Florida Farm Bureau Working to Strengthen Agriculture in Tallahassee

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FloridaCapitalEvery two years, new freshmen lawmakers are elected to the state Legislature, helping to shape the direction of our state policy for up to eight years.

The Florida Farm Bureau Federation, along with our agricultural partners in Tallahassee and around the state, is heavily involved in identifying and working with candidates running for the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate to make sure those candidates understand the important contributions agriculture makes to our state economy.

Over the years, the number of Floridians and Americans working or living on a farm has significantly decreased, and as more people move to Florida’s metropolitan cities and our population continues to grow, that number will continue to trend downward. That means more and more of our state’s elected officials will represent urban areas while less will represent our family farms in rural Florida. Now, more than ever, is the time to build relationships with state lawmakers and local elected leaders to help educate them on the work of our family farms and the many contributions agriculture makes to the economy and our commitment to be good stewards of our land and natural resources.

This summer, Florida Farm Bureau will travel throughout the state, interviewing candidates for the House and Senate, talking to them about Florida agriculture and learning more about their backgrounds and what they know about our industry. Elections have consequences, so it is important to identify and help elect pro-agriculture and pro-business candidates who will work to ensure the stability and growth of Florida’s family farms.

Elected officials need to know that Florida’s farmers and ranchers are tasked with feeding the world using less acreage while keeping America’s food supply as the safest, most abundant and most affordable food supply in the world. It is essential that Florida Farm Bureau and our agricultural producers continue to stay involved and engaged in the elections process, working to identify the best candidates that are committed to strengthening and protecting Florida agriculture for future generations.

Following a legislative session where Florida Farm Bureau and Florida’s agricultural community experienced tremendous success, it is important to continue to stay actively engaged in the elections process to ensure our future legislators continue to provide our family farms with good, sound agricultural and environmental policy in future legislative sessions. As a grassroots organization, we depend on the leadership and input of our members across the state to help build relationships with elected officials from the ground up and ensure that we support pro-agriculture candidates in the Legislature.