Make Protecting Ag Lands A Priority

Adam Putnam 2012 head shot for FLGRecently, families representing 50 operational ranches and farms from all across the state gathered in Tallahassee for one specific reason: preserving Florida’s invaluable agricultural lands. These families, many with three and four generations in attendance, presented their family-owned farms and ranches to a group committed to conserving Florida’s precious landscape, without jeopardizing any of the economic value that the land provides to the
local community.

Florida’s agricultural lands provide the food and fiber we have come to depend on and are among our state’s most valuable resources. Beyond the livelihood and rich culture these lands support, they provide billions of dollars in state and local taxes every year that fund education, first responders, and much more.

From the beginning, Florida farmers have proven themselves as great stewards of the state’s rural lands and natural resources. Because of this, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has collaborated with our state’s ranchers and farmers to protect important agricultural lands for generations to come.

FDACS’ Rural and Family Lands Protection Program was created to acquire perpetual agricultural conservation easements that ensure lands will be preserved in agricultural use — indefinitely. At the same time, by placing these agricultural lands in conservation easement and slowing the tide of development in rural Florida, we also are protecting natural resources with untold environmental benefits.
Originally created in 2001, the Department’s Rural and Family Lands Protection Program has collaborated with the agriculture community and successfully acquired the development rights of close to 10 active agricultural operations, totaling more than 5,029 acres
of land.

A few days after those families gathered in Tallahassee, the Florida Board of Trustees, which includes the governor, attorney general, chief financial officer, and myself, met to approve the Rural and Family Land Program’s newest addition, the K-Rocker Ranch. The K-Rocker Ranch is a third-generation, family-owned operation that farms sod and cattle. Its more than 1,300 acres are now protected from development while still producing world-class agricultural products.
Florida agricultural lands are a resource worth protecting. FDACS is committed to preserving Florida’s precious landscape for generations to come.

Topics: ,

Leave a Reply

Citrus Stories
Brandt logo
Citrus
April 28, 2016
Brandt Acquires Majority Interest In Utah-Based Baicor
Baicor will operate as a subsidiary in Brandt’s specialty formulations division. Read More
Jones Potato Farm field in Parrish, FL
Citrus
April 27, 2016
Meet Florida’s New Crop Of Agricultural Environmental Leaders
Annual award program recognizes farmers practicing environmentally innovative techniques. Read More
guessing game using walnuts
Citrus
April 26, 2016
Deception Is A Dish Best Never Served [Opinion]
Recent mainstream media kerfuffle over local food legitimacy stirs up the need for more clearly defined terms, better awareness among consumers. Read More
Cherry Harvest
Citrus
April 26, 2016
Farm Bureau Says Labor Visa Backlogs Threaten 2016 Crops
Agency calls for swifter processing of paperwork so growers' requests for crews can be met. Read More
cash money in hand
Insect & Disease Update
April 22, 2016
USDA Grants $22 Million More To Fund Citrus Greening Fight
The agency has invested more than $380 million between 2009 and 2015 to address devastating disease. Read More
A tattered and wrinkled thank you note
Citrus
April 22, 2016
Happy Trails To A Great Researcher, Better Friend [Opinion]
Dr. Brian Boman worked with growers to examine their nutrient and water use and how practices could be modified to not only lessen environmental impacts, but also increase growers’ profitability. Read More
reactive vs. proactive illustration from Florida Department of Citrus
Citrus
April 21, 2016
Repeat After Me: I Believe In Florida Citrus
As scientists continue to develop new and innovative ways to combat HLB, we must keep consumers in mind as well. Read More
The Latest
Citrus
May 4, 2016
$6 Million Available For Antimicrobial R…
Program to develop strategies to reduce public health risks in food chain. Read More
Citrus
May 3, 2016
New Program Targets Abandoned California…
Bayer and California Citrus Mutual have teamed up to help protect the state’s commercial citrus industry from deadly citrus greening. Read More
Citrus
May 2, 2016
As Hurricane Season Nears, South Florida…
All basins around the region experience rainfall deficits during April as totals fall far below average. Read More
Citrus
April 28, 2016
Brandt Acquires Majority Interest In Uta…
Baicor will operate as a subsidiary in Brandt’s specialty formulations division. Read More
Citrus
April 27, 2016
Meet Florida’s New Crop Of Agricultural …
Annual award program recognizes farmers practicing environmentally innovative techniques. Read More
Citrus
April 26, 2016
Deception Is A Dish Best Never Served [O…
Recent mainstream media kerfuffle over local food legitimacy stirs up the need for more clearly defined terms, better awareness among consumers. Read More
Citrus
April 26, 2016
Farm Bureau Says Labor Visa Backlogs Thr…
Agency calls for swifter processing of paperwork so growers' requests for crews can be met. Read More
Citrus
April 22, 2016
Happy Trails To A Great Researcher, Bett…
Dr. Brian Boman worked with growers to examine their nutrient and water use and how practices could be modified to not only lessen environmental impacts, but also increase growers’ profitability. Read More
Citrus
April 21, 2016
Repeat After Me: I Believe In Florida Ci…
As scientists continue to develop new and innovative ways to combat HLB, we must keep consumers in mind as well. Read More
Citrus
April 20, 2016
USDA Offers $4 Million For Pest Manageme…
Funding to be used to increase crop protection practices, tackle high-priority pests. Read More
Citrus
April 18, 2016
Field Tour Provides Reality Check For Fl…
Annual event allows representatives of federal and state agencies to get an up-close look at Florida agriculture. Read More
Citrus
April 15, 2016
What We Know Now About Citrus Nutrition
Greening has changed how growers approach fertilizer programs. Read More
Citrus
April 14, 2016
Forecast: Brace For Average Atlantic Hur…
Exiting El Niño setting stage for return to normal storm activity in the tropics. Read More
Citrus
April 14, 2016
Behind The Scenes With Miss Florida Citr…
The industry's newest representative is ready to learn and advocate. Read More
Citrus
April 13, 2016
Regarding Alma Mater Matters, It’s…
You don’t necessarily have to wear your competitive edges on your sleeve to succeed, but without a passion and drive for improvement, what’s the point? Read More
Citrus
April 12, 2016
Latest USDA Forecast Says Florida Orange…
Momentum carries over big time from last month’s elevated expectation in output. Read More
Citrus
April 7, 2016
California Citrus March Attracts Hundred…
First annual Citrus Stride raises 150 tons of fresh citrus for state’s food banks. Read More
Citrus
April 4, 2016
Dry Season Conditions Finally Arrive For…
March rainfall mostly below average around region, breaking string of historically wet weather. Read More
[gravityform id="62" title="false" description="false"]