FFVA’s board of directors and committees kicked off the year at their January meetings with a look at the most pressing issues facing the grower community. Federal crop disaster programs and the transition to new leadership at the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services topped the board agenda at the meeting in Orlando.
Mike Joyner, assistant commissioner of agriculture, told the board that energy and water will be a major focus for Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. As Putnam assembled his leadership team, Joyner said, he looked at “common themes and threads” for the most effective division structure.
Eye On Immigration
“On immigration, agriculture has always stepped up to the plate to propose solutions,” FFVA President Mike Stuart told the Democratic senator from Orlando. “We have tried as hard as we could at the federal level to find a bipartisan solution. It would be tragic to have industry penalized at the state level … to see efforts get so aggressive that we end up without a workforce.”