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News & Newsletters : Press Releases


  • Nov 21, 2014
    Next Generation of Agricultural Leaders Selected
    Gainesville, Fla. – Florida Farm Bureau has announced the selection of outstanding young agriculturists, ages 18-35, for the 2014-2016 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group.
  • Nov 14, 2014

    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.

  • Nov 13, 2014
    Giving Thanks During Farm-City Week
    Gainesville, Fla.– Farm-City Week is Nov. 21-27  and celebrates the beneficial partnerships between rural and urban communities. Farmers produce the quality food and fiber for everyone to enjoy.
  • Nov 4, 2014
    Legislators Receive Top Honors for Agricultural Advocacy
    Gainesville, Fla. –State Sen. Bill Montford and State Rep. Jake Raburn were named the 2014 Florida Farm Bureau Legislators of the Year on Oct. 30 at the organization’s 2014 annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach.
  • Nov 4, 2014
    St. Lucie County Man Is Returned to Statewide Farm Bureau Leadership Post
    Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. – Delegates at Florida Farm Bureau’s 2014 Annual Meeting have unanimously re-elected St. Lucie County citrus grower Brant Schirard as vice president of the organization. First elected as Florida Farm Bureau vice president in 2010, Schirard will now begin his third consecutive term.
  • Nov 4, 2014
    Local Farm Bureau Agent Earns Statewide Teamwork Award
    Gainesville, Fla. - A Pasco County Farm Bureau insurance agent has won statewide recognition for his ability to work well with other business people and his participation in community service.
  • Nov 4, 2014
    Sumter County Man Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Statewide Organization
    Gainesville, Fla. – Ray Crawford of Sumter County was named the 2014 Pat Cockrell Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for his exemplary, long-term service to Florida Farm Bureau. The award was presented during Florida Farm Bureau’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach on Oct. 29.
  • Nov 4, 2014
    Farm Bureau Recognizes Putnam County Man with its Highest Award
    Gainesville, Fla. – Teddy Siehler, a Pomona Park beef cattle producer, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award by Florida Farm Bureau. The award recognizes a Farm Bureau member who has made outstanding contributions to the Farm Bureau organization as well as Florida agriculture.   
  • Nov 4, 2014
    Florida Farm Bureau Youth Speech Contest Winner Named
    Gainesville, Fla. –At the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Youth Speech Contest finals on Oct. 30, Stephen Singleton of Putnam/St. Johns County County took top honors, as judges selected him over six other competitors. Singleton received a plaque and $500.
  • Nov 4, 2014
    Young Rancher Recognized Statewide
    Gainesville, Fla. –Third -generation plant producer Corey Lambert of Hardee County received the 2014 Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement in Agriculture Award at Florida Farm Bureau’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach on Oct. 30.
  • Nov 4, 2014
    Discussion Meet Winner Announced
    Gainesville, Fla.– Keiko Osumi of Alachua County was named the 2014 Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet winner at Florida Farm Bureau’s 73rd Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach.
  • Nov 4, 2014
    Young Rancher Excels Statewide
    Gainesville, Fla. –Kelvin Moreno of Dade County was named the winner 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. 
  • Oct 30, 2014

    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.

  • Oct 15, 2014

    Statewide Meeting Will Celebrate Farm Bureau Volunteers

    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.

  • Oct 15, 2014

    Members of Florida’s Congressional Delegation Honored for Speaking up for Agriculture

    Gainesville, Fla.– Florida Farm Bureau honors members of the 113th Congress for their dedication and commitment in support of agriculture and Farm Bureau policy with the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award. The following legislators are being recognized at various Farm Bureau county annual meetings this month:
  • Oct 1, 2014
    Researchers at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have determined that soils in the Sunshine State store more carbon than acreage anywhere else in the continental U.S. Carbon stored in soils slows greenhouse gas emissions, a process under study in investigations of global temperature trends.
  • Sep 24, 2014
    The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) in Peosta has recognized Sept. 21-27 as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This year’s theme is “Safety Counts-Protecting What Matters.” Workers are encouraged to practice good safety habits.
  • Aug 29, 2014
    Gainesville, Fla.– Florida Farm Bureau has announced the selection of outstanding young agriculturists, ages 18-35, for the 2014-2016 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group.
  • Aug 28, 2014
    Gainesville, Fla. – Florida Farm Bureau Federation is seeking nominations for journalists who have increased the public’s understanding of contemporary agricultural production.  
  • Aug 28, 2014
    Gainesville – Food security is an important issue to the people of the United States. How can Florida agriculture continue to provide solutions for food security in the future?
  • Aug 25, 2014
    Gainesville, Fla. – Members of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation can receive a $500 General Motors discount on each qualifying new Chevrolet, GMC or Buick vehicle they purchase or lease. For the first time, this offer can be stacked with one other GM offer.

