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Joe Biden Names Lakeisha Hood to be Director for Rural Development in Florida and...

President Joe Biden has selected Lakeisha Hood to be the State Director for Rural Development in Florida and U.S. Virgin Islands. Hood was one of eight Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Directors and three...

Tom Vilsack: USDA Sending $14.3 Million to Help Rural Infrastructure in Florida

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Sec. Tom Vilsack and Acting State Director for Rural Development Jason Brower for Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands announced last week that USDA is investing $14,371,400 to build...

USDA Sending $6.5 Million Towards Projects in Florida

At the end of last week, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Acting State Director for Rural Development Jason Brower for Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands announced that USDA is investing $6,516,900 toward five...
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Florida Senators, Neal Dunn Urge USDA to Staff Farm Service Agency in Jackson County

At the end of last week, Florida’s U.S. senators--Republicans Marco Rubio and Rick Scott--and U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to address...

USDA Announces Funds for Rural Wastewater Infrastructure Projects in North Florida

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will send $272 million to 37 states, including Florida, and Puerto Rico to “modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure for 270,000 people living...

Florida Congressional Delegation Goes to Bat for Dairy Farmers Across the Sunshine State

Two congressional representatives from North Florida--U.S. Reps. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., and Al Lawson, D-Fla.--led members of the Sunshine State’s delegation in sending a letter to U.S. Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack pointing out “inequities facing...

Al Lawson Leads Letter Calling on Ron DeSantis to Extend Federal Food Assistance Program...

Last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., led all the Democrats in the Florida delegation on a letter urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to immediately apply and extend the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program...

Nikki Fried Announces Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award Winners

The Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award recognizes agricultural producers who demonstrate leadership in developing and implementing innovative techniques to safeguard the environment and conserve natural resources.

Greg Steube Pushes U.S. Citrus Protection Act, Bill Moving H-2A Visas to USDA

“Ensuring that American farmers have an advantage over foreign competition and are not burdened by counterproductive federal regulations is vital for Florida’s agricultural industry,” Steube said at the end of last week. “My team and I will continue to advocate for Florida’s farmers and ranchers as they navigate these challenges moving forward.”

Nikki Fried: USDA Extending Universal Free School Meals Through June 2022

“With food insecurity worsened by an ongoing pandemic, its lasting effects will be felt by Florida’s most vulnerable for years to come. Ensuring that all of Florida’s kids are fed no matter their family income, has always been a top priority. As a longtime advocate for universal school meals, I’m thankful for the USDA’s extension so that we can continue to provide access to healthy, nutritious meals, on which so many children have come to rely,” she said.

Nikki Fried Backs USDA Extending Free Meals to Children Through the Summer

Fried applauded a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue a nationwide extension of several waivers that allow all children to continue to receive nutritious meals this summer when schools are out of session. These flexibilities are now available through September 30, 2021.

Greg Steube Reintroduces Bills Focusing on Citrus, H-2A Visas and Trucking

Back in June, Steube brought out the “U.S. Citrus Protection Act,” which, his office noted, “would prohibit the importation of commercially produced fresh citrus fruit from China.”
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