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Farm Bureau Leader: UF/IFAS Analysis Shows Destructive Effects of Mexican Farm Imports

June 15, 2019 - 7:45am
The damaging fruits of Free Trade

A new economic analysis conducted by a University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) team in Gainesville has confirmed Mexican imports have significantly harmed fruit and vegetable producers in the Sunshine State. 

A steadily increasing surge of Mexican products has entered the U.S. domestic market during Florida’s peak winter seasons since the North American Free Trade Agreement was implemented in 1993. Florida growers have lost large portions of the U.S. domestic market as well as sales volumes.

USDA Slightly Lowers Forecast for Florida Orange, Grapefruit Projections

June 11, 2019 - 2:15pm

While the season is almost over, Florida citrus has bounced back after a rough showing last year but remains well below where it was before citrus greening devastated the Sunshine State.  

In its latest look at citrus, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) slightly lowered its forecast for production in Florida on Tuesday. 

Fried Announces 18-Member Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee

June 10, 2019 - 2:30pm
Nikki Fried

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced Monday a new Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee, which she says will collaborate with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to help improve the state’s medical marijuana policies.

SFWMD: Everybody's on Board to Accelerate EAA Reservoir Construction by 18 Months

June 6, 2019 - 7:15am

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) announced Wednesday its latest effort to aggressively accelerate construction of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir, submitting permit applications that will shave 18 months off the project's finish time.

The permit  applications will allow land clearing to begin and implement Gov. Ron DeSantis' "Achieving More Now For Florida's Environment" Executive Order.

Rubio among GOP Trio Bringing Legislation to Protect Veterans from Predatory Practices

June 6, 2019 - 7:15am
Marco Rubio

U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Roy Blunt, R-Mo. and Todd Young, R-Ind. reintroduced the Protect Our Disabled Heroes Act of 2019 on Wednesday, a bill to protect our nation’s disabled veterans from unethical and unfair practices in applying for Veterans Administration (VA) disability claims. 

Specifically, Rubio’s legislation would protect disabled veterans from unethical fees charged by third party organizations in preparing and executing veterans' disability claims. It would also reinstate criminal penalties for individuals charging veterans unauthorized fees.

Rubio Throttles Twitter over Coddling China -- and He Gets an Apology

June 4, 2019 - 7:30am
Marco Rubio

Twitter apologized Saturday for blocking accounts critical of China after Sen. Marco Rubio condemned the social media company’s suspension of Chinese activists’ Twitter accounts ahead of Tiananmen Square’s 30th anniversary.

Here's how the press reports came in afterward:

DeSantis Makes Strong Statement on Anti-Semitism Protections by Double-Signing Fine's Bill

June 1, 2019 - 7:30am
'Ceremonial' anti-Semitism bill-signing

Gov. Ron DeSantis officially signed CS/CS/HB 741 Anti-Semitism into law Friday, following a ceremonial bill-signing Wednesday in Jerusalem. 

FAU Poll: Trump and Biden, if Head-to-Head, in a Dead Heat in Florida

Q-Poll: Trump Re-Election Campaign Starts 'on Shaky Ground'

May 21, 2019 - 3:00pm
Donald Trump, Joe Biden

Good feelings on the economy apparently aren't helping President Donald Trump. According to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden is the only presidential contender in either party getting a positive score from voters.

DHS Chief Confirms Florida Will NOT Get Planesful of Undocumented Migrants

May 20, 2019 - 7:00am
Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan

Florida misunderstands, says Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan. DHS isn't labeling any city or county in the Sunshine State a sanctuary city and that's certainly not why the agency is moving migrants in.

“Our transportation is based on necessity and capacity to process safely, so that’s what we’re doing," McAleenan said Sunday morning on CBS's "Face The Nation" when asked if Florida was being picked on because it has cities that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities.  

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