Priority topics discussed with lawmakers included a land buying proposal that calls for the removal of 60,000 acres of productive farmland from the Everglades Agricultural Area to build a reservoir for water storage south of Lake Okeechobee. Other issues included pollution notification requirements, tax policy, an agricultural legislative package and UF/IFAS budget requests.
The two-day event kicked off with a reception at the Florida Farm Bureau office in Tallahassee, followed by a briefing breakfast on March 8 where legislators discussed important issues facing the state this year during the legislative session.
A networking “Taste of Florida Agriculture” public reception at the Capitol Courtyard concluded the event where more than 2,000 guests attended. Visitors were able to sample locally-grown Florida commodities, meet family farmers and learn about the importance of an economic sector that provides nearly two million jobs and contributes $127 billion in revenue to the state.