. Committee members consist of Farm Bureau members across the country with knowledge and direct involvement in issues of importance to U.S. farmers and ranchers.
Freshly-Cut Christmas Trees Are Prized for the Holidays, but Require Attention
For many Floridians, visiting a choose-and-cut farm to select a Christmas tree is an enjoyable family holiday experience. According to the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA), consumers purchased more than 33 million live trees across the country during the holiday season last year. Twenty-seven percent of them were harvested at choose-and-cut farms.
Win a $150 Gift Card in FFBF Survey
As part of a website redesign project, Florida Farm Bureau Federation is conducting a survey. By completing this short survey you will help us to serve you better in the future.
Innovative Technique Announced for Citrus Greening, Mosquito Control
A new discovery may lead to the creation of effective, new weapons for use against destructive insects.
Gainesville, Fla. –More than 400 Florida Farm Bureau members will gather in Ponte Vedra Beach, Oct. 29-31, at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort to reflect on the success and challenges of Florida agriculture during the past year at the 73rd annual meeting.
Report: Parents Will Spend More Than $245,340 to Raise a Child Born in 2013
According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture study, a middle-income family can expect to spend $245,340 (or $304,480 adjusted for estimated inflation) in raising a child born last year to age 18. The figure includes food, housing, childcare, education and related expenses.
Grant Money is Available for Florida Teachers
Gainesville, Fla.--Pre-K, elementary, middle and high school teachers can grow their project budgets for their classrooms by teaching their students about agriculture.
Achievement in Agriculture Finalists Announced
Gainesville–Three finalists have been selected for Florida Farm Bureau's 2014 Achievement in Agriculture Award and will compete in October for the top statewide honor.
Consumer Prices Show Effects of Citrus Greening
U.S. Department of Agriculture officials report that a decline in citrus production has pushed a spike in retail fresh fruit prices. U.S. consumers will be paying 6 percent more for all fresh fruit than they did a year ago.
Nominate Your Candidate as the Woman of the Year in Agriculture
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking nominations for the 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award.
Adams Ranch Receives Audubon Florida’s Sustainable Rancher Award
A Ft. Pierce-based family farm operation that has maintained outstanding wildlife habitats and wetlands for decades is the recipient of a new statewide honor from Audubon Florida. The organization presented the Adams Ranch with its 2014 Sustainable Rancher award at the Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s Convention in June.
Florida Farm Bureau Recognizes Outstanding State Lawmakers for 2014
Gainesville, Fla. – Florida Farm Bureau, Florida’s largest statewide agricultural association, has announced its Legislators of the Year and Champions for Agriculture.
Suwannee River Basin CARES Recognition Set For June 26
On Thursday, June 26, thirteen farm families in the Suwannee River Basin will receive a coveted statewide award for their outstanding achievements in preserving land and water resources.
Critics Say EPA is All Wet on Regulation
Read the EPA article published in the FLAG June 2014 issue.
Study: New York State GMO Label To Cost Consumers $500 Per Year
A new study by a Cornell University researcher has determined that a proposed label for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) would force New York consumers to pay $500 more for their annual family food bills.
Laboratory Testing Program Verifies U.S. Food Safety
A laboratory testing program for fresh and processed foods has once again demonstrated the safety of the U.S. food supply. Managed for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the USDA and state agencies, the program has annually shown the excellent quality of widely available foods.
Congressional Report Contains Warning About New EPA Water Rule
A report published by the Congressional Research Service points out that a proposed federal rule represents an indeterminate expansion of federal regulatory authority. The “Waters of the United States” rule, announced on April 21, “would increase the asserted scope of (Clean Water Act) jurisdiction” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Farm Conservation in Florida Makes Earth Day a Reality
As the first stewards of natural resources, Florida’s farm families make every day their Earth Day. They live and work on the land with the goal of transferring a tradition of food and fiber production to future generations.
Consumer Food Prices Remain At Predicted Levels
According to a report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average retail price of food increased by a modest 1.4 percent during the past year. This figure compares favorably with the overall cost of consumer items since early 2013.
Groundbreaking Ceremony To Begin FFA State Office Construction
Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick will welcome elected officials, FFA members and other guests at a March 10 groundbreaking event for the construction of the new FFA state headquarters. Guests will assemble at 10 a.m. on the Florida Farm Bureau’s campus in Gainesville.
Women recognized for speaking up about agriculture
Gainesville, Fla.–Florida women representing 28 county Farm Bureaus received the Women’s Activity Award at the Florida Farm Bureau’s State Women's Leadership Conference, Feb. 28, at The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach Shores.
New website spotlights farmers for protecting the environment
Gainesville, Fla. – The Florida Farm Bureau Federation (FFBF) will launch a newly designed website, thisfarmcares.org, to recognize farmers throughout Florida who practice environmental stewardship. The website will also educate the public on agriculture’s role in protecting Florida’s natural resources.
Police Action Alone Will Not Solve Farm Labor Need
Consumers will share a new burden if Congress adopts immigration reform that only targets enforcement. A recently issued report indicates that such an approach will hike food prices up to six percent.
Statement by Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick Regarding the Passage of the 2014 Farm Bill
“Today’s adoption of the 2014 farm bill is a victory for consumers as well as for agricultural producers throughout our nation. The predictability the legislation offers farmers and ranchers gives assurance that the abundant food supply we enjoy in our society will be maintained for everyone.”
A New Farm Bill Will Support An Improved Diet For Poor Families
Farm Bureau members are urging the Congress to adopt a new farm bill soon. The legislation will not only help create stability for agricultural producers, it will also provide health-sustaining foods for poor families throughout the nation.
Florida Farm Bureau Earns Top National Honor
Gainesville, Fla. – For the second year in a row, Florida Farm Bureau has received a coveted national award for its programs and operations. The organization received the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 2013 Pinnacle Award, the highest recognition conferred upon a state Farm Bureau.
Children who have a gift for coloring or who enjoy art projects have the opportunity to participate in a statewide competition. Selected works they create will be exhibited for public viewing at the 2014 Florida State Fair in Tampa in February.
USDA Predicts Moderate Food Price Increases in 2014
According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service, consumer food prices should increase at their 20-year historical average of 2.8 percent during the next 12 months. This estimate is based upon calculations that include commodity futures, food animal inventories and farm exports.
Farm-City Week Gift Card Winner Announced
A Branford woman has won a special present for her household during this holiday season. Jenna Garrett was the winner of Florida Farm Bureau’s 2013 Farm-City Week promotion on the organization’s Facebook page. Garrett received a $150 gift card from Publix. Congratulations!
State Officials Report Economic Improvement in Florida
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has announced that unemployment in the state has declined from 11.4 percent in 2010 to 6.7 percent in October, 2013. DEO officials also noted that nearly 441,000 jobs were created during the same period.
You Can Win a $150 Gift Card During Farm-City Week
In the spirit of sharing our society's food abundance, Florida Farm Bureau Federation is offering a $150 Publix gift card to a lucky winner during the 2013 Farm-City Week.
Farm-City Week Celebrates Food Abundance, Mutually Beneficial Relationships
Gainesville, Fla. – Most consumers in the U.S. enjoy a bountiful, nutritious food supply. This abundance is made possible by the working relationships between farm families and city residents.
