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EPA, Florida Agriculture Department Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The MOU between EPA and FDACS includes education and outreach, communication and coordination, and a recognition of environmental stewardship activities, and signifies a strengthened partnership between the two agencies in their shared mission of protecting and conserving natural lands and waterways.

Florida Agriculture Department Launches Additional County Farmworker COVID-19 Testing Availability

The ongoing efforts to provide access to testing for farmworkers is part of a partnership with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), and local county governments.

Nikki Fried Submits Testimony on Florida and the Clean Water Act to EPA

In her comments, Fried noted her concerns with the Florida Department of Environmental Protections’ (DEP) proposal, highlighting the fact that the only other two states which have assumed permitting authority struggled to adequately implement the program.
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Nikki Fried Urges Fellow Florida Cabinet Members to Push for More Diversity in State...

The letter follows a July 10 letter from Fried to state agencies overseen by the Florida Cabinet asking for their current policies on diversity, inclusion, and discrimination, as well as plans to update their policies.
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Veronique Sallin Named as Florida’s Woman of the Year in Agriculture

Sallin is the co-founder of IMG Enterprise, Inc., a family-owned company specializing in agriculture and land management established in 1979. Operating two subsidiaries, Cherrylake, Inc. and IMG Citrus, Sallin acts as the vice president of sales and marketing and director of organizational development for IMG Enterprises Inc.

Nikki Fried, FDACS Ask Legislature for 46 Percent Less Than Last Year

The FDACS Legislative Budget Request focuses on key Department priorities while taking the looming $5.5 billion revenue shortfall projection caused by the COVID-19 pandemic into account.

Alcee Hastings Leads Florida Democrats in Urging USDA To Extend School Meal Programs

The authorities granted to the USDA would impact the Sunshine State directly, as Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) estimates that, due to COVID-19, Florida school lunch providers face $262 million in sale and reimbursement losses.

FDACS Launches Heat Illness Prevention Campaign

Each year, more than 600 Americans die from hyperthermia, one of the nation’s deadliest weather-related health outcomes. Agriculture workers die from heat-related illnesses at a rate 20 times greater than the general U.S. workforce. When the body cannot properly cool itself, victims can become susceptible to dangerous, life-threatening heat-related ailments including heat cramps and rashes, heat exhaustion, and heat strokes.

Nikki Fried Unveils Changes to Make FDACS More Inclusive, Including Reforming Law Enforcement Reforms

On Thursday, state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced a series of policy and procedure changes within the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) which, her office insists, will “create a more racially inclusive and equitable state agency” including changes on “the use of force, de-escalation, and excessive force intervention by the department’s law enforcement office, updated discrimination complaint procedures, and other changes.”

USDA Extends Free Meals for Children Through the End of 2020

Perdue authorized USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to extend the waivers for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) through the end of 2020, keeping almost 80,000 sites open across the country. 

Nikki Fried Launches Florida Wastewater Treatment Plant Energy Program

This new grant initiative was developed by the FDACS Office of Energy based on the findings of their study entitled “Mapping the Energy Landscape of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants in the State of Florida.” 

FDACS: Pandemic Garnered $262 Million in Losses for Florida School Lunch Providers

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness released a report at the end of last week detailing financial effects of COVID-19 on National School Lunch Program (NSLP) sponsors, including public schools and non-profit private schools. 
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