Policies and regulations can impact a grower’s ability to make a living. The June issue of VSCNews magazine will be growers’ one-stop-shop for important governmental updates on the state and federal levels.
Southeastern growers will get an overview of their state’s 2018 legislative session. Adam Basford, director of state legislative affairs for Florida Farm Bureau (FFB), gives a summary of the Florida legislative session, including the main issues that FFB focused on this session. Basford’s article is accompanied by a brief update on University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences funding struggles.
Bryan Tolar, president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council, discusses the Georgia legislative session, in which agriculture had a strong year. He explains some policy changes that will benefit Georgia growers.
Alabama agriculture also saw some positive results from the state’s legislative session. Abbey Taylor, VSCNews magazine assistant editor, sums up the session after discussing the details with Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council.
Ongoing federal issues covered in the June issue include labor, the North American Free Trade Agreement and the farm bill.
Taylor gives readers a glimpse into the lives of several southeastern state legislators with deep agricultural roots, as well as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Find out how they transitioned from farmers to legislators.
Travis Chapin, state specialized Extension agent with the University of Florida, and Michelle Danyluk, associate professor with the University of Florida, give growers some valuable advice on complying with the Produce Safety Rule.
In his From the Back Forty column, AgNet Media’s founder and president, Gary Cooper, discusses a recent trip to the Everglades Agricultural Area.
Finally, learn what’s happening in California’s agricultural market in the News from the West column, which features articles from AgNetWest.com.
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