Florida Farm Bureau Chief Executive is Re-elected
Gainesville, Fla. – John Hoblick, a Volusia County fern grower, was re-elected to a two-year term as president of Florida Farm Bureau on Oct 25. Voting delegates selected him unanimously at the organization’s annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Highlights of the 2013 Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
Delegates at Florida Farm Bureau's 2013 Annual Meeting unanimously re-elected John Hoblick as the organization’s president. Hoblick, a Volusia County fern producer, has served as Florida Farm Bureau’s chief executive since 2006.
Florida Farm Bureau Earns National Awards
Gainesville, Fla. – Florida Farm Bureau has received top marks for its achievements during the past year. The statewide organization won the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2013 State Awards of Excellence in all six categories of operations evaluated.
Local dairy farmers receive top state award
Gainesville, Fla. – Dairy farmers Jacob and Danielle Larson of Okeechobee County received the 2013 Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement in Agriculture Award at the Florida Farm Bureau’s 2013 annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach on Oct. 23.
Young Agriculturalists Recognized at Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
Gainesville, Fla. – Nick and Kiley Larsen of Western Palm Beach County were named the winners of Florida Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture competition. This competition is open to farmers and ranchers between the ages of 18 and 35 who do not derive the majority of their income from an owned farm operation.
Florida Farm Bureau Youth Speech Contest Winner Provides a Historical Perspective
Gainesville, Fla. – At the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Youth Speech Contest finals on Oct. 24, Bridget Sullivan of University High School in Orange County took top honors, as judges selected her over seven other competitors. The event was held at the organization’s annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Florida Farm Bureau bestows highest honor on Clay County man
Gainesville, Fla. – Thomas Jesse Godbold, Sr., received Florida Farm Bureau’s highest honor at the organization’s 2013 annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Homestead Farm Bureau Agent Earns Teamwork Award
Gainesville, Fla. - A local Farm Bureau insurance agent has received statewide recognition for his ability to work well with other business people and his participation in community service.
Union County Resident’s Leadership Skills Win Her First Place in State Competition
Gainesville, Fla. – Amanda James of Union County captured top honors in Florida Farm Bureau’s 2013 Discussion Meet. Her victory was based upon outstanding skills as a group leader, a public speaker and a willingness to work cooperatively with peers.
Rep. Raschein is Named Florida Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year
Gainesville, Fla. – State Rep. Holly Raschein of Key Largo has received a top honor for her work on behalf of private enterprise in Florida. She received Florida Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year award on Oct. 24 at the organization’s 2013 annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Sen. Simpson is Florida Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year
Gainesville, Fla. – State Sen. Wilton Simpson has received a top honor for his work on behalf of private enterprise and natural resource conservation in Florida. He received Florida Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year award on Oct. 24 at the organization’s 2013 annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Dade Editor Receives Top Statewide Journalism Award
Gainesville, Fla. – Mike Dill, editor of the South Dade News-Leader, has been selected as Florida Farm Bureau’s 2013 Newsperson of the Year. The award was announced at the state organization’s annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach on Oct. 24.
Award-winning Area Farms Conserve Natural Resources
Gainesville, Fla. – Three central Florida farm operations have earned a prestigious statewide award for natural resource conservation. The award announcement was made at Florida Farm Bureau’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach on Oct. 25.
CDC Report: Human Abuse, Not Food Animal Doses, Leads to Antibiotic Resistance
A new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies overuse in humans as the principal cause of antibiotic resistant disease. According to the report’s authors, “up to 50 percent of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed.”
Belle Glade man named state’s top crop advisor
Gainesville, Fla.---An expert in crop production in the Everglades Agricultural Area has been recognized for his work with a statewide honor. James M. Shine of Belle Glade will receive the 2013 Excellence in Crop Advising Award at Florida Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach on Oct. 24.
The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame will induct four new honorees in February. Two of the award recipients have been associated with Farm Bureau for many decades.
Visitors at this year’s Sunbelt Ag Expo can expect to learn a lot about Florida agriculture. The Sunshine State will be spotlighted at the event, scheduled for Oct. 15-17 in Moultrie, Ga.
The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) has recognized Sept. 15-21 as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This week is used to promote awareness of safety and health practices on farms and ranches across the U.S. as producers enter the harvest season. The 2013 theme is “Working Together for Safety in Agriculture.”
A new federal requirement will soon add to the obligations of business. Confusion over procedural details makes compliance a potential challenge.
Excellence in Agriculture Finalists Announced
Gainesville – Three finalists have been selected to compete for Florida Farm Bureau's 2013 Excellence in Agriculture Award and will compete in October for the top statewide honor.
Immigration Reform is a Critical Issue for Florida
According to a recently issued federal report, Florida’s economy will substantially benefit from immigration reform. Improvements in immigration policy will also reconfirm our nation’s commitment to providing opportunity for everyone.
Agriculture and Related Enterprises Generate $104 Billion for Florida
Farm production and natural resource businesses in Florida generate an annual economic impact of $104 billion. This contribution includes the employment of nearly two million people in full and part-time positions, or 20 percent of all jobs in the state.
Report: Floridians Should Eat More Fruits and Vegetables for Good Health
According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), a large number of Floridians can take an important step to improve their overall health simply by changing their dietary habits.
The agency strongly recommends increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Florida Farm Bureau names 2013 Legislators of the Year and Champions for Agriculture
Gainesville – Florida Farm Bureau today announced its Legislators of the Year and Champions for Agriculture honorees.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of an Orange County family after a 20 year pursuit of a land use permit application. On Tuesday the Court decided that St. Johns River Water Management District erred by imposing additional conditions upon the existing application process. Florida Farm Bureau supported the family’s legal position. For a summary of the case, click here.
WFSU-FM interviews President Hoblick
Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick recently sat down for an interview with Lynn Hatter of WFSU-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in Tallahassee, for a 30 minute interview. He discussed a range of issues, including citrus greening, the importance of agriculture for Florida’s economy and the farm bill. To hear the program, access http://news.wfsu.org/post/it-s-about-florida-agriculture.
Florida farm leader regrets House farm bill stumble
Gainesville – Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick expressed the sentiments of farmers and ranchers across the state in lamenting the failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a new farm bill. This measure was approved with bipartisan support after two years of hard work by the House Agriculture Committee.
Florida Farm Bureau to lead partnership for a new FFA state headquarters
Orlando – Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick has announced that the statewide organization will lead a bold partnership to build a new headquarters for the Florida FFA Association. The facility will be constructed on Florida Farm Bureau’s campus in Gainesville.
Florida Farmer of the Year gives back to his community
Gainesville – John Scott Long, a Palm City man, has been named the 2013 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Florida Farmer of the Year. The award recognizes Long’s success as an agricultural producer and as a contributor to his local community.
UN report: agricultural investment is the key to public health, resource conservation
According to a 2012 United Nations report, nearly 870 million people worldwide suffer from the effects of malnutrition, or one out of every eight. Investments in agriculture will be critical in the effort to relieve this public health crisis.
Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick's statement on Gov. Scott's signing of the Florida Families First Budget
Today, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a budget that allows Florida’s agricultural industry to remain a driving force in the state. The Florida Families First budget makes new investments in Florida’s agricultural industry, including additional funds for the Fresh from Florida program, Everglades restoration and Citrus greening research.
