The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance has kicked off its efforts to communicate to Congress its priority needs for the next Farm Bill. The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) is a founding member of the Alliance, which has successfully pushed for significant investment in the specialty crop industry in the bill.
FFVA board leadership recently met with key lawmakers in Tallahassee to ensure that the gains made in the past two farm bills for specialty crops are preserved and to advance key priorities. They include funding for research, programs that will increase consumption of fruits and vegetables by school children, and programs that promote trade and new markets.
FFVA President Mike Stuart is serving as a Co-Chair of the alliance again for this Farm Bill, as he has since the group’s inception.
I’m proud to be chairing the alliance’s communication committee.
The alliance is a national coalition of more than 120 organizations representing growers. It was established to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop agriculture and improve the health of Americans by broadening the scope of U.S. agricultural public policy.