     

  • Aug 19, 2014

    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.

  • Aug 12, 2014

    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.   

  • Aug 28, 2014

    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.

  • Jul 23, 2014

    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.

  • Jul 29, 2014

    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.

  • Jul 7, 2014

    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.

  • Jun 20, 2014

    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.

  • Jun 19, 2014

    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.

  • Jun 19, 2014

    Critics Say EPA is All Wet on Regulation

    Read the EPA article published in the FLAG June 2014 issue
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  • May 16, 2014

    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.
     

  • May 12, 2014

    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.

  • May 1, 2014

    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.

  • Apr 17, 2014

    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.

  • Apr 4, 2014

    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.

  • Mar 6, 2014

    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.

  • Mar 6, 2014

    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.
     

  • Mar 4, 2014

    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.

  • Feb 10, 2014

    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.

  • Feb 4, 2014

    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.”

  • Jan 22, 2014

    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.

  • Jan 13, 2014

    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.

  • Jan 3, 2014

    Coloring Contest is Now Open to Young People

    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.

     

  • Dec 30, 2013

    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.

  • Dec 18, 2013

    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!

  • Dec 11, 2013

    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.

  • Nov 18, 2013

    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.

  • Nov 14, 2013

    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.

  • Nov 1, 2013

    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.

  • Nov 4, 2013

    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.

  • Nov 1, 2013

    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.

  • Nov 1, 2013

    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.

  • Nov 1, 2013

    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.

  • Nov 1, 2013

    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.

  • Nov 1, 2013

    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.

  • Nov 1, 2013

    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.

  • Nov 1, 2013

    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.

  • Nov 1, 2013

    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.

  • Nov 1, 2013

    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.

  • Nov 1, 2013

    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.

  • Nov 1, 2013

    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.

  • Oct 17, 2013

    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.”

  • Oct 17, 2013

    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.

  • Oct 7, 2013

    Farm Bureau Figures Prominently With Ag Hall of Fame Inductees

    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.

  • Sep 24, 2013

    Florida Will Stand in the Limelight at the Sunbelt Ag Expo

    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.

  • Sep 17, 2013

    Working Together for Safety in Agriculture

    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.”
     

  • Sep 13, 2013

    Health Care Law Set to Affect Many Florida Farmers and Ranchers

    A new federal requirement will soon add to the obligations of business. Confusion over procedural details makes compliance a potential challenge.

  • Sep 10, 2013

    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.

  • Aug 29, 2013

    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.

  • Jul 18, 2013

    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.
     

  • Jul 10, 2013

    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.

  • Jun 28, 2013

    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.

  • Jun 27, 2013

    Private property rights win big in permit case

    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.

  • Jun 27, 2013

    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.

  • Jun 24, 2013

    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.

  • Jun 19, 2013

    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.

  • Jun 6, 2013

    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.

  • May 30, 2013

    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.

  • May 21, 2013

    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.

  • Apr 23, 2013

    Poll: public rejects price hikes for environmental benefits


    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.


     

  • Apr 15, 2013

    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.

  • Mar 27, 2013

    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.

  • Mar 26, 2013

    2013 FDACS Environmental Leadership Award


    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.

  • Mar 5, 2013

    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.

  • Mar 4, 2013

    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.

  • Feb 19, 2013

    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.
     

  • Feb 13, 2013

    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.

  • Jan 31, 2013

    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.

  • Jan 21, 2013

    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.

  • Jan 18, 2013

    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. 
     

  • Jan 18, 2013

    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.
     

  • Jan 17, 2013

    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.

  • Jan 10, 2013

    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.

  • Jan 10, 2013

    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.

  • Dec 18, 2012

    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.
     

  • Nov 14, 2012

    Florida consumers and agricultural producers join to celebrate Farm-City Week


    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.
     

  • Nov 6, 2012

    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

  • Oct 29, 2012

    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.
     

  • Oct 17, 2012

    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.
     

  • Oct 11, 2012

    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.
     

  • Oct 18, 2012

    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.
     

  • Sep 7, 2012

    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.

  • Sep 17, 2012

    Three finalists in Florida Farm Bureau’s 2012 statewide competition


    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.

  • Aug 21, 2012

    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.
     

  • Aug 6, 2012

    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. 