A new poll conducted by Harris Interactive has found that only seven percent of the nation’s adults would be willing to pay a lot more for products and services identified as ecologically beneficial or “green.” Only 30 percent would be willing to pay just slightly more.
Earth Day is every day on the farm
Gainesville – Although April 22 is designated generally as Earth Day, it is observed by farm families every day.
Florida’s farmers and ranchers take care of our bountiful natural resources. Their livelihoods depend upon the good health of the land and water around them. Across the state farmers, ranchers and nursery plant growers have implemented state-of-the art irrigation systems. These systems have dramatically reduced water use on farm properties.
Register Now for Florida Agriculture Literacy Day
The tenth annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30. Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc., invites Florida agricultural producers and other volunteers to read its newest storybook, Florida’s Farm History, to elementary school children to help students understand agriculture. The book helps celebrate 500 years of Florida Agriculture History.
Commissioner Putnam is now accepting applications for the 2013 Commissioner’s Ag-Environmental Leadership Award. The Agricultural Environmental Leadership Awards Program, sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, was created in 1994. The purpose of the award is to publicly recognize Florida agricultural enterprises that demonstrate leadership in developing and implementing innovative and progressive techniques to safeguard the environment and conserve natural resources. Each year, applicants for the awards are screened by a committee comprised of scientific and technical experts with the Department. Deadline for submitting nominations is May 1.
UF students to sponsor Third Annual AgFacts Day
A group of University of Florida students will once again join their peers at various other universities across the nation to help educate non-farmers about contemporary agriculture. The students will sponsor the Third Annual AgFacts Day on March 19.
Florida Farm Bureau celebrates National Ag Day with legislative reception
Florida Farm Bureau’s 2013 Annual Legislative Days will be held March 18 and 19. Activities will kick-off with a briefing dinner for Farm Bureau members on March 18 at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. A legislative reception, including a 4-H awareness auction, will be held at the Tallahassee/Leon County Civic Center on March 19.
UF/IFAS survey finds that Floridians support agricultural water use
A report of a new statewide public opinion survey reveals that the vast majority of Floridians endorse making water available for agricultural production. More than 88 percent of the representative sample of Florida residents agreed that a plentiful supply of water for agriculture is either highly important or extremely important.
UF will sponsor sixth annual Bee College
The state’s biggest educational event for honey bee hobbyists, professionals and anyone interested in honey bees -- Bee College -- is back for a sixth year, University of Florida officials have announced.This year’s event will be held at the UF Whitney Marine Laboratory in Marineland, Fla., March 8-9.
IRS announces late filing penalty relief for farmers, fishermen
On Jan 18 the U.S. Internal Revenue Service issued a notice that the agency will provide relief from the estimated tax penalty for farmers and fishermen unable to file their 2012 tax returns by March 1 because of Congressional delays in enacting a new tax law.
Local woman reaches elite ranking in national competition
Gainesville – Emily Eubanks, an Alachua County beef cattle producer, was selected as a top 10 finalist in the American Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture competition. An announcement of her election was made at the national organization’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. on Jan. 13.
Local rancher is semi-finalist at national competition
Gainesville – Kelvin Moreno of Miami-Dade County was a semi-finalist in the national Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet competition at the American Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting in Nashville.
Local cattle ranchers among top 10 in Nashville
Gainesville – Josh and Amy Farley, cattle ranchers from Green Cove Springs, represented Florida in the national Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement in Agriculture Award Program competition at the American Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Nashville. The couple advanced to the top 10 finalist round of the competition.
Florida Farm Bureau earns top national award
Gainesville – The American Farm Bureau Federation has presented Florida Farm Bureau with the national organization’s Pinnacle Award for 2012. This honor recognizes Florida Farm Bureau as the best state Farm Bureau within its membership group.
UF/IFAS receives endowment fund for citrus faculty position
University of Florida and Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences officials recently announced that Tropicana Products Inc., a division of PepsiCo Inc., has pledged $1.5 million to endow a professorship specializing in innovative citrus research to strengthen the Florida citrus industry, the nation’s largest, The endowment, to be known as “The Tropicana Professorship for Florida Citrus Innovation,” will support teaching, research and outreach efforts dedicated to the future of the state’s citrus industry.
Ag Hall of Fame Banquet to honor inductees
A group of four outstanding individuals will be added to the list of honorees at the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame on Feb. 12. The inductees represent production agriculture, research and public leadership.
Completed Census of Agriculture forms are due Feb. 4
Farmers and ranchers will soon be asked to complete the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture. Once gathered, census data will be used to compile a comprehensive portrait of production agriculture in Florida and across the nation.
Agricultural census information helps shape various public policies that affect farm producers.
Farmers and consumers depend upon each other. Florida’s food producers supply our essential needs for a healthy diet and help maintain our stable material security. Consumers, in turn, help farmers and ranchers remain in business by purchasing the foods they grow.
2012 Florida Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting news items
Gainesville, Fla. – Josh Farley, a cattleman from Green Cove Springs, was named the 2012 Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award winner at Florida Farm Bureau’s 71st Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach
Seminole County beef cattle producer is the Woman of the Year in Agriculture
Imogene Yarborough of Geneva has been named the 2012 Woman of the Year in Agriculture. The award, now in its 28th year, recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture.
Florida dairyman receives prestigious regional award
Gainesville, Fla. – An elite team of judges has named Dale McClellan the 2012 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year. The award recognizes superior farm production and management as well as community leadership.
Okeechobee Farmers Recognized for Environmental Leadership
Okeechobee, Fla. – Four Okeechobee-based agriculturists were honored for their environmental stewardship with a County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) award on Oct. 4. The event was held at the Okeechobee County Farm Bureau.
Farm Bureau members recognized by UF
The University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) has recognized Farm Bureau members for their service to the university, agriculture and natural resource management.
Bradford County Extension Agent James T. DeValerio of Bradford County and Suwannee County Extension Agent Brian Estevez have been named recipients of the Horizon Award. DeValerio specializes in agriculture and community resource development. Estevez has been instrumental in creating new summer day camps and developing award-winning youth programs.
New legislative candidates share farm background
Gainesville, Fla. –When voters look down the list of qualifications of candidates for state office, “farmer” is not typically one they look for. But that could be changing. Agriculture continues to be a mainstay of Florida’s economy, adding more than $100 billion in economic impact each year. Yet the way Florida’s population is distributed means that most candidates for the Florida Legislature come from areas with very little agricultural production.
Gainesville, Fla. – A Gadsden County nurseryman has been selected as a finalist for Florida Farm Bureau’s 2012 Achievement in Agriculture Award. Richard May, production manager for May Nursery, is one of three nominees for the prestigious statewide honor.
Schirard appointed to IRSC trustees board
J. Brantley Schirard Jr. has been appointed to the Indian River State College board of trustees by Gov. Rick Scott.
With members representing all four counties served by IRSC, the nine-member board establishes the policies which govern operation of the college.
