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Farm Bill Frameworks Favorable for Citrus

Daniel CooperFarm Bill, Legislative

Last week, Glenn “GT” Thompson, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, unveiled an outline of the bipartisan policies and priorities of the 2024 farm bill. The legislation, scheduled to be marked up by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Agriculture on May 23, holds the key to crucial resources for various agricultural commodities, including Florida’s citrus industry. On the …

Citrus Growers Speak Up at Farm Bill Meeting

Josh McGillFarm Bill, Legislative

Citrus growers discussed their challenges and voiced their needs during a farm bill listening session held April 24 in Newberry, Florida. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15), chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, along with bipartisan members, including Rep. Kat Cammack (FL-03), Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09), Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08), Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-01), listened to …

Farm Bill Listening Session on April 24

Tacy CalliesAgriculture, Farm Bill, Legislative

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee will host a farm bill listening session in Newberry, Florida, on April 24. Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-15), chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, will host the session. He will be joined by U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack (FL-03), Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08), Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) and additional members to be announced. The committee is …

Farm Bill to Focus on Climate Change and Sustainability

Josh McGillAgriculture, Farm Bill, Legislative

The 2023 Farm Bill was one of the major themes of the recent Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference held at the University of Florida’s Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka. While in the early stages, discussions are already underway for next year’s farm bill. The federal legislation will lay out agricultural policy for the following five years. The direction …

Growers Discuss Priorities for 2023 Farm Bill

Josh McGillAgriculture, Farm Bill, Legislative

The 2018 Farm Bill is set to expire in 2023, so preparations are underway to craft the behemoth legislation into law sometime next year. However, it is common for negotiations to extend into the following year. Whether the new farm bill is passed in 2023 or 2024, there’s a lot of work ahead. The farm bill was the focus of …

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Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session Open to Producers

Daniel CooperFarm Bill, Industry News Release

Register by February 22! The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is hosting a listening session in Washington, D.C., for initial input on the 2018 farm bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Risk Management Agency. Each agency will take into account stakeholder input when …


Ted Yoho: Citrus Greening Research Funding Is Imperative

Abbey TaylorCitrus, Citrus Greening, Farm Bill

The House and the Senate have passed their versions of the farm bill. Now it is time for appointed legislators to hammer out the details for the final version of the bill. Ted Yoho, U.S. Congressman and member of the House Committee on Agriculture, believes that including funding for citrus greening is vital for the Florida citrus industry. Yoho recently …

Conaway Introduces the Agriculture and Nutrition Act

Abbey TaylorFarm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative

Three years, 114 hearings, six listening sessions and countless industry meetings have laid the groundwork for the 2018 farm bill. The House Agriculture Committee delivered what it calls a strong farm bill for producers, consumers and all of rural America. After introducing the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) during a teleconference, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway …

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Citrus Diseases Discussed at Farm Bill Listening Session

Daniel CooperCitrus, Citrus Greening, Farm Bill

Various comments on many areas of agriculture were given during the first farm bill listening session hosted by the House Agriculture Committee recently in Gainesville, Florida. Among those who shared comments was John Barben, a fifth-generation citrus grower from Highlands County. He talked to committee members about citrus diseases.   Hear his comments. Sponsored Content5 Facts About Fire Ants and …

More Funding Needed to Address HLB Crisis

Daniel CooperCitrus Greening, Farm Bill

During the farm bill listening session hosted by the House Agriculture Committee on June 24 in Gainesville, funding to help fight HLB was a topic of discussion. Larry Black, a fifth-generation citrus grower and general manager of Peace River Packing Company in Polk County, had these comments for the committee.   Sponsored Content5 Facts About Fire Ants and How to …