  • Jul 27, 2012

    FFB President to lead review of cultivar licensing


    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.

  • Jun 28, 2012

    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. 
     
     

  • Jun 28, 2012

    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:
     

  • Apr 27, 2012

    Florida Farm Bureau responds to DOL, youth labor


    (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.

  • Apr 26, 2012

    Regulation of Youth Working on Farms


    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.

  • Apr 25, 2012

    SRWMD urges water conservation as agency evaluates need to implement mandatory water restrictions


    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.

  • Apr 2, 2012

    Florida Farm Bureau applauds Sen. Marco Rubio’s support for death tax repeal


    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.

  • Feb 27, 2012

    Farm Bureau President applauds Sen. Rubio’s water quality bill


    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.

  • Feb 27, 2012

    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.

  • Feb 10, 2012

    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.

  • Nov 11, 2011

    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.

  • Oct 20, 2011

    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.

  • Oct 20, 2011

    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.

  • Oct 20, 2011

    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.

  • Jul 21, 2011

    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.

  • Jul 20, 2011

    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.

  • Oct 20, 2011

    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.

  • Apr 12, 2011

    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.

  • Mar 28, 2011

    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.

  • Mar 28, 2011

    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.

  • Mar 28, 2011

    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.

  • Oct 25, 2011

    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.

  • Oct 29, 2010

    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.

  • Oct 29, 2010

    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.

  • Oct 29, 2010

    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.

  • Oct 29, 2010

    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.

  • Oct 29, 2010

    FFBF President to highlight need for estate tax reform

    President Hoblick urges "Put Death Taxes to Rest" as part of campaign.

  • Oct 29, 2010

    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.

  • Sep 7, 2010

    “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.

  • Aug 27, 2010

    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.

  • Aug 6, 2010

    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

  • Jul 23, 2010

    AMENDMENT 4:

    What every Floridian should know

  • Jun 17, 2010

    Florida Farm Bureau pleased with Rooney’s Appointment to Agriculture Committee

    Rep. Rooney is the only Florida member to serve on that body.

  • Jun 21, 2010

    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.

  • Jun 16, 2010

    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.

  • Jun 16, 2010

    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.

  • Jun 16, 2010

    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.

  • Jun 16, 2010

    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.

  • Jun 16, 2010

    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.

  • Jun 16, 2010

    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.

  • Jun 16, 2010

    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.

  • Jun 16, 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.

  • Jun 16, 2010

    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.

     

  • Jun 16, 2010

    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.

  • Jun 16, 2010

    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.

  • Jun 16, 2010

    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.

  • Jun 16, 2010

    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.

  • Jan 20, 2010


    Many tickets left in drawing for turkey hunt with Commissioner Charles Bronson

    Buy your ticket today!

  • Jun 16, 2010

    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.

  • Jun 16, 2010

    Florida Farm Bureau sees concern over freeze damage, losses

    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.

  • Jun 16, 2010

    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.

  • Jan 4, 2010

    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.

  • Nov 24, 2009

    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.

  • Nov 16, 2009

    Live Oak man wins NASCAR tickets for Nov. 22 race

    Larry Gilliard wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Finale tickets

  • Nov 6, 2009

    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.

  • Nov 3, 2009

    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.

  • Nov 3, 2009

    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.

  • Nov 2, 2009

    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.

  • Nov 2, 2009

    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.

  • Nov 2, 2009

    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.

  • Nov 2, 2009

    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.

  • Nov 2, 2009

    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.

  • Nov 3, 2009

    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.

  • Oct 27, 2009

    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.

  • Oct 22, 2009

    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.

  • Oct 7, 2009

    “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.

  • Sep 28, 2009

    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.

  • Sep 28, 2009

    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.

  • Sep 28, 2009

    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.

  • Sep 25, 2009

    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.

  • Sep 23, 2009

    “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.

  • Sep 17, 2009

    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.

  • Sep 10, 2009


    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.

  • Sep 2, 2009

    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
    Management districts.

  • Aug 28, 2009

    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.

     

  • Aug 24, 2009

    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.

  • Aug 21, 2009

    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.

  • Aug 21, 2009

    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.

  • Jul 30, 2009

    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.

  • Jul 30, 2009

    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.

  • Jul 30, 2009


    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.

  • Jun 26, 2009

    Christian Colletti joins Florida Agricultural Marketing Association

    Christian Colletti has been hired as assistant operations manager by the Florida Agricultural Marketing Association (FAMA).

  • Jun 19, 2009

    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.

  • Jun 11, 2009

    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.