Now accepting nominations for Women of the Year in Agriculture
Commissioner Adam Putnam is accepting nominations for Woman of the Year in Agriculture. This prestigious award is given to a woman leader who makes a significant contribution to Florida’s agriculture industry. Last year, Commissioner Putnam honored Sarah K. Childs at the Florida State Fair during the Woman of the Year in Agriculture Luncheon. This year's winner will be announced on Feb. 11.
Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick will convene an Aug. 6 symposium on the management of cultivar releases and licensing by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The meeting will be held at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Baum.
County emergency managers can help with storm-related road closures
Gainesville, Fla.- A number of Florida dairy and poultry producers have reported transportation problems because of flooded roads in the wake of Tropical Storm Debby. Key roadways have been closed. As a result, farm operators have been unable to receive deliveries of supplies or arrange for timely shipments from their properties to processing facilities.
Florida Farm Bureau President applauds U.S. Senate Farm Bill vote
Gainesville, Fla. - Earlier today, the U.S. Senate passed S. 3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act. Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick issued the following statement after the vote:
(Gainesville, Florida) Last September, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed regulations regarding child labor safety rules for agriculture and agriculture-related jobs. By Thursday evening, the DOL changed its mind.
There is a lot of media coverage over the Department of Labor's regulation of youth working on farms. Visit the below link to read more.
LIVE OAK, FL, April 24, 2012 – All water users within the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) are urged to curb any unnecessary uses of water in response to the ongoing drought.
The 12 months ending in March were the driest since 1932; and the rainfall deficit, now at 15.7 inches, continues to take its toll on rivers, springs, and groundwater levels.
Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick praised U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for his enthusiastic support of legislation that would help preserve family farms. This proposed legislation will help shield farm operations from the potentially overwhelming burden of the federal estate tax.
Today U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced legislation that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt Florida’s science-based water quality standards, known as Numeric Nutrient Criteria. The State Waters Partnership Act, the Senate companion to a bill introduced by U.S. Representative Steve Southerland (FL-2) last month, would force the agency to embrace the state’s water quality standards.
Farm Bureau members celebrate Food Check-Out Week, Feb. 19-25
County Farm Bureau members throughout Florida are set to hold a rich array of activities in celebration of the 2012 Food Check-Out Week. These activities will help to remind all Floridians that our farmers and ranchers produce an abundance of safe, nutritious foods and create the foundation of the quality of life we all enjoy.
Farm Bureau members meet with our state lawmakers
Thanks to the good work of volunteers and staff, Florida Farm Bureau enjoyed another successful visit at our state Capitol this week. Farm Bureau Day, held on Jan. 31, attracted a large contingent of members who discussed policy issues with lawmakers in their offices and during an evening reception at the Tallahassee/Leon County Civic Center. Farmers and ranchers also held discussions with executive department officials as part of the event.
Floridians will celebrate Farm-City Week, Nov. 18-24
Each year during the week before Thanksgiving agricultural producers join with urban residents to celebrate their mutual relationships. Farm-City Week, a national observance, also emphasizes the importance of domestic agricultural production for our quality of life as well as the availability of a safe, abundant domestic food supply.
Florida Farm Bureau honors outstanding volunteers, celebrates successful year
Orlando, Fla. – A fine balance of well-deserved award announcements and policy development engaged more than 500 members at Florida Farm Bureau’s 70th Annual Meeting, held Oct. 6 through Oct. 8, at The Peabody Hotel in Orlando. Members also participated in a variety of workshops and business sessions at the event. Many attendees reported that the meeting was one of the best of its kind.
Suwannee River Basin farm owners to be honored for environmental stewardship
Nineteen agricultural producers in the Suwannee River Basin will receive special recognition for their outstanding natural resource management on June 30. Each of the agriculturists will receive a County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) award during a dinner meeting at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center near Live Oak.
Marion County couple competes for state Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement title
James and Sara LeFils have been named as finalists for the 2011 Florida Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement in Agriculture Award. The couple produces beef cattle, peanuts and hay on more than 1,500 acres in Marion County. They also maintain a custom hay harvesting operation.
Columbia County couple competes for state Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement title
Jeff and Kelly Willis have been named as finalists for the 2011 Florida Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement in Agriculture Award. The couple maintains a beef cattle operation outside of Lake City and helps manage the family-owned Columbia Livestock Market. They also produce grass seed, hay, peanuts, field corn and soybeans.
Polk County couple competes for state Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement title
Jason and Olivia DeVane have been named as finalists for the 2011 Florida Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement in Agriculture Award. The couple produces citrus and beef cattle on more than 2,600 acres in Polk County. They also maintain grove caretaking operation for other area citrus farmers.
Gilchrist County dairyman selected as the 2011 Florida Farmer of the Year
Ron St. John, a dairy producer whose operation is based in Gilchrist County, has claimed the title of 2011 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo Florida Farmer of the Year. He will now compete against nine other state winners for the prestigious Southeastern Farmer of the Year award to be announced in the fall.
Jim Strickland testifies before House subcommittee
Jim Strickland, president of the Florida Cattlemen's Association and a member of Florida Farm Bureau's Beef Advisory Committee, today testified before the House Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. Congressman Tom Rooney is chair of this subcommittee and invited Strickland to testify. Here's a link to what he had to say.
Join us for Field to the Hill 2011-May 24-26
Field to the Hill is an annual event organized by Florida Farm Bureau that allows members to visit their elected officials in Washington. CLICK HERE for details.
Registration deadline for 2011 Field to the Hill is April 15, 2011. Email Laura Conaway or call (352) 374-1544 for registration details.
Eight NEW Issue Briefs Added to Site
Florida Farm Bureau's Agricultural Policy Division has put together eight new issue briefs to help update members on important topics facing our state and industry.
Click here to go to the Issue Briefs page.
Farm Bureau applauds Putnam team
“Impressive” is the first word Florida Farm Bureau used to describe Adam Putnam’s team as the next Commissioner of Agriculture himself announced his staff to key agricultural industry leaders this morning.
Rep. Adam Putnam Headlines Friend of Farm Bureau Award Winners for 111th Congress
Fifteen members of Florida’s Congressional delegation are being recognized as “Friends of Farm Bureau” based on their outstanding service to agriculture during the 111th Congress.
Jefferson County couple named Achievement Award winners
Stephen and Tracie Fulford had the pleasure of driving away from the Florida Farm Bureau’s 2010 Annual Meeting with a new Dodge Ram Quad Cab truck, courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company.
Clay County couple wins Florida Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture Award
Justin and Kelly Mosley have been chosen as the top winners of Florida Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture competition.
Citrus industry leader receives Farm Bureau’s “Distinguished Service to Agriculture” award
Hugh English, a leading figure in Florida’s citrus industry for the past four decades, received Florida Farm Bureau’s highest honor tonight at the organization’s annual meeting.
Farm Bureau honors Peaden, Cretul with 2010 “Legislator of the Year” award
State Sen. Durell Peaden and state Rep. Larry Cretul today received Florida Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year award during the organization’s 2010 annual meeting in Daytona Beach.
FFBF President to highlight need for estate tax reform
President Hoblick urges "Put Death Taxes to Rest" as part of campaign.
Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting is Oct. 13-15 in Daytona
Hundreds of farmers and ranchers from across the state will convene at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Daytona Beach for the 69th annual meeting.
“America’s Heartland” to air in Orlando, Tampa and Miami
Beginning the week of Sept. 19, America’s Heartland can be seen on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on WEDU in Tampa/St. Petersburg; on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. on WMFE in Orlando; and on Sundays (beginning Oct. 3) at noon on WPBT2 in Miami.
Farm Bureau applauds Rubio’s plan to help agriculture
The leader of Florida’s largest general-interest agricultural organization today applauded U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio for his six-point plan to help the agricultural community.
Farm Bureau Today on RFD-TV to feature Marcia Lightsey and Florida Cracker Cattle
Program Debuts Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m., Eastern Time
What every Floridian should know
Florida Farm Bureau pleased with Rooney’s Appointment to Agriculture Committee
Rep. Rooney is the only Florida member to serve on that body.
Farmers' environmental efforts to be highlighted, along with 10th anniversary of CARES
Twenty-four Suwannee River Basin farmers and ranchers will be recognized for their superior natural resource efforts during the annual CARES dinner and awards ceremony at the UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Research and Education Center near Live Oak on June 29.
Best Management Practices enrollment encouraged by FDACS
Agricultural producers are asking whether they should implement FDACS-adopted best management practices for water quality and quantity. The simple answer is YES.
Hundley is Expo Farmer of the Year for Florida
John L. Hundley, who produces vegetables and sugarcane in the Everglades Agricultural area (EAA) of South Florida, has been named Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Farmer of the Year for Florida. He will represent his state in the competition for Swisher Sweets Sunbelt Southeastern Farmer of the Year in October.
Florida agriculture calls for override of vetoes
Twenty-three organizations representing Florida farmers and ranchers today called on House and Senate leaders to lead the Legislature in overriding Gov. Charlie Crist’s vetoes of legislation that they consider critical to the continued success of Florida’s agricultural industry.
Florida Farm Bureau members visit Capitol
More than 80 Florida Farm Bureau members traveled to Washington, D.C. this month to visit with Florida’s congressional delegation for the annual "Field to the Hill" trip.
Farm Bureau to host Midwest cattle tour
Florida cattle ranchers and others interested in learning more about beef operations are invited to take part in a tour of Nebraska and Iowa agriculture Oct. 23-28.
Carly Barnes wins Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet
The University of Florida junior recently took first place in the 2010 Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet and will represent Florida at the national finals of the event next year in Orlando.
Florida Farm Bureau partners with the 2010 Sunshine Census Public Awareness Campaign
Goal is to help achieve an accurate count of agricultural producers and farm employees living in Florida in 2010.
Florida Farm Bureau President addresses Ag Committees
Florida’s agriculture, natural resources and related industries might now be the number one driver of the Florida economy; Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick told House and Senate committees yesterday.
UF President names new senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources
Jack Payne has been selected as the University of Florida’s next senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, UF President Bernie Machen announced today.
Union County farmer named to Florida Farm Bureau board
Ed Shadd, a diversified timber, cattle and hog farmer from Raiford, was elected to represent District 8, which includes Alachua, Bradford and Union counties.
Agriculture Literacy Day set for March 23
Florida agriculture industry volunteers are invited to read a new children’s book written in honor of the event.
Florida Farm Bureau will host Receptions for UF/IFAS Senior Vice President Finalists
A series of receptions will be held to introduce agriculture industry leaders to the four finalists for UF/IFAS Senior Vice President.
Florida Farm Bureau: Proposed EPA standards are flawed, threaten Florida’s economic recovery
New water regulations proposed last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will levy a de facto water tax on Floridians.
Many tickets left in drawing for turkey hunt with Commissioner Charles Bronson
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Ag Commissioner announces extension of state of emergency
The Governor's Executive Order declaring a state of emergency has been extended for an additional seven days to assist farmers dealing with crop damage from the freeze.
Commissioner of Agriculture estimates about one-third of the crop worth hundreds of millions of dollars has been lost. Farmers urged to document damage if they are planning to seek assistance.
Florida Farm Bureau Statement on Arctic Weather Conditions
Agricultural producers across the state continue to take measures to protect crops, expecting freezing or near-freezing temperatures to continue.
Florida to be well represented at American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Seattle Jan. 10-13
President John L. Hoblick will lead a group of about 50 Florida Farm Bureau members to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 91st Meeting.
Win a turkey hunt with Ag Commissioner Charles Bronson
FFBF's Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership program is hosting a limited donation drawing for a weekend turkey hunt with Commissioner of Agriculture Bronson. Only 100 tickets will be sold at $50 per ticket.
Live Oak man wins NASCAR tickets for Nov. 22 race
Larry Gilliard wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Finale tickets
Florida Agricultural Marketing Association hires Chad Roberts
Chad Roberts of Eustis has joined the staff of the Leesburg-based Florida Agricultural Marketing Association (FAMA) as manager of the Direct Marketing Division.
New members elected to Florida Farm Bureau Board of Directors
Four new members joined the board of directors of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation following the annual meeting Oct. 28-30 at Daytona Beach. In addition, the board of directors reelected Mark Byrd, an Apopka nurseryman, to be its Secretary. Jeff Vermillion, a rancher from Marion County, was elected Treasurer.
Loop’s Nursery and Greenhouses of Jacksonville and Dairy Production Systems of High Springs are winners of Ag Commissioners Environmental Leadership Awards
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson has presented awards to two agricultural operations in recognition of their leadership in promoting progressive environmental practices.
Farm Bureau president: Florida agriculture is economic bulwark in recession
The leader of Florida’s largest general agricultural organization reminded his audience that agriculture has remained a “pillar” of economic activity, despite the deep recession of the past year.
Florida Farm Bureau Honors Senator Charlie Dean and Rep. Trudi Williams as Legislators of the Year
Dean, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, has championed a number of priority issues for Farm Bureau members and has served as an all-around champion for the agricultural industry. Williams, chair of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Committee, has been instrumental in the passage of several bills important to farmers and ranchers.
Jeb Smith of St. Johns County named Achievement Award winner
Jeb Smith, a St. Johns County farmer, had the pleasure of driving away from Florida Farm Bureau’s 2009 Annual Meeting with a new Dodge Ram Quad Cab truck, courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company. Smith won this special prize after he was selected as the winner of Florida Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award competition.
Excellence in Agriculture Award
Carlton and Laura Lee Taylor of Polk County have been chosen as the top winners of Florida Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture competition. This competition is open to farmers and ranchers who are under the age of 35 and do not derive the majority of their income from an owned farm operation.
Florida Farm Bureau honors members, others at 68th Annual Meeting
More than 500 Florida Farm Bureau Federation leaders from across the state gathered at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Daytona Beach Oct. 28-30 for the organization’s 68th annual meeting.
Farm Bureau: Don't CAP Our Future
Florida Farm Bureau is encouraging all Farm Bureau members in the state to join together in a unified request to federal lawmakers: Don't Cap Our Future.
Donald Nelson and Marion Tidwell to be honored with Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award
President Hoblick will present the awards during the President’s Celebration and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 28.
Lightsey named 2009 Sunbelt Expo Farmer of the Year
Lightsey was chosen from a field of 10 state farmers of the year from the southeastern United States.
“Farm Bureau Today” on RFD-TV
The Brock family farm in Jefferson County and Florida’s aquaculture
industry will be highlighted later this month when The Florida Report
airs on RFD-TV.