  • Jun 3, 2009

    UF students awarded first-ever Carl B. Loop Legislative Scholarships

    Three students embark on legislative internships this summer.

  • May 27, 2009

    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.

  • Aug 17, 2009

    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.

  • May 19, 2009

    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.

  • Aug 17, 2009

    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.

  • Aug 17, 2009

    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.

  • May 1, 2009

    Q & A about H1N1 Influenza, Misnamed “Swine Flu”

    N1H1 Influenza (“swine flu”) is a respiratory disease caused by type A influenza viruses.

  • Apr 27, 2009

    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
    Volusia counties.

     

  • Apr 24, 2009

    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).

  • Apr 6, 2009

    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.

  • Mar 31, 2009

    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.

  • Mar 20, 2009

    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).

  • Mar 5, 2009

    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
    industry

  • Mar 5, 2009

    Scholarships offered by Alachua County Farm Bureau
    Alachua County Farm Bureau is encouraging high school seniors to apply for scholarships this spring.

     

  • Feb 20, 2009

    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.

  • Feb 17, 2009

    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.

  • Feb 5, 2009

    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.

  • Feb 5, 2009

    Scot Eubanks joins Florida Farm Bureau staff

    Scot Eubanks has joined the Agricultural Policy Division at Florida Farm Bureau Federation as assistant director.

  • Feb 3, 2009

    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.

  • Feb 3, 2009

    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.

  • Feb 3, 2009

    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.

  • Jan 15, 2009

    Florida Senate Select Committee on economy invites public to workshop

    Meetings will be held Jan. 16, Jan. 21 and Jan. 22.

  • Feb 3, 2009

    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.

  • Jan 9, 2009

    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.

  • Jan 9, 2009

    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.

  • Dec 22, 2008

    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.

  • Dec 15, 2008


    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.

  • Dec 10, 2008

     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
    District.

  • Nov 18, 2008

    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.

  • Nov 17, 2008

    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.

  • Oct 28, 2008

    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.

  • Oct 22, 2008

    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.

  • Oct 16, 2008

    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.

  • Oct 16, 2008

    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.

  • Oct 13, 2008

    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.

  • Oct 16, 2008

    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.

  • Oct 22, 2008

    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.

  • Oct 13, 2008

    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.

  • Oct 22, 2008

    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.

  • Oct 22, 2008

    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.

  • Oct 1, 2008

    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.

  • Oct 22, 2008

    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.

  • Oct 22, 2008

    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.

  • Sep 16, 2008

    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

    Download the 2008 FFBF Resolutions Workbook 

  • Sep 4, 2008

    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.

  • Oct 13, 2008

    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.

  • Aug 29, 2008

    After-the-storm checklist

    Tips and links for homeowners and agricultural producers affected by Tropical Storm Fay.
     

  • Aug 27, 2008

    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.

  • Aug 21, 2008

    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.

  • Aug 13, 2008

    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.

  • Aug 15, 2008

    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.

  • Aug 5, 2008

    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.

  • Jul 28, 2008

    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.

  • Jul 28, 2008

    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.

  • Jul 28, 2008

    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.

  • Jul 21, 2008

    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.

  • Jul 17, 2008

    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.

  • Jul 18, 2008

    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.

  • Jul 16, 2008

    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.

  • Jul 21, 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.

  • Jun 26, 2008

    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.

  • Jun 13, 2008

    FBACT ACTION ALERT: Thank Governor Crist for Signing Budget With UF/IFAS Budget Intact
    CLICK HERE to send your "thank you" letter to the Governor.

  • Jun 13, 2008

    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.”

  • Jun 11, 2008

    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.

  • Jun 1, 2008

    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...

  • Jun 1, 2008

    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...

  • Jun 1, 2008

    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...

  • Jun 2, 2008

    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)...

  • May 29, 2008

    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...

  • Jun 2, 2008

    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...

  • Jun 2, 2008

    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...

  • Jun 2, 2008

    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...

  • Jun 2, 2008

    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...

  • May 29, 2008

    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...

  • Jun 2, 2008

    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...

  • Jun 2, 2008

    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...

  • Jun 2, 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...

  • Jun 2, 2008

    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)...

  • May 29, 2008

    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...

  • Jun 2, 2008

    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...

  • May 29, 2008

    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...

  • Jun 2, 2008

    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...

  • Jun 2, 2008

    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...

  • Jun 2, 2008

    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...

  • Jun 2, 2008

    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...

  • Sep 4, 2008

    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...

  • May 29, 2008

    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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