Top couples compete for Florida Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture Award
The finalists include John and Emily Eubanks of Alachua County, Earl
and Ashley Jones of Gilchrist County and Carlton and Laura Lee Taylor
of Polk County.
Northern Everglades farmers to receive accolades for environmental stewardship Oct. 8
Twenty farmers and ranchers will be honored on Oct. 8 for their
environmental stewardship at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center.
Tampa Bay CARES program to recognize environmental stewardship by farmers and growers
Twelve Tampa Bay growers will be recognized for their superior natural
resource stewardship during the first-ever Tampa Bay CARES dinner that
will be held during the Hillsborough County Farm Bureau’s annual
meeting on Oct. 1.
Teachers reminded to apply for Ag in the Classroom mini-grants
Teachers are reminded that Oct. 2 is the deadline to apply for its Ag in the Classroom Mini-Grants. The grants are designed to assist educators with projects that integrate agriculture into students’ classroom experience.
“America’s Heartland” to air in Tampa, Miami and Orlando
The only nationally distributed weekly program offering positive stories about agriculture, is coming to PBS stations in Miami, Tampa and Orlando.
Florida Farm Bureau opposes Amendment 4, “Hometown Democracy”
The board of directors of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation has affirmed the organization’s opposition to Amendment 4.
Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting will be Oct. 28-30 in Daytona
Hundreds of farmers and ranchers from across the state will convene at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Daytona Beach for the 68th annual meeting.
Curt Williams joins Florida Farm Bureau Federation
He will represent Florida Farm Bureau and the agricultural community on
water, natural resources and growth management issues with major focus
on the Southwest Florida and the St. Johns River Water
Event rallies support for energy options, against climate legislation
An energized crowd of more than 200 filled the Ritz Theater in Ybor City
Thursday to rally in support of affordable energy alternatives and
against proposed climate change legislation that has already been
passed by the U.S. House and is being contemplated by the Senate.
Farm Bureau urges citizens to attend ‘energy rally’
Farm Bureau has joined with a coalition called Energy Citizens to hold
a rally highlighting the negative impacts that climate change
legislation will have on agriculture, industry and small businesses in
Florida. The event will be held Thursday, August 27 at the Ritz
Theatre in Ybor City from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Florida Farm Bureau establishes Employ Florida Banner Center for Agriscience
Center will evaluate and develop curriculum that will be instrumental in meeting the workforce needs of Florida’s agriculture industry.
FFA to honor Florida Farm Bureau’s Hoblick, Cockrell
President John L. Hoblick and Assistant to the President Pat Cockrell will be recognized at FFA's 82nd National Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
Farm Bureau Today on RFD-TV to feature Carroll Brothers Nursery in Clearwater and Florida wildflowers
The Florida Report will premier Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m., EDT.
Farm Bureau staff member earns Accreditation in Public Relations
Kathy Richardson, public relations program manager for FFBF, has successfully completed the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations, entitling her to use the APR professional designation.
Florida Farm Bureau accepting nominations for Certified Crop Advisor Award
FFBF and the Florida CCA Program will recognize one outstanding Florida CCA who has provided superior service and advice for farmers in nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management and crop production.
Christian Colletti joins Florida Agricultural Marketing Association
Christian Colletti has been hired as assistant operations manager by the Florida Agricultural Marketing Association (FAMA).
Awards recognize environmental stewardship by farmers and ranchers
Twenty-six Suwannee and Santa Fe River Basin farmers and ranchers will be recognized for their superior natural resource stewardship during the 9th Annual CARES dinner.
Farm Bureau’s James Trafton named chair of Florida Insurance Council
Trafton was installed as the 2009-2010 Chairman of the Florida Insurance Council’s Executive Committee and Board during the Council’s summer symposium.
UF students awarded first-ever Carl B. Loop Legislative Scholarships
Three students embark on legislative internships this summer.
Young Farmers & Ranchers to hold conference in Crystal River
The event will be held July 18 and 19 at The Plantation Golf Resort & Spa. Registration deadline is June 19.
Florida Farm Bureau concerned about crop disaster in Hastings growing area
As heavy rains continue, the Florida Farm Bureau Federation today urged producers in the Hastings area to prepare for heavy crop losses.
Polk County grower and rancher named 2009 Sunbelt Expo Florida Farmer of the Year
Cary Lightsey, a Lake Wales man, has been named the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo’s 2009 Florida Farmer of the Year.
Florida Farm Bureau supports AG CONNECT Expo 2010
FFBF is cooperating with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and is now a supporting organization of AG CONNECT Expo 2010.
Florida Agricultural Marketing Association hires Brian Buckley
Brian Buckley of Brooksville has joined the staff of the Leesburg-based Florida Agricultural Marketing Association (FAMA) as manager of the Direct Marketing Division.
Q & A about H1N1 Influenza, Misnamed “Swine Flu”
N1H1 Influenza (“swine flu”) is a respiratory disease caused by type A influenza viruses.
Joe Siegmeister joins Florida Farm Bureau staff
As assistant director of Field Services for District Four, Siegmeister works with Alachua, Dixie, Flagler, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Seminole and
Florida Farm Bureau making car-buying easier
Members can avoid the stress and haggling involved in purchasing a new vehicle by taking advantage of a new member benefit: free access to the Members Automobile Buying Service of America (MABS).
Area farmers to attend DOT training seminar, public invited
The Columbia County Farm Bureau is hosting a Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT) Educational Seminar to discuss current rules,
regulations and laws pertaining to hauling agricultural products and
moving farm equipment on public roads in Florida.
Farm Bureau women to meet in Coral Springs
The 2009 Florida Farm Bureau State Women’s Leadership Conference kicks off Friday at the Coral Springs Marriott Hotel.
Florida Farm Bureau votes to join agriculture coalition
The Florida Farm Bureau Federation will join Agriculture for a Democratic Workplace (ADW), a national coalition of agriculture associations unified to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).
Florida Farm Bureau seeks support for agriculture as Legislature convenes
Florida Farm Bureau Federation will be on guard against unintended
consequences that could adversely affect the state’s second-largest
Scholarships offered by Alachua County Farm Bureau
Alachua County Farm Bureau is encouraging high school seniors to apply for scholarships this spring.
Florida Farm Bureau urges producers to participate in meetings on Farm Bill conservation program
Meetings are scheduled around the state in March by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Staci Braswell joins Florida Farm Bureau staff
Braswell is director of Government and Community Affairs, this division represents Farm Bureau on public policy issues relating to ordinances, legislation and regulations impacting agriculture.
Alabama man makes top bid for turkey hunt with Commissioner Bronson
An Alabama man entered the winning bid for a two-day turkey hunt with Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture.
Scot Eubanks joins Florida Farm Bureau staff
Scot Eubanks has joined the Agricultural Policy Division at Florida Farm Bureau Federation as assistant director.
Indian River citrus growers receive accolades for environmental stewardship
Florida Farm Bureau CARES program honored six citrus growers for their environmental stewardship Jan. 27 at the Indian River Citrus Seminar.
Major peanut butter jar brands not affected by recall
On behalf of Florida’s peanut farmers, the Florida Farm Bureau Federation reminds consumers that the peanut butter/peanut butter paste recall does not apply to most major brands of jar peanut butter.
Shaun Fulford joins Florida Farm Bureau staff
Shaun Fulford has joined Florida Farm Bureau as the Young Farmer & Rancher Leadership Group/Women’s Leadership Committee Coordinator.
Florida Senate Select Committee on economy invites public to workshop
Meetings will be held Jan. 16, Jan. 21 and Jan. 22.
Florida Farm Bureau takes honors at national level
A Polk County couple was named runners-up in the American Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement Award competition during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 90th annual convention Jan. 11-14 in San Antonio.
Florida to be well represented at American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in San Antonio
Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick will lead a group of about 110 Florida Farm Bureau members to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 90th Annual Meeting Jan. 11-14 in San Antonio.
Farm Bureau hails appointment of Larry Arrington as Interim Senior Vice President for Agriculture
Florida Farm Bureau Federation today praised UF President Bernie Machen’s appointment of Dr. Larry Arrington as interim senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources.
Florida farmers named to national advisory committees
Thirteen Florida farmers and ranchers have been named to several Advisory Committees of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Florida Farm Bureau announces three staff appointments
The president of the Florida Farm Bureau has announced the appointment of Frankie Hall as director of the Agricultural Policy Division, Adam Basford as national affairs coordinator and Andrew Walmsley as an assistant director of the Agricultural Policy Division.
Florida Farm Bureau opposes SFWMD acquisition of U.S. Sugar lands
At its meeting on Dec. 10, the board of directors of the Florida Farm
Bureau Federation (FFBF), declared its opposition to the acquisition
of U.S. Sugar Corp. lands by the South Florida Water Management
Nov. 21-27 is Farm-City Week
Friday kicks off Farm-City Week, the week that leads up to Thanksgiving Day gives everyone the opportunity to remember that it is the strong rural-urban partnerships that make this feast possible.
FBACT Action Alert-EPA Proposes "Cow Tax"
A proposed EPA Rule regulating greenhouse gasses would essentially impose a per cow "tax" and fees on other types of agriculture.
CLICK HERE to send a message to EPA letting them know how regulation of greenhouse gasses under the Clean Air Act would adversely affect agriculture.
Santa Fe River basin farmers, ranchers to be honored for their environmental stewardship
Through its CARES program, Florida Farm Bureau will recognize seventeen Santa Fe River Basin farmers and ranchers on Oct. 30 for their outstanding management of natural resources.
Florida farmers, ranchers featured in new photo book
A new book presents not only a visual showcase of U.S. farmers and ranchers but offers compelling images of Florida farmers as well.
Spring turkey hunt with Commissioner Bronson up for auction
Florida Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher program is auctioning off a weekend turkey hunt with Commissioner of Agriculture Charles H.Bronson.
Florida Farm Bureau Federation names Kevin Morgan executive director
In his new position, Morgan will oversee and coordinate the activities of the Agricultural Policy, Field Services and Public Relations divisions.
Florida Farm Bureau re-elects John L. Hoblick and Rick Roth president, vice president respectively
John L. Hoblick of DeLeon Springs was elected president and Rick Roth of Wellington was elected vice president of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation at the Federation’s annual meeting at the Peabody Orlando. Both were elected by unanimous votes.
Marion County couple earns Florida Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture Award
Scott and Sarah Joe Thomas have been chosen as the top winners of Florida Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture competition.
Polk County couple named Achievement Award winners
Larry and Jenny Black had the pleasure of driving away from the Florida Farm Bureau’s 2008 Annual Meeting with a new Dodge Ram Quad Cab truck, courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company.
Florida Farm Bureau honors four state legislators
Sens. Carey Baker and Larcenia Bullard and Reps. Mary Brandenburg and Will Kendrick were recognized as Legislators of the Year for 2008 for their leadership, vision and support of Florida’s agriculture industry.
Florida Farm Bureau honors members of news media for ag coverage
Florida Farm Bureau Federation recognized several members of the media for outstanding coverage of agriculture and farming issues at its annual meeting last week.
Farm Bureaus share innovative programs through County Activities of Excellence at annual meeting
Four counties presented their inventive and successful ideas and activities last week at the Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Orlando.
More Dodge car models now eligible for Farm Bureau rebate program
Effective Oct. 1, Florida Farm Bureau members can receive $500 cash savings on the retail purchase or lease of new 2008 and 2009 Dodge Avenger, Charger and Caliber automobiles.
Grover G. Norquist to address Florida Farm Bureau Annual meeting
Anti-tax activist and issues management strategist Grover G. Norquist will address the Farm PAC Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando.
Florida Farm Bureau to Congress: Time for Action on Energy
Now is the time for Congress to pass comprehensive energy legislation that will encourage creation of a more diverse domestic energy supply. As Congress returned to Washington this week, Florida Farm Bureau Federation was pressing for a plan that will address all aspects of the nation’s energy needs.
2008 Resolutions Workbook Available for Review
Each year Florida Farm Bureau provides County Farm Bureaus with a copy of resolutions proposed for consideration by the delegates during our convention. This year, to encourage involvement in our policy process, we have made the Resolutions Workbook available online so that Farm Bureau members can review the proposed changes prior to the Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.
Florida Farm Bureau calls for grower comments on soil fumigant rules
Florida growers are urged to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency requestingthe agency reevaluate its proposed Reregistration Eligibility Decisions for several important soil fumigants.
James Snively receives Excellence in Crop Advising Award
James Snively, a Certified Crop Advisor and vice president of grove
operations for Southern Gardens Citrus, Inc, is the 2008 winner of the
Florida Excellence in Crop Advising Award sponsored by the Florida
Certified Crop Adviser Program and the Florida Farm Bureau Federation.
Tips and links for homeowners and agricultural producers affected by Tropical Storm Fay.
Producers reminded of new requirements for disaster programs
Florida Farm Bureau wants to make sure producers are aware of requirements for those seeking to participate in the new Supplemental Agriculture Disaster Programs included in the 2008 farm bill.
Annual Meeting will be held Oct. 8-10 in Orlando
Hundreds of farmers and ranchers from across the state will convene Oct. 8-10 at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s 67th annual meeting.
Florida Farm Bureau to honor Bobby Beagles and George Poucher with Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award
Florida Farm Bureau Federation will honor Orange County cattle producer Bobby Beagles and Suwannee County farmer George Poucher with its highest honor, the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, at its 67th annual meeting this October.
Florida Farm Bureau establishes Mason Smoak Memorial Scholarship
Florida Farm Bureau Federation has established a scholarship in memory of Mason G. Smoak, a Lake Placid citrus and cattle producer who died in a plane crash near Lake Placid June 20.
Florida Farm Bureau to host water concerns meeting in Palatka
Farm Bureau will host a meet and greet session to allow Farm Bureau members, as well as the general public, an opportunity to get to know Cara Martin, Farm Bureau's recently appointed liaison to the St. Johns River Water Management District.
Farm Bureau Bank announces new CD, Money Market rates
Farm Bureau Bank is pleased to announce that rates have been raised on all Certificates of Deposit.
Florida Farm Bureau Young Farmers team with Second Harvest
Florida Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) program has teamed up with America’s Second Harvest, the largest charitable relief organization in the U.S., to help feed America.
Florida Farm Bureau appoints Cara Martin liaison to St. Johns Water Management District
Florida Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general agricultural organization, has appointed Cara Martin to be its liaison to the St. Johns River Water Management District.
Young Farmers & Ranchers hold annual conference in Orlando
More than 150 of Florida Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers gathered July July 19 and 20 at the Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista. This year’s conference offered programs on financial management, handling interpersonal conflict, and the often-complex and emotion ridden process of generational succession – that is, the process of transferring ownership of family farming operations to the next generation.
Farmers paid $4 million for Carbon Credits
Nearly 1,800 farm operators nationwide will soon receive checks for the sale of carbon credits. Florida Farm Bureau Federation is providing Florida landowners the opportunity to participate in this program in the future.
Environmental stewardship by Suwannee River Basin farmers and ranchers recognized
Twenty-nine Suwannee River Basin farmers and ranchers were recognized for their superior natural resource stewardship during the 8th Annual CARES dinner held at the Dwight Stansel farm in Suwannee County on July 1.
Florida Farm Bureau members save money through Dodge program
Members of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation who purchased Dodge vehicles through the Dodge Discount Program saved a total of $260,000 in 2007 and a total of $69,500 in the first five months of 2008.
Diamond bracelet drawing to support Farm Bureau women
Would you like a chance to win a beautiful 2.56 ct. diamond bracelet set in two-tone 14k gold?
For your donation of $2 per ticket, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win.
Farmers, rural residents sought for rainfall data collection
The Florida Climate Center at Florida State University is looking for farmers and rural citizen volunteers to help collect rainfall data across the state as part of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, better known as CoCoRaHS.
FBACT ACTION ALERT: Thank Governor Crist for Signing Budget With UF/IFAS Budget Intact
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IFAS budget signed into law, Florida Farm Bureau lauds Governor, Legislature
The Florida Farm Bureau today praised Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Legislature after the Governor approved the budget. The budget for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS) contains proviso language inserted by legislators stating that funds "...are provided for the research and extension services of IFAS and shall not be transferred or used for any other purpose.”
North Florida farmers will be featured June 25 on RFD-TV
“Farm Bureau Today” on RFD-TV will feature two progressive North Florida farming operations on June 25, 2008 on 6:30 p.m., Eastern Time. The program visits Donnell and Robert Gwinn’s family farm in McAlpin, Suwannee County, and Jay Fraleigh’s nursery near Madison.
Florida Farm Bureau thanks lawmakers as 14 of 15 Farm Bill titles become law
Last week the U.S. House overrode President Bush’s veto of the farm bill, voting 14 of the bill’s 15 titles into law. The house vote was 316 to 108 to override; the Senate voted 81-13 to override...
Best awards “A” Rating to Florida Farm Bureau Insurance Companies
Florida Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company and Florida Farm Bureau General Insurance Companies have been rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company...
Florida Farm Bureau lauds House passage of 2008 Farm Bill
The 2008 farm bill passed yesterday by the House of Representatives promises to be more supportive of Florida agricultural producers than previous bills...
Northern Everglades farmers receive accolades for environmental stewardship
The owners of the agricultural operations were recognized by Florida Farm Bureau’s County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) program for their outstanding efforts in implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs)...
Florida Farm Bureau names Danny Raulerson director of Field Services
Daniel E. “Danny” Raulerson has been appointed director of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Field Services Division and will assume the position June 16, 2008. Since 2003 he has served as director of Membership, Marketing and International Trade for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, based in Maitland...
Florida FB Members Marching For Immigration Reform
Florida Farm Bureau members will march from the American Farm Bureau Federation office to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to call attention to the need for reform of federal immigration laws. About 90 Florida farmers, ranchers, growers and staff members are in Washington, D.C...
New carbon market opportunities for Florida agriculture
Some Florida farmers, ranchers and private forest owners may be able to capitalize on a new partnership between the state’s largest general agricultural organization and the nation’s leading supplier of carbon credit aggregation services to agriculture...
Africanized bees, conservation are subjects of RFD-TV reports in April
(Gainesville, Fla.) – Florida agriculture will be featured on “Farm Bureau Reports” on RFD-TV at 6:30 p.m. on April 23 and April 30, 2008. On April 23, the program will focus on Africanized bees and the challenges they continue to pose...
The inaugural Collegiate Farm Bureau Member Spotlight recipient is Thomas M. “Trey” Warnock III.
Collegiate Farm Bureau’s main goal is to promote agricultural awareness and to help in the community. This includes involvement in Agriculture Awareness Days at elementary schools and community service events...
FBACT Action Alert: Executive Order to Adopt California Emission Standards
In an effort to combat motor vehicle emissions and greenhouse gases (GHG), Governor Crist’s Executive Order 07-127 plans to adopt California’s motor vehicle emission standards. According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida is looking to adopt...
Florida Farm Bueau’s magazine’s Web site has readers flipping
The “Voice of Agriculture" flagship publication has a new online look that has Florida Farm Bureau members turning pages like never before...
Make plans now to read for Ag Literacy Day
The school year started later in Florida this year, which means Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc.’s Florida Agriculture Literacy Day will be held a month later in April 2008...
FBACT Action Alert
The State of Florida is facing a major shortfall in funding. Within the university system there has been an anticipated budget cut of roughly 4 percent. Anticipating that cut, administrators within UF/IFAS have been developing a plan...
Water Restriction Workshops for South Florida Agriculture
The University of Florida – Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), in conjunction with Florida Farm Bureau Federation, South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)...
County Action Partnership Proposals Requested
During the February 13-14, 2008 State Board Meeting, the Board of Directors approved issuing a 3rd Request for Proposal for 2007 for the County Action Partnership Program. County Farm Bureaus may seek up to $5,000...
IFAS controversy now in public domain
Florida Farm Bureau is posting this statement from University of Florida President Dr. Bernie Machen at the request of his office. The statement is a response to the controversy over the level of impending budget cuts...
New Proposed H-2A Regulations
For the first time in 20 years the Department of Labor is amending its regulations regarding employment of aliens under the H-2A temporary agricultural worker system to streamline processing and increase protections for workers...
Food Check Out Week reminds consumers food is affordable
With economic concerns looming large in the minds of most Americans, the average cost of food continues to remain affordable overall. According to the most recent information from the Agriculture Department’s (USDA’s) Economic Research Service...
Indian River citrus growers receive accolades for environmental stewardship
Six citrus growers were honored for their environmental stewardship Wednesday at the Indian River Citrus Seminar...
Young Farm Bureau members highlighted on national stage
Chris and Kelly Lyons of Mayo were runners-up for the Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award and Charlie and Kelli Hofer of Ocala were top 10 finalists in the Excellence in Agriculture competition...
American Farm Bureau honors state, members
Florida Farm Bureau and its members were honored for organizational performance, lifetime service to agriculture and county programs during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 89th annual convention...
Don’t Tie Our Hands shows need for immigration reform
Pieces of twine attached to note cards are being used to send a strong, visual message to Florida’s members of Congress about the need for comprehensive immigration reform...
Florida Farm Bureau expresses appreciation for state’s fast action on freeze
Florida Farm Bureau Federation today lauded fast action by Gov. Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson which will help Florida’s agricultural producers...
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